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Ramadan 2024: Longest & Shortest Fasting Hours

As the blessed month of Ramadan for the year 1445 Hijri (2024 AD) approaches, astronomical calculations indicate that Monday, March 11th, will mark the beginning of the fasting month. 

Depending on where they are, Muslims’ fasting hours during Ramadan, calculated from dawn to dusk, may vary from country to another according to their locations.

Throughout different countries, millions of Muslims will have to fast from 17 hours to 12 hours, Watan reported.

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According to observations, the shortest fasting period will be in the city of “Porto Montt” in Chile, where Muslims will fast for 12 hours and 44 minutes.

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Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, witnesses the longest fasting hours at 17 hours and 26 minutes.

Muslims residing in Oslo, Norway will be fasting in the middle of the month of Ramadan for a total of 15 hours and 15 minutes, between the times of 3:30 am and 6:45 pm.

The fasting hours in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, will be 14.14 hours, while in Muscat, Oman, it will be 13.53 hours. In Abu Dhabi, UAE, it will be 13.56 hours, and in Saudi Arabia, it will also be 13.56 hours.

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Fasting Hours

Annually, Hijri years arrive 11 days earlier in respect to the solar Gregorian Calendar. This yearly shift forces the holy 9th Hijri month of Ramadan to move through the seasons in a 33-year cycle.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint and good deeds.

It is customary for Muslims to spend part of the days during Ramadan studying the Noble Qur’an.

Many men perform i`tikaf (spiritual retreat), spending the last 10 days of the month exclusively in the mosque.