How Long Ramadan Fast Lasts for Muslims around the World
By Carol Kuruvilla
The Huffington Post

Ramadan is a holy month, a time for introspection and spiritual renewal for many Muslims around the world.

But some have it harder than others.

Muslims observing the fast rise before dawn for the Fajr prayer. After partaking in the Suhur meal, they won’t be able to eat or drink anything -- even water -- until the sun has set. When the time for the Maghrib prayer comes around, Muslims break the fast often with a sweet, tasty date and a celebratory meal called Iftar.

Depending on where you are in the world, fasting times can vary quite significantly. Muslims in places like Iceland, where daylight is scheduled to last 22 hours on June 18, face the dilemma of figuring out how to stay healthy and nourished while observing their faith. While some Muslims choose to fast from sunrise to sunset in these countries, Islamic scholars have offered a number of alternatives , such as following Mecca's fasting times.

HuffPost Religion calculated the time between the Fajr and Maghrib prayers to find out how long the fast lasts for Muslims around the world. The website IslamiCity can help you figure out prayer times in your own neighborhood.

Graphic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post.


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