Tibb-e-Nabawiy – Prophetic Medicine

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medical cures prescribed by Nabi Muhammad (Salallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)

by Mawlana Ebrahim Adam, Cape

Allaahumma Yassir Walaa Tua-ssir Wa-tammim Bil-Khayr

This kitaab (book) is a collection of Hadith of Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) wherein he prescribed medical cures for the body from the Qur’an and through Wahi (Revelation). This book is known as Thibinabiwi (cures prescribed by the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.), and is a collection of cures recommended by the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) to the Sahabas (R.A.) for various illnesses. It is, the original version and is completely authentic.

All praise is due to ALLAH who provides us with food and drink and cures us when we fall ill. When He causes us to die He will resurrect us.

Peace and blessings on the Chosen One. Nabi Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) and His Family and His Companions.

Introduction

Man was created by ALLAH in order to worship Him for this, man requires a healthy body, so we must take care of our health. Good health is dependent on two things: (a) Du’aah; (b) medicines (dawa).

These require that certain habits or activities are either practised or left alone.

Many people believe that illnesses can only be cured by the use of medicines. To those who think in this way we would ask the following questions: “Do you believe that words have no effect on a person? If so, why do some people become angry if someone swears at them? Conversely, why do they feel pleasure when praised by someone else? If you accept both these things, you are admitting that words do have an influence on people.”

Man has been created with a body and soul and our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was sent as a mercy unto mankind. As ALLAH taught our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) cure for the Ruh (soul) of man so also did ALLAH reveal to the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) the treatment of the body, when it is sick. Thus ensuring that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) is a mercy unto man in every field.

This book is remarkable because it reveals that the cures prescribed by the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) contain the basic secret of medical science, that is they are both remedial and preventative (also prevents from becoming sick).

We must remember also that these cures of the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) are associated with the Wahi (Revelation), thus they are from ALLAH, whereas modern medicines are based on trial and error. Therefore, the stronger our Yaqeen and Imaan (faith), the sooner we can be cured by these prescriptions. If we are to use our sense of reasoning then we will fail.

Usamah Bin Shareek (R.A.) reports hearing some Sahaba asking the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “O Messenger of ALLAH! Is it not a sin for us to seek treatment for our illnesses in medicines?” The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) replied: “Seek your treatment by all means in medicines, O people of ALLAH! For with every sickness which ALLAH has created, he (ALLAH) has also produced its cure except for the sickness of death.” (Hadith)

Summary

Thus cures rest on four (4) things:

(1) medicines; (2) dua (invocation); (3) by practising certain things; (4) by leaving out certain things.

Remember that these cures have all been prescribed by our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) and must be respected as such.

CURE 1 – 15

Nikah (marriage)

Preventative

Amongst the cures of the body the most important is Nikah.  Ubadah Bin Samit (R.A.) narrates from the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “…I got married myself, so he who turns away from my way, he is not of my Ummat.” (Had. 1)

In a second Hadith the Nabi (S.A. W.) states Mahakal Bin Yasar (R.A.) narrates from the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “Marry so that there may be affection, for I desire increase in MY Ummat.” (Had. 2)

Abdullah Bin Masud (R.A.) narrates from the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “0 YOU Young people! Those amongst you who can afford it get married for it is a protection for the eyes and a Cover for your private (parts) and those of you who cannot afford to get married, for you is the fasting, that is your safeguard.” (Had. 3)

Commentary

Two cures have been given in (above) these sayings of the Nabi (S.A. W.): (1) Nikah and (2) fasting.

(i) Nikah protects the body from many skin diseases and from blood impurities which is the cause of many illnesses.

(ii) The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has warned against excessive coitus, because it weakens the body. As a result, many sicknesses can enter the body because it is not strong enough to withstand them.

(iii) For those who cannot perform Nikah, such a person should stem his urge and desire by fasting according to the Sunnah of the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam) which is as follows. For the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) warned against excessive fasting also.

Sunnah fasting

(a) 2 days a week; (b) 3 days a month (preferably 13th, 14th and 15th or any other 3 days); (c) the whole month of Shabaan; (d) 6 days after Eid-ul-Fitr; (e) 2 days fasting of Muharram; (f) the first 9 days of Zil-Haj.

These are the recommended days of fasting.

Cure 2

When the bridegroom brings his bride home, he must hold her forelock (forehead) (in private) and he must say the following Du’ah:

“O ALLAH! I seek the good that is in her and the good that she brings with her and O ALLAH!, I seek protection from the bad which is in her and which she brings with her (background).”

Cure 3

When one intends to have coitus then he should say the following duah:

“In the name of ALLAH! O ALLAH! Protect me from the evil of Shaytaan and protect me from Shaytaan affecting my rizk.”

Commentary

By this Du’ah Shaytaan keeps away and pious children are born.

Cure 4

To have coitus in the latter part of the night is not advisable.

The stomach is full and is against Adab to commit this act on a full stomach. It is also against Adab to face Qiblah.

Cure 5

It is necessary that the Partners cover themselves during coitus for the Nabi (S.AW.) has said: “Do not become naked like wild asses.”

Commentary

Shameless children are born as a result of it. Hazrat Ali (R) reports a person came once to the Nabi (S.AW) complaining that he has no children. The Nabi (S.AW) advised him to eat eggs. On one occasion the Nabi (SAW) complained to Jibril (A.S) about his strength. Jibril (RA) replied that he should eat harisah for it has strength of 40 men. Harisah is a kind of thick soup made of crushed wheat, mixed with meat, butter, etc. (spices)

Cure 6

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) also recommended the dye obtained from ghenna leaf, explaining that it was very good for ferility (energy). Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) taught that the removal of body hair increases a persons fertility (energy)

Preventative Cure 7

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said that during cohabitation there should not be much talking, otherwise the child would be born deaf and dumb.

Cure 8

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) also taught that if a man cohabits with his wife after having a wet-dream, this will result in the child either born with a mental abrasion (mental sickness), or will be a miser and warned very strongly against this practise.

The man having a wet-dream must first have a bath before having coitus with his wife.

Cure 9

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) taught not to cohabit whilst standing, for this weakens the body.

Cure 10

He taught not to cohabit on a full stomach otherwise the child would be born dull-headed or stupid.

Cure 11

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) advised Hazrat Ali (R.A.) to refrain from cohabiting in the middle of the month (Islamic month 13th, 14th, 15th). For during this period the Shaytaan will be present (at his strongest). He (Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.)) taught the Sahabas that they should wash themselves after cohabitation (coitus), otherwise they may contract a disease which would be difficult to cure. They should wash their privates, for this would give them strength; but should refrain from using cold water for fear of catching a fever.

Cure 12

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) warned that during cohabitation, the man should not look at his wife’s private parts, otherwise the child may be born blind.

Cure 13

If a woman has difficulty during childbirth, the following d’uah should be written on paper, wrapped in a white cloth and tied round her left thigh. It will ease the birth.

