“Verily wisdom descends at night and roams [the earth], but does not enter except through a stomach hungry for the sake of God.”
~ Early Sufi Saying. Cited in Sirjani (Sufism Black and White)
“If you wish for anything in this world or the next, go hungry first and then pray for whatever you desire”
~ Darani (early Sufi)
“Hunger is the food of the ascetics, while the remembrance (of God) is the food of the gnostics.”
~ Abū Sa‘īd al-Kharrāz (cited in Sirjānī, Bayād)
“When God created the world, he placed ignorance and sin in satiety, and knowledge and wisdom in hunger.”
~ Sahl al-Tustari (Tabari, Salwat al-`Arifin, 109)
Jesus once asked God how he could draw closer to Him. God replied, “O Son of Mary, there is no surer way for a person to draw close to Me than through hunger and thirst” (lam yataqqarrab al-‘abd bi shay huwa ablagh fīmā ‘indī min al-jū ‘ wa al-‘aṭsh).
~ Cited in Tabari, Salwat al-`Arifin
“Never did I go hungry for a day for the sake of God, except that I gained through it a measure of wisdom and a divine instruction previously unknown to me.”
~ Shibli (early Sufi)
“Practice hunger, for it abases the self, softens the heart, and leads one to inherit celestial knowledge (al-‘ilm al-samāwiyy)”
~ Darani (early Sufi, cited in Tabari, Salwat al-'Arfin, 109).
My fasting is to abstain from seeing all that is other;
And its breaking will come when, on my knees, I approach You.
~ Shaykh 'Abd al-Karim al-Jili
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A Discourse by Sheikh Imran Nazar Hossein on the Power of Fasting