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IOS Minaret Vol-1, No.1 (March 2007)
Vol. 12    Issue 02   01 - 15 June 2017

Ramadan 2017: Fasting hours around the world

Fasting will be the longest in Greenland and Sweden, and shortest in Chile and Australia.

Alia Chughtai

During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast for a full lunar month - they begin fasting at the Fajr call to prayer just before sunrise and break their fast at sundown.

In recent years, Ramadan has moved increasingly into the summer months which bring long days in the northern hemisphere and sweltering heat for many countries. Conversely, Ramadan has fallen on the shortest, winter days in the southern hemisphere.

Last year, fasting hours across the world ranged between 11 and 22 hours. This year, fasting hours will range between 10 hours in Chile and 21 hours in Greenland.

Al Jazeera takes a look at how many hours Muslims, for whom fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, will be fasting every day.

Fasting hours

Because the sun rises and sets a little earlier (or a little later) each day, fasting hours in Ramadan also change by a few minutes throughout the month.

By the end of Ramadan, the day will be a little longer than at the beginning in some countries, and shorter in others.

Below is how long fasting hours are estimated to be in cities around the world. Actual fasting hours and times will vary by day, as well as calculation methods.

- Nuuk, Greenland: 21 hours of fasting, from 2:16am to sunset at 11:14pm in the evening

- Oslo, Norway: 20 hours, from 2:24am to 10:15pm

- Helsinki, Finland: 20 hours, from 2:26am to 10:24pm

- Stockholm, Sweden: 19,5 hours, from 1:57am to 9:39pm

- Moscow, Russia: 19 hours, from 1:49am to 8:56pm

- Copenhagen, Denmark: 19 hours, from 2:29am to 9:36pm

- Berlin, Germany: 19 hours, from 2:41am to 9:34pm

- Calgary, Canada: 18,5 hours, from 3:05am to 9:39pm

- Warsaw, Poland: 18,5 hours, from 2:03am to 8:42pm

- London, UK: 18,5 hours, from 2:29am to 9:03pm

- Astana, Kazakhstan: 18,5 hours, from 2:43am to 9:15pm

- Brussels, Belgium: 18,5 hours, from 3:12am to 9:41pm

- Zurich, Switzerland: 18 hours, from 2:58am to 9:10pm

- Paris, France: 18 hours, from 3:23am to 9:41pm

- Bucharest, Romania: 17,5 hours, from 3:19am to 8:50pm

- Rome, Italy: 17 hours, from 3:36am to 8:35pm

- Madrid, Spain: 16,5 hours, from 4:51am to 9:36pm

- Lisbon, Portugal: 16,5 hours, from 4:22am to 8:53pm

- Athens, Greece: 16,5 hours, from 4:15am to 8:40pm

- Beijing, China: 16,5 hours, from 2:55am to 7:33pm

- New York, US: 16,5 hours, from 3:54am to 8:17pm

- Pyongyang, North Korea: 16,5 hours, from 2:51am to 7:24pm

- Ankara, Turkey: 16,5 hours, from 3:27am to 8:09pm

- Tokyo, Japan: 16 hours, from 2:44am to 6:49pm

- Kabul, Afghanistan: 16 hours, from 3:02am to 6:58pm

- Rabat, Morocco: 16 hours, from 3:38am to 7:31pm

- Islamabad, Pakistan: 16 hours, from 3:20am to 7:11pm

- Tehran, Iran: 16 hours, from 4:06am to 8:13pm

- Baghdad, Iraq: 16 hours, from 3:16am to 7:05pm

- Beirut, Lebanon: 16 hours, from 3:49am to 7:42pm

- Aleppo, Syria: 16 hours, from 3:31am to 7:41pm

- Cairo, Egypt: 15,5 hours, from 3:13am to 6:49pm

- Jerusalem, Palestine: 15,5 hours, from 3:59am to 7:38pm

- Kuwait City, Kuwait: 15,5 hours, from 3:17am to 6:42pm

- Gaza, Palestine: 15,5 hours, from 4:03am to 7:40pm

- New Delhi, India: 15 hours, from 3:54am to 7:12pm

- Kowloon, Hong Kong: 15 hours, from 4:16am to 7:01pm

- Dhaka, Bangladesh: 15 hours, from 3:47am to 6:40pm

- Muscat, Oman: 15 hours, from 3:52am to 6:47pm

- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: 15 hours, from 3:36am to 6:36pm

- Doha, Qatar: 15 hours, from 3:15am to 6:18pm

- Dubai, UAE: 15 hours, from 4:02am to 7:04pm

- Khartoum, Sudan: 14,5 hours, from 4:52am to 7:16pm

- Aden, Yemen: 14 hours, from 4:13am to 6:22pm

- Dessye, Ethiopia: 14 hours, from 4:35am to 6:28pm

- Colombo, Sri Lanka: 14 hours, from 4:38am to 6:23pm

- Bangkok, Thailand: 14 hours, from 4:32am to 6:42pm

- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 13,5 hours, from 5:39am to 7:19pm

- Novena, Singapore: 13,5 hours, from 5:43am to 7:08pm

- Luanda, Angola: 13 hours, from 5:01am to 5:54pm

- Sao Paulo, Brazil: 13 hours, from 4:19am to 5:11pm

- Jakarta, Indonesia: 13 hours, from 4:34am to 5:44pm

- Nairobi, Kenya: 13 hours, 5:15am to 6:32pm

- Harare, Zimbabwe: 12,5 hours, from 5:02am to 5:28pm

- Pretoria, South Africa: 12 hours, from 5:23am to 5:26pm

- Auckland, New Zealand: 11,5 hours, from 5:52am to 5:14pm

- Mendoza, Argentina: 11,5 hours, from 7:01am to 6:38pm

- Cape Town, South Africa: 11,5 hours, from 6:12am to 5:47pm

- Canberra, Australia: 11,5 hours, from 5:31am to 5:02pm

- Punta Arenas, Chile: 10 hours, from 6:34am to 4:41pm

(Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2017/05/ramadan-2017-fasting-hours-world-170511102015757.html)

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