What Time Does Suhoor End: Navigating The Last Moments Before Fasting Begins

What Time Does Suhoor End – As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah’s Peace Blessings, Mercy and Peace be with you all.)

Our sisters/brothers has asked:

Dear Brother, I am from India and I want to know when is the right date to finish suhoor.I close my suhoor at the time that Adhan begins or when I am rushing to finish what’s on my plate ,

However my brother-in-law continues to have suhoors until the whole adhan is finished and then after. Do you think this is acceptable?

people continue to have their suhoor claiming that the adhan within that region masjid has not completed or even started . Please provide advice in the light of the Quran and hadees.thank for your help.

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Timing to end Suhoor

It is recommended to quit drinking and eating, and start the fast when it’s time to recite the prayers and the adhaan is made public.

Allah is the One who says: Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 187:

You are permitted to wear them during the night of fasts is to approach (sexual sexual intercourse) towards your wife. These are your clothes. They are your clothes. Allah knows what you did in secret among your own self; however, He changed His mind and forgiven you.

So now, associate (sexual relationship) with your wives (your wives) and look for the things Allah has decreed to you and take a meal and drink until you see the dawn’s white thread appears to you as different from the dark thread and then keep your fast until night is upon us; however, do not engage in a relationship with your wives while you are in retreat in the mosques. 

There are limitations (set in the name of) Allah; approach not near to. So does Allah reveal His commands to the people so that they can be taught self-control.

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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.550 Narrated by Qatada

Anas bin Malik told me, “The Prophet and Zaid bin Thabit had the “Suhur” together. After having finished their meal Zaid bin Thabit, the Prophet (saws) stood up and began to pray (Fajr Prayer).” Then I questioned Anas, “How long was the gap between completing their ‘Suhur’ before beginning praying?” He answered, “The interval between the two was only enough to be able to recite fifty verses from the Qur’an).”

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.551 Narrated by Sahl bin Sad

I would often eat the “Suhur” dinner with my family, and then hurry so that I could be there for it in time for the Fajr (morning prayers) by the Messenger of Allah (saws).

Ibn Masud (R.A.) informs us his report that Prophet Muhammad (saws) declared: “None of you should allow Bilal’s declaration about the “adhaan'” stop you from having the breakfast (suhoor) food, because Bilal is preparing the ‘adhaan’ in order to get those who are praising (tahajjud and Nafl prayer) to end and also for those who are asleep to wake up.”Related to Ahmad.

Said Sahl ibn Sa’d told how the Prophet (saws) declared: “All the Prophets of Allah are commanded to accelerate break of fast and delay the’suhoor’ meal.’

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The al-Bukhari family is closely related to Ahmad Malik, and Malik.

Our beloved and dear brother of Islam Based on the place one lives the exact time for the “fajr” pre-dawn prayers is slightly different. For instance for areas like the Indian Subcontinent (Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, etc) the ‘fajr’ adhaan’ is usually declared prior to the sunrise ….but in Arab states (Saudi Arabia UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, etc.) there is a little longer interval between the ‘fajr’ adhaan’ and the actual time of daybreak. legally the practice of fasting in Islam commences just before the dawn break till the sun is set.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.140 Narrated by Adi bin Hatim

After the above verses were disclosed: “…..until the white thread of dawn appeared to you in a different way from the black thread. …” I picked up two (hair) strings that were black and the other white. I put them under my bed and kept looking at them all night, but I was unable to come up with anything interesting from it. The next day, I walked to the Messenger of Allah (saws) and I told him the whole story. Then, he (saws) clarified to me “That verse is referring to darkness in the night and the purity of dawn!”

Therefore, regardless of where one is located the best option is to allow yourself plenty of time to eat and drink their suhoor; and to stop drinking or eating once the ‘fajr’ adherent has been declared, leaving no doubt about the legitimacy of the fast they are on.

However, if there is some food in their mouths and the fajr ‘adhaan’ fajr is declared, there’s no harm in eating what’s inside the mouths of others ….but it is wise to make that the last piece from food or beverage and to not attempt to finish their meal until the desire is satisfied. 

This is the most secure way to go. However, if one wanted to eat one or two more bites of food prior to the ‘adhaan’ was finished and the ‘adhaan’ is over, it will not break the fast. And Allah Alone Knows Best.

Everything written about truth and benefit is the result of Allah’s help and Guidance, and what errors I make are my own. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

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