“Bismillaahi al-rahmaani al-raheem wa al­qat maa-fiehaa takhallat wa adhinat lirabbihaa wa huqqat ihyaan israayin

Cure 14

When the child is born, azan should be given in his right ear and Iqaamah in his left ear as a result of this, the child will not suffer from epilepsy (fits).

Cure 15

After the child is born, either of the parent (or relative), should chew some dates an place it in the mouth of the child and make duah for the child. As a result of this, the child will turn out to be a mild, humane and gentle person.

Note: In place of the dates anything sweet can be used.

CURE 16 – 30

Cure 16

On the 7th day after the child is born, he/she should be given a good name, for the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) changed names – which had evil or bad meanings – into good ones. The child’s head should be shaved and its equivalent weight given in the value of silver or gold. For a boy 2 sheep and a girl 1 sheep should be sacrificed (Aqeeqah).

The Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) informs us this will ensure that the child will remain in the care of Allah always.

Commentary

If a man embraces Islam, it can also be done, as it is Sunnah to do it on the 7th day.

Cure 17

If a person fears that his child may fall prey to evil­sight, then he should write (recite) the following doah, and put it round the neck of the child:

A’oodhu bikalimaatillaahit taammaati min kulli shaytaani gamma wa min kulli aynin lamma

Meaning: I seek thy protection (complete) with all thy attributes from all forms of evil of Shaytaan and from all kinds of evil sight (eyes).

This Du’ah the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) wrote on Hasan and Husayn (R). Nabi Ebrahim wrote it on Ismail and Ishaak.

Cure 18

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has warned against breastfeeding children by foolish women, because milk influences the child. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has taught that by eating with the right hand, then Shaytaan has no chance to join you in eating the food. The Hadith is as follows by Abu Hurairah (R).

“Every person should eat with his right hand and hold his food with his right hand, because Shaytaan eats with his left hand, drinks with his left hand and holds his food with his left hand.”

In another Hadith the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “Take the name of Allah everytime you start to eat, for if you do not take Allah’s name, that food becomes Halaal for Shaytaan.

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has taught that we should start eating by first taking a pinch of salt. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has told Hazrat Ali (R): “Start eating with salt and end off eating with salt, for salt carries the cure of 70 sicknesses. Amongst them all forms of insanity, as well as leprosy, brain sickness, toothache and stomach ache.

Salt is a cure for blackouts.

Cure 19

If a person eats with a sick person, then he should make this duah.

“Bismillahi sakantun billaahi watawakkaltu alayhi”

Meaning: With the name of ALLAH, depending and relying completely on Him.

A Person who reads this doah will he completely safe from contacting the disease.

When finished eating, he should recite this Du’ah: “Allaahumma baarik lahum feehi wa at-imna khayra minhum.”

Meaning: “O ALLAH! Increase my Barkat and my Rizk.

Cure 20

In a Hadith the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “Do not start eating from the centre, because barakat comes down there.”

Commentary:

Certain forces to the right which is good and certain forces to the left which is evil. Science do know that there are somethings around us. If you want to capture good, do what is right when eating food. Malaa-ika is around and blesses food. When you recite Du’ah, it blocks the forces of evil.

The illness of us, there’s no barakah, because we eat against Sunnah. These are not medical cures but it is a cure when loss of Barakah. This is always and can increase cause of loss. By studying these you will perhaps find out the cause of loss of barakah. Discuss with someone to find out if you are right.

Cure 21

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has warned not to eat whilst leaning against a cushion and also advised the washing of hands after eating. These two acts eliminates indigestion and creates barakah. Hadith: “I do not lean against a cushion when I eat, for it removes pride.” In another Hadith the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) warned against standing and eating or riding and eating, saying that they create indigestion.

Cure 22

Hazrat Ali (R) informs us that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) advised him, that if anybody has the need of Ghusl (bath) and he eats without gargling his mouth, such a person will be stricken with poverty. First Ghusl and then eat.

Cure 23

Jabir (Ibn Abdullah), reports from Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “A person who licks his fingers and the plate after eating, then the plate makes the following doah. “O ALLAH! Free this person from the fire as he has freed me from the hands of Shaytaan. The licking of the fingers removes Pride. By these 2 acts the mala-ikah also sends mercy on these persons over and over (constantly).

Cure 24

In a Hadith our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) informs us: “He who eats of the food which has fallen off the table, such a person’s rizk will be increased.” In another Hadith the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) states “If some food drops, pick it up, wipe it or wash it, then eat it, but do not leave it for Shaytaan.” This cure removes pride and from a Hadith of Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) we learn that these drops of food will be the mehr (dowry) for the Hoors of Jannah (women) and also thereby ALLAH removes all kinds of brain sicknesses, and even leprosy and will save his children from all kinds of diseases.

Cure 25

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) informs us: “Gather together when you eat, for by this forming groups, barakah will be increased.” In another Hadith our Nabi (S.A-W.) informs us: “The food which Allah loves most is that in which a lot of hands are cast.” And in another Hadith he says “To eat with your brothers is a shifaa (cure).” In another Hadith our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says the worst amongst people is the one who eats alone, who hits his wife, and the person who masturbates.

Cure 26

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “To allow the food to grow cold before eating of it, for hot food has no barakah.” Elsewhere we learn hot food weakens the stomach.

Cure 27

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “The best amongst food is that which has vinegar.” The vinegar is not the vinegar we get today. The vinegar in the time of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) pertains to a rich mixture of dates with certain sour citrus fruit, because it helps digestion. The Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was very fond of vegetable food, saying that the Malaa-ikah visit that table which has greens (vegetables).

Cure 28

The Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has taught that if a fly were to fall on the food or in the drink, then it normally falls with its one wing, then drop its other wing before removing it. For thus doing it, the effect of the poison is removed.

Cure 29

Before proceeding to eat food or drink, one should recite the following Du’aa:

“Bismillaahi khayrul asmaa. Bismillaahi rabbul ardh wa rabbus samaa”

Bismillaahil lladhiy laa yadhurr ma-a ismihii shay-in fil ardh walaa fis-samaa wa huwas sameeeul aleem

Cure 30

The Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) told Ayesha (Radhiallaahu Anhu): “Do not cut meat with a knife for this is the action of the foreigners, rather bite it with your teeth, for this saves.” It has been prescribed that it is digestive if eaten this way. this proves that we should not eat with a knife and fork.

CURE 31 – 35

Cure 31

Abdullah ibn Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu) says, ‘When the teeth are not clean the a person feels tired.’ And Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) says, ‘When the teeth are not clean, the Malaa-ikah are disturbed and put into difficulty.’

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) explained: “Do not use unsuitable sticks for picking teeth. The sticks obtained from fruit trees are not suitable. Suitable sticks should be sour and bitter. Bad smelling of mouth causes malaa-ika to turn back.’

Cure 32

Hazrat Ayesha (R) relates from our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “Blowing of food removes Barakah.

Cure 33

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) states: “ALLAH did not create the stomach to be filled when there is a need to eat. Divide the stomach into three (3) parts: (1) food; (2) water; (3) air.

Benefits

(a) Food digest well. Thus aids well;
(b) strengthens memory;
(c) inspires and creates understanding;
(d) requires less sleep;
(e) breathes easily;
(f) can concentrate on Ibaadah.

