As Muslims worldwide observe the holy month of Ramadan, many countries are set to fast with shorter hours than previous years, as Ramadan falls in spring this year.
Annually, Hijri years arrive 11 days earlier in respect to the solar Gregorian calendar. This yearly shift makes the holy 9th Hijri month of Ramadan to move through the seasons in a 33-year cycle.
Similar to the previous year, majority of the Muslim World, located in the Northern Hemisphere, will observe Ramadan during spring.
This means that the fasting hours in the North Hemisphere this year will be a few minutes shorter than 2019.
We reached out to our global audience, asking them how many hours their Ramadan fasting lasts, here is how they responded, each with his or her own location:
“Fasted 17 hours, Texas,” Vanessa Villalpando ElSayed wrote. Anargul Turauyghur added, “4:12 am until 7:56 pm Montreal, Canada.”
Muhtasim Ali wrote, “London 16 hours”, while Nasrin Anwar said, “California 15hours and 15min.”
Braimoh Jimoh said he is from Lagos, Nigeria and fasts for 14-15hours.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Hijri Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad.
During Ramadan fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations) the same phrase.