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To Have The Iftar Early

Shernblali (rahmatullahi ta'ala 'aleyh), wrote in the book Nur-ul-idhah. "It is mustahab [1] to have the iftar [2] early on cloudless nights. " While explaining the book, he wrote, "On cloudy nights one must be careful in order to protect one's fast from being broken, [that is, one must delay the iftar a little]. One who eats the iftar before the stars are seen has done it early enough. "

Tahtawi says in his explanation of the book, "It is mustahab to break fast before performing the evening prayer. As written in the book Bahr [and also in Ibni Abidin], to make haste for the iftar means to have the iftar before the stars are seen. " Also it is mustahab to perform the evening prayer at that time, that is, to perform it early. When it is well understood that the sun has set, first the iftar is eaten with dates, water, olives or salt. That is, the fast is broken. Then the evening prayer is performed in jama'at [3] in a mosque or at home. Then the supper is had. Because it will take a long time to eat the food at the table, especially during Ramadan, the iftar must be made with a little food and the supper must be had after the evening prayer so that the evening prayer will be performed early and the meal will be eaten with ease and without haste. Thus, the fast will be broken early and the prayer will be performed early.

GLOSSARY
[1] mustahab: (act, thing) deserving thawab if done but no sin if omitted, nor disbelief if disliked.
[2] iftar: the act of breaking a fast. Fasting is done for thirty days in Ramadan. Iftar is done when the sun sets.
[3] jama'a: community; body of Muslims (except the imam) in a mosque; companions; union.