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PROPHETIC MEDICINE

 

Tibb Al-Nabawi, better known as Prophetic Medicine is a collection of Prophetic Traditions about health and medicine related advices which Prophet Muhammadimparted to his Companions and practiced himself.  These sayings and traditions have existed for more than 1400 years, and serve as guidance for many Muslims, who follow his traditions and adhere to his advice.

 

The Prophet had a wide knowledge about medicine, as well as many other fields. Throughout history, some Islamic scholars collected the Prophetic Traditions related to health and medical subjects in a single book for those who were interested in knowing the views of the Prophet in this particular field. One of the most popular and faithful collectors was Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, a great Islamic scholar and a practicing physician. He is the man behind the most faithfully recorded work, a 277-chapter book called Prophetic Medicine, or Al-Tibb Al-Nabawi.

 

According to Ibn Qayyim, the Prophetic Medicine deals with the overall principles, while the scientific medicine fills in the details. The subjects in Prophetic Medicine can roughly be described as advice about the virtues of diet, herbal medicine, treatment of simple ailments such as headaches, fever, sore throats, and diarrhea, treatment of spiritual diseases, hygiene, and prevention and protection against contagious diseases.

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Prophet Muhammadmade it clear, that every disease was created with a cure. Imam Bukhari, who is the compiler of one of the major collections of Prophetic Traditions, supports this statement of the Prophet in the following tradition: “Allah has not sent down a disease except that He also sent down its cure." Sahih Al Bukhari Vol.7: 5678 and SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3438-3439

What we learn from these ahadees(Sayings of the Prophet) is that Allah (The God) has created all diseases with causation, and since there is a cause for every disease, Muslims are encouraged to search for this cure until it is found. One might ask what the role of a doctor then is. In his book Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet, Ibn Qayyim answers this question by referring to the recommendations of the Prophet to seek help from doctors when someone falls ill.

 

Table of Contents

 

Definition

Tibb Nabawi refers to words and actions of the Prophet with a bearing on disease, treatment of disease, and care of patients. Thus also included are words of the prophet on medical matters, medical treatment practiced by others on the prophet, medical treatments practised by the prophet on himself and others, medical treatments observed by the prophet with no objections, medical procedures that the prophet heard or knew about and did not prohibit, or medical practices that were so common that the prophet could not have failed to know about them. The prophet's medical teachings were specific for place, population, and time. They however also included general guidance on physical and mental health that are applicable to all places, all times, and all circumstances. Tibb nabawi is not one monolithic or systematic medical system as some people would want us to believe. It is varied and circumstantial. It covers preventive medicine, curative medicine, mental well-being, spiritual cures or ruqyah, medical and surgical treatments. It integrates mind & body, matter and spirit.

 

Holistic approach

 A holistic approach-Prophetic Medicine has a holistic approach to the treatment of disease. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a complete person, physically and spiritually. Both the physical body and the soul are equally important and form part of the whole human being. Thus, study of the body equals in importance to the study of the soul. It covers preventive medicine, curative medicine, mental well-being, spiritual cures or Ruqyah, medical and surgical treatments. It integrates mind & body, matter and spirit.

 

It is well known that the Prophet on many occasions advised people to recite ayath from the Qur’an in case of physical as well as mental and emotional illnesses. People with strong faith, who put their trust in God, have reportedly experienced relief or improvement of their diseases. Many studies support the idea that there is a positive correlation between religion and health. If a person has strong belief, their body and soul are balanced, which is an important factor in defeating illness. These findings are particularly strong in patients with severe diseases, such as cancer.

 

Thus, we can conclude that the enormous knowledge of the Prophet Muhammadcan be attributed to the intellect and inspiration bestowed on him by Allah. [1]

 

Search for cures

The Prophetenunciated (speak) a basic principle in medicine that for every disease there is cure. This is an impetus (motivation) for us to look for remedies. Thus the prophetic medical tradition does not stop at only the medical teachings of the prophetbut goes beyond to encourage humans to search and experiment with new treatment modalities. This implies among other things that prophetic medicine is not static. There is room for growth and even breaking new ground. Other implications of this hadith is that seeking treatment does not contradict qadar (pre-destination). Thus both the disease and its treatment are part of Qadar.