Children will be good and obedient. The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) did not like belching and used to say: “Why do you eat too much.”

A person who has always enough to eat fails to recognise the meaning of hunger, is listless (lazy) and has very little mercy for his fellow man. His outlook is very materialistic.

Cure 34

Abu Hurairah (R) reports from our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “He who eats sand is helping to kill himself.” And Hazrat Ayesha reports the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) as saying: “O Ayesha! Never eat sand because of 3 drawbacks- (1) you will always be ill; (2) it harms the stomach; (3) the skin turns yellow (leads to jaundice).

Cure 35

Abu Hurairah (R) reports: “The best amongst food is meat, both in this world and in the hereafter.” Hazrat Ayesha (R) says: “O people! Take to eating meat. And eat it often for it heals the throat, clears the skin and keeps the stomach small” (prevent one becoming potbellied). Hazrat Ali (R) also says: “He who does not eat meat for 40 days, may have his throat affected.” Abu Hurrairah (R) reports from our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “The eating of meat brings much pleasure.”

Cure 36

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) once complained to ALLAH about feeling weak and was advised to eat meat cooked in milk.

Cure 37

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “The eating of figs prevents colic.”

Commentary

Figs are useful as a laxative for it cleans the entire digestive system, it sweats bial and removes any obstruction in the liver or spleen. The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) also said that figs are good for piles and relieves pain of gout. Fresh figs prevents smelly mouth and helps hair growth.

Cure 38

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “O Ali!  Eat olives and use its oil for mixing purposes, for Shaytaan does not approach a person who uses olive oil for a period of 40 days.

Commentary

Modern medicines accepts the medicinal uses of olives such as:

(a) helps digestion and also strengthens the digestive organs;
(b) provides health and energy;
(c) when rubbed it removes bodily aches and pains;
(d) gargle with olive, it strengthens the teeth;
(e) relieves pain of sting (bee, etc.);
(f) blackens hair
(g) removes stomach aches and cleans the bowel. If massaged on head, it relieves pain.

Cure 39

Anas Ibn Malik (R) reports from the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “Eat your meal during the evening, O people! For by missing this meal you encourage old age.”

Commentary

This pertains to those who regularly miss the evening meals.

Cure 40

Abu Bakr (R) reports: “Amongst the better dates is the Burnee date (kind of date), for it removes ailment of stomach and is harmless.”

Commentary

The stomach is one of the most important organs of the body and has an important role to play, and it is therefore a Muslim’s duty to keep his stomach in good order so that it can provide him with strength and energy needed, for that daily task.

Overeating and indiscriminate eating is not the solution, but selective eating of highly nutritious and protein rich food in respectful quantities is of great value and will provide the health necessary for a Muslim.

Cure 41

Ibn Abbas (R) reports that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was very fond of Ajwa dates and said that the Ajwa date is from Jannah, and contains a cure against poison.”

Cure 42

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) states: “O People! Make a habit of eating marrow (any pumpkin) for it strengthens the mind.” Hazrat Ayesha,(R) reports the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) advising her: “O Ayesha!  When you cook a meal, add marrow to it, for it strengthens a grieving heart.”

Commentary

The heat of meat blends with the cold of marrow to form a balanced meal.

Cure 43

Hazrat Abbas (R) reports that the most favourite dish of the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was sareed. This is a mixture of bread, broken and mixed up with curry and is beneficial for it strengthens the thinking process and helps digestion according to the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.).

ALLAH desires all the other habits, eating, sleeping, walking, waking, Doahs. All this must be brought into our lives (amal our).

Cure 44

Abdullah Ibn Jaffar (R.A.) reports that he saw the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) eating cucumber with dates.

The Ulema comments it speeds digestions, clears the bowels, forms a balanced diet, provides energy and zest. Increases and enriches the blood, strengthens the functions of the kidneys, removes throat and skin infections and removes billiousness. Cucumber eaten alone also helps. If eaten with dates it balances it cool and hot.

Cure for itching and dryness 45

Ayesha (RA) reports that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was very fond of eating dates with sweetmelon. Ulema have de­scribed this diet to be very good as a neutraliser as well as for very good food, arid stomachs, dryness and itchingness, billiousness and also when a person is feeling melancholic and depressed. This diet also opens the bowels and clears the urinary tract and assists in removing any stone which may be lodged in the gallbladder.

CURE 46 – 60

Cure for potency 46

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was very fond of eating butter with dates. It has been described as giving a lot of vigour and strength to the body. It also helps to build the physique and to clear ones voice. If taken with honey (butter and dates) it removes pleurisy.

Cure for blood purification 47

In a Hadith our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “Every pomegranate contain a drop from the water of Jannah.” For this reason it has many cures-

(1) Purifies blood;
(2) invigorates and stimulates the body;
(3) cleans the stomach;
(4) removes obstructions in the digestive organs;
(5) stop diarrhoea (running stomach);
(6) improves digestion;
(7) strengthens the digestive organs;
(8) removes nervousness;
(9) clears the throat;
(10) clears the skin;
(11) neutralises acid in the stomach.

Note: No action or habit of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was ever without reason or wisdom. It therefore follows that for us to follow and practise all the actions and habits of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.), it will only make us more acceptable to ALLAH.

Cure for food purification 48

Muawiyah Bin Zad (R.A.) reports that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was fond of grapes. The reasons given as follows:

(1) It purifies blood;
(2) it gives vigour and health;
(3) strengthens kidneys;
(4) clears the bowels.

Cure for verility 49

Abdullah Bin Jaffar (R) reports that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “The best section of meat is the rump.”

Reasons are it digests well and stimulates. Is also good for side pains and is also good for the heart.

Cure for sore eyes 50

Hazrat Ali (R) reports our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) as saying: “Mushroom is a good cure for the eyes.”

Anas Ibn Malik (R.A.) reports the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) saying: “Jannah laughed and the mushroom came out and the earth laughed and its treasures came out.”

There are three kinds of mushrooms:

(1) Black mushroom – this is poisonous.
(2) Whitetish and redish mushroom (pinkish) – this is also Not recommended.
(3) White mushroom – its extract is very good for the eyes. If applied for several days it removes the whiteness from the eyes (blindness). Its extract, however, is not useful for bloodshot eyes. Its extract is especially good for eyesore as a result of heat, but it is not good for eyesore because of cold.

Dried and ground mushroom stops diarrhoea and if a paste is made of mushroom with vinegar and placed over the navel of a person whose navel has shifted from a position resulting in severe pains, then the navel will come back into its place. If eaten regularly, then it prevents birth (birth control). It is very good for stomach aches and also arrests paralysis.

Cure for dust and dirt in eyes 51

For those who suffer from this problem they should read this verse 3 times and blow over the fingers, then rub the fingers over the eyes- Fa kashafna anka – ghie – aka – fabashroekal ­youmah gardiedan.

