The Importance of Hastening It/Good Iftar Choices
Sahl b. Sa'd (radiaAllahu
Messenger (salla Allahu alayhi salaam)
will continue to prosper as long as they hasten the
breaking of the fast."
Saheeh Muslim #2417)
to understand the
importance of "hastening" to break the fast
Look up and
discuss its meaning.
pertaining to hastening to break the fast
2417-2420) & other Books of Hadith
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ahadith online at these sources:
Saheeh Muslim Book of Fasting Translation
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above hadith numbers
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Why must we hasten
to break our fast?
Read and discuss
1. It is from the
sunnah of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam)
2. It distinguishes
us from others, such as the Jews and Christians
who commonly wait until the "appearance of the stars" to
break their fasts.
3. Breaking the fast
early at sunset does not put unbearable hardship on
4. Keeping a close
watch on the time of a religious duty creates a
deeper consciousness of this duty (reword this for
5. Creates humility
as the one who "feels pangs of hunger and thirst is
anxious to find relief from it." (Discuss the term
your Ramadan Journal for
You probably have
experienced the feeling and mood in your household of
the fasters as maghrib approaches. What is it like?
Write/tell an account of the last 30 minutes in your
house before magrhib during a day of Ramadan. Be
descriptive. You might pretend you are a
newsreporter reporting on this "event." You might want
to tape record it.
Breaking your Fast
The food that we
break our fast with is called Iftar.
It is not the dinner
meal, but rather something light.
Sample Iftar (to break the fast)
Juice, 1 serving (4 oz.)
Vegetable soup with some pasta or graham crackers, 1 cup
immediate need at the time of
iftar is to get an easily available energy source
in the form of glucose for every living cell,
particularly the brain and nerve cells. Dates and juices
are good sources of sugars. Dates and juice in the
above quantity are sufficient to bring low blood glucose
levels to normal levels. Juice and soup help maintain
water and mineral balance in the body. An unbalanced
diet and too many servings of sherbets and sweets with
added sugar have been found to be unhealthy, Gumma et
(excerpted from: “Diet during Ramadan,” Mohammad Zafar
A. Nomani, PhD, RD, Professor of Nutrition, West
Virginia University, Morgantown, WV,
Read the whole article at:
Messenger (S) of Allah (swt) used to
incite the breaking of the fast with
dates and if he did not find any, he
would then break it with water.
Ibn Maalik said: "The prophet (S) used
to break his fast with fresh dates
before he prayed. If he did not find
fresh dates then he would use dried
dates. If he did not find that also he
drank a few sips of water. [Ahmad and
Look back through your journal. How healthy and
beneficial have your iftars been? Have they been like
the Prophet's (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam)?
If you have not
been eating healthy iftars, like dates, try to make a
point to break your fast with better choices like those
After we have broken our fast, we say a duaa.
to Break Fast Poster
bin Al-As reported that the messenger of
Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam)
"Indeed as to the one who fasts, during
the time he breaks his fast, this
supplication will not be turned away by
reported by Al-Tirmidhi, the Messenger
of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam)
has been reported as saying: "There are
three categories of people whose
supplications will not be rejected: the
person who observes the fast until he
breaks it, a just ruler, and a person
who has been oppressed."
ahadith about ramadhan (Crescentlife.com)
Many people eat dinner before praying.
should pray first, then eat our dinner meal as it
is from the sunnah to do so.
after a heavy meal, we might not feel like praying and
possibly miss the salaat.
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