And it is He who produced for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful" [Surah Al-Mu'minun, Verse 78]
From: Hadith of the Day
Abu Ayyoob (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan and follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.”
[Narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i and Ibn Maajah]
From: Saniya Nasir
RIM posted a new commercial for the BlackBerry Bold 9930/9900 to their youtube account a few days ago, showing off the harmony of the touchscreen + physical keyboard experience on what they refer to as the "new" BlackBerry Bold. You can check out the video above.
Personally, I'm LOVING that the iconic BlackBerry form factor now has a touchscreen. I use it all the time mixed in with my trackpad and keyboard use. I've tried going back to my touchscreen-less 9780, and now it just feels weird not to have it. That said, a few of my friends who have picked up the 9900 (including my gf), have mentioned on more than one occassion they wish they could turn the touchscreen off. I guess they're so used to not having a touchscreen that they're not really using it all that much so more than anything they find it gets in the way with accidental swiping. That option doesn't exist of course, but for those who can't stand a touchscreen the newly announced BlackBerry Curves don't have one.
So to all the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 owners out there, be sure to vote on the poll above and let us know where you're weighing in on this debate, and be sure to sound off in the comments!
While you may not be able to stream music directly from your BlackBerry Smartphone to your BlackBerry PlayBook using BlackBerry Bridge, that doesn't mean it's not possible at all. MBLWare has updated JeeoSuite to v184.108.40.206 and along with that, have also release the JeeoPlayer companion app which will allow you to stream music from your BlackBerry to your PlayBook over WiFi. New features added to JeeoSuite include:
JeeoPlayer as it is now, supports streaming playback of MP3 and M4A audio files with video comng in a later planned update. JeeoPlayer also includes Twitter integration so that you may share what music you are listening to with your friends. If you've been looking for a way to set the music on your BlackBerry free, give JeeoPlayer a shot. Both JeeoPlayer and JeeoSuite are available for free on BlackBerry App World.
Narrated Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): I heard Allâh's Messenger (may peace be upon him) saying, When you see the crescent (of the moon) for the month of Ramadân, start observing Saum (fast), and when you see the crescent (of the moon) for the month of Shawwâl, stop observing Saum (fast); and if the sky is overcast and you can't see it (the crescent) then regard the month as having 30 days. (Bukhari)
From: Hadith of the Day
We all know that Facebook for BlackBerry is a hit or miss, depending on the user, but today the folks have released an update to address some issues that users were seeing. Many of us, myself included, got stuck with a timeline that wouldn't refresh or once the application was launched, it would just freeze up -- sometimes to the extent that a battery pull was needed. The update to version 220.127.116.11 should address both of these issues and probably some others that they didn't list, but either way be sure to hop into App World and grab the update now.
The future that Near Field Communications (NFC) promises is nothing short of astounding. However, the obstacles lying in the path of that future are just as great. NFC is honestly nothing new; as a technology, NFC has been around since 2004. In 2005, Cingular (now AT&T) installed NFC point of sale readers as a test in Philips Arena in Atlanta. They were confident that by 2010, over half of the wireless phones in the US would support NFC. Today, there are but a handful.
It's only in the recent past that NFC became something of a hot topic. As to why, I can't help but think that it has something to do with money. Mobile payments will be the driving force behind NFC adoption in Europe and North America. The other uses of NFC - Bluetooth pairing, smartcards, file sharing - just aren't important enough to design into a smartphone for the masses. At best, the features would seem gimmicky; at worst, unnecessary.
But paying for food; clothing; and Wal-Mart with your phone may very well become a thing. A great deal of the hardware required to do this is already in place; it's all thanks to that little chip that might be in your credit card right now.
CrackBerry.com's feed sponsored by ShopCrackBerry.com. Near Field Communication - what is it and why should I care?
The Video - Bold 9900 Full Walkthrough
Everything you need to know about the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in 10 minutes! Check out CrackBerry Kevin's walkthrough of the best BlackBerry ever to come out of Waterloo.