Cure for weakness 52

Omie Marzan (R.A.) reports that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) and Sayedina Ali (R.A.) once visited her. The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) plucked and ate from a bunch of dates, but when Ali (R.A.) wish to take, the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “O Ali!  Don’t eat it, for you are weak.”

She reports that she prepared a meal of beetroot for them and the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “O Ali! this is very good for you.”

Commentary

The reason for this Hazrat Ali (R.A.) eyes were very sore and dates increases it, whereas beetroot has no effect. It also teaches that abstention is Sunnah.

Beetroot is very good for digestion, it reduces phlem (spit). Helps to reduce palsy, also increases virility and strength.

Cure for sore eyes 53

Ummi Salma (R.A.) reports that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) did not cohabit with any of his wives if their eyes were sore.

Cure for improving eyesight 54

Hazrat Ayesha (R.A.) reports that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) favourite colour was green. In another Hadith, the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “Seeing (looking at) and running towards green things, increases eyesight. In summer (itibu of Sunnah) recommended to wear green sunglasses (ulma).

Cure for bodily aches and pains 55

Abu Amama (R.A.) reports the Nabl (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) as saying: “Decorate your tables with green things, for it chases away Shaytaan, when ALLAH’s name is taken over it.” Here the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) does not mean onions, garlic and leeks for he abhor anything which left an odour in the mouth. Rather it refers to greens such as peas, beans lentils, cabbage, etc. For they enrichen and purify the blood and improve digestion.

Cure for ferility 56

Ayesha (R.A.) reports that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was very fond of heast.

Commentary

Heast is a very tasty dish which is prepared from mixture of butter, dates and kerr (curran milk). It is a kind of pudding and is very good for strength.

Cure for strength 57

Ibn Abbas (R.A.) reports that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) liked milk. Most of all liquids.

Commentary

Milk has been described for increasing stamina, removing dryness from the body. It helps digestion, is nutritious, improves texture of the skin, discharges waste of the body through urine (breaks down), improves brain and mind function, removes stresses and strains from the body. Milk, however, must be drunk in reasonable quantities, for too much milk could cause harm to some of the body function. Such as weakening the eyesight, weakening the joints of the body and also leads to fattening.

Cure for strength 58

Ayesha (R.A.) reports that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was very fond of honey. The Quran describes honey as a cure for all men. The Ulema comment that honey used in respectable amounts, can cure many of our human ill­nesses. It has been described by the learned as a mixture prepared by ALLAH. For mankind, for the benefit consisting of an extract of thousands of medicinal herbs. Honey is extremely good for increasing and improving the appetite, and invigorating manly potency. Honey reduces phlem and saliva (spit) and strengthens the function of the stomach at the same time. Cleaning and normalising the stomach. Removing acidity, it strengthens the function of the mind. It normalises body temperature. Honey taken with a little vinegar (mixed with it) removes melancholy, and a depressed disposition. Honey clears the bladder, facilitates urine discharge and clears the passage through to the anus. Honey restricts paralysis and is extremely efficient as an elixir (tonic). A teaspoon in the morning and evening, taken with doah.

Cure for stomach pain 59

Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reports that he was crying in the Mosque with severe stomach pains when the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) passed him and enquired: “Are you ill.” “Yes”, he replied and the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “Get up and perform salaah for repetitive salaah is a cure (stomach ache).

Ayesha (R.A.) reports the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) saying: “Save your food to remembrance (zikr) of ALLAH and salaah. Otherwise your hearts will gather rust.” This Hadith also refers to stomach ache wherein the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) remind us that zikr and salaah has countless side benefits, spiritual as well as medical, physical material.

Cure for body diseases 60

Anas Ibn Malik (R.A.) reports that Saad Ibn Maaz (R.A.) placed before the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) Sesamie seeds and dates. The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) partook of this fare and then blessed him. The Ulema comments that Sesamic seeds and dates form a balanced diet. Sesamie seed and dates are very good for the throat and voice as well.

CURE 61 – 75

Cure for fever 61

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “Fever is an influence of Jahannam so cool it down with water (ice)”. In another Hadith the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “When someone gets fever then pour cold water over him for 3 days before Fajr”.

Imam Hambal (R.A.) reports that when our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) contracted fever, he would ask for a waterbag of water and sprinkle it over himself. Imam Tirmizi (R.A.) quotes a Hadith of Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) in his book: “When any of you has a fever, and surely fever is a piece of Jahannam, then it is necessary to cool the fever off with cold water by sitting in a flowing stream (shower) before sunrise and say:

“Bismillaah, Allaahumma ashfiy abdaka wasadaqa rasooluka.”

Meaning

(In the name of ALLAH. O ALLAH! Cure thy slave and your messenger has spoken the truth) and dive into the water 3 times, for 3 successive days (each day). Then if you are well, it is good, otherwise continue with this cure for 5, 7 or 9 days. But do not exceed 9 days, for by the order of ALLAH you should recover by then.”

The Ulema comments that this prescription of Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) should be understood with the Arab people and climatic conditions of the region in which they live. Normally such fever arises from the intense heat of the desert. Thus they are of the opinion that it would not apply to fever arising from cold or from a virus or infection. Yet where one persists in using this cure as a remedy convinced in the truth of Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) saying, then he would surely recover. For as the Quran is of no use to the person who doubts, so also the sayings of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.).

Cure for running stomach 62

Both Bukhari and Muslim reports the following Hadith of a person coming to the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) reporting that his brother had a running stomach. The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) told him: “Go and give him honey.” After a while he returned and reported: “O Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) it has increased (running stomach).” The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “Give him honey again.” This transpired 3 times. Then the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) tells the truth and your brother’s stomach lies.” This person went back and gave him some honey and at last his brother recovered.

Commentary

Ulemas comments that to the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was revealed this cure by ALLAH. Thus there could be no doubt to its correctness. There was an obstruction in his stomach which had to be removed and honey did this by a gradual process. Honey acts as a laxative, therefore, it should be taken in small quantities.

Cure for energy 63

Ibn Abbas reports that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: goes “Cheese is a sickness and nuts are also sickness. But both goes into the stomach then it becomes clean.”

Commentary

Ulema comments neither cheese and nuts should be taken alone. They should be taken together or some item of food which will balance it.

Cure for strength, energy and vitality 64

Abu Sa-eed reports that the Roman Emperor sent a present of a jar of ginger jam to the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.). As a Present from the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.), he gave each Sahabi (R) a little bit.

Commentary

From this action of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) it is clear that the use of special extracts or compound or tonic for good health is permissible. Ginger in particular in ground form or as a preservative is very good for digestion. It creates hunger and gives energy and vitality. It also increases ones ability to think and remember.

Cure for a healthy body 65

Hazrat Ali (R) said that a person who wishes to protect his body and to guard it well from illnesses, it is necessary that he should eat in the morning and evenings. He should keep himself free from debts. He should refrain from walking barefoot and he should cohabit less.

Commentary

These two meals are essential and one good meal is prohibited. Debt is a health killer. Barefoot walking can cause injury and too much cohabiting weakens the person. In Arabia, barefoot walking was considered injurious due to hot sands.

