Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque lights up for Ramadan

Updated On May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

As the holy month of Ramdan approaches fast, the third holiest shrine in Islam- al Aqsa mosque prepares for the holy month of Ramdan. Hundreds of thousands are axpected to visit the morque to offer their prayers.

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An employee of the Jordanian Waqf, or Islamic trust, that oversees the area, stands on a crane as he cleans the ceiling.Jerusalem buzzes with renewed energy in the days before the start of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month. There’s the bustle to prepare the al-Aqsa Mosque, the 8th-century Muslim shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, for the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who will come to pray. The Ramzan month is expected to begin from Friday evening. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

An employee of the Jordanian Waqf, or Islamic trust, that oversees the area, stands on a crane as he cleans the ceiling.Jerusalem buzzes with renewed energy in the days before the start of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month. There’s the bustle to prepare the al-Aqsa Mosque, the 8th-century Muslim shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, for the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who will come to pray. The Ramzan month is expected to begin from Friday evening. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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Al-Aqsa, in English means ‘The farthest mosque’. It alludes to a chapter of Quran in which the Muhammad travelled from Mecca to the farthest mosque and then up to Heaven. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

Al-Aqsa, in English means ‘The farthest mosque’. It alludes to a chapter of Quran in which the Muhammad travelled from Mecca to the farthest mosque and then up to Heaven. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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Palestinians employed by the Waqf, the Islamic trust that oversees the mosque and the ancient compound that surrounds it, set up tents for fasting worshippers to take respite from the heat alongside the golden Dome of the Rock. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

Palestinians employed by the Waqf, the Islamic trust that oversees the mosque and the ancient compound that surrounds it, set up tents for fasting worshippers to take respite from the heat alongside the golden Dome of the Rock. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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Firas Kazaz, a Palestinian muezzin dressed in traditional clothing calls Muslims to prayer, inside al-Aqsa Mosque. The faithful believe that it was during the month of Ramadan that God revealed the first verses of the Holy Quran, Islam’s sacred text to Mohammed. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

Firas Kazaz, a Palestinian muezzin dressed in traditional clothing calls Muslims to prayer, inside al-Aqsa Mosque. The faithful believe that it was during the month of Ramadan that God revealed the first verses of the Holy Quran, Islam’s sacred text to Mohammed. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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A shopkeeper sells Ramadan lanters, called fanous in the Old city of Jerusalem. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

A shopkeeper sells Ramadan lanters, called fanous in the Old city of Jerusalem. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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Muslim men pray inside al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest shrine in Islam.During the entire month, the believers fast from sunrise to sunset, a spiritual discipline of deep contemplation on ones relationship with God, increased charity and generosity and study of the holy Quran. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

Muslim men pray inside al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest shrine in Islam.During the entire month, the believers fast from sunrise to sunset, a spiritual discipline of deep contemplation on ones relationship with God, increased charity and generosity and study of the holy Quran. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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A Palestinian man hangs decorations at the entrance to the compound. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

A Palestinian man hangs decorations at the entrance to the compound. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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The twisting alleyways are filled with the scent of sweets eaten at Iftar, the nightly breaking of the fast, including atayef, sugar-soaked pancakes with cheese or nuts, and date-filled ajwa cookies. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

The twisting alleyways are filled with the scent of sweets eaten at Iftar, the nightly breaking of the fast, including atayef, sugar-soaked pancakes with cheese or nuts, and date-filled ajwa cookies. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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A Palestinian girl places her hand on a marble slab covered with perfume inside the Dome of the Rock. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

A Palestinian girl places her hand on a marble slab covered with perfume inside the Dome of the Rock. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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An employee constructs a shade during preparations for the holy month of Ramadan. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim people are expected to visit the mosque to offer prayers during the holy month. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2017 11:15 AM IST

An employee constructs a shade during preparations for the holy month of Ramadan. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim people are expected to visit the mosque to offer prayers during the holy month. (Ammar Awad/REUTERS)

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