Tuesday, 23 July 2013

[PF:172366] Ramadan 2013 begins






A Nepalese Muslim boy offers Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu on July 12. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A Muslim woman prays after her iftar (breaking fast) meal on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in India at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi on July 11. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters) #

Indonesian Muslims prepare to sight the new moon from the rooftop of the Al-Hidayah Basmol mosque in Jakarta on July 8 in preparation for the beginning of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. The start of the holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful abstain from eating from dawn to sunset, is determined by the sighting of the new moon. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Nepalese Muslim reads the Koran during the month-long fasting in the holy month of Ramadan in Kathmandu on July 11. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters) #


A Musaharati, or dawn awakener, strikes his drum to wake observant Muslims for their overnight 'sahur', last meal, before the day's fast during Ramadan in Sidon's Old City in south Lebanon just before dawn on July 12. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters) #

Muslims offer first Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on July 12. (Jitendra Prakash/Reuters) #

A Pakistani Muslim boy reads the Koran during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Peshswar, Pakistan, 16 July 16. Muslims all over the world are observing Ramadan, which prohibits food, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (Bilawal Arbab/European Pressphoto Agency) #


Students read the Koran on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 10. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press) #

A Pakistani woman receives milk, sweetened with fruit juice, for Iftar to break the fast during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on July 15. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (B.K. Bangash/Associated Press) #


Foreign Muslim workers break their fast with a free Iftar dinner during the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, on July 15. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Yemeni girl wearing traditional costume, attends a festival for children to welcome the Holy month of Ramadan in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, on July 8. Muslims throughout the world including Yemen prepare for the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar with the dawn-to-dusk fast, prayers and spiritual introspection. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press) #


A Palestinian Muslim worshipper sneaks through a hole in the Old City wall near the Lions Gate after prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, on July 12. Muslim worshippers attended the first Friday prayers of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A young Muslim boy helps his friend to put on a turban at a mosque in Ampang, suburbs of Kuala Lumpur on July 11. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Muslim newly wed couple prepares to pose for wedding photos at Niujie Mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Beijing on July 16. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of Ramadan, refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Andy Wong/Associated Press) #


Students sit in circles during a Quran recital class on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 10. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press) #

Kashmiri Muslim devotees stretch out their hands to receive offerings outside a shrine on the first day of Ramadan in Srinagar, India, on July 11. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press) #

A Free Syrian Army fighter washes himself before the time for iftar, or breaking fast, during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district on July 15. (Muzaffar Salman/Reuters) #


Umm Atheer sits near her son, Atheer Ali, 5, who was burned in a car bomb attack in Kut, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, on July 15. The car bomb exploded among shops and take-away restaurants in central Kut shortly before the breaking of the Ramadan fast on Sunday. (Karim Kadim/Associated Press) #

An border police officer stands guard as Palestinian women cross the Qalandia checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, on July 12. (Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press) #

An Egyptian army soldier reads Islam's holy book, the Koran as he sits on his armored personnel carrier, near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, on the second day of Ramadan, July 11. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood vowed Thursday not to back down in its push to restore ousted Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi to power but insisted its resistance is peaceful in an effort to distance itself from more than a week of clashes with security forces. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press) #

Egyptian army APCs are stationed outside the presidential palace as opponents of ousted president Mohammed Morsi gather to break their fast with the iftar meal in Cairo on July 12. Tens of thousands of Morsi's supporters gathered vowing to keep fighting for his reinstatement, as rival rallies defending his overthrow underlined Egypt's bitter divisions. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian man prays in a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on July 12. (Ali Ali/European Pressphoto Agency) #


Members of the family of Palestinian Abu Jaber gather between graves of the Almaamadani Muslim cemetery adjacent to their family's place of living, for breaking fast during the month of Ramadan in Azkola, central Gaza Strip, on July 15. Abu Jaber's family, two men, two women and five children, lives at the cemetery in difficult and poor conditions. Jaber says he lives in this place because he can not afford a healthy housing for himself and his family with just a small daily income from random jobs. He and his children are not employed and are depending on the assistance of Civil Affairs department of the government of Gaza. (Ali Ali/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi, pray after breaking their fast, during the Islamic month of Ramadan, in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, on July 11. (Manu Brabo/Associated Press) #

