Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Benefits of Sehri/Suhoor

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

I hope that when you're reading this you are in the best of health and imaan, In Shaa Allah! Today, I'll be sharing with you the benefits of Sehri/Suhoor.
Sehri is the meal eaten early in the morning before Muslims close their fasts - usually when the sky is entirely dark.

Abdullah ibn Harith reports that one of the sahaba said: 
'I once visited the Prophet (PBUH), at a time when he  (PBUH) was busy partaking of suhoor. The Prophet (PBUH) then said:

'This is a thing full of blessings which Allah swt has granted you. Do not give it up.'

How great is Allah swt's favour upon us, that even the partaking of food before dawn for fasting is so greatly rewarded! All ulama' are agreed on it being
mustahab (desirable). And even if we are only able to drink a sip of water or eat a single date, we will still receive blessings. SubhaanAllah.

It is highly recommended that you have this special meal; surely letting your laziness get in the way of obtaining great reward (that is so easy to get) is the height of foolishness!

Ibn Umar (ra) relates that the Prophet (PBUH) , said:

'Verily Allah swt and His mala'ikah (Angels) send mercy upon those who eat suhoor.'

Bearing in mind that this meal is eaten in the last portion of the night, a time in which supplications are answered, we should always take up the opportunity to make dua whilst sitting and eating the food 
that we have been blessed with. 

I hope I have given you enough incentive by now to get up and have some sehri, In Shaa Allah!
If not, then I have another hadith for you, related by Muslim on the authority of Amr ibn Al-Aas, 
who quoted the Prophet (PBUH) as saying: 

'The difference between our fasting and that of the people of earlier revelations is the suhoor meal.'

So, in conclusion, Sehri is a huge and unique blessing bestowed upon the Ummah of the beloved Prophet (PBUH). Not only is it an opportunity to arise and nourish ourselves which is seen as an act of worship in the eyes of Allah swt, but it also gives us the opportunity to performs other forms of Ibadah such as Fajr salaat, alongside the benefits I mentioned earlier.

That's all for today - do share this with your friends, and keep me in your duas In Shaa Allah, just like I keep you in mine 

Everything good in this post is from Allah swt, and any & all mistakes are mine.

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