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Updated: 07/22/2014 08:00:01AM

Celebrating Ramadan

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Members of the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida pray toward Mecca during Ramadan.

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Dr. Tariq Khan and his son Rafeh break their fast on dates and water after the sun set Sunday. The pair are members of the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida, which is celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.

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Mohammed Lone, 60, of Port Charlotte, serves rice during the dinner held after a Ramadan service at the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida mosque Sunday night.

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Islamic Community of Southwest Florida Imam Azhar Subedar leads the members of the mosque in prayer during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Imam Azhar Subedar breaks his fast on a date and water following prayer at the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida Sunday night. Muslims are currently celebrating the holy month of Ramadan where they can not eat or drink during the day.

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Mohammed Iqbal, of England, leads members of the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida in prayer during a Ramadan service at the local mosque. Iqbal, an Islamic scholar, has memorized the Islamic holy book word for word.

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Shakera Subedar holds baby Ameer Khan during a Ramadan celebration Sunday.

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Members of the Islamic Community of Southwest Florida break their fast during a Ramadan ceremony Sunday in Charlotte Harbor. Sarah Sultana offers the traditional sweet dates.

By PAUL FALLON

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR — The Muslim community in Charlotte County is small, but people should not judge it by its size alone, said Imam Azhar Subedar.

The Islamic Community of Southwest Florida is actively involved throughout the area, Subedar said. The members are doctors, as well as county and city workers and entrepreneurs. The membership is also active in charities and donate funds to help the needy, he said.

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