Is Suhoor, or the waking up for breakfast before Fajr, an act that is just to help us through our fast – or is it something recommended? Is there more merit in doing it during the month of Ramadhan?

“I asked abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, about breakfast before dawn, in the case of one who likes to fast whether it is obligatory or not. The Imam replied, ‘It is fine if one likes not to have breakfast before dawn. However, in the month of Ramadan, it is better. We love not to ignore it in the month of Ramadan.’”

Sanad: Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from Hammad ibn ‘Isa from Shu’ayb from abu Basir who has said the above hadith

Source: al-Kafi, Volume 4, Chapter 58, Hadith #1 (See First Image below)

Grading: Allaamah al-Majlisi graded it Hasan/Good (حسن) [Mir’aat al-Uqool, Volume 16, Page 259 (See Second Image below)]; Bahboody graded it Sahih/Authentic (صحيح) [Saheeh al-Kafi, Volume 2, Page 68]; al-Mohsini said it was reliable [Mu`jim al-Ahaadeeth al-Mu`tabara, Volume 5, Page 527]

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“I asked him, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, about breakfast before dawn in the case of one who wants to fast. He replied, ‘In the month of Ramadan, it is better even with one sip of water. In an optional fast, one may or may not take breakfast before dawn as he likes.’”

Sanad: A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Husayn ibn Sa‘id from his brother al-Hassan, from Zur‘ah from Sama‘ah in a muzmar manner who has said the above hadith

Source: al-Kafi, Volume 4, Chapter 58, Hadith #2 (See First Image below)

Grading: Allaamah al-Majlisi graded it Muwathaq/Reliable (موثق) [Mir’aat al-Uqool, Volume 16, Page 260 (See Second Image below)]; Bahboody graded it Sahih/Authentic (صحيح) [Saheeh al-Kafi, Volume 2, Page 68]; al-Mohsini said it was reliable [Mu`jim al-Ahaadeeth al-Mu`tabara, Volume 5, Page 527]

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