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Scope of Tibb E Nabawi

 

Tibb E Nabawi as reported to us did not cover every conceivable disease at the time of the Prophet neither can it cover all ailments today or in the future in various parts of the world. This is easy to understand from the context that although the Prophet practiced medicine, his mission was not medicine and he was not a full-time physician. The hadiths of the Prophet should not be looked at as a textbook of medicine. They should be used for the diseases that they dealt with. The proper way to get additional medical knowledge is through research and looking for signs of Allah in the universe (Quran Surah 2:164, 3:190, 10:5-6, 30:20-27, 39:59, 51:20-23).

 

Classification of Tibb E Nabawi

The classification of traditions relating to medicine depends on the state of knowledge and changes with time and place. Jalaluddin al Suyuti published a book on Tibbnabawi and divided medicine into 3 types: traditional, spiritual and preventive. Most of Tibbnabawi is preventive medicine which is a very advanced concept given the level of scientific knowledge at the prophet's time and certainly have been divinely inspired. Prayer, dua, recitation of the Qur’an, and remembrance of Allah play a central role. Psychosomatic diseases could respond to spiritual approaches. Curative medicine involved prophetic teachings about treatment of wounds, use of honey and the black seed for several ailments. The use of ruqyat (surat al fatiha, al mu’awadhatain) falls between physical curative and spiritual. The curative or healing part of ruqyat can be understood in modern terms in the way the psyche can modulate immune mechanisms that protect against disease.

 

 

Examples of Tibb E Nabawi

Ibn Qayim al Jawziyat listed many diseases with their recommended treatments from Tibb E Nabawi. Diseases in tibb nabawi treatable by natural remedies: fever (humma), bowel movements (istitlaq al batan), dropsy (istisqa), wounds (jarh), epilepsy (sar’a), sciatica (‘irq al nisa), temparaments (tabau’), skin itch (hakk al jism), pleurisy (dhaat al janb), headache and hemicrania (sidau and shaqiiqat), inflammation of the throat (‘adhrat), enlargement of the heart (al maf’uud), ophthalmia (al ramad), catalepsy (khudran al kulli), pimples (bathrat), skin eruptions (awraam), food poisoning (summ), witchcraft (sihr), and head lice. He also mentioned other diseases like: plague, leprosy, eye diseases, throat and tonsils, diarrhea, abdominal disease, fever, plague, snake bite, scorpion bite, food contamination by a fly, headache, nose bleeds, teeth, cough, dropsy, sprain, fracture, bite by rabid dog, and the evil eye. There are three therapeutic modalities used in Prophetic medicine: natural, spiritual, mixture of natural and spiritual. The treatments mentioned were honey (al 'asal), cold water for fever (al mau al barid), diet (ghadha), milk (al laban), camel milk, camel urine, cupping (al hijaam), cauterization (al kayy), venesection with cauterization (qatiu al uruuqwa al kayy). The black seed (al habba al sauda) was especially emphasised.

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Empirical research on Tibb E Nabawi

There is a lot of scientific interest in prophetic teachings on medicine. In Egypt for example many institutions are involved in research on traditional remedies: universities, the National Research Center, the Desert Institute, and the Horticultural Department of the Ministry of Agriculture. Many medicinal plants including the black seed have been investigated extensively and have been commercialized (Sayed 1980). The black seed (nigella sativa) is an example of a prophetic remedy that has been studied extensively by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Animal research has shown that the black seed is a potent anti-hypertensive (Tahir et al. 1993) and respiratory stimulant (Tahir at al 1993). It was shown to act against bacterial infection in mice (Hanafy et al. 1991). Al-Awadi et al (1991) studied the effect of a plant mixture including black seed on liver gluconeogenesis in rats with induced diabetes. Salomi et al (1991) studied the inhibitory effects of the black seed on chemical carcinogenesis in rats. Nair et al (1991) studied the modulatory effect of the black seed on toxicity in rats induced by a cis-platinum, a cancer treatment drug.

