When Should The Passengers On An Airplane Break Their Fast?
The Awqaf -
A person was traveling from Karachi to Saudi at
the time of ‘Asr in Ramadan. Some time after taking
off, the host announced that it is iftaar time in
Karachi. But the sun was still visible for all
travelers on the plane. Is the fasting valid of the
ones who broke it then?.
Praise be to Allaah.
The scholars are of the view that the fast lasts from
dawn until sunset, because Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning):
"and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of
dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread
(darkness of night), then complete your Sawm (fast)
till the nightfall"
And it is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) said: "When night comes from
here and departs from here, and the sun sets, then the
fasting person breaks his fast."
Every fasting person is subject to the ruling of the
place where he is, whether he is on the ground or in a
plane in the air.
Based on that, if a person breaks his fast whilst on
board a plane according to the timetable of some city
although he knows that the sun has not set, then his
fast is invalid, because he has broken his fast before
the sun has set for him, and he has to make up that
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah li'l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah
wa'l-Ifta (10/397, 398).