Cure for stopping blood flow 67

It is recorded that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) fell off the horse during the battle of Uhud and a nail from the helmet pressed his cheek as he fell. A Sahabi then bent over the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) and pulled the nail out with his teeth, but the nail was too deeply imbedded in the cheek of the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) that the Sahabi broke several teeth in the process.

Hazrat Ali (R) poured water while Hazrat Fatima (R) washed the wound, but the bleeding would not stop. Then on the instruction of the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) Fatima (R) burnt a piece of mat made of palm leaves and stuffed the ashes over the wound. This stopped the flow of blood immediately.

Cure for headaches (migrain) and for blood purification 68

It has been recorded that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) allowed his blood to be let several times during his lifetime. Blood letting during his time was performed by an incision over the painful area, by cutting a vein and letting the blood out. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam,) blood has been let by his shoulders from his neck and from his head.

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “Bloodletting is better than medicines,” and he also said: “I did not pass any angel on the night of Meraj, but they told me to order my Ummat to let blood.”

Commentary

We learn from these two sayings of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) that the cause of many pains is the blood and by letting out blood from the affected area, the person may be relieved of the pain. Here, however, the environmental factor must be taken into consideration, for Arabia is a hot and dry country and as a result of the intense heat, headaches are frequent and this is the cure which our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) prescribed for the Sahaba (R). From this Hadith, giving of blood is Sunnah.

Cure for leg pains, arthritis 69

Anas Ibn Malik (R) reports from the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “Guide yourself from arthritis with an Arab goat. So that it can be cooked and taken over several days on a hungry stomach.” Arabs goat may refer to a wild goat. As to follow the Sunnah, any goat will do.

Commentary

A soup should be prepared from the meat of the rump (back) of the sheep, and the soup should be taken over three (3) days on a hungry stomach. This cure should prove effective for the pain of arthritis. He should take the soup on an absolutely hungry stomach.

Cure for good health 70

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) once enquired from Asham Binti Ameez (R) what she used to keep herself in good health. She replied: “I drink warm milk.” The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “But that is very hot for the body.” She replied: “I also use senna herbs (leaves).” On hearing this, the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “If there was any cure for that, it would have been the senna.

Commentary

The medicinal value of senna leaves cannot be disregarded. Together with honey, the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has praised its curative value. Those who use senna herbs are aware that it keeps them in peak health. It is also good for the blood and for headaches and skin diseases.

Cure for body ailments 71

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R) narrates a Hadith of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “For every sickness there is a cure in the black seed except for death.”

Commentary

This black seed can cure practically every ailment known to mankind besides death. Amongst their sicknesses which it can remedy are:

(1) If rubbed, it removes inflammation (any part of the body).
(2) If eaten, it kills worms in the stomach.
(3) If boiled, the solution rubbed on the head, it will remove cold.
(4) If eaten, it prevents the skin peeling off, as a result of dryness.
(5) If rubbed, it removes moles on the body.
(6) The black seed when eaten also assist menstruation when it has closed.
(7) In ointment form, it removes headaches.
(8) If mixed with vinegar and eaten, it reduces swelling anywhere on the body.
(9) If mixed with oil and smelt, it takes away eyeaches.
(10) If eaten, it helps a person who is suffering from short breath.
(11) If gargled, it takes away toothache.
(12) If eaten, it releases urine which is stuck.
(13) If a house or store is fumigated or smoked with it, it destroys the insects.
(14) If eaten, it takes away fever.
(15) If eaten, it kills intestinal worms.
(16) If some of these seeds are put into a pouch and tied around the neck, it will relieve cough, colds, flu and fever.
(17) If eaten, it releases milk, dried in the mothers breast.
(18) It eases childbirth.
(19) It stops running stomach and wind and also stops chest pain.
(20) If eaten, it stops coughing.
(21) If eaten, it takes away nausea and vomiting.
(22) It relieves dropsy (disease).
(23) If it is taken with olive oil, it improves both colour and texture of the skin.
(24) If taken with vinegar, it kills worms in the stomach.
(25) If taken with honey, it removes stones from the bladder.
(26) If roasted and eaten, it relieves piles.
(27) If a swelling is very hard, mix it with the urine of an infant child to form an ointment, then smear it on the swollen part and it will go down.
(28) If applied with vinegar, it cures leprosy.
(29) If made into an ointment with vinegar, it will take away the swelling of testicles (children).
(30) If mixed with water of the melon (colocynth) bitter melon and applied to the navel, it will clear the stomach of worms.
(31) If mixed with the water of henna leaves and applied to the head, it will stop hair from falling off or turning brown and it also strengthens the hair.
(32) If mixed with rose water and applied, it cures wounds, cuts and bruises.
(33) If mixed with olive oil and applied to a man’s pri­vate, it increases his sexual power.
(34) Hazrat Qatadah (R) says that a person who takes twenty-one (21) of these seeds, places it in a pouch and boils it in water, then put 2 drops of the solution thus obtained into the right nose an one (1) drop into the left nose on the first day and thus the opposite on the second day and again repeats the procedure of the first day of the third day, then such a person will never suffer from any kind of brain disease.

For the above reasons the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has described this seed as been able to cure all diseases except death, for death is in the hands of ALLAH.

Cure for bodily ailments 72

In a Hadith it is recorded from our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) that: “Do not recognise four things as bad because of four things.”

Here the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) means because they prevent 4 things. The Hadith continues: “First you should not consider it bad when your eyes are sore for its pain prevents blindness. Secondly do not complain if you have a cold for it prevents leprosy. Thirdly do not think it bad if you have a cough for it eliminates the likelyhood of paralysis. Fourthly do not complain if you have sores and pimples for these prevent the occurance of leprosy.”

Cure for bodily ailments 73

Hazrat Ali (R) reports from Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “Eat garlic, O People! and treat yourself with it, for it contains cure for many sicknesses.”

Commentary

In this Hadith, the medicine value of garlic is not only, stated but also stressed by our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.). This does not detract from the harmful effect of garlic which are stated towards the end.

Garlic remedies 74

(1) If applied to swellings, it puts it down.
(2) It assist urine flow in men and menstruation in women.
(3) It allows the body to sweat, thus curing its self from within.
(4) It clears the stomach of wind and stops running stomach.
(5) It purifies and strengthens the blood.
(6) It clears the voice and improves the tone.
(7) It strengthens the mind and improves the memory.
(8) It removes pains of the body, particularly side­pains.
(9) It is stimulating and is very good for stomach aches and pains. It also relieves pain in the joints in the body.
(10) It rids the stomach of worms.
(11) It removes thirst from a person who always feel thirsty.
(12) It clears the skin (rough).
(13) It keeps the bladder clear and prevents paralysis.
(14) If the garlic is boiled and then gargled with, it will strengthen the gums and teeth.
(15) Garlic ground into a paste, will open an abscess (boil).
(16) In ground form it will also cure swollen testicles.

These are some of the medicinal properties of garlic. Whilst it is certainly a good cure, one must beware of its drawbacks. For garlic used excessively, burns the blood, harms piles and it is also harmful for pregnant woman. Too much garlic generates biles and weakens eyesight.

