Welcome to the fourteenth and last enlightening post of Medicine Through Islamic History series By The Desert Rose
Today is the last day for my project Medicine Through Islamic History. This project was a 14-week project that aimed to educate everyone on the role muslims had in medicine that is often overlooked. Over centuries, there were many advances in the sciences where there was communication between different countries to spread knowledge and add their own findings from their discoveries. Muslims have introduced free medical care, training physicians, founded hospitals and developed new techniques in medicine, surgery, botany and pharmacology. It is important to state that the Quran and Sunnah had a major impact on their enthusiasm to explore and discover novel ways to assist in the health and well-being of their patients. It has been reported by Abdullah ibn Masood (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said ‘Allah did not send down any disease but that he also sent its cure’ [Ibn Majah, 3438] What evidence is there in the Quran and Sunnah that shows the therapeutic benefits of herbs, fruit, vegetables? Below are examples but it does not do justice of how much evidence of therapies from natural products. DATES Date has many health benefits and comprises of dietary fibre, sugar, magnesium and potassium. It can cure poison, decrease hunger, lowers labour pain, nutritious and alleviates diseases of the heart. Narrated by Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Al Ajwah (dates) is from Paradise and it contains a cure for poison. Truffles are a form of manna, and its liquid is a cure for the eye.” [Al-Tirmidhi, Volume 4 : Book 2 : Hadith 2066]
Narrated by Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her): The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "A family which has no dates will be hungry" [Abu Dawud, Book 27 : Number 3822]
Allah states in the Glorious Quran how He dates for her labour pain: "Shake the trunk of the palm-tree towards yourself and, it will drop upon you ripe fresh dates.So eat, drink and cool your eyes." (Al Quran 19:25,26)
Narrated by Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her): The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "When any one of you breaks his fast, let him break it with dates. If he cannot find dates, then let him break it with water, for it is a means of purification." [Ibn Majah, Volume 1 : Book 7 : Number 1699]
Another hadith mentioned, ‘I suffered from an illness. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) came to pay a visit to me. He (peace and blessings be upon him) put his hands between my nipples and I felt its coolness at my heart. He (peace and blessings be upon him) said: You are a man suffering from heart sickness. Go to al-Harith ibn Kaladah, brother of Thaqif. He is a man who gives medical treatment. He should take seven ajwah dates of Medina and grind them with their kernels, and then put them into your mouth. [ Abu Dawud, Book 28 : Number 3866
CUCUMBER If you have a weight-loss related issue and you need increase your weight, cucumbers are effective.
Narrated Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her)
My mother intended to make me gain weight to send me to the (house of) the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) But nothing which she desired benefited me till she gave me cucumber with fresh dates to eat. Then I gained as much weight (as she desired). [ Abu Dawud, Book 28 : Number 3894 ] HONEY The therapeutic effects of honey have been mentioned as a source of healing in the Quran and Sunnah. It is composed of sugar, water, minerals, enzymes and various vitamins. There comes forth from their [bees’] bellies, a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think (Quran 16:69). Narrated by Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing). But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire." [Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 71 : Number 584]
Another hadith states that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“You should take the two that bring healing: Honey and the Qur’an" [Ibn Majah, Volume 1 : Book 31 : Number 3452]
Several evidence have suggested that honey assists with the digestion of food and abdominal-related issues.
Abu Said Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) said that:
A man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and said, "My brother has some abdominal trouble." The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to him "Let him drink honey." The man came for the second time and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to him, 'Let him drink honey." He came for the third time and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Let him drink honey." He returned again and said, "I have done that ' The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) 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 Al Bukhari, Volume 7 : Book 71 : Number 588]
TALBINA - BARLEY
Talbina is a dish comprised of barley flour mixed with milk and honey. (A There are reports that state it strengths the heart.
Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) (peace and blessings be upon him) narrates: "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 ﷺ saying, 'The Talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness " [ Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 7 : Book 65 : Hadith 328]
OLIVE OIL Another natural remedy is the olive oil that comprises of Vitamin E, monosaturated and polysaturated fatty acids that helps those with heart-related diseases, leprosy musculoskeletal conditions and many other diseases. For instance, pleurisy which is the inflammation of the pleural tissue between the lungs. There is also evidence it improves skin-related problems where it increases elasticity and softness. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Eat of its oil and use it (the olives), for indeed it is from a blessed tree" [Al-Tirmirdhi Volume 3 : Book 23 : Number 1852; Ibn Majah Volume 1 : Book 29 : Number 3319]
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated, “ Eat the olive oil and apply it (locally), since there is cure for seventy diseases in it, one of them is Leprosy.” [Abu Naim]
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) prescribed Wars (memecyclon tinctorium), Indian aloeswood and olive oil for pleurisy to be administered through the side of the mouth.” [Ibn Majah, Volume 1 : Book 31 : Number 3467]
Khalid bin Sa’d (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “We went out and with us was Ghalib bin Abjar. He fell sick along the way, and when we came to Al-Madinah he was sick. Ibn Abu ‘Atiq came to visit him and said to us: ‘You should use this black seed. Take five or seven (seeds) and grind them to a powder, then drop them into his nose with drops of olive oil, on this side and on this side. For ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated to them that she heard the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) say: “This black seed is a healing for every disease, except the Sam.” I said: “What is the Sam?” He said: “Death.” [Al Bukhari Volume 7 : Book 71 : Number 591, Ibn Majah Volume 1 : Book 31 : Number 3449]
It increases immunity, improves digestion, weather changes and increases strength of the skin, teeth and bone.
Some people were sick and they said, "O Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him)! Give us shelter and food. So when they became healthy they said, "The weather of Medina is not suitable for us." So he sent them to Al-Harra with some she-camels of his and said, "Drink of their milk." [ Sahih Al Bukhari - Volume 7 : Book 71 : Number 589]
It assists with digestion, quenches thirst, removes fever and heals illnesses. It is advised that cold water causes throat infection and to avoid it.
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Allah's Messenger peace and blessings be upon him breathed three times (outside the vessel) in the course of a drink and said: “It is more thirst- quenching, healthier and more wholesome. Anas said: So I also breathe three times in the course of a drink.” [ Sahih Muslim Book 23 : Hadith 5030]
Narrated Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said, "Fever is from the heat of Hell, so abate fever with water." [ Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 7 : Book 71 : Number 621]
Moreover, Zamzam water heals illnesses as reported from the following hadith:
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "The best water on the face of the earth is the water of Zamzam; it is a kind of food and a healing from sickness." [ Saheeh al-Jaami, Number - 3302, Tabarani]
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