Thus, They Were Doing
Dr. Khalid ibn 'Abdur-Rahman Al Shayi'
Muslims knew the reward of offering food to fasting people because of the
Prophet's saying: "He who provides a fasting person something with which to
break his fast will earn the same reward as the one who was observing the
fast, without diminishing in any way the reward of the latter." [Reported by
Imam Ahmad, An-Nasa'y, At-Tirmidhy, and Ibn Majah].
Knowing the practice of the Pious Predecessors in this regard sharpens the
vigor to imitate them.
Many of the Pious Predecessors used to show kindness to the people by offering
some food to the fasting people from the food which they had used it for
breaking their own fasting or give it all while sleeping with empty stomach.
• Ibn 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to break his fast along with
the needy, and whenever his family prevented him from doing that, he would
sleep that night without dinner.
• When a beggar would come to him while he was eating, he would take his share
of food and give it to the beggar, so he would go back to his family after
they had eaten all the food, then he would become fasting until the next day.
• A beggar came to Imam Ahmad (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) asking for
food, so the Imam gave him two loaves of bread which he was preparing for
breaking his own fast then he slept without eating anything until the next
• Imam Az-Zuhry (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) used to say when Ramadan
came: "Ramadan is for reciting the Qur'an and feeding the poor."
• Al Hasan Al Basry (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) used to feed his
Muslim brothers while he was fasting and used to entertain them while they
• 'Abdullah ibn Al Mubarak (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) used to feed
his Muslim brothers different kinds of food while he was fasting.
• Imam Ash-Shafi'y (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) loved that a person
increases his charity during Ramadan to follow the example of the Prophet
(peace be upon him) and because of people's needs and their frequent business
with Salah and fasting than earning their pennies.
We ask Allah (Glory be to Him) to grant us from His Mercy, for He is the
All-Giver, and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad.
Source: What a religion!