The use of garlic is permitted with certain restrictions. It should only be used where necessary and then carefully so that one’s mouth does not smell.  The reason for this is that mala-ieka refrain from coming near to such a person. For they dislike its smell. Salaah is also prohibited. Therefore the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) instructed the Sahabas not to enter the Masjid after eating uncooked garlic.

Cure for leprosy 75

Hazrat Umar (R) is reported to have said: “Do not bath with water which has been heated by the sun, for it causes leprosy.

Cure for scabies (itch) 76

Hazrat Anas Ibn Malik (R) reported that two (2) Sahabas Abdurahman and Zubair Ibn Awwaam (R) got the itch and it worried them so much that they could no longer endure it. The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) gave them permission to wear silk clothes.

Commentary

Silk is Haraam for men. But in circumstances such as these, its use is permitted for it relieves the scratching and itching of scabies. Scabies is an infection of the skin which causes extreme irritation especially at night when a person becomes warm in bed.

Cure for pleurisy 77

Hazrat Zaid Ibn Arkam (R) reports from our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.): “Treat pleurisy, O People! with kust and olive.” Kust is a type of plant root.

Pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleura which is accompanied by pain in the chest, which is increased by coughing. The chest walls increase the pain by their movement and application of kust with olive serves to relieve the pain and it is also advisable to lick this mixture a few times.

Once when our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was very ill. The family assumed the symptoms to be that of pleurisy. So they gave him this mixture. The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) signalled to them to stop but they did not heed him. When he regained consciousness, he enquired as to what they had given him, and on being told, he said: “ALLAH has saved me from this sickness and added, whosoever put this medicine in my mouth, ALLAH will put in his mouth. This (medicine) is said to be bitter.

Commentary

From this Hadith we learn the seriousness of doing anything without knowledge of it. The harm done could be irrepairable, thus Hazrat Umar Ibn Aas (R) reports our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) as saying: “A person who treats without knowledge of the cure, such a person is responsible whatever happens.”

Cure for throat infection in children 78 (Referred to as stommititus)

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) once came home and found Hazrat Ayesha (R) with a boy with blood streaming from his mouth and nose. He enquired from her as to the cause of the bleeding and was informed that the child had throat infection (Azra). On hearing this the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “O that woman! should press the throat of the young. Thereby indicating that one of the causes of the bleeding, was pressure being supplied by the mother or nurse on the throat of the child. As to the cure for this sickness our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) prescribed Kastibahri (Iodine in powder form) mixed with water and applied to the nose and mouth of the child. In regard to this our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “That alas for those nurses who killed their children in this way.” Meaning thereby that the throat of a child is very delicate.

Remedy 79

Kastibahri is also useful for relieving bodily pains. Opening the bowels, improves digestion, increases strength, kills worms in the stomach (Intestine), removes pain from the head (consisting). Relieves pain in the joints of the body, if taken with lemon (juice). Then it removes colds and flu by the (4th) fourth day, and if taken with honey then it is helpful for shortbreath and coughing. If used as a mixture it calms the body of nervousness. If mixed it removes earaches and if this solution is melted it takes away headaches. Many medical men have refuted the many remedies which our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) gave for Kastibahri.

But nevertheless our Ulema reply in answer to the refutation that this is a miracle of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam) in a period where there was no other medicines available. Hazrat Ayesha (R) cured the child.

Cure for headaches 80

It is recorded in the Hadith that when our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) had headaches then his head was massaged with Mandy. Mandy = Ghenna.

And he used to say: “Verily this will benefit me by the order of ALLAH.”

The Ulema reported that this was in the case where he had a headache. As a result of outside influence, e.g. intense heat, tiredness. Due to extensive travelling or as a result of some burden. If the headache was as a result of blood then he used to have cupping performed. Thus it is recorded that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) prescribed this cure, e.g. the application of Mandy for stomach ache as well as for cuts, bruises, sores and pimples.

Remedy: Mandy opens the pores 81

Thereby drying out the element which is causing the suffering. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) also prescribed it for those suffering from skin diseases. Its application to nails was prescribed by our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam), to strengthen the nails and give its pure colour. If urine is stuck then Mandy applied, will release it in a short time. It is also known to release stones from the kidney. To remove any kind of swelling, to gargle with Mandy, will remove any sores or cuts in the mouth. For bodily aches Mandy applied, will remove the pain.

Cure for chest pains 82

Sa-ad (R) that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) visited him while he was sick, and placed his noble hands on his chest. Sa-ad (R) adds further that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) continued to leave his hand on his chest until his heart felt cold and then the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “You have pain in the chest, therefore go to Harris IBN Khalah (R), because he is used to curing people and tell him to take (7) seven dates, Medina, and to grind them in their pits and then to give them to you. You must eat it.”

Commentary

The dates of medina have this speciality of curing chest aches and pains and the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) specified seven dates. The significance of this only ALLAH and his Rasool (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) know it has to do with revelation and it is not for us to understand it. In another Hadith our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “Whosoever eats seven (7) dates in the morning, he will not be touched by poison or witch­craft.”

This also is beyond our understanding. As we accept ALLAH and his Rasool (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) so, also we must accept the varacity of whatever he says, the stronger our belief, the more beneficial our cure.

Our knowledge is Zani (result of our thinking) where as that of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) is Yakeeni (substantiated by ALLAH, (Absolute) no doubt).

Where a cure is given, we must remember to abstain is also Sunnah i.e. our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) once advised Suhaib Rum (R) and Ali (R) not to eat dates because of eyesore.

Cure for temporary paralysis 83

It is reported in the Hadith that a group of people once unwittingly ate from a certain tree and shortly afterwards fell unconscious and could neither feel or move. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) advised them to spray cold water on them between Azaan and Takbir.

Commentary

This particular event happened during the early morning, so cold water was thrown on them between Azaan and Takbir and Subh and their senses were restored.

Cure for sores 84

It is reported in the Hadith by one of the wives of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) that she had a sore on one of her fingers and our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) advised her to use Black Kammon seed (Jeera) grounded into a paste and applied to the sore to heal it.

Cure for an ill patient 85

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) advised to take special care not to upset a sick person when visiting him. One should speak to him about how long he would live, for this in no way will reduce whatever ALLAH has in store for him. The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) warned against telling him false stories and also warned against unnecessary jokes. Sickness is a serious matter, some account of lightheartedness, is permitted as long as it is in reason.

Cure for anger 86

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “O people! anger is a burning amber which is struck in the heart of man, therefore the eyes turn red and the neck muscles begin to throb.”

Commentary

Our Ulema in commenting on this Hadith reports that anger makes a person lose his self control and then bring harm upon himself and others. It makes a person billious and has harmful side effects, such as causing headaches and dizziness and even unconsciousness. It makes a person emotionally unstable and people refrain to turn to him for help or guidance. In a state of anger he may even utter words of kufr. Thus disgracing himself through anger, his enemies increase and his friends diminish. Hatred and jealousy are born and in this state he can even inflict harm and injury.  It is like a burning fire which destroys a person from within.

