• Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Prophetic Medicine

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Islam is a complete code of life which is taught us how to lead our life and has elucidated each aspect of life in detail. The Holy Prophet's () teachings are complete cure for spiritual and physical ailments whether they are conspicuous or they are obscure in nature. Prophet Muhammad () educated us about the benefits numerous natural and halal (unprohibited by Islamic law) medicines (mostly herbal) and told how to use them. Modern science has now after more than a millennium has realized the efficacy of Prophetic (herbal) medicine. In all eras, ever since the times of the Prophet Muhammad () the Muslims have always derived benefits out of the Prophetic Medicine.
    Allah almighty blessed the Prophet Muhammad () with knowledge and wisdom. Allah says in holy Quran "Allah has sent down to you the book (Quran), and wisdom" (Islamic taught you that which you knew not. And ever great is the Grace of Allah unto you (O Muhammad )”, (An-Nisa: 113). And says:”He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger from among themselves, who recites to them His verses, purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom. And verily, they had been before in clear error”, (Al-Jumu’ah:2). Allah has mentioned in the Holy Qur'an the prayer of Ibraheem (Abraham) (peace be upon him), He said:”Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger amongst themselves, who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them in the Book and wisdom and purify them. Verily! You are the All-mighty, the All-Wise”, (Al-Baqarah: 129). Allah says about the wisdom and intelligence:”He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and He to whom wisdom is granted, is indeed granted abundant good.” ( Al-Baqarah: 269). People will receive the benefit from Prophet Muhammad’s () wisdom until the Day of Judgment.
    The Quran was revealed to the Prophet () is also healing. Allah almighty says:”And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe”, (Al-Isra: 82). And says:”O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord, and a healing for that which is in your chest, -- guidance and a mercy for the believers”, (Yunus: 57). And says:”Those who believed, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest”, (Ar-Rad: 28). From Surah Al-Fatihah, Allah would give comfort to the suffering patients. The Quran is the treatment of numerous diseases.
    The emphasis is on the use of things in the Book of Allah and Sunnah, in these things are:” Water, watermelon, barley, figs, aegle marmelos, henna, olive, vinegar, kohl, honey, mauve, nigella seed, palm, mushroom, vitis vinifera, pomegranate, zamzam, siwaak, plum, beet, milk, lentils, camphor, ginger, pumpkin, musk, cucumber, meat and fish etc. Allah says about honey:”there comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think”, (An-Nahl: 69). Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:"Use this black seed. For indeed it contains a cure for every disease except As-Sam" And As-Sam is death”, (Jami` at-Tirmidhi: 2041). It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbas said: “The Prophet () had a kohl container from which he would apply kohl three times, to each eye”, (Sunan Ibn Majah: 3499). "Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said:"Al-'Ajwah 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", (Jami` at-Tirmidhi: 2066). If we start following Allah orders and Prophet Muhammad's () methods then healthy life becomes our destiny.
            Islam has presented a very good perspective about diseases and health. 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 ()! What is it?' He said: 'Old age'", (Jami` at-Tirmidhi: 2038). Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet () said, "There is no 'Adha, nor Tiyara, nor Hama, nor Safar", (Sahih al-Bukhari: 5757). During disease must be patience, as Allah almighty says:” And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: "Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return." They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones”, ( Al-Baqarah: 155-157). It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “The Messenger of Allah () forbade treating illness with foul things (Khabith), meaning poison”, (Sunan Ibn Majah: 3459). Alcohol should not be used as a medicine. Follow the Islamic perspective of the treatment time.
            Allah almighty created us and sent prophets to guide us. It is our good fortune that we have opportunity to taking advantage from the Prophet Muhammad's () teachings. Allah almighty granted to The Prophet Muhammad () the Book and wisdom which is healing and a mercy for the believers. Messenger of Allah () teaches methods use of food and diseases prevention. Prophet () trained to Ummah about the disease and the treatment that:” use remedies during illness, be patient and do not use forbidden things as medicine. If you want peace in this world and the hereafter then follow The Qur'an and The Hadees.