Following Saudi Arabia times when fasting

Q: My question is regarding the upcoming Ramadhaan.

I am a young married man of 33 years. I have no disease, Alhamdulillah, no limitations that I can postpone or quit my fast. I have been fasting for many years also. I have lived and experienced some normal 9 to 15 hours fast in Pakistan maximum and then in Dubai for 3 years with the same timings of fast. Now I have moved to Oslo, Norway. This Ramaadan will be my first here In Sha Allah.

As you know, Norway is among the country where sunrise and sunset is very long. This would be almost a 21 hour fast, which I feel is too long and the time for iftaar and sehri is too short, that I cannot make or feel the pleasure of iftaar, sehri and Taraweeh. In Oslo, iftaar will be around 11.30 pm and sehri will be at 2.00 am.

I feel that we must give proper time to iftaar and sehri as the fasting body needs it. I am thinking of fasting according to Saudia or a country nearby with normal time hours of fast. Can a person do this? Is there any Fatwa for this? As I do not know any other doing like this here in Oslo or not... and I am also thinking of offering Isha and Taraweeh at normal hours, which would be normal Asar or other time of Salah time here in Oslo in the Month of Ramadhaan.

A: No, this is not permissible. The fast commences with subah saadiq and ends with sunset of the place one lives in.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)