Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
If only hunger could be purchased
Sayyidunā Yaḥyā Bin Mu’āż رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ تَعَالٰی عَـلَيْـه has stated, ‘If hunger were sold in the marketplace, the seeker of the Hereafter would certainly purchase it.’ (Risāla-tul-Qushayriyyaĥ, pp. 141)
Glory be to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! What can we say about the Madanī mindset of our great saints? Sayyidunā Yaḥyā Bin Mu’āż رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه is talking about purchasing hunger, whereas the unwise are engaged in competing for food, as to who can eat the most! These days, the one who eats the most food is considered as the most courageous! Regretfully, today the marketplaces are full of consumers who purchase various kinds of food, which also happen to come along with various diseases.
This is the age of ‘food culture.’ There is a multitude of restaurants and hotels in every area. Pizzas, fries and burgers are being sold at virtually every corner. Dessert and ice cream shops are occupying virtually every shopping center and mall. Apart from the consumers who purchase food to fulfill their needs, there are many who buy food just to satisfy their Nafs (desire) – hoarding and devouring everything they get. They are not concerned about worldly perils of such unchecked activity nor do they care about the severity of accountability in the Hereafter. Everyone is intent only on eating, eating and more eating.
If only we would remember the hunger of our Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, the companions, the martyrs of Karbalā رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُم and the saints رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَالٰی! How unfortunate indeed! We are screaming out ‘eat, eat, and eat’ and these blessed souls are persuading us to adopt ‘hunger.’ Although we do not miss any