Breaking Sawm when the sun sets without waiting for the Athaan of the Maghrib Salaah

Question: Some fasting people break their Sawm (Fast) when the sun sets without waiting for the Athaan (call to Prayer) of the Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer. What is the ruling on this?

Answer: Iftar (breaking the Fast) is only permitted after making sure that the sun has set. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: …then complete your Sawm (fast) till the nightfall There are many Hadeeths reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard, such as his saying... read more here.

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