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Some of the mistakes that fasting people make in regard to Suhoor are:
1-Some people do not have Suhoor and this is contrary to the Sunnah. It is from the guidance of the Prophet to have Suhoor if the person intends to observe obligatory or voluntary fasting. Urging Muslims to have Suhoor., he said:
- “Have Suhoor, as indeed there is a blessing in it.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
- “The difference between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is the (meal of) Suhoor.” [Muslim]
Moreover, Suhoor helps the Muslim to fast, and it is a blessed act of the Sunnah, so it should not be overlooked.
2- Having Suhoor early in the middle of the night or one or two hours before dawn is also contrary to the Sunnah. The Prophet said: “Hasten to (eating) Iftaar (in Ramadan immediately when the time is due), and delay (eating) Suhoor.” [At-Tabaraani] It is an act of the Sunnah to have Suhoor just before dawn (approximately half an hour before it). Anas, May Allaah be pleased with him, he said: “The Prophet and Zayd ibn Thaabit had Suhoor. When they finished, the Prophet left for the prayer. Anas was asked how much time was there between their finishing Suhoor and entering the prayer; he said: ‘Enough time for the recitation of fifty verses (of the Quran).’” [Al-Bukhaari]
3- Continuing to eat (Suhoor) even after hearing the Fajr prayer Athaan. Out of prudence for one’s fasting, one should stop having his Suhoor two or three minutes before or at most when he hears the Athaan for Fajr.