Youtube Link (expand video for full view)
Best keyboard ever! We love the addition of a high-resolution touchscreen display to the classic BlackBerry design. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is well-built, feels great in the hand, and the styling is tastefully luxurious. BlackBerry 7 improvements and solid tech specs deliver a super-fast user experience. It's the traditional BlackBerry experience on steroids.
We could rant on there not being enough apps available, but we realized the economy was in better shape before people started playing Angry Birds on their phones - so we'll let it slide since the 9900's full keyboard design is more focused on productivity and communication than wasting time. That said, we're sad the battery got downsized. We want all the BlackBerry juice we can get!
It's the best BlackBerry we've ever used or reviewed. Period. Exclamation Point!
On any given day I'm bombarded with e-mails. With the nonstop barrage of work that's piled on my desk some of the important ones will slip through the cracks. That's why I flag e-mail messages on my BlackBerry with follow-up reminders. They keep track of what warrants a reply or what needs to get done. I incorporate flags into my daily to do list at work but there are endless ways you can use them in your everyday life. Features differ depending if you're running on BIS or BES but we'll get to that later.
So you want to use BlackBerry Messenger to send text messages, do you? I don't blame you. BBM is an excellent place for keeping up with the people you message most frequently. Chat threads are saved and easily continued. Contacts can be split into different categories like "work" and "family" and "Wednesday Night Bowling League." And I find it much easier to start a text conversation by opening BBM and tapping on a contact. To send that same message using the Messages app, I have to open the app; touch Compose Message; then Text; then type in the name of the contact; and press enter. Already, BlackBerry Messenger is looking like a great place to store my text messaging BBM Contacts.
When a BBM contacts messages you, you'll get the standard new BBM notification. Whether that message comes from an actual BBM message or from a text message doesn't matter. After linking your BBM contacts to a BlackBerry Contact or adding a text only contact to BBM, you'll be able to converse entirely with that most powerful of messaging applications, BlackBerry Messenger.
OK. So as you probably have guessed, since unboxing the BlackBerry Bold 9900 I've been going non-stop putting the device through the ringer as I work on our CrackBerry review. We've already given our first impressions of this BlackBerry a few times over now (you know it's awesome!), so in CrackBerry fashion I'm making sure our full-out review is brimming with the nitty gritty details CrackBerry readers love.
Currently I'm in a bit of a pickle though, as I've done something apparently stupid.... I tried removing the MicroSD card from the Bold 9900 while the battery is still inserted. The location of the card slot is similar to that of the BlackBerry Bold 9780/9700 -- under the battery door below centered below the camera -- but on the 9900 this slot isn't angled like it is on the 9780/9700. So instead of the memory card nicely sliding out above an inserted battery, it slides out horizontally into the battery. And wouldn't you know it, but the battery has a perfect groove/indentation in it which the memory card slides into perfectly. So now I have a memory card wedged into the battery, and now I'm stuck. I need to either get the battery to pull out directly, or get the memory card slid back in fully so I can then get the battery out, but instead I'm just stuck here. Seriously, I've wasted over an hour now trying to get this resolved with no luck.
LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE... Don't try and remove the MicroSD Memory card from the BlackBerry Bold 9900 while the battery is inserted! Take the battery out. Then the card. Period. Watch the video for a good laugh. I'll update this post once I get this fixed... until them I'm still stuck with a wedged memory card/battery.
We all know that we can start typing a person's name in our BlackBerry address book to locate a contact. What about when you have several people with the same first name, or at the very least the same first letter? You could type in their first name and then scroll to the correct contact. While that doesn't usually take too much time, there is an even quicker way. Simply type in the contacts initals separated by a space. Now you have an even smaller list to select from or perhaps the exact contact you're looking for (very few people I know have the initials AZ). That's it!
