Undoubtedly eating is one of the things that invalidate the Fast. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night)”
It is well known among the Muslims that fasting means refraining from eating, drinking and intercourse, and all other things that invalidate the fast.
Majmoo’ Fataawa Shaykh al-Islam, 25/219
It is recommended for the fasting person to break his fast with fresh dates. If they are not available, then he should break his fast with dried dates, and if they are not available, then with water.
This is proven from the actions of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).
Abu Dawood (2356) and at-Tirmidhi (696) narrated that Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to break his fast with fresh dates before praying. If no fresh dates were available, he would break his fast with dried dates, and if none were available, he would break his fast with a few sips of water.
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
There is a very subtle reason why the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) would break his fast with fresh dates, or dried dates, or water, because when one fasts, the stomach becomes devoid of nourishment, so the liver will not find anything in the stomach that it can absorb and send to other parts of the body. Sweetness is the quickest to reach the liver and is what it prefers, especially if it is fresh, so if a person eats fresh dates, they will be absorbed quickly by the liver, which will benefit it and other parts of the body. If fresh dates are not available, then dried dates are the next best thing, because they are sweet and nourishing. If there are no dates available, then a few sips of water will extinguish the flame of the stomach and the heat of fasting, thus preparing the stomach to accept food with ease.
End quote from Zaad al-Ma‘aad (4/287)
Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred universal brotherhood, not enmity peace, and not violence.
Many people misunderstand the true nature of fasting, and they make it an occasion for eating and drinking, making special sweets and staying up late at night and watching shows on satellite TV. They make preparations for that long before Ramadaan, lest they miss out on some food or prices go up. They prepare by buying food, preparing drinks and looking at the satellite TV guide so they can choose which shows to follow and which to ignore. They are truly unaware of the real nature of fasting in Ramadaan; they take worship and piety out of the month and make it just for their bellies and their eyes.
Others are aware of the real nature of fasting in the month of Ramadaan, so they start to prepare from Sha’baan, and some of them even start before that. Among the best ways of preparing for the month of Ramadaan are:
⦁ Sincere repentance
⦁ Du’a (Supplication)
⦁ Rejoicing at the approach of the blessed month
⦁ Discharging the duty of any outstanding obligatory fasts
⦁ Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadaan.
⦁ Hastening to complete any tasks that may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship.
⦁ Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.
⦁ Preparing some books which can be read at home or given to the imam of the mosque to read to the people during Ramadaan.
⦁ Fasting some of the month of Sha’baan in preparation for fasting Ramadaan.
⦁ Reading Qur’an.