Breaking your fast early?

By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه, taken from yunuspatel.co.za

For many years without fail, I have been giving this example in the month of Ramadaan. At the end of a very hot and long summer’s day, a person is sitting at the dastarkhaan (table cloth), close to the time of Iftaar, waiting patiently to open his fast. There is just 3 minutes left for the setting of the sun when he is told: “Eat! What difference will it make if you break your fast now? What is another 2 or 3 minutes? You have already stayed away from food and drink for almost 15-16 hours.”

Even if someone says this to the weakest Muslim, in respect to obeying Allah, he will respond: “It is the ruling of the Qur’aan and the Ahadith that I break my fast after the setting of the sun and not before that time. It is the command of Allah and I cannot disobey Him.”

The weakest person’s Imaan becomes so strong at this stage of his fast, that he will not break his fast. He will refuse to break his fast, even if the world’s great personalities were to suggest so.

So (in light of this) we should question ourselves and answer truthfully: Is it not the Command of that same Allah, to perform Salaah five times a day and for the men, in congregation in the Masjid, as far as possible? Is it not the Command of that same Allah to correctly discharge our Zakaah, to perform Hajj, and to treat our parents with love and respect? And to be faithful to our wives and treat them with compassion (and vice versa for the wives), to be honest in our business dealings and to be kind and just to those under our authority? 

Admin’s note: In other words, though Ramadan has come to an end, our obligations in Deen have not. Therefore, we should continue striving to please Allah by following His commands precisely, just like our precision in opening our fasts at the correct time and not a second earlier.

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