Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
Abū Bakr Ṣiddīq رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَـالٰی عَـنْـهُ would not eat anything for six days. Sayyidunā ‘Abdullāĥ Bin Zubayr رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَـالٰی عَـنْـهُ did not eat for seven days. The student of Sayyidunā ‘Abdullāĥ Ibn ‘Abbās رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَـالٰی عَـنْـهُ namely Abū Jawzaĥ رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ did not eat for seven days. Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm Bin Adĥam رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه and Sayyidunā Sufyān Šaurī رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه remained hungry for three days. All these blessed saints رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَالٰی would gain help in walking on the path of the Hereafter by means of hunger.’ (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 3, pp. 98)
Remaining hungry for one year
Dear Islamic brothers! Not everyone is strong enough to remain hungry for many days. This was one of the special qualities and marvels of these blessed people. In fact, they used to receive spiritual sustenance. By the bounty of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, some of them remained hungry for forty days consecutively. Our own spiritual guide Ghauš-e-A’ẓam رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه, at times used to remain hungry for an entire year and his sustenance used to come directly from Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. In relation to this, A’lā Ḥaḍrat رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has written the following couplet.
Qasmayn day day kay kĥilātā ĥay pilātā ĥay tujĥay
Piyārā Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ tayrā chāĥnay wālā tayrā
صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد
Maintaining the daily routines of life normally despite remaining hungry and thirsty for a long time, is a special quality of the extraordinary servants of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. These special servants of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ receive spiritual nourishment. Common people cannot