Imam Abu al-Layts as-Samarqandi (r.a.) on the Fasting of the Elect

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Abu al-Layts as-Samarqandi (r.a.) spoke about the fasting of the Elect: “if you want to fast like Jesus (a.s.), then know that he would fast all the time and lived on nothing but barley.”  He continued, “If, however you want to fast as his mother, Mary (a.s.) did, then know that she used to fast for two days at a time and then eat for two days.  The fast of David (a.s.) consisted of fasting one day for 24 hours and breaking it the next day by a day in which he took food and drank.”


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