The Virtue of Suhoor

Those people that are the lovers of sleep or that are the kings of sleep will often say that they will just fast without having suhoor.  Sadly, they fail to realize that this is a cause of great deprivation of the blessings of suhoor, which undoubtedly will have a negative impact on their fast overall.  The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, “Most definitely, Allah sends special mercy upon those that partake in suhoor and His angels pray for their forgiveness.” (Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan 8/245 #3467)

This is the unique method of Allah’s dealings with His servants.  Just like in a wedding where people enjoy the happy occasion and enjoy the dates and other snacks being handed out as well.  Similarly, those that have suhoor enjoy the food they get to eat, and also enjoy the spiritual benefits of Allah’s mercy and benefit from the prayers of forgiveness the angels make for them.

At the time of suhoor, shaytaan attempts to scare people by whispering to them about how will you possibly make it through the rest of the day, and that you will be hungry for the entire day, food will only be available at maghrib.  With these thoughts already implanted in the person’s mind, shaytaan further whispers to them that you might as well stuff yourself with as much food as you can at suhoor…Fill up the first floor, the second floor, and the basement if possible, whether you have to deal with indigestion and heartburn for the rest of the day or not.  So do not eat so much.  Have some faith in Allah.  Eat, but only eat the amount that can be easily digested, as this will lead to more strength, whereas overeating will just cause weakness and laziness.  Overeating will cause disruptions in the body’s natural digestion mechanism.  All this I say from experience.

Eating suhoor is an established Sunnah.  If it was extremely necessary, then the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) would have made it wajib, however, that is not the case.  So do not stretch yourself so thin in trying to fulfill the Sunnah where it has adverse effects on the body and soul, because that will then be contrary to the Sunnah.  If there is nothing to eat for suhoor or one is not hungry, then just have some water or a glass of milk, because that much will also fulfill the Sunnah of suhoor.  The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) has made the execution of this Sunnah so easy, then why should you make it something that is a hassle?  Have some faith in Allah, He will make fasting easy for you, and the day will pass by with significant ease.  Therefore, there is no cause for concern or worry.  Just sit back, relax, and enjoy suhoor within reasonable limits.

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One Comment on “The Virtue of Suhoor”

  1. razorrahmon Says:

    I used to be the type that skips Suhoor as well. Now I don’t. I can vouch its benefits from a health perspective. Having a balanced light meal at SUhoor keeps the metabolism stable for the first part of the day so that your body doesn’t think that it’s starving and store fat. So, having suhoor helps your body burn more fat through the day and also if you are into fitness, it is a must as it keeps your muscles intact and fitness in check. Usually, there are people who will skip suhoor or people who stuff themselves with unhealthy food during suhoor and that is why strangely, these days, few people weight during Ramadan.

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