Muslim women around the world are celebrating a milestone 20th anniversary of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, with some taking to social media to post images of themselves, wearing hijab or wearing the burqa.
Some Muslim women, who have been fighting to be recognised as women, are celebrating their 20th birthdays by sharing pictures of themselves in a hijab, or full-body veil, which covers the entire body except for the face.
The hijab is not a traditional Muslim garment, but it has become a popular fashion item among some Muslim women who want to express their identity.
“We feel we are a part of the world, we have our own culture, our own history,” said Muslim women from Australia, Canada, Britain and the US.
They say they are proud to wear a hijab for the first time, and to be able to take part in festivals, like the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrated around the Muslim calendar, as well as events like Eid al Adha celebrations, which take place every year in the holy month.
Hijabs are often worn by young Muslims who want an image of themselves to look “normal”, while others wear them for “spiritual reasons”.
But some Muslim men are wearing them for the same reason.
“I think it’s a very beautiful message for us,” said Ibrahim Abu-Shaykh, who lives in New York City and is Muslim.
He wears the hijab to support his family and said it made him feel more at home.
Others have adopted the hijab for personal reasons, like religious scholars.
There are more than 70 million Muslims in the world and most are Muslim women in countries like the US, Britain, France, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
Most Muslim women wear a head covering when they go out in public, although they do not wear it everywhere.
Women wear a full-face veil when they have a male guardian to keep them safe from the dangers of the streets.
Muslim women in the US are often the first to wear hijab in public when they come to school, and many say it gives them a sense of belonging to a community.
“It’s a great time to wear it,” said Hala Ahmed, a British Muslim woman in Brooklyn.
She said she had always been ashamed to wear the hijab, but decided to wear one last year, when her school was closing for Eid al Fitr celebrations.
Other Muslim women also wear the full- body veil for religious reasons, including for modesty.
Muslims around the globe celebrate the holy day with special festivals, celebrations and events.
The Islamic calendar, known as Ramadan, dates back to 632AD.
It is a month of fasting, which starts at sunset and ends at dawn.
It ends with the fast of Eid al adha, or Eid al Zakat, which commemorates the resurrection of Prophet Muhammad, and commemorates all of the Prophet’s life.
Its also the month of pilgrimage, when Muslim women go to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to offer prayers and fast.
The fasting Muslim women of the Middle East are also a major contributor to charity work around the Islamic world, according to the United Nations.
A report by the United States government last year said that Muslims worldwide were donating an estimated $50 billion a year to charities.
One study in Britain found that women in some Muslim countries were the top recipients of foreign aid, receiving $8.3 billion.
But some Muslims say that the money is too small to be of real benefit to the wider community.