Which categories of fasting persons one gets rewarded for offering them Iftar

Q 3: Which categories of fasting persons did the Prophet (peace be upon him) encourage offering them Iftar (breaking the Fast) meal? Are they the poor, strangers, or guests whom we invite to have Iftar meal (Part No. 9; Page No. 34) at our home including family members and relatives? Are we rewarded for serving Iftar to fasting persons to whom we extend a special invitation during Ramadan?

A: It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who offers a fasting person something to break their Sawm will earn the same reward as them, without diminishing in the slightest the reward of the one fasting. (Related by Al-Tirmidhy) The Hadith refers to any fasting Muslim, especially those who deserve to be charitably invited to Iftar, such as poor and needy people or a wayfarer. It carries the same connotation as the Hadith saying: Anyone who equips a warrior (going to fight) in the Way of Allah (is like one who) actually fights. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his Companions.