What is the exact time for one to break their fast? After the Azaan of Maghrib commences or after its completion?

Q. Does the time of Iftaar only commence after the completion of Azaan? I have been to some Masaajid in which Iftaar only commences after the completion of Azaan?

A. The end of a fast (Iftaar) is at sunset time. (Kifaayatul Mufti 4/249)

Accordingly, a fasting person should end his fast at sunset time and should not delay it up until the completion of the Azaan. Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said:

“The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten in breaking the fast.” (Bukhari)

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa