Sehri and Iftaari
Although, Sehri and Iftaar, just seems to be an informal part of Fasting, one will be surprised with the extreme importance conferred to it which is made evident to us by the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam
Hazrat Anas RadiyAllahu ‘Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam said, “Eat Sehri as there is barakah (blessings) in it.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas RadiyAllahu ‘Anhuma reports that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has said, “Seek help from Sehri for your Fast during day and seek help from ‘Qaylulah’ for standing in prayers at night. (Baihaqi)
Note: Qaylulah is sleeping a little while after lunch in the afternoon which was the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam .
Hazrat ‘Amr bin ‘Aas RadiyAllahu ‘Anhu reports that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has stated, “Indeed, the du‘a of the one who is Fasting is not rejected at the time of Iftaar.” (Al Baihaqi)
Hazrat Abu Hurairah RadiyAllahu ‘Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam states, “The du‘as of three types of people are never rejected: the one who is Fasting at the time of Iftaar, a just king and the one who is oppressed, as his du’a is lifted to the heavens by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta‘alah.” (Imam Ahmed).
Hazrat Ibne ‘Umar RadiyAllahu ‘Anhuma reports that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has said, “Allah and His Angels send blessings on those who eat Sehri.” (Ibne Habban)
Hazrat Sahl bin Sa‘ad narrates that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has said, “My Ummah will live peacefully as long as they haste in Iftaar.” (Bukhari)
RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam reports that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta‘alah says, “Amongst my servants those who haste in Iftaar are more beloved to me.” (Hadith e Qudsi, Tirmizi)
Note: As we have seen in the above narrations, RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has emphasised that we will be successful as an Ummah and will be beloved to Allah if we haste in Iftaar, meaning that as soon as we are sure of sunset, we should break the Fast as the Jews and Christians delay it. And it is for this reason that scholars say that we should not even wait to pray the du‘a for Iftaar but start with ‘Bismillah Sharif’ and recite the du‘a after eating the first morsel.
Hazrat Ya‘la bin Marrah RadiyAllahu ‘Anhu has narrated that three acts are beloved to Allah: to haste in Iftaar, to delay the Sehri and to fold hands in Salah. (Tabrani)
Hazrat Salman bin ‘Aamir RadiyAllahu ‘Anhu reports that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam said, “When you break Fast, do so with wet dates or (if wet dates are not available) dry dates as there is blessing in it and, if these are not available, then do Iftaar with water as it is a purifier.” (Imam Ahmed)
Hazrat Salman Al-Farsi RadiyAllahu ‘Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has stated, “Whosoever provides the one who is Fasting with Halal food or water for Iftaar, the Angels seek forgiveness for him in this holy month (Ramadhan) and Hazrat Jibrael (‘AlaihiSSalam) will seek forgiveness for him on Shab e Qadr.” In one narration it states that Hazrat Jibraeel (’AlaihiSSalam) will shake hands on Shab e Qadr with such a person. Another narration states that whosoever provides water for the one who Fasts, Allah will provide water for him from the Hauz-al-Kausar and he will not be thirsty until he enters Paradise. (Tabrani)
Du’a for Iftari :
Allaahumma Lakasumtu Wabika Aamantu Wa ‘Alayka Tawak-kaltu wa ‘Alaa Rizqika Uf-tartu Fataqab-bal Minnee
‘O Allah I Fast for You and I believe in You and in You I trust and from Your sustenance I do Iftaar, thus accept (my Fast) for me .’