Cure 88

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) also cupped blood from his head but this was to remove the effect of witchcraft which had been committed by the Jews.

Cure for vomiting 89

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) performed wuzu immediately after vomiting.

Commentary

Our Ulema comments that vomiting relieves the body as well as cleaning it. The filth in the stomach is removed. Regular vomiting is not harmful but excess vomiting is harmful because it causes pain in the chest and stomach.

Cure for mouth smell 90

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “He who eats Radish and fears that his mouth will smell, such a person should remember me (Make Salawaat).

Commentary

Our Ulema comments that it is strange but true that this is exactly what happens when Salawaat is recited after eating Radish. Radish creates appetite, clears the voice, cures throat infections, relieves piles. The salt in Radish clears urine, prevents wind, is good for skin and hair. Because all these benefits which Radish has, it is worth trying out oneself, this recipe of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.).

CURE 91 – 104

Cure for various illnesses 91

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) is reported to have said that bitter orange is a cure for all illnesses. Our (S.A.) equivalent is grape fruit.

Commentary

(1) It clears the stomach
(2) clears it of wind
(3) allows urine to run freely
(4) increases the milk in mothers breast
(5) removes stones from the bladder
(6) allows the saliva to be thick.
(7) removes other obstruction in body such as wounds, sores, cuts etc.
(8) It is helpful for piles and as a jam it is very good for verility.

Cure for strength 92

In the Hadith it is reported: “Eat Ajwan (omwam or bishops wheat) for it is good for the brain and smell the narcisus (fruit) with the name of ALLAH, even if you do so once a day, once a month or once a year.”

Commentary

Ajwam plant belongs to the koriander family, it grows in the east.  It grows up to 3 ft tall; it grows on the tip of the plant and each seed has ridges with channels in between. These channels contain oil, it is this oil which contains mainly curative properties. Such as:

(1) it stops running stomach
(2) increases hunger,
(3) strengthens the heart,
(4) diminishes phlegm
(5) it is good for verility (sexual stimulant)
(6) kills worms in the stomach, and
(7) calm nerves.

Too much of it is harmful, for it heats the blood, sharpens the mind. Not good for one who is temperamental.

(1) Narcisus fruit is good for relieving the nerves or worms in the stomach. For a person who is suffering from wind, and its roots, if boiled in water, causes vomiting.
(2) cleans the womb and creates puss, thereby cleaning the wound or sore and if mixed with honey and made into plaster then it is good for joining broken and fractured limbs.
(3) it removes pain, stops bleeding and if one smells it, it takes away the cold.

Cures for various illnesses 93

The Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) said: “Quince removes the darkness of the heart.”

Commentary

(1) Quince prevents a lot of urinating.
(2) It strengthens the digestive system.
(3) It is good for mind and memory.
(4) It makes a person good.
(5) Removes tiredness and laziness.
(6) Smelling the quince strengthens ones memory.
(7) Eating of quince after childbirth is’ good for stretch stomach.
(8) It is good for kidneys and for colds and flu and also cleans the heart.

Cure 94

All kinds of beans, peas etc.

(1) Beans increase verility.
(2) Is good for vitality and strength.
(3) Increases the mothers milk.
(4) Allows urine to run freely.
(5) Allows free menstruation
(6) It strengthens muscles.
(7) It is good for side pains and strengthens the kidneys.

Amongst the disadvantages it digests slowly, it sometimes causes swelling and forms matter, but antidote is ginger, if added to food. It is interesting to note that an intelligent child is born (women) who eats beans whilst pregnant.

Cure 95

A woman who eats sweetmelon, will give birth to a handsome and pretty child.

Cure 96

Nine (9) things causes forgetfulness and loss of memory.

(1) The eating of cheese (too much).
(2) Eating the leftover where it was not covered and mice might have eaten from it.
(3) Eating of sour apples (too much).
(4) Excessive use of Sawhia (koriander).
(5) Cupping a lot on the neck.
(6) Having an affair (either side), other woman.
(7) Looking with longing and desire at that which is not permissible.
(8) Not killing lice and mosquitoes.
(9) Reading Qur’aan regularly in the graveyard.

Note: Eating dates on an empty stomach, kills worms in the stomach.

Cure for various sicknesses 97

Salma Bin Aku (R) relates that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) used to rub the oil of musk on his head and beard regularly.

Commentary

The oil of musk or any other oil helps to keep the head both clean and clear. Maintains the colour of hair, strengthens mind and body. Is a stimulant (good for strength). Removes fear and dark thoughts and is also ef­fective against colds and flu. It removes blockages in the body and helps to clear the stomach. In paste form it is good for strength and vitality.

The oil of musk especially is also good for the eyes and smelling. It increases consciousness by rubbing it on the body It helps it to make it active and it is also good for strains and for victims of paralysis. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) possessed a scent stone made of different oils. The scent of Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was more powerful than any other existing scent.

Anas Ibn Malik (R) reported that the scent of the sweat of the Nabi was more powerful than musk and amber. I did not find any existing scent compared with that of the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) Sweat.

Anas Ibn Malik (R) reported whichever pathway the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) crossed, he would leave behind a scent which could spread, by which scent the people recognise the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) passed through here.

Umm Salma (R) that she used the sweat scent of our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) with other scent in order to increase its fragrance because the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.), scent was more powerful.

Utbah Bin Wakat (R) a Sahabi of the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) had some rash on his body. So the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) ran his hands all over his body as a result of which the scent on the hands of the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) transmitted itself onto the body of Utbah. The effect of this, despite that Utbah having four (4) wives who daily had applied fragrance, yet the scent of Utbah, as a result of this contact with the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.), was more powerful than theirs. The rash disappeared and he never had it again.

Cure improve eyesight 98

In a Hadith it is reported that the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) regularly fragrance, and Timony (Surma) particularly before going to bed.

Commentary

The Surma used by our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was known as Samad and it originated from Isfahan into which our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) rubbed the scent of musk. In another Hadith it is recorded that a person should apply Surma to his eyes, an odd number of times (i.e. 3, 5, 7, 9)

(1) i.e. Twice to the right eye, twice to the left eye and once again to the right eye.

(b) Three times to the right eye and twice to the left eye.

(c) Three times to each eye.

The main reason for using it, is good for healthy eyes.

Cure for good health 99

It is a Sunnah of Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) to always accept scent when he was presented with it.

Commentary

Our Ulema commented by using scent and smelling it and by keeping the place clean, ensures good health and makes the heart strong. Because of cleanliness and a clean smell one feels well and brings happiness (the objects Arcuni you increase the Zikr of ALLAH,). In a Hadith the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) states: “Positively and permanently clean and pure is ALLAH alone. ALLAH therefore loves cleanliness. He who is clean is liked by ALLAH. ALLAH is generous and loves those who are generous. ALLAH is charitable and love those who gives charity.

Therefore O Muslims! Be clean and keep your houses and verandas and your yards also clean and do not heap sweepings and rubbish in your verandas like the Jews used to do.”

