American Muslims mark Ramadan with iftars, prayer and public service

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Prayer, fasting, gathering with friends and family at iftar, and engaging in community service are hallmarks of the American Muslim experience during Ramadan. Take a look at how American Muslims celebrate the holy month from coast to coast:

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A boy watches as worshippers pray during Eid Al-Fitr services at a mosque in Alabama. More than 50 mosques are located in the state.

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At the end of a day of fasting, family and friends gather to celebrate iftar at a restaurant in Washington. Many restaurants in America with Muslim patrons prepare special iftar menus.

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A member of a Muslim nonprofit group distributes food to the needy at an event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Many American Muslims give back to their communities during Ramadan.

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American Muslims smile after Eid Al-Fitr prayers outside their mosque in Bay Shore, New York. Like in many Muslim-majority countries, Eid Al-Fitr in America is a time for gift giving and visiting loved ones.

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A boy pours drinks in preparation for an interfaith iftar at a mosque in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Jews from the community joined Muslims for the iftar, and both groups prayed for peace.

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Young American Muslim women take a break from walking around the Mall of America during Eid Al-Fitr in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Roughly 1 out of every 100 Americans is Muslim. The president honors outstanding American Muslims at the annual White House iftar.  You can also watch American Muslims tell their own stories.