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Canada Ramadan begins in the land of the midnight sun

21:16  17 may  2018
21:16  17 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Muslims around the world began the month of Ramadan last Thursday, abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours. The Islamic lunar calendar means that the start date of Ramadan moves forward by under two weeks every year versus the Gregorian calendar.

Arctic Ramadan : fasting in land of midnight sun comes with - www.theguardian.com. But for the small but growing Muslim community of Iqaluit, Nunavut, life in the land of the midnight sun poses a singular challenge during the month of Ramadan , during which Muslims typically fast from sunrise to

a man sitting at a table posing for the camera: 'You ... tend to become more generous, you tend to give more to the needy and poor,' says Kazim Qadir of the Yukon Muslims Society, about Ramadan.© Sandi Coleman/CBC 'You ... tend to become more generous, you tend to give more to the needy and poor,' says Kazim Qadir of the Yukon Muslims Society, about Ramadan.

Muslims around the world are ready for Ramadan, including about 100 people living in Whitehorse.

Ramadan officially starts in Yukon on Thursday, which marks the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. For Muslims, it's a month of prayer and intense fasting during daylight hours.

But in the North, fasting from dawn until sundown can be difficult at this time of year.

"We do have sun for most of the day," says Kazim Qadir, a member of the Yukon Muslims Society.

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Muslims around the world are ready for Ramadan , including in the North, where fasting from dawn until sundown can be extra difficult as the sunlight stretches close to 20 hours a day. Ramadan , which marks the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, began this week. "We do have sun for most.

In Iqaluit and the other Muslim communities that dot Canada’s Arctic, 20 or more hours of sunlight have forced many to adjust to unique circumstances.

He said some people choose to follow Whitehorse's actual sunrise and sunset times, even when that means not eating or drinking for about 18 hours each day. Others choose to follow the times of nearby cities with slightly less hours of daylight, such as Vancouver.

"There is no right or wrong [way]," Qadir said. "I think it's just a personal preference. Whoever can follow the Whitehorse time, they are doing it happily."

He said no matter how many hours are spent fasting, the purpose of Ramadan remains the same.

"You become more thankful and grateful to your God for the blessings that he has given you ... and you also tend to become more generous, you tend to give more to the needy and poor. Because now you are experiencing it yourself."

Raising dollars for Yukon's 1st mosque

The society is still raising money to build the territory's first mosque. The group bought a warehouse in Whitehorse last year.

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Ramadan , which marks the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, began this week. For Muslims, it's a month of prayer and intense fasting during daylight hours. "We do have sun for most of the day," says Kazim Qadir, a member of the Yukon Muslims Society.

Land of the Midnight Sun may refer to: Any of the world's northern regions above (or close to) the Arctic Circle, i.e. the Arctic. Any of the world's southern regions below (or close to) the Antarctic Circle

a green truck parked in front of a building: A former trucking warehouse in Whitehorse will become the first mosque in Yukon. The Yukon Muslims Society hopes to finish renovations by August or September.© Meagan Deuling/CBC A former trucking warehouse in Whitehorse will become the first mosque in Yukon. The Yukon Muslims Society hopes to finish renovations by August or September.

"Everything from the floors, to the ceilings, to the doors — everything in between needs to be replaced or fixed, and that is what is happening at the moment," said Qadir.

The Yukon Muslims Society has raised some money within their community to pay for renovations, and members have also reached out to other Muslim communities.

One member of the society is currently in Ontario, talking about the project and hoping to raise extra money during this time of generosity.

The society hopes to have the mosque complete by August or September.

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