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The Virtue of Giving Iftar

By INTERNATIONAL INTEGRITY ASSOCIATION

Question: What is the reward for giving iftar meal?

ANSWER
Giving iftar (fast-breaking) meal is very rewarding (thawab). If a person, while walking on the road, gives only a date or an olive to a fasting person, the reward for giving iftar meal is attained. When our master the Prophet declared, “If a person gives iftar to a fasting person in this month, his sins will be forgiven. And he will be given as many rewards as has that fasting person,” some of the Blessed Companions said that they were not so rich as to give iftar meal to a fasting person. He declared as a reply, “The rewards will be given even to a person who gives a date as the iftar or who provides water to break the fast or who offers a little milk” [Bayhaqi].

Rasulullah (SAW) said: “He who gives iftar to another fasting person shall earn reward equivalent to a fasting man without detracting from the reward of the latter.”(Tirmidhi)

Question: Can we give iftar meal with money obtained by prohibited (haram) means?
ANSWER
If a person gives iftar only with money obtained by prohibited means and expects thawab for it, he/she becomes a disbeliever. If it is given without expecting any thawab, it does not cause disbelief. If one’s earnings are a mix of prohibited (haram) and permitted (halal) sources, the iftar that is given is neither unlawful nor disbelief.

Question: Is it permissible to invite a non-fasting person to iftar meal?
ANSWER
Yes, it is permissible, but one should prefer fasting people when inviting for iftar meals. If a person does not fast because of an excuse, such as traveling, illness, and menstruation, he/she can be invited as well.

Question: Is giving someone money for iftar meal as rewarding as giving iftar?
ANSWER
Yes.

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