Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina

Gum Tayrī yādawn mayn reĥnay kī sadā taufīq day

Bless me with the strength to bear thirst and hunger

May I always remain engrossed in Your remembrance

صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب           صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد

Survival on dates and water

Sayyidunā ‘Urwaĥ رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَـالٰی عَـنْـهُ has narrated that once Sayyidatunā ‘Āishaĥ رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهَا told him, ‘O my nephew! We used to see one moon and then the next. In two months, we used to see three moons (and during all this time), fires would not burn (for cooking food) in the houses of the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.’ Sayyidunā ‘Urwaĥ رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ then asked, ‘O dear aunt! How did you manage in those days?’ She رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهَا replied, ‘We would survive on two dark things, dates and water. Besides this, the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم had some Anār[1] neighbours who had specially allocated the milk of some of their she-camels or goats for the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Whenever they sent milk to the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, he would give the milk to us to drink.’ (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī, vol. 7, pp. 232, Ḥadīš 6459)

Better than whole night’s worship

ujjat-ul-Islam, Sayyidunā Imām Muhammad Ghazālī عَـلَـیۡـهِ رَحْـمَـةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـوَالِی has narrated that Sayyidunā Abū Sulaymān رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has stated, ‘To reduce one morsel from my dinner is dearer to me than spending the entire night in worship.’ He رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has further stated, ‘Hunger is one of the treasures of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and is given only to His chosen servants.’ (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 3, pp. 90)


[1] Anār were the companions in Madīnaĥ who welcomed and helped the companions who migrated from Makkaĥ.

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