Mumbai: Fasting hours during the Holy month of Ramadan in 2017, set to begin from May 26 or 27 based on moon sighting reports in different parts of the world, will be the longest in Greenland and Iceland, and shortest in Argentina and Australia, according to the latest maps recording fasting hours across the world.
While Muslims in Greenland, Americas will observe the longest fasting period in the world - for 21:02 hours, those in Argentina, Americas will fast the least number of hours - 11 hours and 32 minutes, according to Fajr to Maghrib interval on May 27.
As per the global map, other countries with long fasting hours include Iceland 21 hours followed by Finland 19:56 hours, Norway 19:48 hours and Sweden 19:42 hours.
Other countries in Europe with considerbaly longest hours of fasting are Russia 19:07 hours, Denmark 19:05 hours, Belarus 18:52 hours, Gernany 18:51 hours, Ireland 18:48 and United Kingdom 18:34 hours.
Likewise Muslims in Netherlands will fast for 18 hours and 39 minutes, those in Belgium will fast for 18 hours and 29 minutes, in Czech republic 18 hours and 24 minutes, in Austria 18 hours and 13 minutes and in Hungry 18 hours and 12 minutes.
Muslims in Kazakhstan and Mongolia will fast for 18:12 and 17:36 hours whereas in Japan and Korea fasting hours will be 15:45 and 15:42 hours.
Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina will fast for 17 hours and 19 minutes and those in France the fasting hours on May 27 will be 17 hours and 11 minutes.
The Indian subcontinent along with the Arab states will observe medium fasting hours - which varies from a minimum of 14 hours 18 minutes in Yemen to a maximum of 16 hours and 14 minutes in China followed by Iran with 16 hours and 04 minutes of fasting time.
Tajikistan and Afghanistan will respectively have fasting hours of 16:04 and 15:51 hours.
In African countries, Muslims in Nigeria will observe the longest fasting hours of 13:50 whereas those in Zimbabwe will fast for 12:26 hours.
Australia with 11:35 hours and New Zealnd with 11:37 hours are the countries where fasting hours will be shortest.
In Pakistan, Muslims will observe fasting for about 15 hours 31 minutes whereas in India fasting hours during the first week of Ramadan 2017 will be around 15 hours and 05 minutes.
Bhutan and Nepal will have fasting hours of 14:59 hours whereas Bangladesh will have fasting hours of about 14 hours 42 minutes, Myanmar 14:14 hours, Sri Lanka 13:41 and Brunei 13:34 hours.
Fasting hours in Malaysia and Indonesia will be 13:29 and 13:02 respectively whereas Maldives and Singapore will have fasting hours of 13:32 and 13:24 hours.
Those in Egypt will fast for 15:38 hours, and people in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Oman, Tunisia, Kuwait and Palestine for 15:30 to 14:45 hours.
Similarly, Muslims in Iran will observe Ramadan fast for 16:04 hours, those in Lebanon and Syria 15:52 hours, in Iraq 15:48 and in Jordan 15:42 hours.
According to astrologers, the northern hemisphere will observe not only the longest fasting period but also the most heat in at least 33 years during this Ramadan.
This is because of the Sun passing over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere, making it the peak of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere.
This year's Ramadan is also said to be the hottest in recent history as most of the world are under scorching heat. While India is facing the hottest ever summer this year, it is predicted that temperature in some parts of Saudi Arabia may touch 60 degrees. The temperatures will hover between 45 and 50 degrees Celsius in Al-Kharj and, Al-Ahsa, Riyadh, Madinah and Qassim. (With inputs from Gulf News)