Re: Moslems in the arctic (was: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Cindy Kandolf (
16 Oct 1995 15:55:59 GMT

In article <45omh3$>
(Solomon Taibi ) writes:
> During Ramadan, Moslems must fast during the day but may eat
> at night. This must be pretty rough on Moslems near the arctic
> circle when Ramadan happens to fall in mid-summer.

This damn thing has now bounced _twice_ owing to supposedly
non-existant newsgroups. Let's see if it works now.

There is a small Moslem population in Scandinavia for whom this is a
real concern. The local Moslem religious leaders have essentially
decided that the point of the fast is sacrifice not suicide, and have
instructed the faithful to fast by the clock and not by the sun.
Times are set up for when the fast should begin and when it should
end, corresponding roughly to how much time Moslems living near Mecca
would be fasting if i understand it correctly.

This year it seems Ramadan will fall during the Northern Hemisphere's
winter season. If Moslems in Scandinavia only fasted during daylight
hours, they would be getting off rather easily... so again they will
fast by the clock.

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