The Prophet’s prayer of iftar
Muadh ibn-i Zuhra, may Allah be pleased with him, narrates:
- I have heard that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would recite this prayer when he ate iftar (the meal eaten by Muslims breaking their fast after sunset during the month of Ramadan):
Allahumma laka sumtu wa ala rizqika aftartu. (O my Allah! I have fasted for your acceptance and I am breaking my fast with Your provision.) (Abu Dawud, Sawm: 22)
Marvan ibn-i Salim narrates from ibn-i Umar, may Allah be pleased with them both:
- The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say this when he broke his fast:
The thirst gone, the arteries dampened; the reward has become definite, Allah willing.
The narrator of the hadith Razin added the word “Alhamdulillah” (Praise be to Allah!) to the beginning of the prayer. (Abu Dawud, Sawm: 22)
Abdullah ibn-i Umar, peace be upon them both, would also pray as follows at the time of iftar:
O my Allah, forgive me for the sake of your rahmat (mercy) which encompasses the whole universe and forgive me my sins.
- Sometimes in some countries, people start fasting earlier saying that the new moon has been seen. What is the criterion of seeing the new moon? How should the believers act regarding the issue?
- The Reward of Offering Iftar
- Does it invalidate the fast if somebody kisses his wife?
- When we need to travel in Ramadan, should we break our fast (before due time) or should we continue?
- Does it invalidate the fast to apply surma (eyeliner), to put medicine on a wound, and to apply ointment on it?
- How should the person who realizes when he wakes up that he is junub (ritually impure) continue with the fasting? Does getting blood drawn invalidate the fast?
- Does eating and drinking forgetfully invalidate fasting?
- Is it possible to fast in Ramadan without eating iftar (a meal eaten to break the fast after sunset)?
- After the three months and the fast of Shawwal
- What is perfect fast like? How should a fasting person behave?