Question: What is the ruling on a person who delays breaking Sawm (Fast) until after Taraaaweeeh (special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadaan)? It is noteworthy that the person concerned is well-aware of the rulings pertaining to breaking Sawm. Also, when observing voluntary Sawm, he is in the habit of breaking Sawm after `Ishaa’ (Night) Prayer. What is the ruling on the validity of Sawm as such? I appreciate giving me advice in this regard.
Answer: Sawm ends at sunset. This is based on the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) in which Allaah (Exalted be He) says: …then complete your Sawm (fast) till the nightfall. This is also based on the Hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: When night comes from this direction (east) and the day departs from this direction (west) and the sun has set, it is time for the fasting person to break Sawm. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is also reported to have said: People will remain on the right path (i.e., acting upon the Sunnah) as long as they hasten to break Sawm (immediately at sunset). Only Mubtadi`s (those who introduce innovations in religion) who contradict the Sunnah (action following the example of the Prophet) consider delaying breaking the Sawm until after sunset as an act of `Ibaadah (worship). Anyone who does so should repent to Allaah of it… read more here.