Fasting in Sweden
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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh; Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 187:You are permitted to eat and drink during the night until you can discern the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from the black. Then complete your fast until nightfall If this is the case then can you please explain to me (preferably from Holy
Quran) how could people in north pole fast where it is night for 6 months and day for another 6 months ( or so I was told). Even if that is not the case in north pole, I know for a fact that in countries like Sweden during summer there are days that sun sets at 12 o'clock at night and rises after half an hour. So if Ramadan is in the summer, then people leaving in these countries only have half an hour to break the fast pray for magreb, ashaa
and sahar then start fasting again. How could they do this. Thanks.
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Fasting in Sweden
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Allah is Merciful towards His slaves and has not declared any hardships in the deen of Islam. Thus if muslims are inhabited in places where there are six months of light or darkness at a stretch, the scholars in Islam are of the opinion that the muslims there should either follow the timings of Makkah, or the timings of the closest country where the sunrise and sunset is normal.
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