Question: When should we stop eating Suhoor?
Ustaadh ‘AbdulGhoniyy Jumu’ah (hafidhohuLlaah): In line with the explanations we earlier gave, basically we are not to stop eating our Suhoor because of the call to prayer. That is the basics. The basis is that Allaah said we should eat and drink till al khaitul abyad, that is, a white thread (light) of dawn which spreads to the north and south appears to us. That is the basis.
However, the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) aided the people with the second call to prayer as a way of informing them that it (the thread of dawn) is out. The one who does not come out (to search for it) may not know that it is out, but if he hears the second call to prayer he will know that the caller to prayer will not call the prayer until it (the thread of dawn) is out. His call to prayer signifies that it (the thread of dawn) is out. This is what with which the Prophet assisted the Companions on this. That is why every individual is not expected to come out to check it whether the thread of dawn is out or not.
Since the Mu’azzin calls to prayer to signify that we can pray raka’aataa al-Fajr (two ra’kahs established Sunnah before Fajr); he also makes us know that the time to pray Subh is close when we hear the call, this means he will (definitely) call the prayer at the time when it (the thread of dawn) is out. If he does not call the prayer at the correct time, it does not mean he can’t call it again. That is, if he delays the call to prayer meant to stop those who want to stop eating, it does not mean he can’t call it for those who want to pray. This is because the time of (Subh) prayer is lengthy to the extent that if the sun has not yet started to rise, we are (still) in the time of Subh. When the sun has started to rise, that is end time of Subh. He (the person appointed as the Mu’azzin) will (still) call for prayer (if he is unable to meet up for those expecting the call to stop eating and drinking), but the problem here is that he has misled them, and he will be held accountable for the sin therein.
However, if we know that the people who call prayer in our vicinities or communities do not call it at the appropriate times as the Prophet commanded the Companions, we should not rely on them because we are knowledgeable (enough to figure out the correct time). We are no more ignorant (regarding this); we have the knowledge of this situation. If we follow them, (that means) we are also sinful. And Allaah knows best.
[SOURCE: “ROMODOON SPECIAL LECTURE, TAPE 2”; TIME OF THE Q AND A IN THE CLIP 54 minutes 28 seconds to 57 minutes 13 seconds]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey