Was the Prophet used to delaying the Suhoor (Sahri)?

The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam would delay the Suhoor (Sahri):

The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam would not be hasty in performing Suhoor (Sahri), rather he would delay it as much as possible. In other words he would perform Sehri close to the breaking of dawn.

Abdullah ibn Abbaas [radi allah anho] narrates that the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said:

“We are the group of Prophets and we have been ordered to delay our Suhoor (Sahri).”

(As Sunan al Kubra, book of siyaam)

Syeduna Anas [radi allah anho] narrates:

“The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam and Zaid bin Thaabit performed Suhoor (Sahri) together and then left to pray Fajar. The narrator asked Anas how much time there was between them finishing Suhoor (Sahri) and the prayer. He replied

“The time it would take to recite 50 verses.”

(Bukhaari, Baab Waqt ul Fajar)

In another narration a similar amount of time has been mentioned between Suhoor (Sahri) and the Adhaan of Fajar.

(Bukhaari, book of Sawm)

Syeduna Khuzayfa [radi allah anho] had the honour of eating Suhoor (Sahri) with the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam. He was asked

“At what time did you perform Suhoor (Sahri) with the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam?” He replied “It was light but the Sun had not yet risen.”

(Nisai)

In other words it was very close to Fajar, But not after the Fajar.

It is narrated from Sahl bin Saad [radi allah anho]:

“I would perform Suhoor (Sahri) at home and then go very swiftly to attain the prayer with the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam.”

(Bukhaari, book of Sawm)

In another hadith in Bukhaari he states:

“I would perform Suhoor (Sahri) and then leave quickly to pray Fajar with the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam.”

(Bukhaari, book of the times of the Prayer)

It is narrated from Syeduna Bilaal [radi allah anho]:

“I went to the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam to inform him of the Fajar prayer. The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam had intended to fast and called for a bowl, drank from it and then left for the mosque for the prayer.”

(Musnad Ahmad)

 

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If it wasn’t for Bilaal:

It is in Musannaf Abdur Razzaaq, narrated by Jaabir [radi allah anho], that Bilaal [radi allah anho] went to the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam who was performing Suhoor (Sahri). Bilaal said:

“Yaa Rasoolallah, the Prayer”.

The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam carried on with the Suhoor (Sahri). Syeduna Bilaal returned and the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam was still performing Suhoor (Sahri). He then said “Yaa Rasoolallah, by Allah, it is Morning”. On this the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said:

“Oh Allah, have mercy upon Bilaal, if it wasn’t for Bilaal we would have had permission to extend Sehri (Sahri) until sunrise.”

(Hakazaa Asaam ur Rasool)

These narrations make clear that the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam performed Suhoor (Sahri) very close to the beginning of Fajar. Shaykh ibn Abi Jamra describes the wisdom behind the Prophet’s Sehri and it’s delay:

“He did this to show kindness to his Ummah. If he did not perform Suhoor (Sahri) some people would have found it difficult to imitate him, and if he had performed Suhoor (Sahri) in the middle of the night it would also have been difficult for those overcome by sleep. They would either have missed the morning prayer or would have had to stay awake for a long time.”

The important benefit in delaying Suhoor (Sahri) is to ensure the fasting person is able to offer the morning prayer. If Suhoor (Sahri) was performed a long time before the rise of dawn then through sleepiness there was danger that the Fajar prayer would have been missed. Thus the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam taught the ummah to perform Suhoor (Sahri) close to the rise of dawn and instead of returning to sleep to go straight to the mosque and pray with the congregation.

A request to the Imams of the Mosques:

Consequently the Imams of mosques are requested to arrange the congregation of Fajar close to Suhoor (Sahri) (about 15- 20 minutes after) so that people need not wait long for the prayer. If there is a long delay there is real danger that due to sleep some people will not be able to wait for the Jamaat and may even miss the prayer altogether.

The Ummah has been ordered to delay the Suhoor (Sahri):

To ensure maximum ease for his Ummah the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam ordered them to delay Suhoor (Sahri).

Anas [radi allah anho] narrates that the Prophet sallallaah During the day whilst Fasting u alaihi wa sallam said:

“Be early with Iftaar and late with Sehri (Sahri).”

(Al Kaamil li Ibn Adi)

Uqba bin Aamir and Abu Darda [radi allah anhoma] narrate that the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said:

“Perform Sehri (Sahri) in the final part of the night.”

(Mujma Az Zawaaid)

The Ummah shall remain on good:

Abu Zar [radi allah anho] narrates that the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said:

“My Ummah will stay on good as long as it delays it’s Sehri (Sahri) and hastens it’s Iftaar.”

(Musnad Ahmad)

 

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