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10 Photos Show The Unifying Power Of Ramadan For Muslims Around The World

06/30/2014 10:43 am ET | Updated Jun 30, 2014

During the month of Ramadan, many Muslims will fast from sunup to sundown, abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours. Though many will turn inward for prayer and reflection during this holy month, the holiday also serves to bring Muslims together in prayer and through the breaking of the fast.

These photos show just how powerful Ramadan can be as a unifying holy month:

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Pakistan Muslims offer an evening prayer called 'tarawih' marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at an open area in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

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In this Sunday, June 29, 2014 photo, displaced Iraqi citizens gather for a communal meal to break their fast during the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, at an encampment for displaced Iraqis who fled from Mosul and other towns, in the Khazer area outside Irbil, northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Indian Muslim religious students read the Koran at a madrassa during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Mumbai on June 30, 2014. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

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People eat at the breaking of fasting of the second day of Ramadan, in the premises of the Seeds of Solidarity ('Graine de Solidarite') association, on June 29, 2014, in Bordeaux. Founded in 1986, Seeds of Solidarity gives away free meals all year in the streets of Bordeaux, and serves up to 300 meals every night during Ramadan, to homeless and deprived people, regardless if they are Muslim or not. (MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Malaysian Muslim woman feeds her child as they break their fast on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur on June 29, 2014. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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An Afghan resident distributes dates as others break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque on June 29, 2014. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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In this Sunday, June 29, 2014 photo, displaced Iraqi boys scramble to receive food to break their fast during the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, at an encampment for displaced Iraqis who fled from Mosul and other towns, in the Khazer area outside Irbil, northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Afghans pray before breaking their fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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An Iraqi Kurdish woman puts the final touches to bowls of food on the first day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, for families who fled the violence in the northern province of Nineveh, at a mosque in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on June 29, 2014. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

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Young Malaysian Muslim children break their fast on the first day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur on June 29, 2014. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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