Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina

insisted them not to eat, they would. In short, they would always go against the desires of their Nafs.

18. Eat and drink

It is reported that the Nafs of Sayyidunā Bishr āfī عَـلَیۡهِ رَحۡـمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـکَـافـِی desired to eat Bāqilā (vegetables such as peas and beans) but he did not consume it for many years, defying his Nafs. After his demise, someone saw him in a dream and asked how Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ treated him. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘Giving me the glad-tidings of forgiveness, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ said, ‘O you who did not eat and drink anything in the world, now eat and drink a lot!’ (Risāla-tul-Qushayriyyaĥ, pp. 406)

May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ have mercy on him and forgive us without accountability for his sake!

صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب           صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد

19. Purpose of eating

Sayyidunā Abū Sa’īd Khazzār عَـلَـیۡهِ رَحۡـمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـغَـفَّـار has narrated, ‘It was my routine to eat every three days. Once while travelling through a jungle, I became extremely hungry and weak. Thus, I sat at a side. Suddenly, a voice from Ghayb echoed, ‘Abū Sa’īd! Are you desirous of eating food to please your Nafs or do you wish to diminish your weakness without food?’ I replied, ‘O Allah عَـزَّوَجَـلَّ! I only desire strength.’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه said that he رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه immediately became so energetic and active that he travelled for 12 Manzils without eating and drinking anything.’ (Kashf-ul-Maḥjūb, pp. 453)

May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ have mercy on him and forgive us without accountability for his sake!

صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب           صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد

 



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