 

Keshri et al (1995) studied the post-coital contraceptive effects of the black seed in rats. El-Dakhakhny (1965) studied the pharmacological properties of the black seed. Toppozada et al (1965) studied the antibacterial properties of the black seed with clinical applications. El-Fattary (1975) isolated and described the anti-bacterial principles from the black seed. Chakravarty (1993) studied the inhibition of histamine release from mast cells by the black seed. Salomi et al (1992) studied the anti-tumor activity of the black seed. Human studies of the black seed have also been undertaken. Akhtar et al (1991) studied the effect of the black seed on nematode worm infection in children. Haq et al (1995) studied the effect of the black seed on human lymphocytes and polymorphonuclear leucocyte phagocytic activity. Laboratory studies provided scientific support for the traditional use of the black seed and its derived products As a treatment for rheumatism and related inflammatory diseases (Houghton et al 1995). The study of the black seed as a medicine has even extended to its side effects since no medicine however useful is free from side effects. Steinmann et al (1997) recorded occurrence of contact dermatitis after topical use of the black seed. Tennekoon et al. (1991) studied the possible hepatic-toxicity of the black seed.

 

Conclusion and Future Challenges

From the survey above we can conclude that Tibb E Nabawi is an authentic and valid medical system. The general principles of this system are applicable at all times and all places. The specific remedies taught by the Prophet () are valid and useful. They can be used today with further empirical research because of changes in humans, medicinal plants, the environment, and meanings of linguistic terms. Thus the conditions for which these remedies were prescribed in the 1st century of hijra may not be exactly the same as the conditions we are dealing with today. The many empirical studies on prophetic remedies like the black seed promise a good future for prophetic medicine to continue exerting its influence on medical practice.

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Edible food known through Prophet

Allah does not send down any disease, but He also sends down the cure for it. (SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3438-3439)

 

Abu Hurairah(R) narrated: "The Messenger of Allah () forbade from cures that are Khabith." (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2045)

 

AJWA DATES

 

Prophet Muhammad said: He who eats seven 'Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5445)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5769)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5779)

(SAHIH MUSLIM Vol #5, Hadith #5339-5340)

(SUNAN ABU DAWUD Vol #4, Hadith #3876)

 

ProphetMuhammad said: Whoever eats seven dates from the area between the two lava fields in the morning, no poison will harm him until evening comes. (SAHIH MUSLIM Vol #5, Hadith #5338)

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In the 'Ajwah dates of Al-'Aliyah (villages to the east of Al- Madinah) there is healing, or they are an antidote first thing in the morning. (SAHIH MUSLIM Vol #5, Hadith #5341)

 

"Abu Hurairah(R) narrated that people among the Companions of the Prophet (S.A.W) would say: "Truffles are the earth's smallpox." So the Messenger of Allah () said: "Truffles are a form of manna, and its liquid is a cure for the eye. Al-'Ajwah is from Paradise, and it contains a cure for poison."

 

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2068)

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3455)

 

ALOESWOOD (Uud ki lakdi)

 

It was narrated that Umm Qais bint Mihsan said:

 

“I brought a son of mine to the Prophet (), and I had pressed on an area of his throat due to tonsillitis. He said: ‘Why do you poke your children with this pressing?’ You should use this aloeswood, for in it there are seven cures. It should be inhaled for pustules in the throat, and given in the side of the mouth for pleurisy.”

 

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3462)

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ProphetMuhammad said: You should use Indian aloeswood for it contains seven cures, including (a cure for) pleurisy.

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3468)

 

BLACK CUMIN(Kalonji) or Black caraway

 

Narrated Khalid bin Sa`d: We went out and Ghalib bin Abjar was accompanying us. He fell ill on the way and when we arrived at Medina he was still sick. Ibn Abi 'Atiq came to visit him and said to us, "Treat him with black cumin. Take five or seven seeds and crush them (mix the powder with olive oil) and drop the resulting mixture into both nostrils, for `Aisha has narrated to me that she heard the Prophet () saying, 'This black cumin is healing for all diseases except As-Sam.' Aisha(R) said, 'What is As-Sam?' He said, 'Death."

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5687)

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3449)

 

 

Prophet Muhammad said: There is healing in black cumin for all diseases except death. (SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5688)

 

Prophet Muhammad said: Use this black seed. For indeed it contains a cure for every disease except As-Sam" And As-Sam is death.

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(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2041)

 

It was narrated that ‘Uthman bin ‘Abdul-Malik said: “I heard Salim bin ‘Abdullah narrating from his father that the Messenger of Allah () said: ‘You should eat this black seed, for in it there is healing from every disease, except the Sam (death).’”

