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In Pictures: Ramadan where the sun never sets
How do Muslims north of the Arctic Circle participate in Ramadan?
Last updated: 09 Jul 2014 21:54
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In areas north of the Arctic Circle, Muslims observing Ramadan this year are in for a challenge. At the height of summer, the suns stays up around the clock, meaning that those who fast cannot follow the movements of the sun to determine when they are allowed to eat.

Al Jazeera visited Kiruna, in northern Sweden, to see how Muslims there cope. 

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Midnight sun prevails from May 28-July 16 in Kiruna, which covers more than half of the fasting period this year.


/Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera
Idris Abdulwhab displays the time - 5 minutes before midnight - while the sun remains bright.


/Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera
What Hawa Fidel, from Eritrea, misses the most during Ramadan is the special tarawih prayers in a mosque.


/Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera
Most of the Muslims in Kiruna break their fast following Stockholm's timetable.


/Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera
Hawa Fidel, Qaabila Iltire and Aliya Hassen cooked for this largely Eritrean Iftar gathering.


/Fedric Alm/Al Jazeera
The men pray together after dinner.


/Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera
Qaabila Iltire, from Somalia, is still waiting for permanent residency after almost six years in Sweden.


/Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera
Fatima Kaniz and her mother, from Balochistan, break their fast according to Kiruna prayer times.


/Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera
Puri Gul prays maghreb (the prayer after sunset) in bright sunlight.


/Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera
Mahmoud Omer Mahmoud, from Eritrea, says the cool weather makes long fasting hours manageable.


/Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera
Istanbul Minimarket opened last month. Sliman Omar says sweets, juice mixes, and dates are most in demand during Ramadan.


/Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera
Safwaan al-Taieb, from Syria, performs the call to prayer in the hall used as a mosque.


/Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera
About 40 people came to pray in the mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan.



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Midnight sun prevails from May 28-July 16 in Kiruna, which covers more than half of the fasting period this year.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/de756c4594534d82d155ca1f9755aeedFredric Alm/Al Jazeera

Midnight sun prevails from May 28-July 16 in Kiruna, which covers more than half of the fasting period this year.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/5602a63b8a640a0981acac363a751872

Idris Abdulwhab displays the time - 5 minutes before midnight - while the sun remains bright.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/5602a63b8a640a0981acac363a751872Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera

Idris Abdulwhab displays the time - 5 minutes before midnight - while the sun remains bright.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/fcbbd9c06e637f367b575bba51f753dc

What Hawa Fidel, from Eritrea, misses the most during Ramadan is the special tarawih prayers in a mosque.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/fcbbd9c06e637f367b575bba51f753dcFredric Alm/Al Jazeera

What Hawa Fidel, from Eritrea, misses the most during Ramadan is the special tarawih prayers in a mosque.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/fd9130b0d5aebb6f3e1868a762a69b6a

Most of the Muslims in Kiruna break their fast following Stockholm's timetable.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/fd9130b0d5aebb6f3e1868a762a69b6aFredric Alm/Al Jazeera

Most of the Muslims in Kiruna break their fast following Stockholm's timetable.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/9ca5a704e664636d87a746ff4a7d62b5

Hawa Fidel, Qaabila Iltire and Aliya Hassen cooked for this largely Eritrean Iftar gathering.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/9ca5a704e664636d87a746ff4a7d62b5Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera

Hawa Fidel, Qaabila Iltire and Aliya Hassen cooked for this largely Eritrean Iftar gathering.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/a9d0a7f5ef08b6107e80870b0992c385

The men pray together after dinner.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/a9d0a7f5ef08b6107e80870b0992c385Fedric Alm/Al Jazeera

The men pray together after dinner.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/47468fd025c3965121dcd2782a3d040f

Qaabila Iltire, from Somalia, is still waiting for permanent residency after almost six years in Sweden.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/47468fd025c3965121dcd2782a3d040fFredric Alm/Al Jazeera

Qaabila Iltire, from Somalia, is still waiting for permanent residency after almost six years in Sweden.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/67ef455264deded1cf13291abf7a5aa7

Fatima Kaniz and her mother, from Balochistan, break their fast according to Kiruna prayer times.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/67ef455264deded1cf13291abf7a5aa7Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera

Fatima Kaniz and her mother, from Balochistan, break their fast according to Kiruna prayer times.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/e98014947d5616495df3a18e6e1a5819

Puri Gul prays maghreb (the prayer after sunset) in bright sunlight.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/e98014947d5616495df3a18e6e1a5819Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera

Puri Gul prays maghreb (the prayer after sunset) in bright sunlight.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/6aa85950e4c616f33badf79e8cecaf89

Mahmoud Omer Mahmoud, from Eritrea, says the cool weather makes long fasting hours manageable.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/6aa85950e4c616f33badf79e8cecaf89Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera

Mahmoud Omer Mahmoud, from Eritrea, says the cool weather makes long fasting hours manageable.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/29f28f7a9d1213b12c2a1f7530ed5840

Istanbul Minimarket opened last month. Sliman Omar says sweets, juice mixes, and dates are most in demand during Ramadan.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/29f28f7a9d1213b12c2a1f7530ed5840Fredric Alm/Al Jazeera

Istanbul Minimarket opened last month. Sliman Omar says sweets, juice mixes, and dates are most in demand during Ramadan.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/b73a98dcea4ef59ff925b8896044ac3b

Safwaan al-Taieb, from Syria, performs the call to prayer in the hall used as a mosque.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/b73a98dcea4ef59ff925b8896044ac3bCajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera

Safwaan al-Taieb, from Syria, performs the call to prayer in the hall used as a mosque.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/80bd81401cd96abeb0edabf1d365a441

About 40 people came to pray in the mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/80bd81401cd96abeb0edabf1d365a441Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera

About 40 people came to pray in the mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/38393bc1e1402a25753b81002f0c0b60

Ghassan Alankar, who worked as a guide and translator for two decades in Syria, now guides visitors in Kiruna Church.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ramadan_under_Midnight_Sun/slideshow/no-caption/38393bc1e1402a25753b81002f0c0b60Cajsa Wikstrom/Al Jazeera

Ghassan Alankar, who worked as a guide and translator for two decades in Syria, now guides visitors in Kiruna Church.



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