Fasted without taking the sahoor (pre-dawn meal)

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Page 185, Fatwa No.124
al-Fataawa libni Baaz – Kitaab ad-Da’wah, Volume 2, Page 161

Question: A person went to sleep before the sahoor in Ramadhaan whilst having the intention to take the sahoor. But, he slept through ’til the morning. Is his fast correct or not?

Response: His fast is correct because the sahoor is not a condition for the correctness of the fast. Rather it is preferable, for that which the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

«Take the sahoor for certainly in it is blessing». [The authenticity of this hadeeth has been] agreed upon by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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