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If you've been expereincing some issues with the previous build of BlackBerry Messenger then we have some good news for you all. BlackBerry Messenger v18.104.22.168 is now rolling out through the freshly beta zoned BlackBerry App World 3.0. While most of the change log remains untouched, you will take note that the "Show what I'm listening to" feature is back.
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Of the new BlackBerry 7 devices announced to date, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 is the first and only one to offer NFC support. I did ask around at the BlackBerry 7 Fan Night as to why NFC didn't also make an appearance in the Torch 9810, 9850, 9860, and while I didn't get a 100% straight answer, between the partial answers and a closer look at the battery door on the Bold 9900, I feel there's an explanation here.
Back at BlackBerry World, when we first went hands-on with the BlackBerry Bold 9900, we weren't allowed to take off the device's battery door. It turns out there's more to the new Bold's battery door than just good looks. As you can see in the picture above, the Bold 9900's battery door actually contains the NFC antenna. When you clip the battery door onto the 9900, the antenna leads connect back to internal circuitry. Cool stuff. And not only does the Bold 9900's battery door look cool and weigh next to nothing, but the carbon weave glass also allows for the signals (both radio and NFC) to pass through easily.
So when it comes back to the new Torches not having NFC, I think part of the explanation here is simply that to enable NFC you need to ensure the overall hardware design supports it (not just the chipset/software) and that likely the 9810 and 9850/9860 designs were finalized without considertion for this (or it was considered, but the ultimate design they wanted to go with didn't allow for a well-placed NFC antenna and/or thin battery door without doing some structural redesign). You need to be able to get the NFC antenna in a good place where it's going to work. In other words, RIM could have put NFC into the Torch 9850/9860, but it would have meant altering the shape of the device to get it all working 100%, which they didn't want to do with these devices, especially on a device like the 9850/9860 where you can tell design and feel are paramount.
Historically RIM has often rolled out new features (WiFi, GPS, Camera, etc.) only on one device model first, so putting it only on one of the new BB7 devices announced isn't a total surprise. And if they are going to put it on one device first, it makes sense RIM would first introduce it on the BlackBerry Bold. Though we were told all future devices will have NFC. But with NFC really still in its infancy, I don't think it's that big of a deal not to have it on the Torch 9810 or Torch 9850/9860.
What do you all think? It is a huge deal that the new Torches don't have NFC? Or not that big of a deal?? Let us know in the comments. And PS. If you read this post and don't know what NFC is, click here.
RIM has been making its rounds across some of the BlackBerry apps they control. This time around, BlackBerry Travel has received the update treatment pushing it to v126.96.36.199. While most of the listed change log was there previously, keen eyes will now notice the app has support for the upcoming BlackBerry 7 OS that will be loaded on upcoming devices:
Upgrades since V1.0:
You can find the update in BlackBerry App World right now, if you're not seeing it -- refresh App World or install it directly from the BlackBerry App World webstore. Thanks, @dwdsquared2!
CrackBerry member Kryngle noticed today that a new choice has appeared under Options on his Storm 2. It looks like you can now set up your BlackBerry ID from this menu, including your name, screen name, username (email address), password and recovery question. This Storm is running OS 5, and I didn't see this option on my Bold 9700 on BB6. Anyone else see this update, and if so, what triggered it?
CrackBerry.com's feed sponsored by ShopCrackBerry.com. BlackBerry ID now appearing in an Options Menu near you
The latest BlackBerry App World update is starting to roll out users, no -- it's not App World 3.0 but that's coming soon. The latest, is v188.8.131.52 and as it is right, no change log has been added to the release notes. Meaning you'll just simply have to dig through it all and let us know in the comments if you happen to find anything new. You can grab the update by refreshing App World or from the link below.
Throughout the day I used my BlackBerry in many ways for many different things. One of the reasons I love my BlackBerry is that is allows me to do what I need to in order to get things done efficiently. I'm a communicator - I need my email, SMS, phone, IM and not much more. I have my device setup the way I want it and make things work the way I need them to. We all have our devices setup in different ways that best suit our needs. Be it icon arrangement, themes, shortcuts, OS version or what have you, each and every device matches the needs of the user.
