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Friday, September 4, 2009

Hasten to Break the Fast

It is preferred for the fasting person to hasten in breaking the fast when the sun has set. Sahl ibn Sad reported that the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi was sallam said: “The people will always be with the good as long as they hasten in breaking the fast.” This is related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

The fast should be broken with an odd number of dates or, if that is not available, with some water. Anas reported: “The Messenger of Allah (may the Blessing and Peace of Allah be upon him) would break his fast with ripe dates before he would pray. If those were not available, he would eat dried dates. If those were not available, he would drink some water.” This hadith is related by Abu Dawud and by al-Hakim, who called it sahih, and by at-Tirmidhi, who called it hassan.

Sulaiman ibn ‘Amr reported that the Prophet salla llaahu alayhi was sallam said: “If one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates. If dates are not available, then with water, for water is purifying.” This is related by Ahmad and by at-Tirmidhi, who called it hassan sahih.

A supplication for breaking the fast is: “The thirst is gone, the veins have been moistened, and the reward is assured, if Allah Wills.” (Dhahaba al-dhama’, wa abtallat al-‘uruq, wa thabat al-ajr, in Sha’ Allah) This was reported by Abu Dawud, and al-Albani included it in ‘Sahih al-Jami’.’

Taken from Benefit of the Day- Ramadan 1429

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