Suhoor is the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, before dawn during or outside the Islamic month of Ramadan. Here are some hadith on suhoor written in Arabic and meaning in English.
Hadith On Suhoor In English
Anas reported: The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “Eat Suhur (predawn meal). Surely, there is a blessing in Suhur.”
Source: Sahih al-Bukhari 1923, Sahih Muslim 1095
Zaid bin Thabit reported: We took Suhur (predawn meal) with the Messenger of Allah SAW and then we stood up for (Fajr) Salat (prayer). It was asked: “How long was the gap between the two?” He replied: “The time required for the recitation of fifty Ayat.
Source: Sahih al-Bukhari 1921, Sahih Muslim 1097
3. Hadith About Delaying Suhoor
Ibn ‘Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah SAW had two Mu’adhdhin: Bilal and Ibn Umm Maktum. The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “Bilal proclaims Adhan [call to Salat (prayer)] at fag end of night, so eat and drink till Ibn Umm Maktum pronounces Adhan Ibn ‘Umar added:
And the gap between their Adhan was not more than the time spent in one’s getting down and the other’s climbing (the minaret).
Source: Al-Bukhari and Muslim
‘Amr bin Al-‘As reported: The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “The difference between our observance of Saum (fasting) and that of the people of the Scriptures is Suhur (predawn meal in Ramadan).” [Muslim]
Hadith About Suhoor Arabic Text
عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ تَسَحَّرُوا فَإِنَّ فِي السُّحُورِ بَرَكَةً
Sahih al-Bukhari 1923, Sahih Muslim 1095
عَنْ زَيْدِ بْنِ ثَابِتٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ تَسَحَّرْنَا مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ قَامَ إِلَى الصَّلَاةِ قُلْتُ كَمْ كَانَ بَيْنَ الْأَذَانِ وَالسَّحُورِ قَالَ قَدْرُ خَمْسِينَ آيَةً.
Sahih al-Bukhari 1921, Sahih Muslim 1097
عن عمرو بن العاص رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: «فَصْلُ مَا بَيْنَ صِيَامِنَا وصِيَامِ أهْلِ الكِتَابِ، أكْلَةُ السَّحَرِ».
What is Suhoor in Islam?
Sahuur is the meal a person takes while Suhuur is the act of eating Sahuur. The Prophet SAW encouraged eating this meal by his word and action.
He said, “Eat the predawn meal. Surely, there is a blessing in the predawn meal.” This involves an order and an explanation. He SAW instructed that we should take the predawn meal and explained that there is blessing in it.
One of such blessings is compliance with the order of the Prophet SAW, and submission to his orders SAW is all good, rewarding and full of blessing.
Among its blessing is that it is an aid to the slaves. It aids someone towards the fast. If he takes the predawn meal, this predawn meal will suffice him till sunset.
Despite that during the days of eating, he eats at the beginning of the day, the middle of the day and the last part of the day and drinks a lot; Allah will send down blessing in the sahur (predawn meal) and it would suffice him from before dawn till sunset.
One of its blessings is that it is the difference between the fasts of the Muslims and the non-Muslims.
Accordingly, the Prophet SAW explained that the difference between our fast and the fast of the people of the Book is taking the predawn meal.
This is because the people of the Book fast from the middle of the night. They eat before the middle of the night. They do not eat at sahur.
As for the Muslims, and all the praises and thanks be to Allah, they eat in the last part of the night. Distinguishing between the Muslims and the disbelievers is an issue desired in the law.
Consequently, the Prophet SAW forbade imitating them. He said, “Be different from the Zoroastrians. Allow your beard to grow and trim your mustache.” That is, leave the beard and do not shorten it nor cut it.
He said, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”It is good to delay the predawn meal till shortly before dawn.
It should not be advanced because the Prophet SAW said, “My Ummah will continue to be upon goodness as long as they hasten to break the fast and delay the predawn meal.”
He said, “Bilal used to call the Adhan in the night, so eat and drink until Ibn Maktum pronounces the Adhan because he does not pronounce the Adhan until it is dawn.”
As for his saying in the report quoted by the author, “There is nothing in between them except that this one comes down and this climbs,” it is not authentic.
This is because the Prophet SAW instructed eating and drinking until Ibn Maktum pronounces the Adhan which a proof that there is a considerable time gap between both of them for eating, drinking and Sahur.
So it is a weak and contradictory sentence. It does not contain evidence.
Zayd bin Thabit (may Allaah be pleased with him) explained that when he ate predawn meal with the Prophet SAW, then stood for Salat, there was nothing between them except the measure of fifty verses: ten to twenty minutes if a person recites the Qur’an gradually or in any other way.
This indicates that the Prophet SAW would delay his predawn meal a perfect delay and that he would observe the Fajr prayer early without delaying it.
Then it is good for someone when he is taking his predawn to prepare that he is taking the predawn meal in compliance with the order of Allah and His Messenger and that he is taking his predawn meal in opposition to the people of the Book and dislike for what they are upon and hope for blessing in this predawn meal.
And he is taking predawn meal to aid him in obeying Allah so that this predawn meal that he is eating would be goodness, blessing and obedience.