‘Medicine of the Prophet’

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) once said that “Allah did not create a disease for which He did not also create a cure.” Muslims are therefore encouraged to explore and use traditional Prophetic Medicine, or al-tibb al-nawabi in Arabic, as well as modern forms of medication, with faith that any cure is from Allah.

Although never claiming to be a physician himself, the Prophet (pbuh) did give advice on many simple ailments and illnesses that he encountered during his lifetime. These were all accurately recorded and have become known as Prophetic Medicine. This is, though, nothing like the chemical mixtures that we know from modern healthcare, with the majority consisting of just one ingredient, including a variety of herbs

The olive tree, for instance, offers many benefits, including the mixing of olive oil with salty water for use against blisters resulting from a fire burn, whilst the olive leaves are helpful against eczema, sores and hives. Studies undertaken by Egyptian researchers in 2002 also found that olive can lower blood pressure, which suggests that modern medicine is now catching up with Prophetic Medicine.

The following are a just small selection of other traditional remedies, which many people today use as an alternative therapy or as a supplement to modern medicine.

  • Honey: Ibn Al Qayyim mentioned that honey is a food, a drink, a sweet, a remedy, a type of refreshment and an ointment, and that there is no substance that is more beneficial. Indeed, the medicinal uses of honey are many and include remedies for colitis, stomach ulcers, burns and cuts, diabetes, oral health, and gastroenteritis.
  • Black Cumin Seeds: Contains over 100 valuable nutrients and chemical components, with recent studies showing it to be an anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-asthmatic, anti-tumour, anti-histaminic, anti-hypertensive, anti-bacterial, anti-bronchial, and hypoglycaemic, whilst also being an immune boosting agent.
  • Talbinah: A broth made from barley, talbinah is especially useful for its emollient, absorbent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making it beneficial in smoothing the intestinal mucosa and highly recommended for stomach pain or irritation.
  • Dates: A traditional and popular food for breaking the daily Ramadan fast, dates help to sustain blood sugar levels and are an outstanding source of dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium, and complex sugars.
  • Zamzam Water: Sourced from an underground spring in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, zamzam water is known to contain significant amounts of calcium, fluoride, and magnesium.

These are time-honoured and spiritually inspired remedies. However, one should always consult with a medical professional before attempting any treatment, particularly in the case of some herbs, which may be harmful in certain conditions and in certain amounts.

  • By Bilal Al Halabi, Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment www.al-halabi.com


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