Fasting Duration In Ramazan All Over The World
Fasting Duration In Ramazan All Over The World: Ramadan 2018: Longest and shortest fasting times in the world: We look at the countries that have the longest and shortest intervals from Fajr to Maghreb
We used sunrise and sunset timings in major cities of these countries to calculate the intervals between Fajr (preceding sunrise by 90 minutes) and Maghreb (marking sunset) on the first day of Ramadan, May 17.
Muslims all over the world are fasting during Ramadan. The holy month is observed across six continents and spans time zones in every corner of the world.
Fasting hours differ considerably, with some countries fasting for as long as 21 hours, while some fasting less than 11 hours a day.
Even with fasting hours lengthening over the month, current statistics show that the country with the longest fast is Iceland, clocking in nearly 21 hours (20 hours and 17 minutes), from 2:27am for Fajr till 10:44pm for Maghrib.
Finland and Greenland come in second with 19 hours each, with a difference of four minutes (19:25, 19:21, respectively), followed by Norway and Sweden (19:19, 19:12, respectively).
On the other end of the spectrum, the country with the shortest fast is Chile, clocking in a mere 10 hours and 33 minutes. That’s a difference of 10 hours and 44 minutes from Iceland’s time!
Other countries with less than 12 hours a day of fasting are New Zealand with 11 hours and 35 minutes, and South Africa with 11 hours and 47 minutes.
Brazil and Australia tied for fourth place at 11 hours and 59 minutes exactly!
The UAE, in comparison, clocks in nearly 14 hours and 52 minutes.
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.
The longest fast in Europe based 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 neighboring 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.
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