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3448)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMELS MILK AND URINE (AS A MEDICINE)

 

Narrated Abu Qilaba: Anas(R) said, "Some people of `Ukl or `Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet () ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels. The news reached the Prophet () early in the morning and he sent (men) in their pursuit and they were captured and brought at noon. He then ordered to cut their hands and feet (and it was done), and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron, They were put in 'Al-Harra' and when they asked for water, no water was given to them." Abu Qilaba said, "Those people committed theft and murder, became infidels after embracing Islam and fought against Allah and His Apostle ."

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #1, Hadith #233)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #2, Hadith #1501)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #4, Hadith #3018)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #5, Hadith #4192)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #6, Hadith #4610)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5685-5686)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5727)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #8, Hadith #6802-6805)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #9, Hadith #6899)

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2042)

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3503)

 

 

 

CUPPING OR HIJAMA

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ProphetHealing is in three things:
1) A gulp of honey,
2) Cupping, and
3) Branding with fire (cauterizing)."
But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire.

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5680-5683)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5702)

 

Narrated Ibn `Abbas(R): The Prophet () was cupped and he paid the wages to the one who had cupped him and then took Saut (Medicine sniffed by nose).

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #7, Hadith #5691)

 

Narrated Ibn `Abbas(R): The Prophet () was cupped while he was fasting.

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #3, Hadith #1938-1939)

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #7, Hadith #5694)

 

Narrated Ibn `Abbas:

Allah's Messenger () was cupped while he was in a state of Ihram.

 

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #3, Hadith #1835)

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #3, Hadith #1938)

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #7, Hadith #5695)

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #7, Hadith #5700)

 

Narrated Ibn `Abbas(R): Once the Prophet () got his blood out (medically) and paid that person who had done it. If it had been illegal, the Prophet () would not have paid him.

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #3, Hadith #2103)

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #3, Hadith #2278-2279)

(SAHIH BUKAHRI Vol #7, Hadith #5691)

 

Anas narrated(R): "The Prophet (S.A.W) would get cupped in his jugular veins and his upper back. And he would get cupped on the seventeenth (of the month), (or) the nineteenth, and (or) the twenty first." (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2051)

 

Ibn Mas'ud said(R): "The Messenger of Allah () narrated about the Night of Isra', saying that he did not pass an assembly of angels except that they ordered him: 'Order cupping among your Ummah." (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2052)

 

SEENA (Leaves) AND SANNUT

 

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Ibrahim bin Abu ‘Ablah said: “I heard Abu Ubayy bin Umm Haram, who had prayed with the Messenger of Allah () facing both the Qiblah, saying: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah () say: “You should use senna and the Sannut, for in them there is healing for every disease, except the Sam.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allah, what is the Sam?” He said: “Death.” (One of the narrators) ‘Mar said: “Ibn Abu ‘Ablah said: the ‘Sannut is dill.” Others said: “Rather, it is honey that is kept in a skin (i.e., receptacle) used for ghee.”*

 

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3457)

 

 

 

 

 

 

HINNA (Mehendi)

 

There was no wound nor cut on the Messenger of Allah () but he would order me to put Hinna on it. (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2054)

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Salma Umm Rafi’, the freed slave woman of the Messenger of Allah (), said: “The Prophet () did not suffer any injury or thorn- p

rick but he would apply henna to it.”

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3502)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONEY

 

Healing is in three things:
1) A gulp of honey,

 
2) Cupping, and
3) Branding with fire (cauterizing)."
But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire.

 

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5680-5683)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5702)

 

Narrated `Aisha(R): The Prophet () used to like sweet edible things and honey. (SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5682)

 

Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri(R): A man came to the Prophet () and said, "My brother has some Abdominal trouble." The Prophet () said to him "Let him drink honey." The man came for the second time and the Prophet () said to him, 'Let him drink honey." He came for the third time and the Prophet () said, "Let him drink honey." He returned again and said, "I have done that ' The Prophet () then said, "Allah has said the truth, but your brother's `Abdomen has told a lie. Let him drink honey." So he made him drink honey and he was cured.

