Photos: Indian Muslims celebrate the start of Ramadan |


New Delhi, India – India is home to the third largest Muslim population in the world, with about 200 million Muslims living as a minority in a predominantly Hindu country in the country.

According to new data on religious projections from the Pew Research Center, India will have the largest population of two of the largest religions in the world – Hinduism and Islam – in the coming decades.

By 2050, the country is expected to have 311 million Muslims, 11 percent of the global total.

This Ramadan, Muslims in the capital New Delhi have gathered to celebrate the arrival of the holy month according to their social and cultural customs, giving Ramadan its own identity.

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Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims, with intense prayer, self-discipline, fasting from sunrise to sunset, and nightly celebrations.

Al Jazeera visited old Muslim quarters, historic mosques, seminaries and markets in the historic capital to bring you this gallery of how Muslims celebrate Ramadan in India.


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