Would you please describe Suhoor and it’s purpose. What is supposed to happen? Is it just the pre-breakfast breakfast? Is it obligatory? Is there anything particular that we should be eating? Most importantly when is the time of Suhoor. For example: let’s assume that Fajr is at 6:00 am and Shurooq is at 7:20 am where would Suhoor fall?
Please provide any other information related to this issue.
Literally, the word ‘Suhoor’ means taking breakfast in the early morning. In the modern Arabic language, ‘Suhoor’ is also used simply for breakfast.
As a term used with reference to Ramadan, ‘Suhoor’ is the time when Muslims wake up in the early hours of the morning to eat and drink, as a part of their preparation for the fast of the day.
The time of ‘Suhoor’ ends at the breaking of dawn. Thus, Suhoor may be taken anytime before the breaking of dawn. As for the exact time period between the end of Suhoor and the time at which Fajr prayers are offered in a particular area may vary significantly and may not, therefore, be easily determinable.
The purpose of Suhoor is primarily to take food and water, while it is still permitted to do so, during the month of Ramadan and, while doing so, to remind ourselves of the restraints that we have to exercise during the day that is about to break.
Taking food at the time of Suhoor is not obligatory, but is a Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). If a person, due to any reason, does not have the opportunity to take Suhoor, he can still fast without taking Suhoor.
I hope this helps.
December 2, 2002