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Saudi Arabia: Muslims and Affairs Council

saudi arabia: Nakita Valerio, vice-president for the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council, says the biggest challenge for Muslims fasting living in northern climates is sleep, according to Toronto Star. Codie McLachlan / For Star Metro But depending on where you are in the world, this can lead to some challenges. Muslims keep the fast by having a pre-dawn meal called suhoor or sehri, then nothing until sundown where they break their fast, called iftar, to build empathy towards the poor and hungry while fulfilling one of the pillars of Islam. Muslims follow the lunar calender, so the dates vary from year to year. That means on Wednesday, Muslims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia the birthplace of Islam had to avoid food and drink for 14 hours. This time, Ramadan has arrived during some of the longest daylight hours of the year. ( As reported in the news.