Feeding The Fasting

The virtue of giving iftaar to one who is fasting

What is the reward for giving iftaar to one who is fasting?

Published Date: 2012-07-22
Praise be to Allaah.  It was narrated that Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807; Ibn Maajah, 1746. Classed as saheeh by Ibn Hibaan, 8/216 and by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 6415.

Shaykh al-Islam [Ibn Taymiyah] said: What is meant by giving him iftaar is giving him enough to satisfy him. Al-Ikhtiyaaraat, p. 194

The righteous salaf were keen to provide food for others and they thought that this was one of the best of righteous deeds.

One of the salaf said:  For me to invite ten of my companions and feed them food that they like is dearer to me than freeing ten of the sons of Ismaa’eel from slavery.

Many of the salaf used to give up their iftaar for others, such as ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him), Dawood al-Taa’i, Maalik ibn Dinar and Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Ibn ‘Umar used only to break his fast with orphans and the poor and needy.

There were among the salaf those who used to offer food to their brothers whilst fasting, and they would sit and serve them, such as al-Hasan and Ibn al-Mubaarak.

Abu al-Siwaar al-‘Adawi said: Men from the tribe of Banu ‘Adiyy used to pray in this mosque and not one of them would break his fast on his own; if they found someone to join them they would eat with him, otherwise they would take their food out to the mosque and eat with the people, and the people would eat with them.

From the ‘ibaadah of providing food for people stem many other acts of worship such as creating love and friendship towards those who are given the food, which is a means of entering Paradise, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will not enter Paradise until you truly believe, and you will not truly believe until you love one another.” Narrated by Muslim, 54. It also fosters the practice of sitting with righteous people and seeking reward by helping them to do acts of worship for which they gain strength by eating your food.

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كُنْتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ
You are the best nation (Ummah) produced as an example for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. (3:110)

This verse describes the Muslim nation so that it becomes aware of its position, value and true nature. The first part of the verse imposes a very heavy duty on the Muslim community, while at the same time honoring and elevating it to a position which cannot be given to any other community: “You are the best community that has ever been raised for mankind; you enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid what is wrong, and you believe in God.”

“You are the best community that has ever been raised for mankind.” The Muslim nation should understand this in order to know its position and its true nature. It should know that it has been raised specially for the purpose of assuming the leadership of mankind, since it is the best nation. God wants the leadership in this planet of ours to be assumed by the forces of goodness, not the forces of evil. It follows that it should

Duties as a Muslim Ummah:

1. The first duties is that the Muslim nation should work hard at protecting human life from evil. It must have the power to enable it to enjoin the doing of all that is right and forbid the doing of all that is wrong. It is, after all, the best nation ever raised for mankind.

2. The standard which makes a certain community worthy of the position of leadership is its active work for the preservation of human life from evil and the promotion of what is right, in addition to its implementation of the faith which defines what is right and what is wrong

3. The position of leadership is accordingly earned through the active fulfillment of its tasks, heavy as they are, and through following the way defined for it, thorny as it may be. In practical terms, it means standing up against evil, promoting every good and protecting society against all elements of corruption.

4. As we are the best Ummah, it is compulsory to stand behind needy people. That is why we in Ummah Appeal plans to stand behind needy people all over the world.

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Ummah Appeal is a UK-based international relief and development charity organization. Inspired by the Islamic teachings of compassion, generosity and selflessness. The organization is established by Islamic scholars and very devoted people those are looking forward to sake Allah.

The rights of those who are abandoned and fraught are fulfilled by providing sustainable development solutions relating to shelter, education, health, and spiritual well being.

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A. Emergency relief, such as food, cloths and medical aid to victims of conflict and natural disasters
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We are together for the needy.


Inspired by the values of our faith, Ummah Appeal is working towards tackling the root causes of poverty and creating a fairer world for everyone. We believe that every human being has the right to an education and access to all basic rights
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As a faith-based organization, our values give us a unique identity as Ummah Appeal. They define how we serve our beneficiaries, and provide us with a background for how we treat our sponsors and our colleagues. They are vital in helping us to achieve our vision and increase the effectiveness of our organization.

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Ummah Appeal works under the guidance of scholars who ensure that the charity’s role as a trustee is always fulfilled. Knowing that we are all ultimately accountable to the Almighty, the charity strives to maintain transparency and accountability.

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