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Every day at Iftar up to 15,000 people break their fast at the  Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Every day at Iftar up to 15,000 people break their fast at the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In Jerusalem, a soup kitchen has been catering to the needy for 450 years
  • A mother is campaigning to give Lebanese children with cancer the right to an education
  • IME visits the hometown of Kahlil Gibran, author of "The Prophet"
  • The Arab Image Foundation is showing the region's history as captured by local photographers

Watch Inside the Middle East on Wednesday, Sept. 1: 08.30, 16.30. Saturday, Sept. 4: 08.30, 17.00, 20.30. Sunday, Sept. 5: 05.30, 17.30. Monday, Sept. 6: 03.00. (All times GMT)

(CNN) -- Ramadan round up

As Muslims around the world mark the holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem, Paula Hancocks takes us to a soup kitchen that caters to orphans and the needy in a building dating from the 14th century.

In Abu Dhabi, Stan Grant reports from the Sheikh Zayed mosque where every day at Iftar up to 15,000 people come to break their fast.

In Cairo, we look at how the decorative Ramadan lantern or "fanous," traditionally handmade in Egypt, is facing increasing competition from a foreign manufacturer.

Schooling children with cancer in Lebanon

Last year, Mireille Nassif lost her 12-year-old son Paul to bone cancer. Now she's on a mission to make sure other Lebanese children with cancer have the right to education so they can keep up with their schooling -- if need be, until their last day.

She recently hosted a marathon raise money to pay for tutors. Rima Maktabi meets the woman behind the vision and the children whose lives she hopes to improve.

The roots of Kahlil Gibran

Renowned internationally for his writing and poetry, especially his 1923 masterpiece "The Prophet," Kahlil Gibran has been inspiring readers for generations.

We visit his hometown Bsharri in the mountains of Lebanon and see his manuscripts, his many paintings, and his burial site under a cedar tree where his epitaph reads, "I am alive like you, and I am standing beside you. Close your eyes and look around, you will see me in front of you."

Arab Image Foundation

An artist's mirror self-portrait in 1950s Cairo, a woman with a snake in 1930s Baghdad, a family portrait from 1960s Lebanon: These are the kinds of photos housed at the Arab Image Foundation.

The NGO's mission is to collect, preserve and study photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab Diaspora.

Aiming to show this region's visual history as represented by local photographers rather than foreign travelers, the foundation is fighting to spread awareness about the importance of preserving the region's cultural history.