 

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5684)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5716)

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Abu Sa'eed(R) said: "A man came to the Prophet () and said: 'My brother is suffering from loose bowels.' He said: 'Let him drink Honey.' So he drank it. Then he came and said: O Messenger of Allah! He has drunk honey, but it has only made him more worse.' So the Messenger of Allah said: ' Let him drink honey.'" He said: "So he drank it. Then he came and said: 'O Messenger of Allah! I gave him some more to drink, but it has only made him more worse.'" He said: "The Messenger of Allah said: 'Allah has told the truth, and your brother's stomach has lied. Give him honey to drink'. So he gave him some more honey to drink and he was cured.'"

 

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2082)

 

 

 

INDIAN INCENSE (Udd E Hind)

Treat with the Indian incense, for it has healing for seven diseases; it is to be sniffed by one having throat trouble, and to be put into one side of the mouth of one suffering from pleurisy.

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5692)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5713)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5715)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5718)

 

Narrated Um Qais: I went to Allah's Messenger () along with a son of mine whose palate and tonsils I had pressed with my finger as a treatment for a (throat and tonsil) disease. The Prophet () said, "Why do you pain your children by pressing their throats! Use Ud Al-Hindi (certain Indian incense) for it cures seven diseases, one of which is pleurisy. It is used as a snuff for treating throat and tonsil disease and it is inserted into one side of the mouth of one suffering from pleurisy."

 

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5713)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5715)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5718)

 

 

 

KAM'A(truffle - a kind of edible fungus)

 

The Kam'a (truffle - a kind of edible fungus) is like the Manna (in that it is obtained without effort) and its water is a (medicine) cure for eye trouble.

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #6, Hadith #4478)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #6, Hadith #4639)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5708)

 

LADUD (Drinking medicine through mouth)

Abbad bin Mansur narrated from 'Ikrimah(R) who said: "Ibn 'Abbas(R) had three boys who were cuppers. He would use the proceeds from two of them for himself and his family, and one of them would cup him and his family." He said: " Ibn 'Abbas said: 'The Prophet () said: 'How excellent is the slave who cups, letting the blood, relieving the back, and clearing the vision." And he said: "Indeed the best for you to cup on are the seventeenth, the nineteenth, and the twenty-first." And he said: "Indeed the best of what you treat is As-Sa'ut, Al-Ladud, cupping and laxatives." And indeed, The Messenger of Allah was given medicine by Al-Abbas and his companions. So the Messenger of Allah () said: "Who gave me this medicine?" All of them were silent, so he said that there shall not remain anyone in the house but he should be treated with Ladud except for his uncle Al-Abbas.'" An-Nadr said: "Al-Ladud is Al-Wajur."

 

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2053)

 

 

 

LAXATIVES (Putting medicine through mouth)

 

Abbad bin Mansur narrated from 'Ikrimah(R) who said: "Ibn 'Abbas(R) had three boys who were cuppers. He would use the proceeds from two of them for himself and his family, and one of them would cup him and his family." He said: " Ibn 'Abbas said: 'The Prophet () said: 'How excellent is the slave who cups, letting the blood, relieving the back, and clearing the vision." And he said: "Indeed the best for you to cup on are the seventeenth, the nineteenth, and the twenty-first." And he said: "Indeed the best of what you treat is As-Sa'ut, Al-Ladud, cupping and laxatives." And indeed, The Messenger of Allah was given medicine by Al-Abbas and his companions. So the Messenger of Allah () said: "Who gave me this medicine?" All of them were silent, so he said that there shall not remain anyone in the house but he should be treated with Ladud except for his uncle Al-Abbas.'" An-Nadr said: "Al-Ladud is Al-Wajur."

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2053)

 

 

 

OLIVE OIL

 

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Narrated Khalid bin Sa`d: We went out and Ghalib bin Abjar was accompanying us. He fell ill on the way and when we arrived at Medina he was still sick. Ibn Abi 'Atiq came to visit him and said to us, "Treat him with black cumin. Take five or seven seeds and crush them (mix the powder with olive oil) and drop the resulting mixture into both nostrils, for `Aisha has narrated to me that she heard the Prophet () saying, 'This black cumin is healing for all diseases except As-Sam.' Aisha said, 'What is As-Sam?' He said, 'Death."

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5687)

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3449)

 

 

 

 

PALM LEAVES

 

Narrated Sahl(R): When the helmet of the Prophet () was smashed on his head and blood covered his face and one of his front teeth got broken, (on the day of Uhud) `Ali brought the water in his shield and Fatima the Prophet's daughter) washed him. But when she saw that the bleeding increased more by the water, she took a mat (of date palm leaves), burnt it, and placed the ashes on the wound of the Prophet () and so the blood stopped oozing out.

