Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
Fasting with one meal
Sayyidunā Imām Muḥiyyuddīn Abū Zakariyyā Yaḥyā Sharaf-un-Nawavī رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ, who compiled the famous book of Ḥadīš entitled ‘Riyāḍ-uṣ-Ṣāliḥīn’, would fast continuously and eat only once a day, after Ṣalāt-ul-‘Ishā. He would perform Saḥarī with only water and slept for only a few moments at night. (Riyāḍ-uṣ-Ṣāliḥīn, pp. 12)
Dear Islamic brothers! If there is no obstacle in carrying out religious and important worldly activities, and parents are not displeased as well, then one should keep as many Nafl fasts as possible. Many of our pious saints رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَالٰی used to do so. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Due to fasting, every moment of the day will be spent in worship, and one will be saved from excessive eating. In addition, it would also become easier to apply the Madanī guard on the stomach. To gain these benefits, one must ensure that he eats less during Saḥarī and Iftārī. In order to develop enthusiasm and passion for Nafl fasts, listen to or read the chapter (about Nafl fasts) from ‘Blessings of Ramadan’ as acquiring the knowledge of the punishments of sins and that of the excellence of good deeds is very effective in refraining from sins and carrying out good deeds. Here is an excellence of fasting.
The Prophet of Raḥmaĥ, the Intercessor of Ummaĥ صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated, ‘If a person keeps a Nafl fast, his reward will not be complete even if gold equal to the size of the earth is given to him. His (complete) reward will only be given on the Day of Judgement.’ (Musnad Abī Ya’lā, vol. 5, pp. 253)
صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد