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May 19, 2024 2:46 pm

Ramadan 2023: Fasting hours and iftar times around the world

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, Muslims around the world are preparing to observe the fast, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Ramadan is expected to begin on April 2, 2023, subject to moon sighting, and will last for 30 days.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs, and devote themselves to prayer, charity, and good deeds. The fasting hours and iftar times vary depending on the location, as Ramadan follows the lunar calendar and the timings of sunrise and sunset vary from place to place.

In countries closer to the equator, such as Malaysia and Indonesia, the fasting hours are relatively shorter, usually around 12 hours, while in countries with higher latitudes, such as Sweden and Norway, the fasting hours can be as long as 20 hours. In countries like the United States and Canada, the fasting hours can range from 15 to 18 hours, depending on the location.

Muslims break their fast at sunset with a meal called iftar. The exact time of iftar also varies depending on the location, and is determined by the timing of sunset. In some countries, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, mosques broadcast the call to prayer at iftar time, while in other countries, people rely on local announcements or apps to determine the exact time.

In the United States, Muslim communities often organize communal iftars at local mosques or community centers, where people come together to break their fast and share a meal. In countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, iftars are often a family affair, with families gathering together to break their fast and enjoy traditional dishes.

As Muslims around the world prepare for the start of Ramadan, many are also making plans to observe the holy month in a safe and responsible manner, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In many countries, mosques and community centers have implemented measures such as social distancing and limited capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers during Ramadan.

Overall, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Muslims around the world are looking forward to the start of Ramadan, a time of reflection, renewal, and spiritual growth.

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