Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
religion and that you are following falsehood?’ The non-Muslim replied ‘Yes.’ Therefore, the saint رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه stayed with him for fifty consecutive days without consuming anything. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه then stayed hungry for another ten days. Having seen this saintly miracle, the monk embraced Islam forthwith. (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 3, pp. 98)
Dear Islamic brothers! No one should misunderstand this parable. It must not be assumed that the saint surpassed Sayyidunā Prophet ‘Īsā عَـلٰى نَبِـيِّـنَا وَ عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام in status. It is a fundamental Islamic belief that no saint can ever surpass the status of a Prophet عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام. The one believing that a saint is greater than a Holy Prophet عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام immediately becomes a Kāfir (unbeliever). The monk was under the impression that after Sayyidunā Prophet ‘Īsā عَـلٰى نَبِـيِّـنَا وَ عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام, no devotee of Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم could stay hungry for forty days. The saint cleared the misconception of the monk by showing the saintly miracle of staying hungry for 40 days, making it clear that staying hungry for 40 days is not the unique attribute of Sayyidunā Prophet ‘Īsā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام, and the devotees of the Holy Prophet can remain alive despite staying hungry for 60 days.
43. Rice and fish
It is reported that a saint رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ تَعَـالٰی عَـلَيْـه from Basra refrained from eating fish, rice and bread for 20 years despite the strong desire of his Nafs. After his death, someone saw him in a dream and asked as to how Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ treated him. He replied, ‘Words cannot express the bounties Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has bestowed upon me. First, I was given fish, rice and bread and was told to eat as much as I wished.’
(Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 3, pp. 103)
May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ have mercy on him and forgive us without accountability for his sake!