The Virtue of Offering Suhoor to Fasting People
Fatwa No: 377548

Question

Assalamu'alaikum,Dear Sheikh, would you please mention the virtue of giving sahoor. I heard a hadith mentioning the virtue of giving Iftar, but rarely I heard the virtue of giving sahoor. Jazaakumullah khair

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger. {C}

There is no doubt that offering Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) to fasting people is something for which a person will be rewarded, but we are not aware of any religious text from the Quran or the Sunnah concerning the virtue of providing Suhoor for fasting people.

However, there is general evidence that indicates the virtue of feeding people, such as the Hadeeth: "The best of you is the one who feeds people." [Al-Haakim and classified it as Saheeh; Ath-Thahabi agreed with him]

Another Hadeeth reads: "Indeed, in Paradise there are rooms whose outside can be seen from their inside, and their inside can be seen from their outside." A Bedouin stood up and said: “Who are they for, O Messenger of Allah?” He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: 'For those who speak kind words, feed others, fast regularly, and perform prayer during the night while people are asleep.'" [At-Tirmithi and Ahmad]

Moreover, 'Abdullaah ibn 'Amr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that a man asked the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ): "What Islamic traits are the best?" The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "To feed people, and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

These Ahadeeth and others are about the virtue of feeding people and it includes providing Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) for the fasting people.

Allah knows best.

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