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Thabit At-

At-Tib An-
۩ Sound hetic Medicine ۩
Sound Prophet

Written and Translated by He Who

Stands in Need of Allah Ta’ala
Abu Hajar Al-
rrary Al-

Thabit At-
At-Tib An-
۩ Sound Prophetic
Prophetic Medicine ۩

Written and Translated by He Who

Stands in Need of Allah Ta’ala
Abu Hajar Al-
rrary Al-


Praise be to Allah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah
from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides will
never be led astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear
witness that there is no god but Allah, the One, having no partner. And I bear witness
that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

{O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state
of Islam.} (Al-‘Imran: 102), {O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from
a single person, and from him He created his wife, and from them both He created
many men and women, and fear Allah through Whom you demand your (mutual
rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever
an All-Watcher over you.} (An-Nisa’: 1), {O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah
and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good
deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His
Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement.} (Al-Ahzab: 70-71).

To proceed: The most truthful speech is that of Allah’s Book (the Qur’an), and the best
of guidance is that of Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. The worst
of evils are the muhdathat (newly invented matters in the religion), and every innovated
matter is a bid’ah, every bid’ah is a dalalah (misguidance), and every dalalah is in Hell Fire.

The Sunnah of Allah's Messenger —peace and blessings be upon him and his family— is
a light that guides to the best paths in all our actions, and eases the conditions of our life
and worship. Therefore, in order to restore our bodies and to prepare them for the
obediance of their Creator jalla wa ‘ala, we ought to use the beneficial food and medicine
that were revealed by the Qur'an and Sunnah.

For quite some time, I had been noticing that all the books of Prophetic medicine used
sound and weak Hadiths. Then, I found out that the reason was —as said by Sheikh
Muhammad Musa Al-Nasr may Allah protect him—: the permissibility to mention a weak
hadith in the domain of Prophetic medicine for its medical benefit, and because its
content was a customary treatment for the Arabs, as long as one does not relate such
weak hadiths to he who does not speak of his own desire —may Allah bless him and
grant him peace. Thus, I felt the need to look up all the medicine and plants that were
mentioned in the Beneficent Qur’an and the sound Hadith of our Faithful Prophet —may
Allah bless him and grant him peace—, due to my belief in their merit and their
possession of exceptional protection and cure. After the Opener and Most
Knowledgeable facilitated the task for me, I recorded all the entries in this book —along
with sound proof— in order to introduce Muslims to the sound Prophetic Medicine
with the Will of the King and Benefactor.

The content of this book is in Arabic alphabetical order and each page is reserved for
one type of food or medicine. Organization is uniform throughout the pages, as
the name of each item is presented at the top, along with its scientific term to ease the
seach for rare herbs. Moreover, a picture is included to clearly show the plant, to avoid
any confusion, and to portray its original appearance with which most people are
unacquainted. Then, all the gathered sound proofs about the medicine are presented
—and this part is the purpose of the book. Explanations of difficult vocabulary are
related from major scholars of Hadith. In addition, the medical benefits of each cure are
taken first from ancient medicine, like the books of Ibn Al-Qayyem and Ibn Al-Baytar —
may Allah have Mercy on them—, then from modern medicine, which reveals the great
advantages and scientific miracles that exist in the Prophet's remedies —may Allah bless
him and grant him peace.

Please note —my dear brother— that this book does not present any medical diagnosis
for any person’s case. In fact, the goal here is to separate sound from weak Hadith in the
field of food and medicine, and to please Allah jalla jalaluhu by showing His slaves the
Sunnah of His Prophet —may Allah bless him and grant him peace. I ask Allah the
Generous and Bountiful, to make this a sincere work for His Sake that would benefit me
and its reader, in this life and on the Appointment Day.

