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Ramadan Fasting Hours 2024: A Guide for the UK and Beyond

Ramadan Fasting Hours 2024: A Guide for the UK and Beyond
ديمة خالد 2 March 2024

As the Muslim community in the United Kingdom and around the globe prepares for Ramadan 2024, the practice of fasting from dawn till dusk takes on varied significance across different latitudes. Set against the backdrop of the lunar Islamic calendar, with Ramadan starting on March 11th, this period is not just a test of physical endurance but a deep spiritual journey that unites Muslims worldwide.

The Extremes of Fasting Times

Ramadan Fasting Hours 2024: A Guide for the UK and Beyond
Ramadan 2024 (Unsplash)

The length of daily fasts during Ramadan is profoundly influenced by geographical location, with those in the UK facing notably long fasting hours. This provides both a challenge and an opportunity for Muslims to deepen their faith through patience and perseverance.

The Longest Fasting Hours

  • Nuuk, Greenland: Approximately 18 hours and 12 minutes
  • Reykjavik, Iceland: Around 18 hours
  • Glasgow, Scotland: Up to 17 hours
  • London, United Kingdom: Between 15 to 17 hours
  • Paris, France: About 15 hours and 54 minutes
  • Ottawa, Canada: 15 hours and 12 minutes

These durations reflect the significant variances in daylight hours, especially in locations far from the equator.

Ramadan Fasting Hours 2024: A Guide for the UK and Beyond

 The Shortest Fasting Hours

  • Brasilia, Brazil: 12 to 13 hours
  • Harare, Zimbabwe: 12 to 13 hours
  • Johannesburg, South Africa: 11 to 12 hours
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: 12 hours
  • Cape Town, South Africa: 11 to 12 hours
  • Christchurch, New Zealand: 12 hours

These shorter fasting times are generally found in regions closer to the equator, where daylight hours are more consistent throughout the year.

Fasting in the UK: Adapting and Thriving

Ramadan Fasting Hours 2024: A Guide for the UK and Beyond
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For British Muslims, the long hours of fasting during Ramadan are approached with a combination of discipline, community support, and spiritual dedication. The extended daylight hours pose a unique set of challenges, from maintaining hydration and nutrition to balancing work and worship. Yet, it is also a time of great communal spirit and reflection, with mosques and Islamic organizations offering resources, support, and nightly gatherings for iftar, the breaking of the fast.

A Global Perspective on Ramadan

Ramadan Fasting Hours 2024: A Guide for the UK and Beyond
Ramadan 2024 (Unsplash)

The contrast in fasting durations from Greenland’s extended daylight to Johannesburg’s shorter days underscores the universal and inclusive nature of Islam. Muslims around the world adapt their practices to their local contexts, demonstrating the faith’s flexibility and the diverse experiences of its followers.

As Muslims in the UK and worldwide embark on their Ramadan journey in 2024, they join a global ummah in a shared experience of faith, discipline, and community. Despite the challenges posed by varying fasting hours, Ramadan remains a deeply meaningful time for reflection, prayer, and renewal.

 


 

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