Ramadan will begin at the beginning of April 2022, with more than a billion Muslims set to observe a month-long fast during daylight hours.
The holy month begins approximately two weeks earlier each year and, for half the world, it will move away from the longer, hotter days of summer towards the shorter, cooler winter, according to a report by The National, a Middle Eastern newspaper.
The report highlighted countries that will have the most daylight hours and and those that will have the shortest.
Legit.ng notes that countries with the most daylight hours will fast longer that those with the shortest.
Shortest Ramadan fast times in 2022:
- Johannesburg, South Africa: 11 to 12 hours
- Buenos Aires, Argentina: 11 to 12 hours
- Cape Town, South Africa: 11 to 12 hours
- Christchurch, New Zealand: 11 to 12 hours
- Ciudad del Este, Paraguay: 11 to 12 hours
- Montevideo, Uruguay: 11 to 12 hours
- Brasilia, Brazil: 12 to 13 hours
- Harare, Zimbabwe: 12 to 13 hours
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New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa are reportedly tied for the shortest fasting period between 11 and 12 hours during the month.
Longest Ramadan fast times in 2022:
- Reykjavík, Iceland: 16 hours and 50 minutes
- Warsaw, Poland: 15 hours
- London, England: 15 hours
- Paris, France: 16 to 17 hours
- Lisbon, Portugal: 15 to 16 hours
- Athens, Greece: 15 to 16 hours
- Beijing, China: 15 to 16 hours
- Washington DC, US: 15 to 16 hours
- Ankara, Turkey: 15 to 16 hours
Muslims in the city of Reykjavík, Iceland, will have this year’s record of being residents of the city with the longest fasting hours. They are expected to endure a punishing 16 hours and 50 minutes hours fast during the holy month.
Muslims in countries with exceptionally long daytimes: What will they do?
While nowhere is expecting a midnight sun this Ramadan, Muslims in countries with exceptionally long daytimes during the holy month can’t actually adhere to a 20-hour fast.
The report stated that in countries where the sunset and sunrise are less than three hours apart, fatwas have been declared in order to allow residents to follow the schedule of other cities.
Many, for example, will follow the fast times of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
This year, Saudi Arabia and much of the Middle East will be fasting for around 15 hours a day.
Muslim leader sponsors building of secretariat for Christian association in Osun
In another report, Bola Oyebamiji, commissioner for finance in Osun, has sponsored the building of a secretariat for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Irewole local government area in the state.
This was disclosed on Thursday, January 20, by CAN president, Samson Ayokunle, during the unveiling of the secretariat.
Oyebamiji who sponsored the building meant for Christians is a Muslim and the Balogun Musulumi of Ikireland.