In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
In a Hadeeth reported by Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri [may Allaah be pleased with him] the Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Allah sends His blessings and His angels supplicates for those who take the pre-fasting meal”. (1)
Al-Manaawee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Meaning, those who have the pre-fasting meal with the intention to strengthen oneself in fasting…etc” (2)
Anas Ibn Maalik [may Allaah be pleased with him] reported that Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Take the pre-fasting meal. Verily, there is blessing in the pre-fasting meal”. (3)
This blessings comes from different angles:
-It is adherence to the Sunnah.
-Gives one strength to perform acts of worship.
-An increase in energy.
-Repels the bad behaviour that may occur due to hunger.
-A means to giving charity to the one who asks or eat together with him.
-A means to remembering Allaah and supplication during the time period when supplication is accepted.
-The one who forgot to make an intention to fast before sleeping catches the time to do so etc..(4)
In this there is an urge to have the pre-fasting meal. The scholars hold a consensus that it is recommended and not obligatory. As for the blessing, it is manifest because it strengthens a person to fast, gives him energy and due to this a person increases in desire to fast because the difficulty is lightened for the one who takes the pre-fasting meal….(5)
[Ref 1: Hadeeth declared authentic by Imaam Al-Albaanee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] in Saheeh At-Targheeb Wat-Tarheeb. Vol 1. page 620. Hadeeth Number 1066 (kitaab As-Sawm- Section ‘At-Targheeb Fis Suhoor’). Publisher: Maktaba Al-Ma’aarif (Riyadh). 1st Edition 1421AH (Year 2000)]
[Ref 2: Faydul Qadeer 2/ 270]
[Ref 3: Al-Bukhaaree 1923 and Muslim 1095]
[Ref 4: Fat-hul Baari Sharh Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree. Vol 4. Page 179. Publisher: Daarus salaam. 1st Edition 1421AH (Year 2000)]
[Ref 5: Sharh Saheeh Muslim Vol 7. Page 179. Publisher. Daar Al-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah. 1st Edition 1421AH (Year 2000)