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Shaykh Ahmad bin Yahya an-Najmi (Rahimahullaah ) was asked:

Is it compulsory upon the fasting person to eat sahoor (before fajr)?

“It is not compulsory, but it is recommended because the body gains strength and energy (to fast) by taking it.”

Fath al-Rab al-Wadood Fil Fataawa wa al-Risaail wal Rudood 324 / 1