Breaking the fast with fresh dates, dried dates or water

Anas ibn Maalik (radi Allahu anhu) said, The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would break his fast with fresh dates before praying. If there were no fresh dates, he would eat a few dried dates. If there were no dried dates, he would drink a few sips of water.

[Al-Tirmidhi - Classed as Sahih by Sh al-Albaani]

Commentary:

We benefit the following from this Hadith:

  1. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would break his fast with fresh dates.
  2. If no fresh dates were available, The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would break his fast with dry dates.
  3. If the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) could not find any dates, he would break his fast by having a few sips of water.

The best of these three things is the first of them (fresh dates), and the last of them (water) is the least preferred of them. It is also recommended to break the fast with an odd number – one, three, five or seven (of whatever is being eaten).

After breaking his fast, the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would pray Maghrib in the Masjid.

The way of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is the best of way, so as Muslims we should strive to our utmost ability to follow his way.

In conclusion, as we discussed in this Hadith and our previous Hadith (HaD-95), a Muslim should hasten to break the fast by eating small morsels that will calm one’s hunger (such as dates), then get up to pray, then if one wishes, one may come back and eat more.

This is what the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to and his way is the best way.

And Allah knows Best!

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