The very learned Ibn Qayyem Al-Jawziyyah —may Allah include him in His Mercy and
Forgiveness— has said: “Prophetic medicine is not similar to that offered by doctors and
physicians. Prophetic medicine is indeed the effective treatment and cure provided by
divine revelation, and the guidance of the Prophet may Allah bless him and grant him
peace, which is coupled with a sound and perfect mind. In comparison, the majority of
remedies prescribed by other than a prophet are built on hypothesis, observation and
experimentation. It is a fact that many people do not benefit from Prophetic medicine,
because it will help only those who acknowledge it, and have faith in it. Thus, they
believe that it will help them, and they then submit to it. If the Qur’an, which is a cure
for whatever the heart conceals, is not acknowledged and accepted with faith, it will not
provide a cure for the heart. In fact, the Qur’an will only add more evil and disease to
the hearts of the hypocrites. Prophetic medicine is only suitable for good and pure
bodies, just as the Qur’an is only suitable for the righteous souls and feeling hearts.
Therefore, when the people ignore Prophetic medicine, it is like ignoring the help and
guidance of the Qur’an, which is the most effective medicine. Again, when the Prophetic
medicine does not work, it is due to the negativity in the body and soul that are not
suitable for accepting the medicine, not because the medicine does not work. All success
comes from Allah, Wherein is healing for men.”

So, my reading brother, evoke your trust in the report of the Truthful one —may Allah
bless him and grant him peace— and your belief in his pure and enlightening Message,
that you may acquire some great benefits and guidance. All the while, you will be
pleased with the tastiest, most healing and preventive bounties.

In addition, know —may Allah have Mercy on you— that you should never mix plants
and medication without your doctor’s consent, for that could cause dangerous side
effects. Ibn Al-Baytar and Imam Ash-Shafi’i —may Allah have Mercy on them— both died
from mixing the wrong plants, although they were excellent physicians. Therefore,
consult before you combine two kinds of medicine and measure your doses carefully.

The believer's passionate love for the Prophet and his fragrant Sunnah —may Allah bless
him and grant him peace— helps him follow his footsteps leading to the Straight Way in
all matters of life. Then, if he becomes used to reading the honorable Hadith, he develops
a desire to live close to the Beloved —peace and blessings be upon him and his family.
Thus, he starts to seek companionship in the Hereafter, by emulating the Chosen
internally and externally, and all success is from Allah the Great. However, emulation of
the Messenger of Allah —peace and blessings be upon him and his family— should not
be considered a worship to Allah ‘azza wa jall, if we do not have a proof that it is
a Sunnah of worship. His habits —like drinking honey— should never be a ritual that is
intended to bring us closer to Allah, or else such actions would be bida’ (innovations) in
the Religion —as was clarified by the very learned Al-Albany (m.b.u.h.)—. The Prophet
did not intend to worship Allah by drinking honey —peace and blessings be upon him
and his family. In fact, he has said: [Actions are but judged according to intentions.
Every man has what he intends.] (Agreed Upon). On the other hand, the Sheikh and
others said that if a Muslim emulates a Sunnah of habit for the sake of following his
good example and for the benefit of his guidance —peace and blessings be upon him
and his family—, he would be rewarded —if Allah wills— as long as he does not intend
it as a form of worship, for the rule is His Saying subhanahu wa ta'ala: {Indeed in the
Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow.} (Al-Ahzab: 21).

The food that was held by the Prophet’s large and soft hands was not like any other
food —peace and blessings be upon him and his family. Allah ta’ala has favored such
aliment by making the caravans bring it to the arid Arabian desert from all corners of
the world, in order for it to be the provision and medicine of His Last Prophet and His
most beloved person. In addition, the merit and benefits of such food increase if it was
mentioned in the description of the eternal Paradise. The Most kind and Merciful
subhanahu has said: {Give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good
deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). Every time
they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: “This is what we were
provided with before,” and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same

form but different in taste).} (Al-Baqarah: 25). Ibn Kathir, may Allah have Mercy on him,
said in his Tafsir that those who believed and acted righteously “would be given fruits in
Paradise, and when they would look at them, they would say: ‘This is what we were
previously provided with in dunya (this life).’ Then, the angels would respond, saying:
‘Eat! The color is one, and the taste is different.’” O Allah! Grant us the exalted Firdaus.

