Devotees return to central Dhaka after attending the final prayers of the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims congregated in Tongi, a township in the north of Bangladesh’s capital, as the first phase of this year’s Bishwa Ijtema, one of the biggest Muslim gatherings in the world, came to an end.
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Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad on Wednesday
Afghan workers make sweets at a traditional ‘jelabi’ (sweet) factory ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Herat on Monday. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal. Traditionally, dates are known as the food the prophet Mohammad ate when he broke from his fast
Supporters of Imran Khan, Pakistani politician and former cricketer, stand next to his electoral poster at the venue of an election campaign meeting by his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), or Movement for Justice party, in Islamabad on Thursday. Mr Khan is due to make an address at the final rally by live video link from his Lahore hospital bed, following his fall from a makeshift lift during a meeting on Tuesday. The election this Saturday will be a democratic milestone in a country that has been ruled for half its history by the military, but the Pakistani Taliban have condemned it as un-Islamic
A Bahraini woman holds her national flag during an anti-government protest in solidarity with jailed political activist, Hisham Al-Sabbagh in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama. Al-Sabbagh, who is the spokesperson for the opposition party, Islamic Action Society (Amal), was arrested by police on April 26 following an early raid on his home, family said.
Protesters from the Islamic Action Front, and other opposition parties, shout slogans as they call for political and economic reform, and access to corruption cases, during a demonstration after Friday prayers in Amman, Jordan.