One of my favorite and most used tricks is a saved message search. Typically when I need to save an email on which I need to follow up, I simply leave it marked as unread in my inbox (on my device or in my email client) so I can get back to it later. I have a saved message search created on my BlackBerry that lets me easily find all of my unread messages so I know what needs to be done. Setting up a saved search for any type of message is quick and easy and can be a real time saver down the road. Keep reading and I'll show you the steps on setting up one of your own.
Today imo has announced a beta version of their multiprotocol IM client for BlackBerry. The app is free to download and features multiple services including AIM, Yahoo!, Gtalk, Skype, Jabber, MSN and more. The company has had a web app for quite some time, but this is the first release for BlackBerry Smartphones. While it's still a bit rough around the edges, imo is a pretty decent client if you like the ability to use multiple IM services all in one place. There are plenty of features to keep most users happy, and pretty much all of the "big name" services are included. The app is free (for now) in it's beta form and will soon be on the way to BlackBerry App World. Hit the link below from your device to download. Keep reading for some more screen shots.
Unit Converter Pro is a handy utility for students, teachers, and practitioners in engineering, physics, sciences, and technical subjects. It can quickly convert more than 800 different units in 20 categories.
It contains the most important conversion factors for length, area, volume, mass, force, pressure, density, energy, power, temperature, and time units. But it provides many high-specialized units and categories, too.
Unit Converter Pro offers fully customizable databases. You can add, remove, modify, or hide units, and categories.
Ver 1.1: The app allows you to input numbers without holding Alt key.
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Abu Huraira reported: We were in the company of Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) that we heard a terrible sound. Thereupon Allah's Apostle said: Do you know what (sound) is this? We said: Allah and His Messenger know best. Thereupon he said: That is a stone which was thrown seventy years before in Hell and it has been constantly slipping down and now it has reached its base. [Muslim Book 40 Hadith 6813]
From: Hadith of the Day
it was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “...When you ask of Allaah, ask Him for al-Firdaws, for it is in the middle of Paradise and is the highest part of Paradise, and above it is the Throne of the Most Merciful, and from it spring forth the rivers of Paradise.” [Bukhaari, 2637; Muslim, 2831]
From: Saniya Nasir
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reported that the devil said to God: "I shall continue to lead Thy servants astray as long as their spirits are in their bodies." And God replied: "(Then) I shall continue to pardon them as long as they ask for My forgiveness." [Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 742]
From: Hadith of the Day
If you are more of a desktop application type, you should try Fotobounce. It is a photo organizer for Windows and Mac OS X that helps you view and download photo albums from Facebook. They also support face recognition (which is pretty cool as it saves you time to tag your pics) and integration with both Facebook and Flickr. Download Fotobounce here.
On the Occasion of its National Day
STC Offers 50% Reduction on Calls and Messages
Outgoing to Indonesia
On the occasion of the national day of the Republic of Indonesia, Wednesday, August 24th 2011, STC announced an offer of 50% reduction for Aljawal customers that lasts for 24 hours.
The reduction includes Calls, SMS, MMS and Video Calls from Aljawal, SAWA and LANA to Indonesia, emphasizing that this comes from the company keenness to share its customers their happiness anywhere anytime along with helping them communicating with their beloved ones at the least cost, and opening wide sphere before customers for more communication with families, loved and friends in Indonesia at reduced prices that is not provided by any other operator.
The company also asserted that this offer reflects its social responsibility towards customers and widening the scope on this pleasant occasion for more communication movement between their beloved, families and friends in U.K at reduced prices that they cannot find with any other operator in KSA.
The company presents similar offers to many countries to enable the company's customers from different communities to enjoy reduction offers on calls to their families and relatives in their countries at half the real cost. It is worth mentioning that STC always strives to deliver outstanding high quality services that goes up to the aspirations of its customers and fits its status as the best and largest mobile phone's operator in the region.