The Patron, tabaraka wa ta’ala, has said about His magnificent Creation and splendid
Signs: {In the earth are neighboring tracts, and gardens of vines, and green crops, and
date palms, growing into two or three from a single stem root, or otherwise (one stem
root for every palm), watered with the same water; yet some of them We make more
excellent than others to eat. Verily, in these things there are Ayat (proofs, lessons,
signs) for the people who understand.} (Ar-Ra’d: 4). It is clear in this Aya that Allah jalla
wa ‘ala has favored certain plants over others, and has given them additional benefits,
just like He has done with animals and humans. Praise be to Allah the Kind and
Gracious, for the greatness of His bounty and the Message of His Prophet the proof
argument, and the best peace and blessings be upon him and his family.

Finally, I state that I sought a path whose seeker never goes astray, by relying on the
Beneficent Qur’an and the sound Hadith, as interpreted by the salaf (predecessors) of our
Nation, in everything that I presented. Nevertheless, it is incumbent upon me to warn
you that whatsoever in this modest work agrees with Qur’an and Sunnah, you should
take, and whatsoever disagrees with them, you should reject, and cling to Qur’an and
Sunnah. Also, I ask Allah ‘azza wa jall to provide us with sincerity in all our actions, and
may He bless and grant much peace to His slave and Messenger Muhammad, his family
and his companions.

California: 08/07/1429 Hijrah

Abu Hajar Al-Jarrary Al-Ja'fary

(All the translations of Ibn Al-Qayyem’s quotes in this book belong to brother ‘Abd El-
Qader ibn ‘Abd El-‘Azeez, may Allah protect him, whose work was posted on “”.
However, I had to correct many of his hazardous mistakes, which included wrong measurements
of doses, errors in the names of illnesses, and misunderstandings of Ibn Al-Qayyem’s writing.)

Citrus Medica

■ Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has
said: [The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an is that of a citron, its taste is good,
and its scent is fragrant.] (Agreed upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “When the peel of citron is placed within the clothes it prevents molding,
its scent refreshes decaying and polluted air, it removes bad breath, dissipates foul scents, and
when used as spice in food, it helps the digestive process. The author of the Qanoon said: ‘The
pith of its peels benefits in cases of snakebite, while the peels are used in bandages for snakebite.
The ashes of the peels are used as an effective ointment against vitiligo.’ The pulp soothes the
heat of the stomach, helps those who suffer from bile and subdues hot vapors. Al-Ghafiqi said:
‘Eating its pulp relieves hemorrhoids.’ The extract of the pith constipates, soothes hot pulsation,
controls bilious vomiting, and when taken as a drink or Kohl, relieves jaundice. It is also a good
appetite stimulant, constipates, helps in cases of bilious diarrhea, calms the lust of the woman,
relieves brown spots (chloasma)when used as a lubricant, cures herpes, removes ink stains,
soothes and has a chilling effect, cools the hotness of the liver, strengthens the stomach and
quenches the thirst. The seeds have a decomposing and drying effect. Ibn Masawaih said: ‘When
a mithqal (4.68 g) of the seeds is drunk, after peeling their skin, with warm water and well-
cooked grape juice – until 2/3 of the juice evaporates –, it helps against deadly poisons. While
ground seeds are beneficial if placed on a sting.’ It was reported that one of the Persian rulers
was angry with his doctors and that he ordered them be jailed. He gave them the choice to have
only one type of food, and they chose citron. They were asked: ‘Why did you choose it in
particular?’ They said: ‘Because it turns into a type of perfume shortly, its sight is pleasant, its
peel smells good, its pulp is a fruit, its pith is a food, its seed is an antidote and it contains fat.’”

