The holy month of Ramadan is here and millions of Muslims all over the world are fasting every day from sunrise to sunset in order to develop a deep relationship with Allah,but do you ever wonder for how long Muslims would have to fast in various parts of the world? For example, in a country like Finland, where the sun sets only for around 55 minutes, fasting is certainly not an easy task.
More than 1.6 billion people all over the world have been fasting and they all have different durations of fasting on the basis of their geography. As stated, Muslims living in the Arctic Circle (i.e. countries like Finland, Sweden, etc.) have been fasting for as long as 22 to 23 hours. As unbelievable as it might sound, the devotees there are doing pretty well. According to them, Allah is giving them just the right inspiration to fast for so long without any trouble. Other European countries like France, Spain, Germany, Austria, and more are expected to observe the average duration of fasting for 16 to 17 hours per day during the month of Ramadan. Muslims living in the UK might have to fast for a few more hours due to their closeness to the Arctic region, with duration of around 17 to 18 hours.
The entire month of Ramadan is celebrated with friends and family as devotees prepare for the festival and exchange gifts with their loved ones while having a great time. If we move to North America, then we can observe the devotees living in Canada observing the fast for around 17 to 19 hours, while Muslims living in the USA would be fasting for around 16 hours a day. If we move to South America, then we may observe that Muslims in Argentina would be fasting for around 9 to 10 hours. Here, a significant difference can be seen between the time duration of Argentina and Canada.
Australia is also below the Equator and because of its geography, it has been expected that disciples there would be fasting for around 11 hours every day, which is again less than the average. If we move to Africa, then we might observe an average duration of fasting since it is close to the Equator. Muslims living in countries like Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Libya, and more would be fasting for around 14 to 15 hours.
When it comes to Asian countries like India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and more that are located nearby, it is expected for the fasting duration to remain around 14 to 16 hours, depending on their respective location and the closeness to the Equator. Various countries located in the Middle East like Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, etc. are expected to observe duration of 14 to 15 hours of fasting. Though, the Middle East is expected to experience their hottest summer in the last thirty years, with Saudi Arabia to reach its record high, which will certainly make it a little tough for the devotees.
The hours of fasting depends on the duration of the day – that is the time between the sunrise and the sunset, which varies heavily from one country to another. With a few countries observing the fasting duration of 20 hours to others observing the same for as little as 10 hours, the difference is really significant.
No matter what the duration could be, it is all about the love and devotion that one has towards Allah, which makes Ramadan such an auspicious and beloved month. Let us know for how long are you fasting this month and what are the traditions that you follow?
Have a prosperous festive season!