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Fundamentals of Fasting – Suhur


Suhur (Pre-Dawn Meal)
The fast begins with a light meal known as suhur, which is taken just before the break of dawn. The Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged his followers to take this meal, even if it is only a drink of water. Anas ibn Malik said that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Take suhur for surely there is barakah (blessing) in it.”
When the adhan of Fajr is sounded, this signals the beginning of the fast and one should not begin to eat anything at this point. If one has in his hand food or drink when the adhan is called, he should finish eating what he wants from it before putting it down. Abu Hurayrah reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “If one of you hears the adhan and a vessel remains in his hand, he should not put it down until he has had what he desires from it.”

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