Ramadan 2015 Timetable Using Mecca’s Length of the Fasting Day

There seems to be growing acceptance that the length of the fasting day of Ramadan in high latitude places is too long for many if not most people to observe. Jurists have already addressed this issue in light of the fact that it is subject to “ijtihād” or “personal reasoning “. One proposed approach is to use the length of the fasting day in Mecca or Medina in in places where the time between dawn and sunset would be too long to fast. Of course, the Muslim may want to fast the long day if they can do that, but the juristic opinion of providing a shorter fasting day is intended as alternative those who cannot fast the long day, for instance, because they cannot do it physically, or have health issues….etc. Of course, the Qur’an (2.185) already permits those who are ill or travelling, as travelling in the past used to be very hard, to fast on other days.

In 2013, I presented a simple method for using this approach to calculate the length of the fasting day for any city in the world. I detailed this in an article called “Calculating the Ramadan Timetable in High Latitude Cities Using Mecca’s Length of the Fast.” Using this approach and calculation method, I have prepared the 2015 Ramadan timetable for London and Birmingham, as examples.

There various articles I have written on Ramadan, please click here.

May all have a very blessed Ramadan.

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Here you are posing the same issue again and again. God said in holy Quran to fast from Dawn to sunset. And Quran has never seized to mention exceptions when necessary. Like if you can’t do it. Then feed a faster and fast on other days. I would like to ask who did you verify this “solution” with before you went ahead and published iftar times of your own. I hope you realize what you’re doing, you’re lying to God and changing his commandments. Like what the Christians did and Jews as well. So whenever an ignorant Muslim will think… Read more »