I actually had all of this written up as part of the Hardware Analysis > Battery section of our upcoming full review of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but decided it would serve better as a standalone post (the full review is long enough as it is) so I can just post the summary within the review and link back to it here for those who want the full details.
I've been charting my Bold 9900 device usage and battery life for five days, as have our own Adam Zeis, Bla1ze and even Miss CrackBerry, and the conclusion on our end so far is that the battery life overall is pretty solid and on par with expectation RIM relayed to us of getting a full day of use out of the battery. Between the four of us we had a pretty good spread of usage cases, from Miss CB being a fairly light user (a lot of
messaging, some phone calls, and some web browsing) to crazy 'ole Bla1ze being on his BlackBerry more than any normal person should, doing just about everything he can think of.
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“O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salaah (prayer) on Friday (Jumu‘ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allah [Jumu‘ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salaah (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing). That is better for you if you did but know!” [Al-Jumu’ah 62:9]
From: Hadith of the Day
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had said, "The best day during which the sun have risen is Friday. It is the Day Adam was created. It is the day when Adam entered paradise and also when he was taken out from it. It is also the day on which the day of judgment takes place." [Imam Muslim, Abo-Dawod, Al-Nesaii, Al-Tirmithi]
From: Muhammad Zohair
Muslims around the globe have begun their holiest month of the year by giving up food, drink, smoking and other physical needs from dawn till dusk each day. In many communities, large dinner gatherings are held each evening to break the fast. The month also marks a time for Muslims to reexamine their lives through the prism of Islamic teachings. -- Lloyd Young
A student reads the Koran before morning prayer on the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo, Indonesia Central Java province, August 2. (Beawiharta/Reuters)
A Pakistani Muslim prepares food stuff for 'Iftar' a time to break their fast, on the first day of holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque August 2 in Karachi. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Shakil Adil/Associated Press) #
Women break fast at King Fahad Mosque on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Culver City California August 1. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) #
Libyan men perform the evening prayer at the end of the first fasting day of Islam's holy month of Ramadan in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on August 1. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images) #
Indonesian Muslims perform Tarawih, an evening prayer marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia July 31. During Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations from dawn to dusk. (Dita Alangkara/Associated Press) #
A man enters a mosque for evening prayers on the first day of Ramadan in Moscow August 1. (Denis Sinyakov/Reuters) #
A Kashmiri Muslim reads the Koran on the first day of Ramadan at the landmark Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on August 2. For Muslims across the world, the beginning of the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar which marks the start of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayers and fasting. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) #
The sun sets behind Al-hussein Mosque on the first day of Ramadan in Amman, Jordan Aug. 1. Religious authorities in most of the Middle East declared Monday the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a period devoted to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers and spiritual introspection. (Nader Daoud/Associated Press) #
A man tries a cap he bought to offer prayers during the Muslim's holy fasting month of Ramadan in Karachi, Pakistan August 1. (Shakil Adil/Associated Press) #
A Palestinian man hangs decorations for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan outside his home in Jerusalem's Old City July 31. (Ammar Awad/Reuters) #
A man reads the Koran on the first day of Ramadan while taking shelter from rain on a sidewalk in Lahore August 2. (/Mohsin Raza/Reuters) #
A vendor, selling corn, waits for customers after Iftar, or the breaking of the fast meal in Beylikduzu, a district of Istanbul August 1. (Osman Orsal/Reuters) #
An Afghan man makes sweets in a shop in Kabul on the eve of the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on July 31. Throughout the month devout Muslims must fast from dawn until sunset when they break for the Iftar meal. The fast is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca which able Muslims should do once in a lifetime. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images) #
Indian Muslims offer prayers prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on August 2. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Palestinian boy dressed in a FC Barcelona jersey reads the Koran, Islam's holy book, in the Al-Furqan mosque in Gaza City August 2. (Hatem Moussa/Associated Press) #
