Fasting during Ramadan, referred to with the term Sawm, is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. The other pillars are Shahada, the profession of faith; Salat, prayers; Zakat, giving alms; and the Hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca during the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. Many people, especially the well off, focus on giving alms during Ramadan. Above, street children in Afghanistan eat free food at a mosque in Kabul on Aug. 22.
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