If A Muslim Moves To Another Country During Ramadaan
The Awqaf -
What should a Muslim do if he moves from one
country to another during Ramadaan, where the people
started fasting on a different day?
Praise be to Allaah.
If a person finds himself in a country where the
people have already started fasting, he must fast with
them, because he must follow the ruling of the country
he is in. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) said, "Fast when the people fast, break
your fast when the people break their fast, and offer
your sacrifice when the people offer their sacrifice."
(Reported by Abu Dawood with a jayyid isnaad; there
are corroborating reports narrated by Abu Dawood and
Suppose that he moved from a country where he had
begun fasting with the people there, and went to
another country. He has to either break his fast or
continue fasting according to the ruling of the people
in the country to which he has travelled, even if they
end their fast earlier than the country where he
started fasting. But if it turns out that he has
fasted less than twenty-nine days, he must make up the
fasts later on, because the hijri month cannot be less
than twenty-nine days.
(Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah, 10/124).
How should a cabin crew member fast?
I am a cabin crew member.How do i observe my fasts
durin the Holy month of Ramadan while travelling 2
places in the west which require long hours of
Praise be to Allaah.
So long as you are working as a member of the cabin
crew in an airplane, you are travelling, and the
scholars are agreed that it is permissible for the
traveller to break his fast during Ramadaan, whether
it is difficult for him to fast or not.
It is preferable for the traveller to fast, so long as
fasting does not cause him hardship, in which case it
is better for him to break his fast and make up the
days that he did not fast later on. See Question no.
If you want to fast then you have to refrain from
eating and drinking etc from dawn in the place where
you are at the time of dawn, whether you are on the
ground or in the air.
Similarly the ruling concerning iftaar is that you
should not break your fast until the sun sets in the
place where you are. If you are on board the plane and
you can see the sun, it is not permissible for you to
break your fast until the sun sets, even if the sun
has already set for the people of the land which you
are flying over in the plane.
The fact that the day may be made longer or shorter
because of travelling does not have any effect on the
It is well known that if you are travelling eastwards,
the day will become shorter for you, and if you are
travelling westwards the day will become longer.
What matters is the place where you are at the time of
dawn and the time of sunset.
See also question no. 38007.