A Somali refugee girl reads the holy Koran at the Liban integrated academy at the Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border August 2. The United Nations estimates that more than 3.7 million people in Somalia, among them 800,000 children, are on the brink of starvation. The famine in the Horn of Africa is spreading and may soon engulf as many as six more regions of the lawless nation of Somalia, the U.N. humanitarian aid chief said on Monday. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #
A Kashmiri Muslim father and son wash themselves at a fountain in the compound of Jamia Masjid or grand mosque before offering afternoon prayers on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, India August 2. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press) #
A Kashmiri Muslim takes a nap at the landmark Jamia Masjid mosque in Srinagar on August 2. (/Tauseef Mustafa//AFP/Getty Images) #
Students pray during the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo, Indonesia's Central Java province, August 1. (Beawiharta/Reuters) #
An Egyptian riot policeman holds his national flag after armed forces removed the tents of several dozen protesters who refused to leave Tahrir Square after most groups had suspended a sit-in for the month of Ramadan in Cairo on August 1. (Mohamed Hossam/AFP/Getty Images) #
Internally displaced Somali women wait for food supplies at the Badbado refugee camp in the south of capital Mogadishu August 1. Somalia's famine refugees, weakened by months of drought, on Monday began the Ramadan fast amid tents and shacks of the world's largest refugee camp. (Omar Faruk/Reuters) #
A defected Yemeni soldier who joined sides with anti-regime protesters reads the Koran as he sits on an armoured vehicle near the entrance to Taghyeer Square in Sanaa August 2. After six months of mass protests seeking to end president Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule, demonstrators vow to continue their sit-in at Taghyeer square through the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan until their demands are met. (Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters) #
A Nepalese Muslim reads the Koran on the second day of the month-long fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu August 2. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters) #
A boy takes part in a prayer at Strasbourg's new Grand Mosque August 1. The mosque, which opened on Monday, held its first prayers to mark the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Vincent Kessler/Reuters) #
Afghan children holding empty utensils wait for food to be distributed on the first day of holy month of Ramadan outside a mosque in a poor neighborhood of Kabul, Afghanistan August 1. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press) #
Indian Muslim women offer the first 'Taraweeh' (special night prayers) at their residence in Hyderabad on August 1 ahead of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. For Muslims across the world, the beginning of the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar which marks the start of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayers and fasting. During Ramadan practicing Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke or have sexual relations between sunrise and sunset. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) #
Chinese Hui Muslim girls read the Koran, Islam's holy book, at the Niujie Mosque as they wait for their fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Beijing August 1. (Andy Wong/Assocaited Press) #
Chinese Hui Muslim boys waits in front of food as they wait to break their fast on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Beijing, August 1. (Andy Wong/Assocaited Press) #
A woman points skyward as she and her sons look for the crescent moon in Amman, Jordan July 31. Religious authorities in most of the Middle East declared that Monday will be the start of the holy month of Ramadan, a period devoted to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers and spiritual introspection. (Mohammad Hannon/Associated Press) #
An Indian Muslim looks on after breaking fast on the first day of Ramadan at Jama Mosque, in New Delhi August 2. (Manish Swarup/Associated Press) #
Children play next to a man praying before mass prayer session "Tarawih", which marks the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta July 31. (Supri/Reuters) #
Muslim woman attend mass prayer session "Tarawih", which marks the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Al Markaz Al Islami mosque in Makassar, South Sulawesi July 31. (Ahmad Yusuf/Reuters) #
Children help to distribute food for breaking fast on the first day of Ramadan at Jama Mosque, in New Delhi August 2. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Manish Swarup/Associated Press) #
A Nepalese Muslim boy prays on the second day of the holy fasting month Ramadan at a mosque in Katmandu, Nepal August 2. Muslims are a minority in this predominantly Hindu nation. Official data indicates only 4.3 percent of the country's 27 million people are Muslim. ( Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press) #
From: Ali Mohsin