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Revealed: Countries with the longest, shortest fasting periods this year

Revealed: Countries with the longest, shortest fasting periods this year
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Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, with fasting hours ranging from 12-17 hours.

As over 1 billion Muslims across the world eagerly wait to begin the holy month of Ramadan, some have already sighted the crescent marking the beginning of the holy month.

Muslims around the world will abstain from eating and drinking anything from dawn till dusk, with fasting hours ranging from 12-17 hours, depending on the country and its hemisphere.

Residents in the UAE will begin Ramadan by fasting for 13 hours and 29 minutes. By the end of the month, the fasting hours will have reached almost 14 hours.

Longest fasting hours

Longest fasting hours are common among northernmost countries, where the Sun sets after a prolonged period of time.

For most countries this year, fasting duration will lengthen towards the end of the month.

Muslims residing in Greenland (17 hours, 52 mins), Iceland (17 hours, 25 mins) and Finland (17 hours, 9 mins) will observe fasts over 17 hours. Countries like Sweden (16 hours, 47 minutes) and Scotland (16 hours, 7 minutes) will also observe long fasts over 16 hours.

Shortest fasting hours

On the other hand, countries in the southernmost part of the world experience the shortest fasts due to early sunsets.

The last day of Ramadan will be the shortest fasting hours, contrary to northern countries.

New Zealand will have the shortest fast, with a duration of 12 hours, and 42 mins. This is followed by Chile (12 hours, 43 mins), Australia (12 hours, 46 mins), Uruguay (12 hours, 47 mins) and South Africa (12 hours, 48 mins).

News Source: Khaleej Times

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