Assalamu Alaikum. I just want to know whether it is obligatory to eat a predawn meal before fasting a non-obligatory fast?What about the Ramazan Fasts? Thank you.
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Having the pre-dawn meal is a confirmed recommended act and not an obligation, whether the fast is optional or obligatory, and whether this is during Ramadan or else. If a person fasts without having the pre-dawn meal, his fasting is correct and acceptable but he deprives himself form much good.
Imaam Ibn Al-Munthir, may Allah have mercy upon him, reported that there is a consensus among the scholars, may Allah have mercy upon them, that having the pre-dawn meal is only desirable.
Allah Knows best.