Break Your Fast a Few Minutes Early
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah ‘alayh)
For many years without fail, I have been giving an example in the month of Ramadan, that at the end of a very hot and long day of Summer, a person is sitting at the Dastarkhan (table cloth), close to the time of Iftar, and waiting patiently to open his fast. There are just 3 minutes left for the setting of the sun when he is told: “Eat! What difference will it make if you break your fast now? What is another 2 or 3 minutes? You have already stayed away from food and drink for almost 15-16 hours.”
Even if this happens to be the weakest Muslim in respect to obeying Allah Ta'ala, he will respond: “It is the ruling of the Qur'an and Ahadith that I break my fast after the setting of the sun, and not before that time. It is the command of Allah Ta'ala, and I cannot disobey Him.”
The weakest person's Iman becomes so strong at this stage that he will not break his fast. He will refuse to break his fast, even if the world's great personalities have to say so.
So we should question ourselves and answer truthfully: Is it not the Hukm (command) of that same Allah that we perform our Salah five times a day, and for the men, in the Musjid —in Jamat (congregation) as far as possible?
Is it not the Command of that same Allah to correctly discharge our Zakah, perform Haj, treat our parents with love and respect, be faithful to our wives and treat them with compassion and vice versa for the wives, be honest in our business dealings and be kind and just to those under our authority?