Hadith Today | Sunnah to Break Fast with Dates or Water



The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates. If dates are not available, then with water, for water is purifying.” [Ahmad]

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would break his fast with ripe dates before he would pray. If those were not available, he would eat dried dates. If those were not available, he would drink some water. [Abu Dawud] Since the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us to break our fasts with date or water, and did so himself, this is undoubtedly the best thing for the health of our bodies. And obeying the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is also the best thing for the health of our souls.
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