MY QUESTION IS ABOUT IFTRAR PARTY. IN UAE , EXPATS OF CERTAIN PART OF INDIA MADE IT CUSTOM TO HAVE IFTAR PARTY ON EVERY SECOND FRIDAY OF RAMADAN IN A SCHOOL.
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Your Question: IS SUCH IFTAR PARTY ALLOWED IN ISLAM?. IS IT A CUSTOM IN ISLAM TO INVITATE ONE FAMILY BY ANOTHER FAMILY FOR IFTAR ?.
Respected brother, Islam neither restricts nor discourages a believer from breaking his fast alone, or with his family, or his friends, or his guests. As long as all the conditions of holding a feast are honored (segregation of sexes, no excess spending, no ‘fahisha’ (indecency), etc.), there is absolutely no harm if one amongst the believers wishes to invite his loved ones or friends to break their fast with them. The blessed month of Ramadan is a month of sharing, and if one shares or provides from ones sustenance with another amongst his believing brethren during this blessed month, he shall have his due reward with his Lord Most Gracious.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1965 Narrated by Salman al-Farisi
Allah's Messenger (saws) said in a sermon
which he delivered to them on the last day of Sha'ban: "(Ramadan) A great
month, a blessed month, a month containing a night which is better than a
thousand months has approached you people. Allah has appointed the observance
of fasting during it as an obligatory duty, and the passing of its night in
prayer as a voluntary practice. If someone draws near to Allah during it with
some good act he will be like one who fulfils an obligatory duty in another
month, and he who fulfils an obligatory duty in it will be like one who fulfils
seventy obligatory duties in another month. It is the month of endurance and
the reward of endurance is
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1992 Narrated by Zayd ibn Khalid
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, 'He who gives one who has been fasting something with which to break his fast, or who equips a fighter (to fight in Allah’s Cause), will have a reward equivalent to his."
Your Question: IT IS NOT NECESSARY THAT INVITED FAMILY IS POOR
Although time and time again Allah and His Messenger (saws) have encouraged the believers to strive to feed the poor and the needy, it is not at all necessary that one provide to break the fasts of the poor amongst them alone!
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said that one who provides his believing brethren with some food or drink to break his fast, regardless of whether the recipient is rich or poor, the one who provides will not only earn the reward for his own fast, but also for the fast of the person he provided ‘iftaar’ for…without the reward of that person being diminished in the least.
But if ‘iftaar’ is only used as an excuse to hold a casual and unlawful ‘party’…where the laws and guidance of Islam are abused, where non-mehram men and women casually mingle amongst each other, where one indulges in vain, frivolous, or evil talk, where time is utterly wasted, where prayer times come and go unnoticed, etc….such gatherings have absolutely no merit in the Sight of Allah Subhanah and should be avoided by believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day and understand the real ‘value’ of the precious moments of the blessed month of Ramadan.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,