Mistakes Made In Sahur (Predawn Meal)
Thu, September 11, 2008 Leave a comment
There are some people tend to make mistakes in regard to Sahur such as:
1. Some people do not have Sahur and this is contrary to the Sunnah. It is from the guidance of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam (SAW), to have Sahur if the person intends to observe obligatory or voluntary fasting. Urging Muslims to have Sahur. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam , said:
· “Have Sahur, as indeed there is a blessing in it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
· “The difference between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is the (meal of) Sahur.” [Muslim]
Moreover, Sahur would act as a tool to help the Muslim to fast, and it is a blessed act of the Sunnah, so it should not be overlooked.
2. Having Sahur early in the middle of the night or one or two hours before dawn is also contrary to the Sunnah. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Hasten to (take) Iftar (in Ramadhan immediately when the time is due), and delay (take) Sahur.” [At-Tabarani] It is an act of the Sunnah to have Sahur just before dawn (approximately half an hour before it). Anas, May Allah be pleased with him, he said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and Zaid Ibn Thabit had Sahur. When they finished, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, left for the prayer. Anas were asked how much time was there between their finishing Sahur and entering the prayer; he said: ‘Enough time for the recitation of fifty verses (of the Quran).’” [Al-Bukhari]
3. To continue eating (Sahur) even after hearing the Azan of Fajar prayer. Out of prudence for one’s fasting, one should stop having his Sahur two or three minutes before or at most when he hears the Azan for Fajar.