Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail|17 May 2018|01 Ramadaan 1439

The longest fast in Europe is in Iceland with just four hours of night time, while Spain, Turkey and other countries have comparatively lower intervals, ranging around 16 hours of fasting.

Greenland being the northern-most country in the Americas has the longest interval between Fajr and Maghreb at 20 hours and 8 minutes. Argentina has the shortest fasting time at 11 hours and 46 minutes.

The shortest fast out of all our neighbouring Arab countries will be in Sana’a, Yemen at 14 hours and 22 minutes.
Australia in the south also has short fasting times at around 11 hours and 50 minutes while Italy will fast for 16 hours and 7 minutes

Pakistan – 15 hours and 27 minutes

UAE 14 hours and 51 minutes with Saudi Arabia at 14 hours and 41 minutes. Lastly, most provinces in South Africa will fast for just over 12 hours.

Fun fact: In countries where sunset and sunrise are too close (less than 3 hours apart) or are indistinguishable, fatwas have been issued to allow Muslims to follow the timings of the closest city that has have distinguishable day and night timings.

NB. The sunrise and sunset timings in major cities of these countries were used to calculate the intervals between Fajr (preceding sunrise by 90 minutes) and Maghreb (marking sunset) on the first day of Ramadan, May 17.


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