Al-Hawwaj said: “Citron tree rises 5 meters, has soft branches and leaves, and its flowers are
white. Its fruit resembles lemon, but it is bigger, golden-orange and has a nice and special scent.
Citron has many names: trunj, kbad, foreign apple, mahi apple, Adam’s apple and Jews’ lemon
– because they carry it in their holidays –. Its home is hot areas in general. It is used in modern
day medicine for loss of appetite, fever, colds, influenza, digestion, gas, throat microbes, chest
problems, unbalanced blood pressure, immune system and as a disinfectant and anti-bacterial.”

I said: Citron is a citrus fruit, like oranges, lemons, limes and mandarins. If it is hard to find, we
can replace it with other citrus fruits, which contain similar benefits. What a tremendously
beneficial fruit this is! Just like a believer who reads Qur’an! And what a true example our
Faithful Preacher used peace and blessings be upon him and his family. Now, let’s discover
more of his amazing and unrivaled medicine.


■ The Radiant Lamp, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said: [Use ithmid (antimony)
before sleep, for it glorifies the sight, and grows the eyelashes.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also mentioned, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Use ithmid
(antimony), because it is a growth for the eyelashes, a cleansing from dust, and a
clearance for the sight.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Ibn Al-‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «He (the Prophet) used to apply kohl
(eyeliner) in his right eye three times, and in the left one twice.» (Sahih: Assilsila, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Antimony is the black kohl (eyeliner) stone. The best type is found in
Asfahan and Maghrib. The finest is that which fragmentizes (breaks) quickly, has shiny morsels,
its interior is polished (smooth and shiny) and contains no impurities. Antimony tends to be
cold and dry, is beneficial to the eye, strengthens it and its nerve, dissolves excess flesh around
ulcers and closes the wound, while cleansing the area around them. It also relieves headaches
when it is blended with pure watery honey (not thick), then used as kohl (eyeliner). When it is
ground, mixed with fresh animal fat, and then used as bandage over burns, it prevents blisters,
and cures skin damage. It is the best kohl used for the eye, especially for old people whose
eyesight is weakened. In this case, it is better that antimony is mixed with some musk.”

Dr. Hasan Huwaidi said: “The glorification of the sight is the result of antimony’s effect on
many types of germs, which leads to the safeguard of the eye and its health. Certainly, its hair
growing capability has been proven scientifically, as it is used to cure hair loss. Also, some of its
constituents heal fungal infections of the scalp, and in Britain, it is used to cure Bilharzia.”

I said: Antimony is one of the phosphate minerals, and its sign is Sb. It exists in nature in a free
state, either as Sulfide, Oxide or Oxide Sulfide. However, it should be known that using
antimony in its pure form without an expert’s advice could be dangerous, because many of its
natural types are poisonous. On the other hand, most of the antimony sold in the market is
mixed with lead which hurts the eye, causes blindness, harms pregnant women, and even
causes death for children if its lead content is high. Therefore, caution is mandatory in the search
for pure antimony, or the one mixed with harmless ingredients and free from any lead. Safe
antimony can be purchased from “”. Thus, surma number 13 contains antimony
(asmad in Indian) and camphor, and is excellent for the eye. Khojati is well-trusted in the market,
has a long-standing history in the making of safe kohl in India, and a seal of quality is displayed
on its products. Besides, antimony is used in electrical engineering to manufacture computer
hardware devices, diodes, Hall Effect conductors and infrared detectors.

Cymbopogon Proximus

■ The Trusting in Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said during the conquest
of Makkah: [Its plants are not to be pulled up.] Then, Al-‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with
him, said: «Except the lemongrass, O Messenger of Allah, for their servants and houses!»
He said: [Except the lemongrass.] (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: «The Prophet used to remove semen from
his clothes with a lemongrass root, then he would pray in it.» (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Lemongrass is hot in the 2nd degree and dry in the 1st degree. It is a light
substance that opens clogs and veins’ orifices. Also, it increases urine and menstruation flow,
dissolves stones and hard tumors in the stomach, liver and kidneys, either as a drink or as a
bandage. Its stems strengthen the teeth’s column and the stomach, calm nausea and constipate.”

