Benefit: Is It from the Sunnah to Eat an Odd Number of Dates in Ramaḍān?
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn رحمه الله:
It is not obligatory to break one’s fast with an odd number of dates like 3, 5, 7 or 9. Rather, it is not even from the Sunnah except on ʿĪd al-Fiṭr. It has been authentically established that the Prophet ﷺ would not depart for prayer on the day of ʿĪd al-Fiṭr until he had eaten an odd number of dates. As for other than this occasion, the Prophet ﷺ would not intend to eat an odd number of dates.
Source: فتاوى نور على الدرب ٢٥٤
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī