Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hadiths: Giving Iftar has many virtues, blessings & benefits

  Pakrush Admin       Thursday, April 1, 2021

During Ramadan, try your best to give food for Iftar to those around you.  

The benefits and virtues of giving iftar to fasting persons is beyond our imagination. Let's try not to miss out.

There are many people whom we can include in our list to be served with Iftar: Neighbors, servants, gatekeepers (watchman in your area), relatives, ordinary fasting-persons walking down the streets, prisoners, workers, etc.

So we have plenty of opportunities to gain maximum benefits from fasting and Iftar. 

Virtues, blessings & benefits of giving Iftar
Authentic Hadiths tell us that there are countless virtues, blessings and benefits of giving Iftar to others as it impacts individuals and society on a massive level.


1) Angels pray for the person who gives Iftar   

Prophet Mohammad ﷺ came to visit Sa'ad Ibn Ubaydah, and he brought bread and olive oil and he ate them. Then the Prophet ﷺ said: May the fasting men break their fast with you, and the pious eat your food, and the angels pray for blessing on you. [Abu Dawud 3854]


2) The one who gives Iftar receives the same reward as the fasting person

The person who gives Iftar receives the same reward from Allah as the fasting person. So, this seemingly simple act of Iftar distribution has rewards bigger than we imagine. 

Prophet ﷺ said: He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, will receive the same reward as him (fasting person), and nothing will be reduced from the fasting person's reward [Tirmidhi 807]


No matter how little you give, the reward is immense 


Benefits of giving Iftar in Ramadan from Hadiths


Some companions (May Allah be pleased with them) said to Prophet Mohammad ﷺ: "O the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, not all of us possess the means whereby we can provide iftar to a fasting person,' He ﷺ then said:

"Allah grants this reward to the one who gives a fasting person to break his fast one date, or a drink of water or a sip of milk" [Ibn Khuzaimah]


In another hadith, Prophet Mohammad ﷺ said: 

"And whoever gave (in Ramadan), a person who fasted, water to drink, Allah shall grant that giver a drink from my fountain, such a drink where after that person shall never again feel thirsty until he enters the garden (Jannah)" [Ibn Khuzaimah]




Social benefits of Iftar and its distribution

  • Harmony and love among people grows as Itfar is usually consumed together with family members.
  • Helping the poor and hungry as affording healthy food is hard for low-income persons even during Ramadan.
  • Overall economic and business activity booms as the result of Iftar distribution on a mass level in cities and towns. 

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