Iftar is derived from the Arabic word “Futoor” which means breakfast.
What is Iftar?
The meal with which one breaks his/her Ramadan Fast is called Iftar.
Hadiths About Iftar
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said “There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because of his fasting.” (Vol. 3, Book 31, Hadith 128)
The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “At every breaking of the fast, Allaah has people whom He redeems.” (Ahmad)
The Smell of Fast Observer at the end of Fast:
Narrated by Abu Huraira (R.A): The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) said “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk.” (Volume 3, Book 31, Number 118)
Which meal is best to take in Iftar?
Salman ibn ‘Amir reported: The Messenger of Allah(Peace Be Upon Him) said, “When one of you breaks his fast, let him break it with dates for they are blessed. If they are not found, let him break it with water for it is pure.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi 695)
Hastening in Iftar:
Narrated by Abu Huraira (R.A): The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) said that this Deen will be predominant until people hasten in breaking their fasts because of Jew and Christians delay in breaking fast (Sunan Ibi Dawood, Volume 2, Hadith no.2353)
There are many Dua with which you can break your fast, although below is worldwide recited Dua that Muslims used to read while breaking their fast.
Allahumma Inni Laka Sumtu Wa-Bika Aamantu Wa’Alaika Tawakkaltu Wa’Alaa Rizqika Aftartu.
Translation in English:
O Allah! Indeed I observe fast for you, and believed in you and have trust only on you and broke fast with your given food.