Fasting where the sun doesn’t set

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During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world struggle (jihad) to fast through it. It is a month in the lunar calendar when Muslims avoid eating or drinking from the dawn until dusk. Muslims, however, live everywhere. That means that in the northern parts of Scandinavia, the sun doesn’t really set during the summer months. Muslims have pretty much worked out a new system, though. Seven hundred Muslims in the northern icy city of Sweden’s Kiruna lack a local religious council to guide the particular hardships they face, so some of them decide to fast according to the times of Stockholm instead of their local town. Others opt to fast according to the times of Islam’s holiest city, Mecca. In the winter, the opposite occurs. There is a two week stretch that the sun never comes out. Look at all the cool pictures at World Bulletin.

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