About Iftar – Breaking Fast
The time for breaking the fast is the time of sunset. So if the sun sets at 8:11 pm, it is the correct time to break the fast. It is immaterial whether the adhan has been called or not. To wait for the adhan to be called after the sun has set, or to wait for the adhan to finish, is a violation of the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ), as he has stated clearly, “My Ummah will always enjoy blessings so long as they hasten to break their fast (as soon as the sun has set).”
Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari; 1957, Muslim; 1098).
*The easiest way to know the exact time of Iftar is to google it. Turn on your mobile location service and type “sunset here” in your browser then you will get the exact sunset time where you are staying right now.
*If you want to get the welfare mentioned in the hadith, you have to break the fast immediately after knowing the time of sunset.
Food for Iftar ———-
*The fast should be broken with an odd number of dates or, if that is not available, with some water.
“The Prophet (ﷺ) used to break his fast before praying by eating fresh dates, and if there were no fresh dates he would eat dried dates; if there were no dried dates, he would have a few sips of water.” (Sahih Abi Dawood; 2356).