 

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #4, Hadith #2903)

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(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #1, Hadith #243)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #4, Hadith #2911)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #4, Hadith #3037)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #5, Hadith #4075)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5248)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5722)

FATfrom the tail(of Sheep)

The cure for sciatica is the fat from the tail of a Bedouin sheep (or wild sheep), which should be melted and divided into three parts, one part to be taken each day on an empty stomach.

 

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3463)

 

Talbina (Water mix with Barely)

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Narrated `Aisha(R): (the wife of the Prophet) that whenever one of her relatives died, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She would order that a pot of Talbina be cooked. Then Tharid (a dish prepared from meat and bread) would be prepared and the Talbina would be poured on it. `Aisha would say (to the women),"Eat of it, for I heard Allah's Messenger () saying, 'The Talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness.' "

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5417)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5689-5690)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mushrooms or Al-kumaatu

 

"Abu Hurairah(R) narrated that people among the Companions of the Prophet () would say: "Truffles are the earth's smallpox." So the Mes

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senger of Allah () said: "Truffles are a form of manna, and its liquid is a cure for the eye. Al-'Ajwah is from Paradise, and it contains a cure for poison."

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2068)

 

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3455)

 

‘Amr bin Huraith(R) said: “I heard Sa’eed bin Zaid bin ‘Amr bin Nufail narrating from the Prophet () that: ‘Truffles are a type of manna that Allah sent down to the Children of Israel, and their water is a healing for eye (diseases).’”

 

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3454)

 

 

WATER

 

Narrated Fatima bint Al-Mundhir: Whenever a lady suffering from fever was brought to Asma' bint Abu Bakr, she used to invoke Allah for her and then sprinkle some water on her body, at the chest and say, "Allah's Messenger () used to order us to abate fever with water." (SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5724)

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Messenger of Allah () said: When Allah loves a slave, He prevents him from the world, just as one of you prevents his sick from water. (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2036)

 

Messenger of Allah () said: If there was anything that could overcome the Decree then the (evil) eye would overcome it, and when you are requested to wash (due to it) then wash.(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2062)

 

Fever is from the heat of the (Hell) Fire; so cool it with water.

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #4, Hadith #3262-3264)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5723-5726)
(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2072-2073)
(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3471-3475)

 

It was narrated that Abu Umamah bin Sahl bin Hunaif said: “ ‘Amir bin Rabi’ah passed by Sahl bin Hunaif when he was having a bath, and said: ‘I have never seen such beautiful skin.’ Straightaway, he (Sahl) fell to the ground. He was brought to the Prophet () and it was said: ‘Sahl has had a fit.’ He said: ‘Whom do you accuse with regard to him?’ They said: “ ‘Amir bin Rabi’ah.’ They said: ‘Why would anyone of you kill his brother? If he sees something that he likes, then let him pray for blessing for him.’ Then he called for water, and he told ‘Amir to perform ablution, then he washed his face and his arms up to the elbows, his knees and inside his lower garment, then he told him to pour the water over him.” (SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3509)

 

Messenger of Allah () used to do, that will be better for you and more effective in healing. Sprinkle water in your eye and say:

 

أَذْهِبِ الْبَاسْ رَبَّ النَّاسْ اشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لاَ شِفَاءَ إِلاَّ شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءً لاَ يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا

 

Take away the pain, O Lord of mankind, and grant healing, for You are the Healer, and there is no healing but Your healing that leaves no trace of sickness).’” (SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3530)

 

 

Dua or Supplications used for healing

Usamah bin Sharik said: "Some Bedouins asked: 'O Messenger of Allah () shall we treat (our ill)?' He said: 'Yes, O worshipers of Allah! Use remedies. For indeed Allah did not make a disease but He made a cure for it' - or - 'a remedy. Except for one disease.' They said: 'O Messenger of Allah (s.a.w)! What is it?' He said: 'Old age.'"

