What to Say When Breaking the Fast: 

Here is  a collection of some of the most rigourously authenticated duaas, or prayers, that the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم) would make before breaking the fast:

1) We relate from the Sunans of Abu Dawud and an-Nasa’i from Ibn Umar(رضي الله عنه) who related that when the Messenger of Allah(صلى الله عليه وسلم) broke his fast he said:

ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبُتَ الْأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

Dhahaba -z-zama, wa btallati-l-uruq,wa thabata-l-ajru in sha’a-llah

“Thirst is gone, veins have been moistened, and the reward has been secured, if Allah Most High wills.”

2) We relate from the Sunan of Abu Dawud from Muadh ibn Zahrah, who reported that he had been informed that when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) broke the fast he said:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ صُمْتُ وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ أَفْطَرْتُ

Allahumma laka sumt, wa ala rizqika aftart

”Allah, for You have I fasted and with Your sustenance I break my fast.” 

3) We relate in the book of Ibn as-Sunni from Mu’adh Ibn Zahrah who narrated that when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) broke the fast he said:

الحمد لله الذي اعانني فصمت, ورزقني فأفطرت

Al-hamdu li-llahi-lladhi a anani fa-sumt, we razaqani fa-aftart

” Praise be to Allah, Who helped me to fast and has given me sustenance so that I could break my fast.”

4) We relate in the book of Ibn as-Sunni from Ibn Abbas ( رضى الله عنه), who related that when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) broke his fast he said:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ صُمْنا وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ أَفْطَرْنا, فتقبل منا,انك انت السميع العليم

Allahumma laka sumna, wa ala rizqika aftarna, fataqabbal minna, innaka Anta-s-Sami’u-l-Alim

”Allah,for You we have fasted and with Your sustenance we break our fast, so accept it from us. You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.” 

5) We relate in the books of Ibn Majah and Ibn Sunni  from ’Abdullah ibn Abi Mulaykah, who reported that ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al ‘As رضي الله عنه narrated: “I heard the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم say: ‘When a fasting person breaks his fast, he has one dua that is not denied.’ Ibn Abi Mulaykah reported that he heard ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al ‘As رضي الله عنه say when he broke his fast:

اللهم إني أسألك برحمتك التي وسعت كل شيء أن تغفر لي

Allahumma inni as’aluka bi-rahmatika-llati wasi’at kulla shay’in an taghfira li

”Oh Allah, I ask You by Your Mercy that encompasses everything to forgive me.”


These extracts were taken, with permission from the publisher and editor, from The Book of Remembrances, written by Imam An Nawawi, revised and edited by Muhammad Isa Waley, and published by Turath Publishing in the U.K. , second printing, 2016.

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