This is especially important since those who deliver Khutbahs
and admonish the people during Ramadaan, when they speak about
those things which disrupt the Fast, then they only speak about the
material things, those things that we have just mentioned‹eating, drinking
and sexual intercourse. But what they should do, as sincere
advisers and people who give reminder to the Muslims in general, is to
concentrate a great deal upon the second category of things which disrupt the
Fast. This is because the people have become used to thinking
that Fasting is just to refrain from the first category, to withhold from
the material things. But there is another category of things
which disrupt the Fast, which we are able to call the non-material things
which disrupt the Fast.
So you have just heard his, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam,
saying, "Whoever does not abandon falsehood in speech and action,
then Allaah has no need that he should leave his food and
Therefore every fasting person should examine himself and see: is he
just withholding from the material things, or is he also withholding from
those non-material things? Meaning: has he made his manners and
behaviour good when the blessed month of Ramadaan comes? If
that is the case, then he has fulfilled the Saying of Allaah, the
Exalted and Most High, at the end of the aayah:
So that you may become people of Taqwaa.
But as for he one who restricts himself in his fasting to just
withholding from food and drink, but who continues and persists upon the evil
manners which he was upon previously, before Ramadaan, then this is not
the Fasting that is desired and required from the wisdom behind the
legislation of this noble month, which our Lord, the Mighty and Majestic
indicates in His Saying:
So that you may become people of Taqwaa.
So therefore we advise and remind our brother Muslims that they should
remind this other category of things, those that are non-material,
which disrupt the Fast, and it is something which the admonishers and those
who seek to direct the people to the correct way rarely speak about,
not to mention the general people, who are not aware of this category of
things which disrupt the fast, i.e., the non-material things.
This is what I wanted to remind our brothers who are present in this
fine gathering about, if Allaah wills, so that it may be cause of their
increasing in acts of worship seeking to draw closer to Allaah, the
Exalted and Most High, in this blessed month, the month of Fasting, which
is such that we hope that Allaah, the Exalted and Most High, will guide
and grant us all the success of fulfilling the due right of this
blessed month, which is that we withhold from both the material and the
non-material things which disrupt the Fast.
Then in addition to this word, I hope that you will pay attention to
some affairs which have been neglected by the majority of the general
Muslims, indeed and also by those having knowledge.
There is a hadeeth which is very often neglected because of
another hadeeth, because the majority of people are unable to
reconcile in practice and application between them. So this
hadeeth is his, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, saying, "My
Ummah will continue to be upon good for as long as they hasten to break
the fast and delay the pre-dawn meal."
So here two matters were mentioned, and they are neglected by most of
the people, and they are: hastening to break the fast, and delaying the
pre-dawn meal (Suhoor).
As for neglect of the first matter, which is hastening to break the
Fast, then in the view of some people it contradicts another
hadeeth, which is his, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, saying,
"My Ummah will continue to be upon good for as long as they hasten to
pray the Maghrib Prayer."
So here we have two commands, to hasten with two matters. So it
appears to some people that we cannot hasten to perform both of them
But reconciling between the command to hasten with breaking the Fast
and the command to hasten to pray the Maghrib Prayer is a very
easy matter. So it is something which our Prophet, sallallaahu
alaihi wa sallam, made clear to us by his action and practice.
So he, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, used to break the Fast with
three dates. He would eat three dates. Then he would pray
the Maghrib Prayer, then he would eat again if he found that he
needed to eat the evening meal.
But today we fall into two offences: