Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
will be considered a complete meal. Now, if that person eats in Saḥarī too, then he would be considered to have eaten twice that day. Nowadays, the Jamā’at of Ṣalāt-ul-Maghrib is often delayed in Masājid during the sacred month of Ramadan. Listen to the ascetic manner in which A’lā Ḥaḍrat, Imām Aḥmad Razā Khān عَـلَيْهِ رَحْمَةُ الـرَّحْمٰن would perform his Saḥarī and Ifṭārī.
Eating once and fasting
The honourable Shaykh Muhammad Ḥusayn Sahib Mīraṫĥī رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated, ‘I once attended I’tikāf from the 20th of Ramadan. When A’lā Ḥaḍrat رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه came to the Masjid, he said, ‘I also wish to perform I’tikāf, but I cannot find time (due to my religious responsibilities).’ At last, on the 26th of Ramadan, he رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه also joined in I’tikāf.’ Maulānā Muhammad Ḥusayn Mīraṫĥī goes onto say, ‘Although A’lā Ḥaḍrat رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه would break his fast with a few dates, he was not seen eating any meal. At Saḥarī, a small bowl of Firnī (a sweet dish) and that of Chaṫnī (a sauce) would be served to him, and he رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه would eat them. One day, I asked him, ‘Your honour! What is the combination between Firnī and Chaṫnī?’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘It is a Sunnaĥ to begin and end the meal with salt; this is why the Chaṫnī is served.’ (Ḥayāt-e-A’lā Ḥaḍrat, vol. 1, pp. 41)
سُـبْحٰـنَ الـلّٰــه عَزَّوَجَلَّ! The reviver of Sunnaĥ, Sayyidī A’lā Ḥaḍrat رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه used to eat a salty sauce before and after the sweet dish to act upon Sunnaĥ. To eat a little salt or a salty sauce before and after eating food protects against seventy diseases.
Yā Ilāĥī عَزَّوَجَلَّ! Mujĥ ko bĥī kar bĥūk kī na’mat ‘aṭā
Az ṭufayl-e-Sayyidī-o-Murshidī Aḥmad Razā رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه
For the sake of my spiritual master, Imām Aḥmad Razā رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه
Bless me with the favour of hunger, O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ!