The Virtues and Benefits of Iftar

Iftar is an Arabic word meaning meal eaten in the evening for breaking fast in the month of Ramzan. A Muslim should hasten to break the fast as soon as the sun sets.

Hadhrat Sahal (RA) narrates that the holy Prophet (SAW) said: “The people will remain prosperous so long as they hasten in breaking their fast (at the time of Iftaar).” [Bukhari]

 Its is mandatory to break the fast before the maghrib prayer. Our Holy Prophet used to break the fast with fresh dates; if he did not find any he would eart dried dates and if none then he would drink a few mouthful of water.

Hadhrat Salman bin Amir (RA) narrates that the holy Prophet (SAW) said: “When one of you breaks his fast he should do so with dates for they provide blessing, but if he cannot get any he should break his fast with water for it is purifying.” [Mishkat]

Giving something to eat or drink to a fasting person is a great reward. The sins of such a person would be forgiven and he would have the same rewards as the person keeping the fast.

Hadhrat Umar (RA) narrates that the holy Prophet (SAW) said: “Not a single prayer made by a fasting person at the time of breaking fast (iftaar) is rejected.” [Ibn Majah]

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