Twitter has been awash with people wishing each other peace and happiness to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan, when eligible Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset for 30 days.
Celebrated worldwide, the annual occasion unfolds on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and involves extra prayers and spending time with family and friends.
Ramadan begins this year on June 18, and will continue until Friday July 17. Muslims began their first fast at sunrise on Thursday and are not able to eat or drink during daylight hours.
Tweets to mark the start of Ramadan ranged from messages of love and devotion, to some who were feeling a bit more creative:
*To 'Black Betty' tune*
🎶Oh not eating, Ramadan,
Oh not eating, Ramadan,
Can't eat til after dark, Ramadan🎶
…that's all I've got so far.— Baz (@bazlyons) June 18, 2015
Each day, families and friends gather for Iftaar, a meal at sundown when they break their fast.
People who are unwell, children, and sometimes athletes, are exempt from fasting.
Many observing Ramadan wished people joy and happiness for the period, which aims to be a time of reflection to enable people to work towards personal and spiritual improvement.
#ramadan should make you a better human not just a more practicing Muslim— EMKWAN (@emkwan) June 18, 2015
All it takes is one Ramadan to change.— Waqas Azam (@Wackazz) June 18, 2015
Ramadan is all about reflecting & realizing what you have to be thankful for, count your blessings because many people aren't as fortunate— Hafiza Ferhatovic (@Hafizaaa_) June 18, 2015
I love Ramadan because my heart feels replenished and whole once again.— Belma Begzadic (@belbegzadic_) June 18, 2015
Prayers up to all those that couldn't make it to this Ramadan with us. May our prayers for you be more than enough ❤️— Mahmoud (@mvhmoud_) June 18, 2015
I'm really glad Ramadan has come. It's time to make some serious changes.— Aladdin (@BasedAfrican) June 18, 2015
Best time of the year ❤️❤️❤️😊 #Ramadan— Maryam Shahid (@maryamshahid75) June 18, 2015
Crescent moon sighted, Ramadan has begun.
Wishing all my Muslim friends & colleagues well for the month-long fast.— Alex Jay (@AlexJayZA) June 18, 2015
There's so much more to #Ramadan than just not eating. It's seriously my favorite month of the year.— kat nijmeddin (@whackkat) June 18, 2015
Knowing its #Ramadan is the best feeling ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— HANnan (@HannanAbdallah) June 18, 2015
Wishing everyone a blessed Ramadan. May the tranquility of this month move us towards peace in Afghanistan.— Hekmat Khalil Karzai (@HekmatKarzai) June 18, 2015
Some tweeters were upset that One Direction's Zayn Malik, who was recently named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world, hadn't tweeted about Ramadan, and urged the star to share his wishes:
zayn hasn't tweeted about ramadan pic.twitter.com/06DHDjmHia— seyalı loves LOUIS (@lwtftbizzle) June 18, 2015
@zaynmalik Zayn,Ramadan is here,aren't you gonna wish us Ramadan Mubarak? Love you.— ★ⓣⓔⓢⓢ★ (@FanchocsticTess) June 18, 2015
@InfinityZ4yn Lmao I'm Hungry Already :D And Waiting For Zayn To Tweet About Ramadan :D— Zain♡ (@ZaNiDEr) June 18, 2015
The East London Mosque put together the times below for Muslims fasting London. It has also supplied versions for other areas in the country. ‘Fajr’ refers to the first prayers at dawn, Zuhr is noon prayers, Asr is afternoon worship, Maghrib for evening and Isha for nighttime.