Ramadan in India and Pakistan: Stunning Pictures of Devotion, Fasting and Feasting

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The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end around the world. The 30 days of fasting during sunlight concludes on Eid al-Fitr after the sighting of the new moon.

Around 21% of the world’s Muslims live in India and Pakistan but by 2050, India is expected to have overtaken Indonesia as home to the world’s largest population of followers of Islam, according to predictions made by the Pew Research Center, a think tank. 

Here’s how Indian and Pakistani Muslims have been fasting and feasting during the past month.

Pakistani Muslims at the Data Darbar and Badshahi Masjid on July 8, 2015 in Lahore. 

A Kashmiri Muslim man performs Wudu, a ritual washing before prayers, on the bank of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, July 11, 2015. 

Muslims at Data Darbar and Badshahi Masjid in Lahore. 

Sweet bread on sale during Ramadan in Kolkata, India on Monday, 13th July 2015. S

Pakistanis gather to break their fast at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, July 8, 2015. 

A man rests as he waits to offer evening prayers and to break his fast during the holy month of Ramadan at the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in New Delhi July 14, 2015. 

Pakistani volunteers mix milk with fruit juice for devotees to break the day’s fast in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, July 9, 2015. 

Muslims eat their iftar (breaking fast) meal during Ramadan at the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, India July 12, 2015. 

A man in Pakistan offers Friday prayers at a mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Peshawar, July 10, 2015. 

A man prays after breaking his Ramadan fast at the shrine of Syed Abdullah Khan in Noida, southeast of New Delhi, India. 

Muslims offer Friday prayers at a mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in northwest Pakistan’s Peshawar, July 10, 2015. 

A general view of the Russel Market in during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at the Masjid-E-Khadriya in Bangalore, India, 16 July 2015.

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