Suhoor, also known as pre-dawn meal, is an important part of the daily routine during the month of Ramadan. It is the meal consumed before fasting begins and provides the energy and nourishment needed for the day ahead.
To enhance this experience, many Muslims recite dua during suhoor to seek blessings and guidance from Allah. But, is their any Dua for suhoor?
Is There Any Dua For Suhoor?
There is no specific du’a to be said at the time of suhur. What is prescribed is to say Bismillah at the beginning and to praise Him when one stops eating, as should be done at every meal.
But the one who delays his sahur until the last third of the night also catches up with the time of the divine descent, and this is a time when du’as are answered.
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Our Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, comes down to the lowest heaven every night when the last third of the night is left, and He says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will ask Me for forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’”Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim (758)
So you should say du’a at this time because it is a time when du’a is answered, not because of sahur.
The hadeeth on suhoor indicates that the fasting person is commanded to eat suhoor because there is a great deal of goodness and blessing, both spiritual and worldly, in it.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) mentioned the blessing so as to encourage us to eat suhoor.
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Blessings of suhoor
There is a great deal of blessing in suhoor which includes benefits both in this world and in the Hereafter. These blessings include the following:
It provides strength for worship and assists one in obeying Allaah during the day by praying, reading the Qur’aan, and remembering Allaah (dhikr).
It is well known that a hungry person can become lazy in worship just as he can become lazy in his daily work.
Suhoor prevents bad attitudes caused by hunger, so those who consume it will be in a good mood and interact well with others.
The one who eats suhoor will be encouraged to fast more because fasting is less difficult for him, so he will be encouraged to fast and it will be less difficult for him.
Eating suhoor is following the Sunnah, so if the person eating suhoor intends to obey the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) command and follow his example, then his suhoor is an act of worship, and he will be rewarded accordingly.
If he intends to gain physical strength for fasting and praying qiyaam as a result, he will be rewarded accordingly.
The person who eats suhoor rises at the end of the night to remember Allaah, make du’aa’, and pray, because that is when prayers are answered and Allaah and the angels bestow blessings on those who eat suhoor.
By eating suhoor, one distinguishes himself from the people of the Book. The Muslim must refrain from imitating them.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that the difference between our fasting and the fasting of the people of the Book is eating suhoor
Another advantage of suhoor is the ability to pray Fajr in congregation at the appropriate time.
As a result, there are more worshippers praying Fajr in Ramadaan than in other months, because they have risen earlier.
The fasting person should be keen to eat suhoor and he should not miss it because he feels too sleepy or for any other reason.