EXCELLENCE OF TAKING MEAL BEFORE DAWN, AND HASTENING IN BREAKING IT

 EXCELLENCE OF TAKING MEAL BEFORE DAWN, STRESS ON GIVING IT PREFERENCE AND PREFERENCE FOR DEFERRING IT (AT THE FAG END OF THE NIGHT) AND HASTENING IN BREAKING IT

SAHIH MUSLIM

Book 6, Number 2412:

Anas (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Take meal a little before dawn, for there is a blessing in taking meal at that time.

Book 35, Number 2413:

‘Amr b. al-‘As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The difference between our fasting and that of the people of the Book is eating shortly before dawn.

Book 35, Number 2414:

Musa b. ‘Ali has narrated this hadith through the same chain of transmitters.

Book 35, Number 2415:

Zaid b. Thabit (Allah be pleased with him) said: We took meal shortly before dawn along with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). We then stood up for prayer. I said: How much span of time was there between the two (acts, i.e. taking of Sahri and observing of prayer)? He said (a span of reciting) fifty verses.

Book 35, Number 2416:

This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Qatada too.

Book 35, Number 2417:

Sahl b. Sa’d (Allah be pleased with him) repotted Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The people will continue to prosper as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.

Book 35, Number 2418:

A hadith like this has been transmitted by Sahl b. Sa’d.

Book 35, Number 2419:

Abu ‘Atiyya reported: I and Masruq went to ‘A’isha and said to her: Mother of the Believers, there are two persons among the Companions of Muhammad (may peace be upon him) one among whom hastens in breaking the fast and in observing prayer, and the other delays breaking the fast and delays observing prayer. She said: Who among the two hastens in breaking fast and observing prayers? We said, It is ‘Abdullah. i.e. son of Mas’ud. whereupon she said: This is how the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) did. Abu Kuraib added: The second one was Abu Musa.

Book 35, Number 2420:

Abu ‘Atiyya reported: I and Misruq went to ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) and Masruq said to her: There are two persons among the Companions of Muhammad (may peace be upon him) none of whom abandons the good, but one of them hastens to observe sunset prayer and break the fast, and the other delays in observing the sunset prayer and in breaking the fast, whereupon she said: Who hastens to observe sunset prayer and break the fast ? He said: It is ‘Abdullah. Upon this she said: This is how the Messenger of Allah(may peace be upon him) used to do.

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