Indian Muslim men gather to sight the crescent moon in the compound of Jamia Masjid or Grand Mosque in New Delhi, India, on July 10. The new moon heralds the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, prayer and charitable giving for Muslims worldwide. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press) #

A Muslim women wears a purple uniform as she performs the night prayer known as Tarawikh as millions of Muslims observe the holiday of Ramadan on July 16 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Rahman Roslan/Getty Images) #

A supporter of ousted president Mohammed Morsi prays before breaking the daily Ramadan fast on the second day of Ramadan, the sacred holy month for Muslims where many will fast from sun-up to sun-down on July 11 in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt continues to be in a state of political paralysis following the ousting of former President and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi by the military. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #


A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays outside a shrine on the first day of Ramadan in Srinagar, India, on July 11. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of Ramadan, refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press) #

A worker drains soybeans after they have been boiled at a small tempeh factory on July 12 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tempeh is an Indonesian staple made from fermented soybeans. The Indonesian government has said that it will increase food imports during the Ramadan fasting month to reduce inflation caused by increased food consumption during the month leading up to and during the Eid Al Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month. (Ed Wray/Getty Images) #

An Israeli border policeman, right, stands by as a Palestinian man prepares decorations at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa mosque ahead of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, on July 8. (Abir Sultan/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Flint resident Salma Al-Midani, 16, left, and Ahmad Deeb, work to hang up decorations at the Flint Islamic Center on July 9 in preparation for the Islamic tradition of Ramadan that starts on July 10. Hundreds are expected to gather at the center for the Terawih prayer, which leads into a month of fasting. (Michelle Tessier/Mlive.Com/The Journal via Associated Press) #

An Acehnese man reads a book while waiting for the time to break his fast between the pillars of a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on July 10. (Heri Juanda/Associated Press) #

A woman sits against the shuttered gate of a store in a market on the first day of Ramadan, the sacred holy month for Muslims where many will fast from sun-up. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

An Indian worker makes vermicelli inside a cottage factory in Lucknow, India, on July 16. Vermicelli is in great demand among Muslims when they break their day long fast during the holy month of Ramadan. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press) #

At the base for Mohammed Morsi supporters, a boy waits in line to receive food in order to break the days fast on the first day of Ramadan, the sacred holy month for Muslims where many will fast from sun-up to sun-down on July 10 in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt continues to be in a state of political paralysis following the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi by the military. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

Students from an Islamic boarding school pray during the Koran recitation "Tadarus" during Ramadan in a mosque in Medan of Indonesia's North Sumatra province in this on July 11. (Reuters) #

An Afghan man prays after breaking his fast on the first day of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 10. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters) #

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[PF:172365] Birth Of A Prince


It's a BOY! Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to healthy baby and future King weighing 8lb 6oz at 4.24pm with proud Prince William by her side

  • Birth announced by a press release sent out from the palace at 8.30pm GMT
  • Official announcement then placed on easel outside Buckingham Palace for the waiting crowds to see
  • Duchess of Cambridge and her son are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight
  • Queen and Duke of Edinburgh said to be 'delighted' at news of their great grandson's birth
  • The Prime Minister, Archbishop of Canterbury and Leader of the Opposition all express their congratulations
  • David Cameron says 'the whole country will celebrate' the birth of the new Royal baby
  • Kate was admitted to hospital at around 5.30am and arrived in car with Prince William
  • The 31-year-old planned to give birth to the royal baby naturally and she was not induced into labour
  • Future king was born at the same hospital in Paddington where Princess Diana had Princes William and Harry
  • Prince William was by his wife's side at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London
  • He will now take two weeks' paternity leave and accept the full entitlement of £136.78 per week
  • The royal couple did not know the sex of the baby who will replace Harry as third in line to the throne
  • Royal couple helped to St Mary's by protection officer who went with Prince Harry on infamous Vegas trip last year
  • Police officer shows off his security briefing note in full view of hundreds of cameras this afternoon
  • Royal Navy crew on HMS Lancaster and HMS Kent spelled out 'Boy' on deck as a tribute to royal couple
PUBLISHED: 19:30 GMT, 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 05:13 GMT, 23 July 2013



