During Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, believers abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours, break their fast with the iftar evening meal.
From inside a coal mine in Bosnia and Herzegovina to a military training camp in Damascus, Reuters photographers have produced images capturing the daily practice just after sunset in different countries during Ramadan, which ends this week.
The meals vary from fruits and sweet drink on a fishing boat on the outskirts of Karachi to a cooked prison meal in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as a beach picnic in Morocco.
Ibrahim Hyderi, Pakistan
Haji Husain, 65, a fisherman, sitting with colleagues to eat iftar on a fishing boat in Ibrahim Hyderi, on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan. “For me Ramadan is to fast and do good deeds, it keeps you away from Satan.”
Syrian refugee Ahmet Ilevi, 35, eating iftar meal with his wife and five children at the Harran refugee camp, in Sanliurfa province, Turkey. “Ramadan means peace for us. The only thing that breaks this peace is the thought of relatives left behind in Syria. I miss them every day. Ramadan in my homeland was more beautiful than this.” he said. The family break their fast with a meal of chicken with potatoes and salad.
Anwaar Hussain, 35, his coworkers and employer eating their iftar meal in the old quarters of Delhi, India. Hussain is a mechanic who repairs second hand electric motors and water pumps. Hussain said that Ramadan is about self improvement and kindness, and that one should stay away from all evil.
Susiya, West Bank village
Jihad Nuwaja, a Palestinian Bedouin man, eating iftar meal in the West Bank village of Susiya, near Hebron
Bangladeshi workers preparing to eat iftar meal as they break their fast at The Leo dormitory during Ramadan in Singapore.
Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coal miners eating iftar meal deep inside the Haljinici coal mine, in Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prisoners eating iftar meal inside the country’s biggest prison in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Idlib province, Syria
Civil defence members eating iftar meal in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town, in Idlib province, Syria
Ballote brothers sitting to have iftar meal outside their zlabiyas (traditional sweet) shop in Larabaa, on the outskirts of Algiers, Algeria. They broke their fast with a soup called Chorba, chicken tagine, meat and traditional bread sent by their mother.
Syrian army recruits eating iftar meal at a guard post inside a military training camp in Damascus, Syria
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Filipino tricycle drivers eating iftar as they break their fast during Ramadan in Taguig, Metro Manila, the Philippines.
Fishermen from Suriname and Indonesia eating iftar meal at sunset aboard the Nisshin Maru No 7 fishing trawler, docked along the Suriname River at Livorno, Suriname.
Mohammed, 27, a labourer at a brick factory eating iftar meal with coworkers at a brick-making factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. “For me Ramadan is a test and this is God’s will. We should obey God’s commands so that we are successful,” Mohammed said.
Khan Younis, Gaza Strip
A Palestinian family waiting to break their fast outside their shelter in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Yasmine Diane , 22, eating iftar meal with her parents at their house in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Diane is a law student at Felix Houphouet Boigny university and lives with her parents. “Ramadan is very important for all Muslims because it is a great time to be a little closer to God through constant prayer and acts of sharing,” said Diane.
Sanaa eating iftar with her children and relatives near a clothes shop advert in Beirut, Lebanon. Sanaa, 23, mother of three children, begs on Hamra street in Beirut. Her iftar meal is lentil soup with chicken and rice, which she received from passers-by. “Ramadan is about kindness and giving. I mostly like the decorations,” she said.
People eating iftar meal at Ain Diab beach in Casablanca, Morocco
31-year old Shir Alam preparing shorba, an Afghan soup made from beef or lamb, which is served with bread and potatoes for iftar with colleagues in Kabul, Afghanistan
West Bank of Jericho
Members of the Palestinian National Security Forces eating iftar meal in the dining hall at a base in the West Bank of Jericho.