Commentary

Our Ulema reported that the people can become ill as a result of bad and evil smell. Therefore, one should keep bad smells away from himself and from his body. A word of warning is given by the Ulema that there should be no exaggeration in making excessive fuss or degenerating into a hippy like existence (no extremes).

(a) One should not use the skins of wild animals in his home because it brings about fear. (disturb others from Zikr)
(b) Not to sweep at night because it results into poverty (against Sunnah).
(c) Never to sweep with a cloth (it makes Zikr) because this also leads to Poverty.

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Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) never mixed the following foods

(i) Fish and milk.
(ii) Sour and acid foods with milk.
(iii) Too hot food or too cold food which acts as laxatives. He also refrained from using milk or stale meat with fresh meat. By together, we mean at the same time. However, after digesting the one the other may be taken. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) advised in a Hadith that we should digest our food by making Zikr and making Salaah and not to sleep immediately after eating, because it hardens the heart.

Commentary

Another advise given by our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) for good health is to travel. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “Do travel for it will make you strong and increase your rizk.” Another reason for travel is because the various climates and winds may suit a person especially those that are ill.

Note: One must be careful never to criticise or condemn any place because health is from ALLAH and not from the place.

Cure advantages of Miswak 101

In a Hadith related by Ibn Abba the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) says: “Miswak brings clarity to speech, it cleans the mouth.” ALLAH is pleased by it. It also cleans the teeth, it cleans the mouth of bad smell, it makes the gums strong, it clears the throat, it clears the saliva, it increases eyesight, it pushes away old age, it keeps the bare strength, it helps digestion, it removes the pangs of death, it reminds the person the Kalimah before death. Shaytaan runs away from it, it increases rizk, it removes toothache, it strengthens the digestive organs, it strength­ens the mind. It clears the heart and put nur into it and also cures many of the body illnesses. This Hadith comprehensively illustrate the advantages of Miswak.

Cure regarding sleep 102

In the Quran ALLAH informs us that ALLAH has created the night for man to rest i.e. the body requires a rest after physical exersion after the day. Therefore each person should rest by sleeping, thereby regaining strength for work and prayer for the rest of the following day.

Commentary

Our learned doctors warn us that there should be adequate rest for the body in the moderation but not excess, for the only excess is permissable, is in Ibadah and in no other form is forbidden. They inform us, too much sleep creates laziness and weariness. Thus it is reported that Nabi Sulaiman’s mother advises her son Sulaiman:

“My son do not sleep a lot because, excessive sleep will make you rise on the day of Qiyamat with no Amal.”

Our Ulema are of the opinion that there are four (4) times during which a person should not sleep.

(1) Fajr (dawn up to sunrise) Haraam.
(2) During Chaast (work) 9-11.
(3) After ASR
(4) After Magrib.

Subuh time sleeping causes weakness of the body and makes a person scatterbrain (lazy etc.) (foolish).

Note: This excludes the sleep of Qailolah. Short nap after dinner and normal, takes place during midday for the nap is Sunnah, for it increases the power of concentration.

Cure Zum-Zum 103

It is reported in a Hadith that the water of Zum-Zum is a cure for many things. If one drinks it as a cure into treatment then AILAH will cure him. And if one drinks for protection then ALLAH will protect him. And if one drinks it for thirst, then ALLAH will quench your thirst. The doah to read as reported by Abdullah Ibn Abbas:

“Allaahummma inniy as-aluka ilman naafi’a wa rizqan waasiaa Wa shifaa-an min kulli daa-a”

O ALLAH! increase beneficial knowledge and rizk and cure me of all sicknesses.

Cure how to drink water 104

Abu Hurrairah (R) from our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) “When you drink water do not drink it all at once, for if you do so, it will cause a pain in your chest.”

Anas Ibn Malik (R) quotes the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) as saying: “Drink your water in three (3) breaths, for by drinking so, you will quench your thirst well. You will save food and you will remain healthy.

From other Hadith we learn that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) discouraged standing and drinking water. Our Ulema are of the opinion that by drinking water whilst standing, pain will be caused in the stomach, except for 3 kinds of water.

(1) Water of Zam-Zam.
(2) Wuzu water.
(3) Running water (river, fountain, etc.)

Our Ulema reports that there are four ways of sleeping.

(1) Flat on ones back.
(2) On ones right side.
(3) On ones left side.
(4) On ones stomach. Forbidden for Muslims.

(1a) The way of sleeping of the Anbiyaas.
(2a) The wav of sleeping of the Ouliyaas.
(3a) The way of sleeping of the rich and wealthy (wellfed) because it increases digestion.
(4a) The fourth style is that of Shaytaan.

If there is difficulty in sleeping make Zikr (rembrance of ALLAH). Sleeping a lot exerts spleen disease from the spleen. He will suffer from that disease. The spleen becomes hard (Lukemia).

Adhab

A person who eats on a full stomach, he must first lie on his right hand side for a while and turn over on his left side, thereby his food will be digested by the time he gets up.

Our Mashaikh reports that sleeping a lot during the day brings out all the dormant sickness of our body and also exerts pressure on the spleen. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) has warned us against keeping awake during the whole night for it brings indigestion, and weakness of the mind, and also it dries up the body, and it could lead to mental disorder. He told Ibn Masoon that his body has a right (Haq), therefore he should sleep at night and wake up for Subh, for if he did not wake up for Subuh, Shaytaan would urinate in his ears. However, it is advisable to sit and drink even these waters. Our Ulema says that by standing and lying down and drinking water, the digestive organs are weakening, as well as the limbs. From other Hadith we learn that our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was very fond of sweet and cold water. Thus Hazrat Ayesha (R) that drinking water for the Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) used to be brought from a place called Saqiya, which is 2 days journey from Madina.

Our Ulema reported that the best time to drink water is after eating, but it is even better to drink water after the food is digested. They also recommend drinking water before eating meals, for it cools the heat in the stomach and by drinking after the food has digested the water, creates heat in the stomach, and also very good for health. So drinking water whilst eating is a very bad habit. It creates hunger and digest the food quickly. (One eats more).

Imam Ghazal writes in his Kitaab “Ihya Uloom”. Do not drink water after sleeping, because it takes away the natural heat of the body and do not drink water after Ghusl (bath), also not after cohabitation (sex). Otherwise it will create (shaky) palsy. Also not after eating fruit, because it brings about sores on the tongue. He says the best water to drink is rain water. Rain water when it flows in a stream east to west, or from west to east or north to south. But rain water which flows from south to north should not be drunk.

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) always keeps basins covered (pots and pans etc.) and all open recepticals which contain food. Because every year during one night ALLAH sends down pestilence (plaque) (disease) and it does not cover any open basin without entering or falling into the centre of it. This includes a basin that keeps water.

Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was very fond of mixing some water with his milk in order to make he milk milder to take away some of the heat. Our Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasallam.) was fond of mixing honey with water to make a moderate drink. He also used to wet dates in water and leave it for a night or two and then extract the juice for vigour and vitality and making the heart and mind strong. But he warned if any person drank it for the sake of pleasure, then it will be Haraam. He must only drink it for Ibadah.