The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan is estimated to begin at sundown Wednesday in the U.S., but some Muslims around the world will face bigger challenges than others.
The Quran is clear that the fast should last from before dawn to after dusk but says nothing about how many hours that might be.
Since Islam has spread from its Arabian heartland to the far reaches of the Earth, Muslims who live farther north must fast several hours longer than those in Mecca. On the year’s longest day, June 21, some could end up fasting for as long as 20 hours…. MORE: usatoday.com
Because the cycle of the lunar calendar does not match the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan shift by approximately 11 days each year. In (2015), Ramadan is expected to begin on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in the United States, although the date is only confirmed once the moon is sighted. Ramadan for the rest of the world…MORE: www.huffpost.com
Students and civil servants in China’s Muslim northwest have been ordered by the stateto avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Statements posted in the past week on websites of schools, government agencies and local party organisations in the Xinjiang region said the ban would protect students’ wellbeing and prevent the use of schools and government offices to promote religion, the AP news agency reported on Thursday. more
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