“In the month of Ramadan, the Quran, a book of guidance with proofs of guidance distinguishing right from wrong, was revealed. Therefore, whoever of you is present in that month let him fast. But who is ill or on a journey shall fast a similar number of days later on. Allah desires your well-being, not your discomfort. He desires you to fast the whole month so that you may magnify Him and render thanks to Him for giving you His guidance.” - Quran 2:185
With Ramadan around the corner, let us have a sincere intent to prepare ourselves for this month to the best of our ability. If we do not have the habit of waking up before dawn to eat Suhoor (pre-dawn meal), let us use this time to make an intent and action plan that will help us waking up for suhoor, even if it is only to drink water. The following few Ahaadeeth have been reported in relation to the merits of Suhoor:
Anas bin Maalik (ra) said that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Make Suhoor because verily in As-Suhoor is Barakah (blessing)”. - Al-Bukhaari (1923), Muslim, An-Nasaa’i, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah and Ad-Daarami.
‘Amru bin al-‘Aas (ra) said that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “The difference between our fasting and that of the people of the book is the taking of As-Suhoor”. - Muslim (2550), Abu Daawud, An-Nasaa’i, At-Tirmidhi, Ahmad and Ad-Daarami with slightly different wordings.
Don't we all want barakah (blessings) in our lives? We have the recipe with us. Let us act upon it!