Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina

A dining cloth made of gold

Sayyidunā Abū Dardā رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَـالٰی عَـنْـهُ has stated, ‘On the Day of Judgement, dining cloths made of gold will be spread below the Divine ‘Arsh for those who used to fast in the world. These dining cloths will be embroidered with pearls and diamonds. There will be heavenly fruits, drinks and other types of delicious foods on them. The fasting Muslims will eat from these dining cloths, gaining immense pleasure, while others will be facing severe accountability.’ (Al-budur-us-Sāfiraĥ fil-Umūr-il-Ākhiraĥ, pp. 260)

Condemnation of those who eat three times a day

Once, someone asked Sayyidunā Saĥl Bin ‘Abdullāĥ Tustarī          عَـلَيْهِ رَحْـمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـقَـوِی about eating once a day. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘This is the food of the iddīqīn[1].’ He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was further asked about eating twice a day. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘This is the food of the Mūminīn[2].’ Then he رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was asked about those who eat three times a day. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied, ‘The family of such a person should keep him with livestock (so that he could eat like animals the whole day).’ (Risāla-tul-Qushayriyyaĥ, pp. 142)

Dear Islamic brothers! Sayyidunā Saĥl Bin ‘Abdullāĥ Tustarī         عَـلَيْهِ رَحْـمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـقَـوِی was one of the saints from the ranks of the iddīqīn. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه himself would not eat anything for twenty days, but did not object to eating twice a day for common Muslims because working throughout the day with a single meal is not possible for everyone. However, he رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ تَعَـالٰی عَـلَيْـه extremely disliked the habit of eating three times a day.

Mujĥ ko bĥūk-o-piyās seĥnay kī Khudā taufīq day


[1] The highest level and category in sainthood.

[2] The believers, the Muslims.

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