An overjoyed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the proud parents of a 'beautiful' baby boy, as Britain celebrates the birth of a future king.
The couple's son was delivered at 4.24pm yesterday in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington weighing a bouncing 8lbs 6oz and with his proud father looking on.
The as yet unnamed baby will be given the title His Royal Highness and be known as Prince (Name) of Cambridge, after a decree by the Queen earlier this year.
The new prince is third in the line of succession, displacing Prince Harry to fourth and the Duke of York to fifth, although he may not become sovereign for half a century or more.
Recent legislation allowing female heirs to automatically accede to the throne if they are first born will clearly not affect the Cambridge's son, but will have a bearing on any of his children.

The big day has arrived: An easel stands in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital
The big day has arrived: An easel stands in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital
It's a boy: The message displayed outside the palace telling the world that there is a new prince in the British royal family
It's a boy: The message displayed outside the palace telling the world that there is a new prince in the British royal family
The Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim, a footman, place the official document
The Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim, a footman, place the official document
Celebration time! Thousands of well wishers mob the gates of Buckingham Palace as the news of the Duchess of Cambridge's baby was revealed tonight
Celebration time! Thousands of well wishers mob the gates of Buckingham Palace as the news of the Duchess of Cambridge's baby was revealed tonight
The waiting crowds cheer as the Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim a footman place on an easel in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace a notification, to announce the birth of a baby boy
The waiting crowds cheer as the Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim a footman place on an easel in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace a notification, to announce the birth of a baby boy
Britain rejoices: Monarchists clamour for a better view as the news is revealed outside the Queen's home
Britain rejoices: Monarchists clamour for a better view as the news is revealed outside the Queen's home
A police officer tries to control a crowd of people trying to get to the railing to take pictures of the notice proclaiming the birth of the Royal baby
A police officer tries to control a crowd of people trying to get to the railing to take pictures of the notice proclaiming the birth of the Royal baby
Happy: One girl shouts with joy as she hears that the couple have had a baby boy
Happy: One girl shouts with joy as she hears that the couple have had a baby boy
Fascinated: Two children in the crowd climb on adults' shoulders to grab a better view of the palace
Fascinated: Two children in the crowd climb on adults' shoulders to grab a better view of the palace
News of the royal birth - which came after an 11 hour labour - was not made public by Kensington Palace until 8.29pm last night, four hours after the baby was born.
Sources said the couple 'just wanted to spend a little time together to bond as a family' and inform members of both families privately before the news was disseminated to the world. William made those calls personally.
The Queen, who arrived back at Buckingham Palace just after 3pm yesterday, declared herself 'delighted' - as did all.
Kate, 31, will remain in hospital overnight with her baby - her husband is also, unusually, expected to stay with her - but may be discharged as early as tomorrow after being assessed by doctors first thing.
Surprisingly, no family visitors were expected last night - not even the Middleton family - as the couple want to spend some time alone together, sources told the Mail.
Ram: People straining to look at a notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Ram: People straining to look at a notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Iconic: Crowds climb the Victoria memorial to try and get a better view
Iconic: Crowds climb the Victoria memorial to try and get a better view
Photographers: Members of the public are desperate to capture a piece of the special moment
Photographers: Members of the public are desperate to capture a piece of the special moment
Resplendent:The baby boy was born at 4.24pm and weighed in at 8lbs 6oz
Resplendent:The baby boy was born at 4.24pm and weighed in at 8lbs 6oz
In its official statement Kensington Palace said : 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.
'The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.
'The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
'The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.
'Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.
Royal aide Ed Perkins leaves St Mary's with the official announcement that the Cambridges' son has been born
Royal aide Ed Perkins leaves St Mary's with the official announcement that the Cambridges' son has been born
A Jaguar car is driven into the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace bringing the news to announce the birth
A Jaguar car is driven into the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace bringing the news to announce the birth
After the message's delivery, the Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes, right, is given the official notification in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace
After the message's delivery, the Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes, right, is given the official notification in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace
A day for celebrations: Royal fans mob the gates of the Palace, trying to get the best photographs as the announcement is put in place
A day for celebrations: Royal fans mob the gates of the Palace, trying to get the best photographs as the announcement is put in place

