Heartache: Short Arctic Night a Challenge for Fasting Muslims

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 at 7:36 am

It’s quite obvious the sun is Islamophobic.

How do you observe dawn-to-dusk fasting when there is neither dawn nor dusk?

It’s a question facing a small but growing number of Muslims celebrating the holy month of Ramadan on the northern tip of Europe, where the the sun barely dips below the horizon at this time of year.

In Rovaniemi, a northern Finland town that straddles the Arctic Circle, the sun rises around 3:20 a.m. and sets about 11:20pm. That means Muslims who observe Ramadan could be required to go without food or drink for 20 hours.

In a few years, Ramadan will begin even closer to the summer solstice in late June, when the sun doesn’t set at all.

“We have to use common sense,” said Mahmoud Said, 27, who came to Finnish Lapland from Kenya three years ago.

Why use common sense when you can just moan and complain about how unfair things are?

One Response to “Heartache: Short Arctic Night a Challenge for Fasting Muslims”

  1. Jaynie59 on 25/25/12 at 3:42 am

    When I was first reading up on Islam a few years ago I came across an Islam 101 type website that had a Q&A section. It was sort like an “Ask the Imam” type of thing where people could email in questions and an Imam would answer them. Most of the questions were about rules for holidays.

    One question was about this very subject. What does a Muslim do if they live in the Arctic and Ramadan falls during perpetual daylight? The answer? Don’t look out the window. I am not kidding. That was the answer. If a Muslims does not know it’s daylight, he is not breaking any rule by eating. When he comes home everyday he is to draw all his curtains and then not look out the window.