Most Important Supplication at the time of Iftaar


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There are many traditions narrated by the Ahlul Bait (peace be upon them) concerning supplicating at the time of breaking the fast (Iftaar) in the blessed month of Ramadan.

His Eminence Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba (peace be upon him) says:

أَنَّ لِكُلِّ الصَّائِمِ عِنْدَ فُطُورِهِ‏ دَعْوَةً مُسْتَجَابَةً

“For every fasting person there is an accepted (guaranteed) supplication at the time of breaking the fast.”

[Iqbaal al-A’maal, vol. 1, p. 116]

Therefore, in the light of the teachings of the Ahlul Bait (peace be upon them), among the various supplications that we recite while breaking the fast, there are two famous supplications in which, after fasting the whole day, enduring difficulties, hunger, and thirst, when a believing servant says:

يَا وَاسِعَ الْمَغْفِرَةِ اغْفِرْ لِي‏

“O the One whose pardon is vast, forgive me.”

all his sins are forgiven.

[Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 95, p. 14]

And His Eminence Imam Kazim (peace be upon him) says that a fasting person must recite the following supplication at the time of breaking the fast:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ‏ صُمْتُ‏ وَ عَلَى رِزْقِكَ أَفْطَرْتُ‏‏‏ وَ عَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ‏

“O, Allah! I fasted only for You, I’m breaking my fast only with the sustenance given by You and I rely solely upon You.”

[Iqbaal al-A’maal, vol. 1, p. 117]

But have we ever pondered that the divine sustenance which reaches us with the help of which we break our fast and enjoy various types of foods, reaches us through whom?

In Surah Taubah (9): Verse 59 of the Holy Quran, Allah says

وَ لَوْ أَنَّهُمْ رَضُوا ما آتاهُمُ اللَّهُ وَ رَسُولُهُ وَ قالُوا حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ سَيُؤْتِينَا اللَّهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ وَ رَسُولُهُ‏

“And when they are pleased with what Allah and His Messenger have given them, they say, Allah is sufficient for us and soon Allah and His Messenger will bestow more upon them through their Grace.”

Therefore, whenever Imam Sadiq (peace be upon him) would eat anything, he would raise his hands and say,

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ اللَّهُمَّ هَذَا مِنْكَ وَ مِنْ‏ رَسُولِكَ‏

“O Allah! This is only from You and from your Messenger (s.a.w.a.).”

[Kanz al-Fawaaed, vol. 2, p. 36]

And it is our belief that after Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him and his holy progeny), the Imam of every era and the rightful successor of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) is the person who is the medium of the bestowal of Divine Grace. Our Master, Imam, Guardian, Benefactor, and Master of Bounties has a right upon us, and it is our duty that when we are about to eat our first morsel while breaking our fast, we must thank him first and pray for his early reappearance and then pray for ourselves. Therefore, upon sitting to eat, we must say the following,

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ اللَّهُمَّ هَذَا مِنْكَ وَ مِنْ‏ رَسُولِكَ وَ مِنْ‏ حُجَّتِكَ ‏ اَللّٰھُمَّ عَجِّلْ لِوَلِیِّکَ الْفَرَجَ

“O Allah, this is only from You and from your Messenger and from your Proof (Hujjah). O, Allah! Hasten the reappearance of the Imam of our time.”

O Allah, please destine the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) in this blessed month of Ramadan and grant us the good fortune to pray for his early reappearance at the time of breaking our fast.

Aameen, O Lord of the worlds!


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