Ramadan 2020: Which city will fast the longest hours?

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Enamul Hafiz Latifee compiles,

Have you ever wondered which cities fast the most amount of hours and which cities fast the least amount of hours?

The Gulf News used prayer timings in major cities of these countries to calculate the intervals between Fajr (preceding sunrise) and Maghrib (marking sunset) on the expected first day of Ramadan, 24 April- 2020.


For example, Murmansk, Russia less than 5 hours of darkness, before the sun rises again at 2.16 am. While the city of Ushuaia in Argentina has the shortest fasting time in the world. 11 hours and 42 minutes exactly. The sun rises at 6.40 am and sets by 6.22 pm. Hence, according to the analysis, Muslims residing in Murmansk, Russia are going to fast for the longest hours in Ramadan 2020.

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Dubai will be fasting for 14 hours and 22 minutes on the first day of Ramadan. Those fasting in Kerala will have a slightly shorter day.

They might end their fast at 7.06 pm, however, their sun rises at 4.54 am, which means they will be fasting 14 hours and 12 minutes.


Interesting fact: In countries where sunset and sunrise are too close (less than 3 hours apart) or are indistinguishable, fatwas have been issued to allow Muslims to follow the timings of the closest city that has distinguishable day and night timings.


Note: These timings are of the expected first day of Ramadan only and the timings are in ‘hh.mm’ format.


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