Suhoor is the pre-fasting meal that Muslims eat before the break of dawn in Ramadan. It’s more likely a morning meal or a breakfast taken before the fast. There are 3 dua for suhoor that you can recite and healthy suhoor options at the end of the blog. Wanna know in detail?
Well, suhoor is simply the food or drink that a person consumes at the end of the night before the fajr time. That’s suhoor because it’s consumed at the sehr time, which is the time when the night ends. Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:
Take Suhoor, for surely there is a blessing in it.Source: Sahih Bukhari 1923
3 Dua for Suhoor
There are three dua for suhoor that we can say on different parts of suhoor times. I.e., dua to recite before eating suhoor, dua to recite after eating suhoor and lastly, dua to recite at the end of suhoor, which is also called the dua for fasting. These duas are as follows;
1. Dua to Recite Before Suhoor
When we study the hadith science and read the Seerah, we find no specific dua that Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said before having suhoor. However, He (ﷺ) used to take Allah’s name before eating routine food, and He advised all of us to do the same. So, before eating suhoor / pre-fasting meal, you should also recite Bismillah.
Roman/ Transliteration: Bismi-llah
Meaning: “In the name of Allah.”
Source: Tirmidhi 1858
If you forget to say Bismillah before eating your suhoor, then you can say the following words as prescribed by Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) himself. He said when one of you eats, he should mention Allah’s name; if he forgets to mention Allah’s name at the beginning, he should say the following words;
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ
Roman/ Transliteration: Bismi-llahi awwalahu wa akhirah
Meaning: “In the Name of Allah at the beginning and at the end of it (food).
Source: Sunan abu Dawud 3767
There’s also one dua that Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) recommended to recite before eating any food in general. According to him, whoever Allah feeds some food, that person must say the following dua, and that’s a perfect dua to recite before having suhoor. It’s as follows;
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيهِ وَأَطْعِمْنَا خَيْراً مِنْهُ
Roman/ Transliteration: allaahumma baarik lanaafeehi wa ‘at’imnaa khayran minhu
Meaning: “O Allah, bless us in it and provide us with better than it.”
Source: Tirmidhi 3455; Grade: daif (weak)
2. Dua to Recite After Suhoor
The messenger of Allah said that whoever says this dua after eating food, all of his (minor) sins will be forgiven. This is the best dua to recite after suhoor/ having a pre-fasting meal, as this dua will not only count as an act of worship, but it’ll also become a source of your forgiveness.
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنِي هَذَا وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِنْ غَيْرِ حَوْلٍ مِنِّي وَلاَ قُوَّةٍDua of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Roman/ Transliteration: alhamdu lillahil-ladhi at’amani hadha wa razaqanihi min ghayri hawlin minni wa la quwwatin
Meaning: “Praise is to Allah Who has fed me this and provided it for me without any strength or power on my part.”
Source: Tirmidhi 3458, Ibn Majah 3285 ; Grade: Hasan (good)
3. Dua to Recite at the End of Suhoor/ Dua for Fasting:
According to the seerah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and the study of hadith sciences, we find that there is no particular dua that the Messenger of Allah used to say at the end of suhoor time for keeping Ramadan fast. However, he used to make an inward intention (niyyah) of fasting in place of a dua. The following is a dua that the scholars have devised to recite at the end of suhoor.
وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتُ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ
Roman/ Transliteration: wabi saumi gadin nawaitu min shahri ramadan
Meaning: “I Intend to keep the fast of tomorrow in the month of Ramadan.”
Source: Not found in Quran & Sunnah
A Guide to Eating Suhoor
Although taking suhoor is not compulsory for Ramadan fasting, it has lots of barakah/blessings. The Messenger of Allah highly encouraged his companions and all his ummah to have suhoor.
Suhoor is a blessed meal, so do not abandon it even if you only take a sip of water. Verily, Allah and His angels send blessings upon those who take the suhoorBy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) ; Source: Musnad Ahmed 11086, As-Saheehah 1654; Grade: Authentic
6 Reasons Why Suhoor is a Blessed Meal?
According to various scholars, the suhoor is a blessed meal due to a number of reasons, which are as follows;
- It takes care of the physical and spiritual well-being of a fasting person; when you eat suhoor, your mood gets lighter and your body gets energized to manage worship and routine work during the long day
- The time of sehr is also the time of tahajjud (the last part of the night) when Allah descends to the first heaven as per His glory to forgive and accept prayers
- Allah and his angels send blessings upon those who take the suhoor.
- Suhoor differentiate us from the disbelievers
- It’s the best time to ask for forgiveness
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Healthy Diet Plan for Suhoor:
1. Dates and Water:
The prophetic way to take suhoor is to eat dates with water. Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to take a simple suhoor. There are numerous health benefits of dates; they are naturally fulfilling, which boosts your energy levels, increases iron and balances sugar levels in your body.
The most excellent suhoor for a believer is dates.By Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Sunan abu Dawud 1399; Grade: Sahih (authentic)
The Messenger of Allah used to love drinking milk. It’s a blessed drink which is also mentioned in the Quran. Milk has lots of nutrients that are great for your bones, teeth, muscles and blood vessels. Therefore, you must drink one glass of milk in suhoor.
There is no food or drink that satisfies like milkBy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Sunan abu Dawud 3730; Grade: Hasan (good)
3. Foods High in Gain Carbohyderates
Food that has carbohydrates gives you an energy boost throughout the fasting day. You can eat anything that has carbohydrates but beware of picking foods with simple carbs (sugar, cereal, white bread), as they’ll make you super lazy and inactive. Examples of foods with high-grain carbs are;
- Wholegrain bread
- Wholegrain naan
- Oatmeal/ Porridge
Read: Dua to Remove Laziness
4. Foods High in Protein
Protein is actually so important. If you don’t add protein-filled foods to your iftar feast and also don’t eat dinner afterwards, this can cause serious health issues. Therefore, must add foods with protein into your suhoor/ pre-fasting meal. The examples are as such;
5. Fruits and Vegetables:
You should add some fruits and vegetables to your suhoor, as they are rich in fibre and minerals. Some fruits and vegetables have a good water content that saves you from dehydration during your fasting period. Examples are as follows;
This blog provides three duas for suhoor, which can be said in different parts of suhoor times. i.e., Dua to recite before, after and at the end of suhoor. Besides, it also brings you a mini guide to understanding the importance of suhoor as well as a healthy diet plan to incorporate into your pre-fasting meal.