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Eid Al-Fitr 2014: Muslims Celebrate The End Of Ramadan (PICTURES)

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Muslims across the world are taking part in Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The festivities involve thanksgiving, merriment, feasting and the exchange of gifts and traditionally begin upon the sighting of the new moon.

A common greeting during this holiday is Eid Mubarak, which means, “Have a blessed Eid!”

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Muslims bow towards Mecca and offer prayers at the main mosque in Moscow


The first Eid al-Fitr was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad and his compatriots after the battle of Badar.

In war-torn Gaza, many Muslims were pictured marking the celebration with prayer, though for some there was no cause for merriment.

Abeer Shamali spent the celebrations tending to the grave of her teenage son, buried just four days ago.

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Thaer, 16, was killed in an Israeli shelling in Shejaiya, eastern Gaza.

Abeer told AFP: “Ramadan is supposed to be a month of holiness, a month of the Koran, not a month of battles.

“How do I feel? I feel like any woman who has to bury her son on Eid. What am I supposed to do?”

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    Muslim women pray inside Hala Sultan Tekke mosque in the coastal Cypriot city of Larnaca on July 28, 2014 on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The Muslim three-day Eid al-Fitr festival began in Cyprus and notably in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria or Yemen, where reports of sightings of the new moon were received. AFP PHOTO / YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU (Photo credit should read Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Thai Muslims pray at a mosque on the first day of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, after the sighting of the new crescent moon. AFP PHOTO / Tuwaedaniya MERINGING (Photo credit should read Tuwaedaniya MERINGING/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Muslim women pray inside Hala Sultan Tekke mosque in the coastal Cypriot city of Larnaca on July 28, 2014 on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The Muslim three-day Eid al-Fitr festival began in Cyprus and notably in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria or Yemen, where reports of sightings of the new moon were received. AFP PHOTO / YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU (Photo credit should read Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: People arrive for morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Muslim women prepare for their morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: People arrive for morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Muslim women wait for their morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: People ride on Bumper cars during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: A girl blows bubbles during an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    Indian Muslims shop ahead of Eid al-Fitr in the old city section of Hyderabad on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A view of the Indian historical monuments Mecca Masjid (L) and Charminar (R) are pictured at dusk in the old city section of Hyderabad on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indian Muslims shop ahead of Eid al-Fitr in the old city section of Hyderabad on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Indian Muslims shop ahead of Eid al-Fitr in the old city section of Hyderabad on July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Muslim women prepare for their morning prayers ahead of an Eid celebration in Burgess Park on July 28, 2014 in London, England. The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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    An Indonesian Muslim weeps as she offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    A young Indonesian Muslim is embraced by her mother as they offer Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    An Indonesian Muslim offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    An Indonesian Muslim offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the port in North Jakarta, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    An Egyptian family walks under a giant banner supporting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    An Indonesian girl holds a balloon during Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Parang Kusumo Beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
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    A Muslim worshipper holds a Muslim rosary during the first day of the Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Lisbon's Martim Moniz square, Monday, July 28, 2014. Muslims traditionally start the day with dawn prayers and visiting cemeteries to pay their respects to the dead, with children getting new clothes, toys, shoes and haircuts, and families visiting each other. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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    An Indonesian Muslim woman adjusts a selfie stick as she prepares to take a selfie during Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Parang Kusumo Beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)
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    Bosnian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Atik Behram begova mosque, build in 1888, in northern Bosnian town of Tuzla 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday, July 28 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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    Filipino Muslims gather at Rizal Park to pray in celebration of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan Monday, July 28, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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    Muslims celebrate after a prayer session marking Eid al-Fitr the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center in Madrid, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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    Muslims celebrate after a prayer session marking Eid al-Fitr the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center in Madrid, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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    Bangladeshi Muslims living in Malaysia offer a prayer during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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    Kosovo Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside the Sultan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Pristina on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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    Kosovo Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Sultan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Pristina on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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    Kosovo Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside the Sulltan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in capital Pristina Monday, July 28, 2014. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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    Kosovo Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outsidethe Sultan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Pristina on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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    Hundreds of Kenyan Muslims gather and offer prayers outside Masjid Noor mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
