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Breaking The Fast, Different Time Zones!

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I have a question regarding the different time zones and how it affects the fasting hours of a person.

 

Case in point: Ohio is 3hrs ahead by time from California. If a person started his fast in Ohio but flew over to California and then continued fasting on California time instead of observing Ohio time.. then is that right?

 

My question basically is if a person started fasting in a different time zone, should that time be followed for the iftaar also or should one follow the local time zone even though the fasting was started in a different time zone?

 

Since we didn't know the ruling on this issue, my friend ended up fasting nearly 17hrs today because he decided it was better to be safe than sorry!

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Assalamu Alaikum, Normally a person should do iftaar when the sun sets in the place he is. In the scenerio you posted, the person would have to break the fast when it is time for Iftaa in California. He cannot break his fast according to Ohio time, because he is not in Ohio.

 

Allah subhanahu Wa Taala has made life easy for us, then why do we make it hard upon ourselves. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

 

184.(Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.

 

185. Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

 

These conscessions are given to us so we do not tire ourselves and put ourselves in trouble. And specially when travelling to and from different time zones, looking and following the ordes of Allah wil only benefit us.

 

Assalamu alaikum.

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