Iftaari food parcel - Each Food Parcel contains the Basic essentials, such as: rice, flour, sugar, salt, pasta, cooking oil, tea etc. One Iftaari parcel provides for one family and ensures they have a proper meal once a day.
£10 will feed one poor family for 10 days or £30.00 for the whole month.
Fasting is a shield (al-Bukhari, Muslim), as long as the fasting person does not tear it up.
an-Nasa"1, Mujannaf `Abdur-Razzaq
Fasting is exclusively for Allah: He states, Fasting is for me and I shall give its reward. And good is (rewarded) with ten times its like."
The Messenger P.B.U.H has said:
FASTING TEACHES SYMPATHY FOR THE POOR
Fasting is the only method whereby the pangs of hunger, the ever-present companion of the poor, are experienced by the rich. Thus this experience kindles a spirit of kindness to the poor and distressed. It also gives rise to the thought of how people will fare on the day of resurrection, when the greatest urge of hunger and thirst will be felt.
The following are examples of what an intention for fasting can be:
"I have the intention to observe tomorrow a Fast of the month of Ramadan."
"O Allah, I keep fast for You, so forgive my future and past sins."
BREAKFAST BEFORE DAWN - SUHUR
It is Masnun (Sunnah) to partake of Suhur during the last portion of the night. It is a means of attaining great blessings and reward. The Sunnah will be attained if one partakes of Suhur at any time after midnight. But it is better and desirable to partake of Suhur in the last portion of the night. It will suffice if one makes an intention to fast in ones mind after the Suhur. Delaying Suhur to such an extent that there is fear of the appearance of as-Subh as-Sadiq, should be avoided. To partake of Suhur at its correct time and then spending time chewing or nibbling till the last minute should be avoided.
VIRTUES OF SUHUR
Rasulullah P.B.U.H is reported to have said: "Verily, Allah and His angels send Salawat (Barakah - benedictions) upon those who eat Suhur".
Ibn ibban, Ahmad (meaning of Salawat as Barakah - benedictions is from ad-Durr al-Manthu)
Rasulullah P.B.U.H is reported to have said: "Benedictions from Allah means Allah praises such a person, and benedictions from the angels means that they supplicate good for such a person.
Thus, We should "eat at the time of Suhur because in it there is Barakah."
Muslim, Ibn ibban
THE IMPORTANCE OF SUHUR
Scholars agree that to partake of Suhur is a Sunnah. Many people are deprived of this reward because of laziness (i.e. not getting up from ones sleep to perform this Sunnah).
A hadith indicates that the difference between our fasting and that of the Ahlul-Kitab (Jews and Christians) lies in partaking in Suhur (i.e. their practice was not to have Suhur).
We were unable to find any narrated supplications specific to the time of Suhur, however it is a time when one should try to engage oneself in a few rak`at of Tahajjud, followed by ones own supplication to Allah.
COMPLETION OF THE FAST - IFTAR
The fasting person experiences two occasions of joy; at the time of Iftar; and at the time of meeting their Rabb (Lord).
The supplications made by a fasting person, until the time of completing his fast, are accepted.
at-Tirmidhi, Ibn ibban
Sahl Ibn Sa`d reported that Rasulullah P.B.U.H said: "People will remain prosperous as long as they hasten with Iftar" (i.e.they end their fast promptly at sunset).
It is Sunnah to make Iftar (to break ones fast) immediately after sunset. One should not delay in Iftar It is indeed harmful if one partakes in the Iftar meal for so long, that he misses his Maghrib Salah. It is better to break the fast in the Masjid with a single date, so that Maghrib Salah is not missed. To perform Maghrib Salah at home, so as to indulge in Iftar while missing the blessings of Salah in Jama`ah, is a shameful act.
DUA AT THE TIME OF IFTAR