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Breaking the fast in the Masjid; is it more virtuous?

Question to Shaikh Abdullaah Bin Humaid (rahimahullaah):

Is attendance at the Haram (in Makkah) to break the fast over there something desired in the Sunnah or not, for some people obligate that on themselves?


It is not Sunnah; rather some people break their fast at the Haram in order to be present for Maghrib Salaah. That is because they will miss the Maghrib Salaah if they were to break their fast at home. And it is not the case that breaking the fast at a Masjid has a distinguished virtue; rather it is for the purpose of attending the congregational prayer.  So they (i.e. the people) break their fast over there in order to attend the congregational prayer and not miss it. As for merely breaking the fast, it contains the same reward whether the person does so in his house or at another place. They (i.e. the people) only choose it (i.e. the Masjid) because the Salaah is established over there, so that they can perform it at the Kabah and together with the Muslims as a group. This is the aim.

[Source: Al-Fataawaa Wad-Duroos Fil Masjidil Haraam…pages: 528-529 Slightly paraphrased and abridged]

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