Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
Eat less for forty days consecutively
It is also possible that you will succeed in applying the Madanī guard to your stomach for a few days, but you may begin to eat excessively again. You should not give up hope if it happens. You should continue to persevere with the Madanī guard on your stomach. If your habit of less-eating ever breaks, resume it with new spirit. For example, make the intention of applying the Madanī guard to your stomach for seven days in relation to the seven letters of بِسۡـمِ الـلّٰـه. In the same manner, apply the Madanī guard to the stomach for twelve days in relation to 12th Rabī’-ul-Awwal, 15 days in relation to the month of Sha’bān and thirty days in Ramadan.
Make an effort to eat less for forty consecutive days. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ, by doing this, you would be blessed with attaining steadfastness in this deed, as Sayyidunā Waĥb Bin Munabbeĥ رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has stated, ‘If a person makes a habit of doing something for forty days, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ makes that habit a part of his nature.’
(Risāla-tul-Qushayriyyaĥ, pp. 243)
صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد
Steadfastness in less-eating
At times, offer two Rak’āt Nafl Ṣalāĥ with the intention of Ṣalāt-ul-Ḥājāt and make Du’ā to attain steadfastness in applying the Madanī guard to the stomach and to get rid of the greed for food. Study this chapter of ‘Faizān-e-Sunnat’, ‘Excellence of Hunger’ every month or when you have the desire of eating in excess. Also go through the third volume of Iḥyā-ul-Ulūm which deals with the troubles of filling the stomach with food. It would be very beneficial. It should also be kept in mind that applying the Madanī guard to the stomach will