Ramadan begins in Oman


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An elderly man reading a chapter from Holy Quran at a mosque in Muscat, Oman. Muslims are encouraged to read Holy Quran while fasting to understand and communicate the essence of Islam. Photo - Times of Oman


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Faithful offer afternoon prayers at a mosque in Muscat, Oman. Attendance at mosques register a substantial increase during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Photo - Times of Oman


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A man putting a bag of unwanted clothes at a charity box in Muscat, Oman. Dar Al Atta'a is one of the biggest charity organisations in the Sultanate and helps thousands of people during the holy month of Ramadan every year. Photo - Times of Oman


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Vendors engage in trade at the Mawaleh market in Muscat, Oman. Actions taken by the municipal authorities have ensured a smooth supply of goods and foodstuff at the onset of Ramadan. Photo - Times of Oman


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A man prepares 'samosas', triangular savoury pastries fried in ghee or oil, containing spiced vegetables or meat. The snack is extremely popular at Iftar, the post-sunset meal Muslims have to break the fast. Photo - Times of Oman


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Boxes of Jalebis, an Indian sweet made by deep-frying a wheat-flour (Maida flour) batter in circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. The sweet is extremely popular at Iftar, the post-sunset meal Muslims have to break the fast. Photo - Times of Oman


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Crowds throng at a roundabout in Ruwi, Muscat. Afternoons are usually busy in Omani cities as people commute early to their homes from work during Ramadan. Photo - Times of Oman


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A man unloading produce at a shop in a Muscat neighbourhood. Usage of foodstuffs skyrockets during the holy month of Ramadan in Oman. Photo - Times of Oman


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An elderly vendor arranging fruits at his stall in a Muscat market. Consumption of fruits register a sharp increase during the month of fasting due to their nutritional value. Photo - Times of Oman


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Faithful gather at the Abu Bakar Siddique Mosque in Al Watayya neighbourhood of Muscat, Oman. Many people prefer to break their fast collectively to foster community spirit. Photo - Times of Oman


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A shopkeeper selling frankincense in Matrah Souq, one of the oldest traditional bazaars of Muscat, Oman. Usage of fragrances and perfumes also increases during Ramadan as faithful attend congregation prayers at mosques. Photo - Times of Oman



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