Ramadan is a holy month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown daily. Some people’s circumstances mean it requires even more dedication.
In the NBA playoffs, Enes Kanter, who is a practicing Muslim, must fast while training for and playing games.
“The games usually take like two and a half hours,” he said. “You don’t drink water, you cannot eat anything.”
Icelandic resident Muhammed Emin Kizikaya also fasts from sunrise to sunset for Ramadan—but there are times when the sun almost never sets.
“Even though it’s almost midnight, it’s pretty bright right not here in Reykjavík,” he said.
Assita Diop also fasts. And as a flight attendant, that means sometimes breaking fast in the air.
Before the sun rises, Muslims have suhoor—a final meal before they fast from food and water for the day. This is when athletes like Kanter fast to keep full for the strenuous day ahead. In areas like Iceland, where it’s light almost all the time certain parts of the year, the window for a suhoor is slim. These individuals stories show a true devotion to their fate and prove that keeping up with traditions and their everyday lives isn’t always a breeze.