Announcing the Adhan before the due time of Salah

Q 2: In our village during the month of Ramadan, the Mu'adhin (caller to Prayer) announced the Adhan (call to Prayer) for the Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer seven minutes before the Prayer time. Accordingly, a number of the people at our village broke their fast. It is note worthy that the Mu'adhin did not do that on purpose.Does he have to make Kaffarah (expiation)? Do the people who broke their fast have to (Part No. 5; Page No. 64) make up for that day?

A: During the month of Ramadan, the Mu'adhin has to make sure that the Prayer time is due, especially at sunset and dawn. This is because at sunset, it is permissible to break the fast, and at dawn it is obligatory to abstain from food and drink. If the Mu'adhin did this out of forgetfulness, we ask Allah to forgive him. However, he must tell the people who broke their fast that they have to make up for that day.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.