- In it is the blessing of obeying the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ).
- It gives the fasting person strength to effectively perform the fast. This is especially important for the fasting child or young adult.
- The worshipper has another opportunity to give charity and feed those that will need food at that time. This is an opportunity to get reward in giving the pre dawn meal to the poor and destitute.
- It is a means to be awake in that blessed period when the supplications are accepted. Some of the people of knowledge have mentioned that the middle of the night comes under pre-dawn.
- It can be a means of maintaining good conduct. If the fasting person is extremely hungry, he or she might show some bad manners due to hunger pangs (It helps the fasting person exercise patience and not be agitated throughout the day by the permission of Allāh).
- By default, one's intention for the coming fasting day is renewed. This allows him or her to escape the difference of opinion regarding whether one has to have an intention for every single fasting day or not. Eating the pre-dawn meal keeps the fasting person on the safe side of caution.
- It helps give the fasting person more enthusiasm for the fasting day.
- A single pre-dawn meal can keep the fasting person going until sunset. Whereas on a normal day, he or she would usually have had three or four meals during the course of the day.
Taken and summarized from: Al-ʿIlām: 5/187-188 by Ibn al-Mulaqqin (d. 804 AH), Fatḥ al-Bārī: 5/271 of al-Hāfiẓ Ibn Ḥajr, Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá wa-al-Rasāʾil: 19/362 and Sharḥ Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn: 19/362 of al-Imām Ibn al-ʿUthaymīn.