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2038)

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3436)

 

Do not force your sick to eat, for indeed Allah, Blessed and Most High, provides them food and drink. (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2040)

 

Abu Hurairah(R) narrated: "The Messenger of Allah () forbade from cures that are Khabith." (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2045)

 

"'Eisa Ibn 'Abdur-Raman bin Abi Laila said: "I entered upon 'Abdullah bin 'Ukaim Abu Mabad Al-Juhani to visit him, while he had Humrah. I said: 'Why don't you hang something?' He said: 'Death is better than that. The Prophet (S.A.W) said: "Whoever hangs something, he is entrusted to it." (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2072)

 

 

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet() visited a man who was ill, so he said: "Cheer up, for indeed Allah said: 'It is My Fire which I impose upon My sinning slave as his portion of the Fire." (Hasan) Al-Hasan said: "They would hope that the fever that occurred at night would atone for any deficiency caused by sins."

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2088)
(SUNAN IBNMAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3470)

Narrated `Abdul `Aziz:

Thabit and I went to Anas bin Malik. Thabit said, "O Abu Hamza! I am sick." On that Anas said, "Shall I treat you with the Ruqya of Allah's Messenger ()?" Thabit said, "Yes," Anas recited,

Allaahumma Rabban-Naas, azhib al-ba’swa’shfi, antash- Shaafiy, laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka, shifaa’an laa yughaadiru saqama

 

اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ النَّاسِ مُذْهِبَ الْبَاسِ اشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لاَ شَافِيَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، شِفَاءً لاَ يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا

 

O Allah! The Lord of the people, the Remover of trouble! (Please) cure (Heal) (this patient), for You are the Healer. None brings about healing but You; a healing that will leave behind no ailment."

 

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5742-5744, 5750)

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5675)

(SAHIH MUSLIM Vol #6, Hadith #5707-5713)

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #2, Hadith #973)

(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #6, Hadith #3565)

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #2, Hadith #1619)

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3520)

(SUNAN ABU DAWUD Vol #4, Hadith #3890)

 

It was narrated that ‘Uthman bin Abul-‘As Saqafi said:

“I came to the Prophet () and I was suffering pain that was killing me. The Prophet () said to me: ‘Put your right hand on it and say:

 

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِعِزَّةِ اللَّهِ وَقُدْرَتِهِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أَجِدُ وَأُحَاذِرُ

 

seven times.’ I said that, and Allah healed me.”

 

In the Name of Allah, I seek refuge in the might and power of Allah from the evil of what I feel and what I fear),”  (SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3522)

 

It was narrated that Zainab(R) said: “There was an old woman who used to enter upon us and perform Ruqyah from erysipelas: Contagious disease which causes fever and leaves a red coloration of the skin. We had a bed with long legs, and when ‘Abdullah entered he would clear his throat and make noise. He entered one day and when she heard his voice she veiled herself from him. He came and sat beside me, and touched me, and he found a sting. He said: ‘What is this?’ I said: ‘An amulet against erysipelas.’ He pulled it, broke it and threw it away, and said: ‘The family of ‘Abdullah has no need of polytheism.’ I heard the Messenger of Allah () say: “Ruqyah (i.e., which consist of the names of idols and devils etc.), amulets and Tiwalah (charms) are polytheism.’” “I said: ‘I went out one day and so-and-so looked at me, and my eye began to water on the side nearest him. When I recited Ruqyah for it, it stopped, but if I did not recite Ruqyah it watered again.’ He said: ‘That is Satan, if you obey him he leaves you alone but if you disobey him he pokes you with his finger in your eye. But if you do what the Messenger of Allah () used to do, that will be better for you and more effective in healing. Sprinkle water in your eye and say:

azhib al-ba’s Rabban-Naas, shfi, antash-Shaafiy, laa shifaa’a illa shifaa’uka, shifaa’an laa yughaadiru saqama

 

أَذْهِبِ الْبَاسْ رَبَّ النَّاسْ اشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لاَ شِفَاءَ إِلاَّ شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءً لاَ يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا

 

Take away the pain, O Lord of mankind, and grant healing, for You are the Healer, and there is no healing but Your healing that leaves no trace of sickness).’”

 

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3530)

 

Narrated Aisha(R): Whenever Allah's Messenger () became ill, he used to recite the Muawizatan (i.e. the last two surahs of the Qur'an) and blow his breath over himself (after their recitation ) and rubbed his hands over his body. So when he was afflicted with his fatal illness. I started reciting the Muawidhatan and blowing my breath over him as he used to do and then I rubbed the hand of the Prophet () over his body (hoping for its blessings).

