But there are certain differences: since Muslims can only eat when the sun has not risen, Muslims often rise before dawn to have breakfast, because they will not eat anything until the night. Likewise, fasting is broken with sunset and the call to prayer, and it is customary to take a small 'snack' before dinner.
Ramadan has two important dates: the night of the decree (Lailat el Qadr , which recalls the date on which Muhammad received the revelation of the Koran) and Eid al Fitr, the day on which the Ramadan month ends and a great feast is celebrated.
Muslims in Alaska, northern Canada or Finland, for example, have a problem when it comes to practice fasting during Ramadan: because the sun hardly gets set for few hours or none at all.
In this regard, the Islamic Center of Northern Norway, understanding that this year there would be 23 hours of sunshine each day, has given Muslims permission to follow the sun's schedule of Mecca. In the case of Alaska, Muslims can follow the Ramadan fasting schedule of other parts of the United States during these dates.