Community iftārs during Ramadhān | Shaykh Sālih bin Fawzān Al-Fawzān

 الإفطار الجماعي في رمضان |  الشيخ صالح الفوزان

The following is a summary translation taken from

http://ramadhan.af.org.sa/node/971

Question: May Allāh give you good; the questioner says; during the month of Ramadhān some of the neighbours establish group iftārs in the masjid with the intention of bringing about unity and strengthening the ties between them, so what is your view concerning this?

Shaykh Fawzān: This was not done by the Salaf; they would not intend to gather for the purpose of having Iftār, not in Ramadhān or outside of Ramadhān.

But if the purpose is brotherhood from the standpoint of having the poor and needy share iftar with them, so they gather in the masjid for iftār with the purpose of feeding the poor and the needy then there is no problem with this.

But if they gather by themselves as though this gathering is virtuous; then this is an action that was not done by the Salaf.

But if there are those who are in seclusion (I’tikaf) in the masjid then there is nothing wrong with them gathering together for iftār and dinner.

But as for the people coming to the masjid just for the purpose of iftār and the intent is not to feed the poor, then this has not been legislated.

Translation: Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah – http://mtws.posthaven.com/