 

Ma'mar asked Az-Zuhri: How did the Prophet use to blow? Az-Zuhri said: He used to blow on his hands and then passed them over his face.

 

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #5, Hadith #4439)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #6, Hadith #5016)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5735)
(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5751)
(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3529)

Narrated Ibn `Abbas(R): Some of the companions of the Prophet () passed by some people staying at a place where there was water, and one of those people had been stung by a scorpion. A man from those staying near the water, came and said to the companions of the Prophet, "Is there anyone among you who can do Ruqya as near the water there is a person who has been stung by a scorpion." So one of the Prophet's companions went to him and recited Surat-al-Fatiha for a sheep as his fees. The patient got cured and the man brought the sheep to his companions who disliked that and said, "You have taken wages for reciting Allah's Book." When they arrived at Medina, they said, ' O Allah's Messenger ()! (This person) has taken wages for reciting Allah's Book" On that Allah's Messenger () said, "You are most entitled to take wages for doing a Ruqya with Allah's Book."

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5737)

 

Narrated Al-Aswad: I asked `Aisha about treating poisonous stings (a snake-bite or a scorpion sting) with a Ruqya. She said, "The Prophet () allowed the treatment of poisonous sting with Ruqya."

(SAHIH BUKHARI Vol #7, Hadith #5741)

 

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah((R) said: “A scorpion stung a man and he did not sleep all the night. It was said to the Prophet (): ‘So- and-so was stung by a scorpion and he did not sleep all the night.’ He said: ‘If he had said, last night: A’uzubikalimatil-lahit-tammati min sharri ma khalaq (I seek refuge in the Perfect Words of Allah from the evil of that which He has created), the scorpion sting would not have harmed him, until morning.’”

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3518)

 

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed that Jibra’il came to the Prophet () and said:

“O Muhammad, you are ill. He said: ‘Yes.’ He said: “Bismillaahiarqeeka min kullishay’inyu’zeeka, min sharrikullinafsin aw ‘ayninhaasidyashfeek, bismillaahi arqeek

 

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ أَرْقِيكَ مِنْ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ يُؤْذِيكَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ نَفْسٍ أَوْ عَيْنٍ أَوْ حَاسِدٍ اللَّهُ يَشْفِيكَ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ أَرْقِيكَ

 

In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye, may Allah heal you. In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you). (SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3523)

 

 

Ibn 'Abbas(R) narrated that the Prophet () said: "There is no Muslim worshiper who visits one who is ill - other than at the time of death - and he says seven times: As’alullahil Azeem Rabbil Arshil Azeem An-yashfika

 

أَسْأَلُ اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ رَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ أَنْ يَشْفِيَكَ

 

'I ask Allah the Magnificent, Lord of the Magnificent Throne to cure you') except when he will be cured." (SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #4, Hadith #2083)

 

Performing Ruqyah

It was narrated from Abü Sa'eed that Jibril (as), came to the Prophet and said: "O Muhammad, are you sick?" He said: "Yes." He (Jibril as) said:

 

بِاسْمِ اللَّهِ أَرْقِيكَ مِنْ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ يُؤْذِيكَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ نَفْسٍ أَوْ عَيْنِ حَاسِدٍ اللَّهُ يَشْفِيكَ بِاسْمِ اللَّهِ أَرْقِيكَ

 

In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye, may Allah heal you, in the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you.

(SAHIH MUSLIM Vol #6, Hadith #5700)
(SUNAN TIRMIDHI Vol #2, Hadith #972)

(SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3523-3524)

 

It was narrated from ‘Aishah (R) that one of the things that the Prophet () used to say for the sick person, with saliva on his finger (dipped in dust), was: In the Name of Allah, the dust of our land mixed with the saliva of one of us, to cure our sick one by the permission of our Lord. (SUNAN IBN MAJAH Vol #4, Hadith #3521) [2]

 

Allah knows Best

 

See also: Prophet Muhammad; Ruqyah; Ajwa dates; Kalonji; Cupping(Hijama); Honey;

 

References

 

[1] http://www.missionislam.com/health/prophetic.htm

 [2] http://www.sunnah.com/

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