Burj Khalifa fireworks
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As the crescent moon heralds the arrival of Ramadan, the Islamic world prepares for a month of spirituality and devotion. In Pakistan, the anticipation is palpable, with preparations for the holy month underway. But far away in Dubai, the towering Burj Khalifa presents a unique scenario for its residents during the holy month.

Ramadan Iftaar
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The Holy Month Of Ramadan Around The World

Due to variations in daylight hours, the length of the daily fast varies all-around the world. Muslims who live near the poles have very long or short days, but in nations like Pakistan, fasting periods are somewhat similar to regular days. The sun’s position has historically dictated the timing of Suhoor and Iftar. However, in towering structures like the Burj Khalifa, this can lead to different fasting times within the same building!

The Fatwa Issued

The building’s towering height makes the circumstances a bit tricky. The Grand Mufti at Dubai’s Islamic Affairs Department, Dr. Ahmed Al Haddad, has recently advised residents living on the 80th floor and above to delay their fast timings by two minutes. Moreover, he has recommended that those residing on the 150th floor and above to delay their fast timings by three minutes.

Grand Mufti
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Due to this rule, residents of the world’s tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, will have a unique experience as their fasting times are staggered. The fatwa has sparked interest and amusement, highlighting the intersection of modern living and religious observance. It’s a reminder of the adaptability of Islamic practices in diverse circumstances.

Now, imagine yourself being a food rider who is ascending the Burj Khalifa during Iftar timings; only to find out that your fast would be technically increasing with each floor, adding a light-hearted twist to the solemnity of Ramadan.

Burj Khalifa Ramadan
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As we observe Ramadan in Pakistan, we’re reminded of the unity and diversity within the Islamic world. The Burj Khalifa’s fasting schedule is a testament to the universal spirit of Ramadan, transcending borders and reaching “new heights” quite literally!

Stay tuned for more unbelievable stories like these; this is your soon-to-be favorite friendly neighborhood reporter Zayaan, Signing Off!