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Breaking Fast: To eat Dinner first or Pray Maghrib?
Is it from the sunnah when breaking the fast to eat some dates and drink water then pray maghrib and afterwards eat and drink whatever he wishes?
Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says:
“Yes (it is from the sunnah), because this is what empowers (one with) a type of advantage. He rushes to break the fast with what Allaah has made easy from dates and water then goes to pray maghrib along with the congregation so that he doesn’t miss it then returns and eats whatever he wishes to eat and like this.
If they are a group however on a journey for example, then they can eat and have dinner then pray. If they delay the maghrib prayer until ‘ishaa or pray after they have eaten then nothing is wrong with that.
As for being in the cities and towns, i.e. residents, then a person should eat what Allaah makes feasible then proceed to the prayer so that he doesn’t miss the congregation.