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It is sunnah to partake of Sehri. Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: "Eat sehri, as in it lies great blessings." (Sahih Bukhari) The difference in our fasting and that of the Ahlul Kitab (Jews and Christians) lies in the partaking of food at the time of sehri.(Sahih Muslim) This sunnah may also be achieved by merely eating one or two morsels or having something to drink. The sunnah time for sehri is the last portion of the night, whereas to hasten with iftâr is sunnah. When a person clearly comes to know of the setting of the sun, he should commence with his iftâr. He should not delay. It is preferable to break one's fast with dates, otherwise with water as this is also a cleanser. The dua at the time of iftâr is:

"O Allah, for You have I fasted and upon Your sustenance I break my fast." (Sunan Abi Dawood)

To make an intention is a pre-requisite for fasting. To make this intention from the night is preferable. However, the fast of Ramadân will be valid even if a person made his intention before the passing of half the day.

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