Preferred food items to break the fast with

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Page 187, Fatwa No.126
Fataawa as-Siyaam libni Jibreen – Page 15

Question: Which food items are preferred for the fasting person to break his fast with?

Response: The most preferred to break the fast with are fresh dates and if they are unavailable, then dry dates and if they are [also] unavailable, then with water. And the evidence for this is the Hadeeth of ‘Aa.ishah who said:

“The Prophet ﷺ used to break his fast with fresh dates and if they were unavailable, then with dry dates. If they were unavailable then he used to take water”.

However, if none of these are available to him, then it is permissible for him [to break his fast] with any permissible food items. And [still] if nothing is available to him then he should simply make the intention to break the fast.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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