Saturday, January 31, 2015

How do Muslims fast in the countries where Sun does not set?

Ramadan is one of the most important months of the Islamic Calendar. It's actually one of my favorites. The reason behind it is quite simple. It gives me the most opportunity to pray and follow the principles of Islam. One will have to agree that the amount of worship they do during Ramadan cannot be replaced with the amount they do round the year. Fasting takes a lot of strength and stamina no matter which part of the world you belong to. Like I said, it is compulsory for Muslims to fast whether it's too hot or too cold, whether it rains or snow. May be I'm exaggerating a bit too much since Islam does lay down that if there is no hardship or illness then one should fast.

Today's read will focus on a not so frequently asked question. This question asked by someone who may not be so familiar with the Islamic culture asked that what procedure should be followed in order to open a fast in a country, region or area where the sun does not set. After reading this question I paused and tried to re-read the question again in order to fully understand the situation the questioner asked me.

Genuinely one who can't seem to have an answer or has incomplete knowledge regarding any of this would either google search his queries or refer to the books or in most cases refer to the scholars who will eventually be the most reliable source regarding religion based questions. After a week worth of research I came up to a search result which one must follow if he or she is living in a country or state where the sun doesn't set such as Alaska and most of Northern Europe. Even in countries like London the fast seem to last for more than seventeen hours but the sun does set and rise.

Moving back to the question, those who live in countries like Northern Europe often have to wait for more than twenty hours. The solution to their query is that they must pray five times daily according to the time to their neighboring country where the sun does set. This should be followed by all those states where the day lasts for six months and the night lasts for six months as well. This is how they can fast on the places where the sun doesn't set. 

Though, this is not for those countries like the United Kingdom. But before following this principle, I would suggest you to ask from a Sharia expert about it. The knowledge I have gained regarding this matter is out of my search results which should not be taken as fully reliable.

Ramadan in Saudi Arabia


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