Blue for a boy: The crew of HMS Lancaster celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son on patrol in the Caribbean
Blue for a boy: The crew of HMS Lancaster celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son on patrol in the Caribbean
Tribute: Sailors on the HMS Kent spelled out the word BOY on the ship's flight deck to send their best wishes and congratulations to the royal couple
Tribute: Sailors on the HMS Kent spelled out the word BOY on the ship's flight deck to send their best wishes and congratulations to the royal couple
Vast: Crowds of tourists and well-wishers gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue and at the gates outside Buckingham Palace today
Vast: Crowds of tourists and well-wishers gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue and at the gates outside Buckingham Palace today as they wait for the royal baby to be born
Preparations: Crowds have flocked to the areas outside Buckingham Palace, where the baby's birth will be announced in the coming hours
Preparations: Crowds have flocked to the areas outside Buckingham Palace, where the baby's birth will be announced in the coming hours
Excited: Huge numbers of people are gathering outside Buckingham Palace, which has had a red rope erected to control crowds
Excited: Huge numbers of people are gathering outside Buckingham Palace, which has had a red rope erected to control crowds
Anticipation: For weeks people have been sleeping outside the Lindo Wing, where the baby is born, and now many will also wait outside the Queen's home
Anticipation: For weeks people have been sleeping outside the Lindo Wing, where the baby is born, and now many will also wait outside the Queen's home
Royal excitement: Enthusiasts gather outside Buckingham Palace today and some tourists cool off in the fountains on what has been the hottest day of the year
Royal excitement: Enthusiasts gather outside Buckingham Palace today and some tourists cool off in the fountains on what has been the hottest day of the year
Royal baby coming: Members of the public cool off in the pools outside Buckingham Palace today as the country waits for news about the royal birth
Royal baby coming: Members of the public cool off in the pools outside Buckingham Palace today as the country waits for news about the royal birth
Fever pitch: There were huge cheers and a rushing crowd as the Queen arrived back at Buckingham Palace with her corgis this afternoon ahead of the birth of the royal baby
Fever pitch: There were huge cheers and a rushing crowd as the Queen arrived back at Buckingham Palace with one of her dorgis this afternoon ahead of the birth of the royal baby.
Hot weather: Police officers carry bottles of water outside St Mary's Hospital this afternoon as the heatwave continues
Hot weather: Police officers carry bottles of water outside St Mary's Hospital this afternoon as the heatwave continues
Police presence: A major security operation is underway at the west London hospital with dozens of officers on duty to maintain order
Police presence: A major security operation is underway at the west London hospital with dozens of officers on duty to maintain order

Grandfather-to-be: Prince Charles out and about in York today going ahead with his normal schedule as his son was at the Duchess' bedside in west London

Grandfather-to-be: Prince Charles out and about in York today going ahead with his normal schedule as his son was at the Duchess' bedside in west London
Grandfather, Prince Charles out and about in York today going ahead with his normal schedule as his son was at the Duchess' bedside in west London
Echoes through time: Charles and Diana showed off their newborn son Prince William to an enthralled nation outside the Lindo Wing in 1982
Echoes through time: Charles and Diana showed off their newborn son Prince William to an enthralled nation outside the Lindo Wing in 1982





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