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    Hundreds of Kenyan Muslims embrace eachother outside Masjid Noor mosque after the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
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    Muslims listen to sermon from the Imam, an Islamic leader, outside Masjid Noor mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
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    Egyptian Muslims gather to offer Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque, the highest Islamic Sunni institution, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Egyptians offer Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque, the highest Islamic Sunni institution, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    A young boy stands as Muslims pray during the Eid al Fitr prayer marking the end of the Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Exhibition Center of the Parc Chanot, in Marseille, southern France, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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    Yemeni worshippers attend Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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    A Yemeni girl poses for a photograph as she attends the Eid al-Fitr prayer with her father, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 28, 2014. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims usually start the day with dawn prayers and visiting cemeteries to pay their respects to the dead, with children getting new clothes, shoes and haircuts, and families visiting each other. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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    Yemenis exchange greetings after Eid al-Fitr prayers that mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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    A Pakistani beautician paints the hands of customers with henna ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, ending the fasting month of Ramadan, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
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    Yemeni worshippers attend Eid al-Fitr prayers that mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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    Egyptian women pray Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque, the highest Islamic Sunni institution, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    An Egyptian boy attends Eid al-Fitr prayers with his mother, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque, the highest Islamic Sunni institution, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    An Egyptian child plays as Muslims pray Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Egyptians offer Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Azhar mosque, the highest Islamic Sunni institution, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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    Iraqi Sunni Muslims pray on the first day of Eid al-Fitr prayers in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July. 28, 2014. Muslims worldwide are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim
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    Young Palestinians hold placards reading 'Eid Mubarak to Gaza' (Happy Eid to Gaza) during a demonstration in solidarity with the children killed in the ongoing Israeli devastating military assault on the Gaza Strip, on July 28, 2014, in the Aida Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. At least 1,032 Palestinians have died so far in the fighting as well as 43 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians. The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins today in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. AFP PHOTO/ MUSA AL SHAER (Photo credit should read MUSA AL-SHAER/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Palestinian men perform the Eid al-Fitr prayer in front of the Israeli built controversial separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin, on July 28, 2014, protesting against the ongoing Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip. The Muslim three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, began notably in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria or Yemen, where reports of sightings of the new moon were received. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Displaced Palestinians attend the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer at an United Nations (UN) school in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, where they found refugee after fleeing their homes in areas under heavy Israeli bombardment in the besieged Palestinian territory on July 28, 2014, on the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday. The Muslim three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, began notably in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria or Yemen, where reports of sightings of the new moon were received. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Displaced Palestinians attend the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer at an United Nations (UN) school in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, where they found refugee after fleeing their homes in areas under heavy Israeli bombardment in the besieged Palestinian territory on July 28, 2014, on the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday. The Muslim three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, began notably in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria or Yemen, where reports of sightings of the new moon were received. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
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    French Muslims pray on July 28, 2014 in a hall of the Parc Chanot, in Marseille, southern France, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk.AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    French Muslims pray on July 28, 2014 in a hall of the Parc Chanot, in Marseille, southern France, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk.AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    French Muslims pray on July 28, 2014 in a hall of the Parc Chanot, in Marseille, southern France, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk.AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    French Muslims pray on July 28, 2014 in a hall of the Parc Chanot, in Marseille, southern France, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk.AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    French Muslims pray on July 28, 2014 in a hall of the Parc Chanot, in Marseille, southern France, during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this week, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan during which followers are required to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn to dusk.AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Eid celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan at Baitul Futuh Mosque, Morden.
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    Muslim worshippers chant slogans during a protest against the fighting in Gaza following a prayer during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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    A Kenyan Muslim offers prayers outside Masjid Noor mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
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    Kenyan Muslims gather and offer prayers outside Masjid Noor mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, July 28, 2014. The Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest religious practices, is celebrated with prayers and family reunions and other festivities among Muslims all over the world. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

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