Reliable astronomical data from HM Nautical Almanac Office and Crescentwatch.org indicate that on 5th June a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be not be possible in Europe or in many regions except perhaps in South America. Hence, the correct date for the UK and Europe for the 1st of Ramadan will be the 7th June, beginning at dusk on Monday, 6th June 2016.
The first day of fasting will be on Tuesday, 7th June in the United Kingdom, Europe, and for most regions outside South America.
We are advising people to take care when fasting this year, as the days are extraordinarily long in the United Kingdom this time of the year, lasting 19 hours from before dawn until after dusk… This is far longer than anyone fasts in Mecca and Medina, including Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his companions 14 centuries ago…
We advise people take their health into account. If anyone feels able to fast throughout these extended daylight hours, and can comfortably do so without any negative consequences to their health, we do not wish to discourage or prevent you from doing so… However, it must be acknowledged that many Muslims living in northern latitudes, including here in the UK, will struggle to keep such extended fasts for the full month without harm to their health and wellbeing.
For this reason, we strongly advise people to take care of themselves, and not put their health at unnecessary risk during the holy month of Ramadan. This advice is especially important for pregnant women, children and people with health conditions to take into account…
Fatwa On Fasting In Ramadan In The UK During Summer:
Fatwa from Dar al-Ifta al Misriyyah; Number: 2806
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