Hearing Athaan of another city and breaking Fast

Question: One night during Ramadaan, I was sleeping at my cousin’s home, who is my brother-in-law as well. We were in the desert where there were no mosques nearby, and the village is far away from us. I slept after having my Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the Fast), and woke up suddenly, asking my wife: “What is the time right now?”

She replied: “It is 4 o’clock.”

However, the Fast starts at a quarter to five. In other words, only a short time was left; so, I slept again and when I woke up, I thought I did not sleep for a long time. In addition, my wife put a glass of water near me while I was asleep, so that I could drink before the time of Imsaak (time of day that marks the beginning of the Fast).

I said to myself: “There is enough time left,” and then I drank. After going out of the tent, I found the dawn had broken but the sun had not risen yet, as it was approximately a quarter past five because I did not have a watch at the time. What is the ruling?

Answer: It is obligatory on you to make up for the day on which you drank after daybreak. In other words, your Fast was invalidated... read more here.


Doubting whether or not dawn has broken and wanting to have Suhoor

Question: A man doubts whether or not dawn has broken and he wants to eat Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the Fast), what should he do?

Answer: The basic principle is that as long as night remains, it is permissible for a Muslim to have food and the like. One should not abstain from food until the break of dawn, whether through observing or hearing a reliable Mu’ath-thin (caller to Prayer) announces the break of dawn... read more here.

Committing Zinaa before Fajr salaah, not performing Janaabah Ghusl, having Suhoor, and observing Sawm

Question: A young man committed the sin of Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage) two hours before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer. He could not perform Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge), but he had Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the Fast) and intended to observe Sawm (Fast). Three hours and a half before the Thuhr (Noon) Prayer, he performed the Janaabah Ghusl. What is the ruling on his Sawm?

Answer: There is no doubt that Zinaa is major act of disobedience and an abominable sin. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And come not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a Faahishah (i.e. anything that transgresses its limits: a great sin), and an evil way (that leads one to Hell unless Allaah forgives him).... read more here.

Is it permissible to fast without having Suhoor ?

Question: Is it permissible to fast without having Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the Fast)? May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: A fasting person is recommended to have Suhoor before dawn breaks as it gives the energy to fast. The Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged Muslims to have Suhur stating that there is a blessing in this meal. However, Sawm (Fast) will still be valid even if one does not have Suhoor… read more here.