Iraqi Shia Muslim worshippers carry a mock coffin outside the Imam al-Kadhim shrine as they gather to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam on Thursday in the Kadhimiya district of northern Baghdad
Rebel fighters pray beside the al-Sayyad hill bordering the town of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama in Syria
Palestinian boys attend Friday prayers as they sit at the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in the Shejaia neighbourhood east of Gaza City
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Palestinians pictured through a gate as they perform Friday prayers at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip to demand that Egyptian authorities open the crossing
Palestinian worshippers walk outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem. Israel eased restrictions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced agreement on steps to reduce tensions at the flashpoint compound
The Muslim holy site of the Dome of the Rock on the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.
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A Myanmar Shia Muslim child stands outside a mosque during a procession for the Ashura festival in Yangon. Ashura marks the peak of 10 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam
Iraqi Shia Muslims self-flagellate in Basra during a ceremony to mark Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
Palestinians are blocked by Israel security forces from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third most holy site, on Monday, following clashes from the last week by Palestinians protesting against Jews visiting the flash point holy site during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles
A couple pass in front of a mural of a Muslim woman painted on a wall in an inner city suburb of Sydney on Thursday. Australian military jets are to join in the US-led air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, conducting refuelling and support missions
Iraqi Shias clean the grave of a relative at one of the world’s biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf, on Tuesday in Iraq
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A Muslim man reads the Koran during the holy month of Ramadan inside Al-Refaie mosque in the old Islamic area of Cairo
Iranian women recite verses of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran va Bidgol
Shia tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq
Palestinian children at a summer camp organized by Hamas on Tuesday. Thousands of elementary school students in the Gaza Strip take part in recreational activities and political demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails
Kashmiri Muslim women offer prayers following Meeraj-un-Nabi celebrations at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar. Thousands on Friday thronged to the shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammed, to celebrate the prophet’s ascension to heaven
Dressed in a burka, a Pakistani child, whose family was displaced from Pakistan’s tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, stands outside a mosque, where children hold daily Madrasa, or Islamic school, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan
A Muslim Shia man, acting as the prophet Jesus, centre, and his apostles before the battle of Karbala, take part in the annual religious performance of “Taazieh” in the town of Noosh Abad near the central Iranian city of Kashan. The event marks the mourning period of Ashura which commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammed.
An Iraqi youth in a Baghdad workshop makes a belt for the annual Shia Muslim commemoration of Ashura. The Arabic embossment reads ‘In your service, Hussein’, referring to the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.
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A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual Haj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca early on Monday morning. An estimated 2m Muslims were in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage.