Iftar & The Reward of Giving Iftar


Iftar refers to the evening meal Muslims eat to break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

What it is:

  • The fast-breaking meal after sunset during Ramadan.
  • A time to gather with family and community to celebrate and reflect.


  • Marks the end of a day’s fast.
  • A time for spiritual reflection and gratitude.
  • Often a community event where people share food and fellowship.


  • Traditionally, dates are eaten first, following the practice of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
  • Iftar meals can vary depending on culture, but often feature sweet and savory dishes.
  • Many mosques or community centers host large Iftar gatherings.
  • Equivalent Reward: Hadiths (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) mention that whoever provides Iftar to a fasting person will receive a reward equal to the reward of the fasting person, without it diminishing their own reward in any way. (Sahih al-Bukhari)

  • Forgiveness of Sins: Ramadan is a time for seeking forgiveness and mercy from Allah. Providing Iftar is seen as a particularly virtuous act that can contribute to forgiveness of your sins. (Muslim Hands UK)

  • Multiplied Reward: Some scholars suggest that providing Iftar can multiply your own reward for fasting (Dawateislami.net).

  • Community and Connection: Sharing Iftar fosters a sense of community and allows you to connect with others over a shared act of faith and generosity.

  • The act of giving doesn’t have to be elaborate. Even a simple date or a plate of food can be a meaningful contribution.
  • The reward applies to anyone who contributes. This includes those who prepare the food, help distribute it, or donate towards providing Iftar meals.
  • Giving Iftar to those in need is especially encouraged, as it allows you to help others fulfill their religious obligations while also receiving blessings yourself.

Dua to Iftar:


  ذهب الظما، وابتلت العروق، وثبت الأجر إن شاء الله


Dhahaba al-zama’ wa abtalat al-‘urooq wa thabat al-ajr insha’Allah

English Translation:

Thirst is gone, the veins are moistened, and the reward is assured, if Allah wills.