World Bulletin/News Desk
Muslims in Lulea, on north polar line, have been fasting more than 21 hours a day which is one of the longest daily period of fasting in Ramadan.
Both suhoors (meal before dawn during Ramadan) and iftars (breaking fast dinner) are made in the light of the day in the city where sun does not set during summer.
Lulea is a city on the coast of northern Sweden with 75,000 inhabitants capital of Norrbotten County.
There are many Muslims in the city from the countires of Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Tunisia.
Iftar before sunset
According to the Ramadan timetable of Turkish Religious Affairs Administration, iftar starts at 11.50 p.m. local time in Turkey while Tarawih is prayed at 12.28 a.m.
Imsak, the pre-dawn meal in Ramadan, starts at 2.37 a.m.. There are just three hours between iftar and suhoor. So the Muslims are in such a rush that they have to get ready in 38 minutes for Tarawih after fast-breaking.
Fatma Bora and Tulay Imdat, who have lived in Lulea for ten years, said it was not hard to fast due to the cool weather in spite of the long days.
"We bear down on praying on time because of the short time period between iftar and Tarawih" said Bora and Imdat, stating that they felt blessed for performing their religious duty.
The northernmost mosque in the world
There is a small mosque in Lulea which was built by the Muslims living in the city.
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Ayse Duyar, press agent of LIslamic Society of Lulea, said "This small mosque is used for Friday prayer by the community. Many Muslims from all around the world in Lulea use this mosque. However, it is not enough for us. The Muslims together bought land for our new mosque in 2011. We projected and had the municipality approve the project. If we can run this project, we will build the northernmost mosque in the world."
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