Why Sahoor is So Important

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In case you missed it, here is a short synopsis of the Suhbah given at our weekly Khatam Khwajagan last week.

  • The Prophet was born just before fajr. That time has been the most blessed time of day, ever since.
  • It is that last third of the night in which the Mercy of Allah descends upon this earth. It is also in that time that Sahoor is mandated.
  • Waking up for Sahoor is not so much about eating, as it is about catching that special time to worship.
  • A common misconception is that Sahoor is about eating, so that one will not get hungry later whilst fasting. So, one who does not feel hungry, or who had eaten supper at midnight, feels no need to wake up for Sahoor. In doing so, they miss the whole point of sahoor – to catch the blessings of that time near fajr, the blessings of reviving a Sunnah and the blessings of praying fajr on time.
  • Even eating just a date or a drinking a tiny sip of water in that last hour before fajr, is already considered having caught the blessings of sahoor.
  • But the actual blessings of sahoor lie in doing tahajjud and doa in that very special and blessed time.
  • Even just a two raka’at Sunnat shukur is worth the world and its contents.
  • Istighfar is especially accepted then too.
  • And the reading/recitation of the Qur’an in that time is witnessed by the Angels.
  • So don’t miss the Sahoor that is close to fajr. Even if you have eaten earlier, awaken in that last hour to catch the Spiritual blessings that are unique to Ramadhan.
  • In the Qur’an, Allah mentioned two deeds specific to sahur time. Al-Isra’ verses 78-79:

(78) أَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ لِدُلُوكِ ٱلشَّمْسِ إِلَىٰ غَسَقِ ٱلَّيْلِ وَقُرْءَانَ ٱلْفَجْرِۖ إِنَّ قُرْءَانَ ٱلْفَجْرِ كَانَ مَشْهُودًا

(78) Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Quran [i.e., recitation] of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed (by Angels).

(79) وَمِنَ ٱلَّيْلِ فَتَهَجَّدْ بِهِۦ نَافِلَةً لَّكَ عَسَىٰٓ أَن يَبْعَثَكَ رَبُّكَ مَقَامًا مَّحْمُودًا

(79) And from [part of] the night, pray with it [i.e., recitation of the Quran] as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station (Maqamam Mahmuda).


1) To pray tahajjud raises believers to Maqamam Mahmuda. This is the highest maqam, that we Doa for the Prophet to reach, in the doa after Azan.

2) To recite Qur’an at fajr is witnessed by the Angels.

  • So don’t skip Sahoor!

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Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.

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