Iftar in China: How Muslims break their Ramadan fast in Beijing

Published 11:44 PM ET, Tue July 7, 2015
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Iftar is the meal Muslims share after a long day of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. People at the Niujie Mosque in Beijing are preparing snacks in front of the Minaret, awaiting the sunset on Monday, July 6. Shen Lu/CNN
Muslims here break the fast sharp at 7:45 p.m. when the sun sets. According to the Pew Foundation, China has more than 23 million Muslims -- 1.8% of the population. Most live in China's northwest. Shen Lu/CNN
The fasters eat dates, cookies and watermelon once the sun sets. China has been accused by some critics -- including the Turkish government -- of restricting some members of its Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang province from observing Ramadan. China denies this. Shen Lu/CNN
A man enjoys a piece of watermelon on July 6. Shen Lu/CNN
A man prays in Niujie Mosque, the oldest and largest mosque in Beijing, July 6. It was built in the year of 996. Shen Lu/CNN
Shortly after the snacks, people return to the mosque's worship hall to perform the fourth prayer of the day. Shen Lu/CNN
Men pray at the Niujie Mosque on July 6. Shen Lu/CNN
Women serve Iftar at the mosque, an evening meal Muslims eat together after ending their daily Ramadan fast. Shen Lu/CNN
About 200 Muslims took part in the Iftar meal at the Niujie Mosque on July 6. Shen Lu/CNN
Men enjoy their Iftar meal at the mosque. Shen Lu/CNN