If he travels during Ramadaan to another country that started the fast at a different time, how should he fast?

Seekers of Knowledge

Q) If a Muslim travels during Ramadaan to another country where they started the fast later or earlier than his country, and he stays in that country until Eid, with which of the two countries should he break his fast?.

A) Praise be to Allaah.

If a man travels from one country to another where the moonsighting was different, the basic principle is that he should start and end the fast according to the country he is in when it is established that the month has ended. But if that means that he has fasted for less than twenty-nine days, then he has to complete the number, because the lunar month cannot be less than twenty-nine days. This principle is based on the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “When you see it (the new moon) then fast, and when you see it then…

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Difference of moon-sighting in Ramadhan

Seekers of Knowledge

Q) Why are the Muslims not united in their fasting even though there is only one new moon for Ramadaan? In the past there was the excuse of there being no media or means of communication.

A) Praise be to Allaah.


The most likely reason for the differences in the start of the fast from one country to another is the difference in sighting the new moon. Such differences are well known and it makes sense that there are such differences.

Based on this, it is not possible to expect all the Muslims to start fasting at the same time, because this would mean that some of them were starting to fast before the new moon had been sighted and even before it had appeared.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about those who call for the ummah to be united in fasting and…

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