Bulis said: “It has many medicinal benefits. For instance, the juice of its blossoms can be drunk
to cure fever, while the juice of the whole plant increases urine and sweat, expels gases, protects
from rheumatism and is a good bandage for wounds. Also, the water from boiled leaves heals
chest illnesses and upset stomach.” Daud Al-Antaki said: “It calms tooth pain through mouth
rinses, dissolves stones and tumors, helps blood coughing, defends against poisons and cleanses
the chest and stomach. It also is beneficial for kidneys, and can be enhanced with rose water. Its
dose is about 5 grams, and the best lemongrass is the one recently grown, the yellow, the Hijazi
(Makkah and Madinah region), then the Egyptian, while the Iraqi is a very bad quality.”

Dr. Jabir Al-Qahtani said: “Lemongrass is an energizer. It expels gases, helps against cramps,
increases sweat, and is very good for big bellies. Its exterior usage is good for rheumatism, and
lower back pain. In addition, it is used in the making of the best perfumes and soaps.”

I said: Lemongrass grows around Makkah. The Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) commanded on the
day of its conquest that none of its wild plants be uprooted. Then, his uncle Al-‘Abbas asked for
permission to exclude lemongrass because of its benefit to the people of Makkah. Thus, the
Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) allowed cutting it in the Hadith mentioned above, and people are
still benefiting from it today. In the United States, lemongrass is used to make the best quality of
clothes’ detergent and the most expensive soap sold in the up-scale markets. It is free from
chemicals, better for health and safer for the environment. Besides, it is amazing that the
Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) used lemongrass for cleaning his clothes hundreds of years before
science affirmed that it was one of the best plants used in detergents. It is as if Allah ta’ala had
enabled his Beloved, and the Seal of His prophets, to use the best of what He created in earth’s
nature. Subhanallah the Most Loving and Majestic, and peace be upon His Messenger.

Aloёxylon Agallochum L.

■ The Bringer of Good News, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, said about
the people of Paradise: [In their incense burners will be aloeswood.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Ibn ‘Omar, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless
him and grant him peace, used aloeswood for incense, without mixing anything with it, or
he put camphor along with it.» (Sahih: Muslim).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said : “The Indian ‘ud comes in two types. One type is used in medicine, which
is called al-kust and al-qust (costus). We will mention this type under the letter qaf. The second
type of ‘ud is called aluwwah, aloeswood, which is used as pefume. The best aloeswood is the
Indian, then the Chinese, then the Mandeli, then the Qumari. The best is also the black type, and
the hard and oily blue type. On the other hand, the worst of it is the light type that floats in
water. It is said that aloeswood is a tree which people cut and bury under the ground for
a whole year, then earth eats up the useless portion, and the ‘ud of perfume stays. Aloeswood is
hot and dry in the 3rd degree, opens the clogs and does away with gas. In addtion, ‘ud dries
unnecessary moisture while strengthening the intestines, and brings relief and comfort to the
heart. Aloeswood also helps the mind, sharpens the senses, constipates and helps relieve the
euresis, bed wetting that result from coldnes of the bladder.”

Ibn Samjun said: “There are several kinds of aloeswood. It is used internally and externally, and
burned alone or with other substances. There is a medical significance in aloeswood being
mixed with camphor, as each of them makes the other milder. In addition, burning aloeswood
helps cleanse the air, which is one of the six necessary elements for the body’s well being.”

I said: When the aloeswood tree gets old, it becomes sick, and then it produces an oily substance
around the vertical axis of its trunk, in order to fight the disease and stay alive. This oil
eventually transforms the inner part of the trunk and becomes the incense that we know. It is
important to differentiate between aloeswood and costus, as both are called Indian ‘ud by the
scholars of Hadith. However, they are completely different, as the first one —in the picture
above— is a wood that is used for incense, while the second one is a root of a plant that is used
strictly in medicine. We shall have a page for costus later in this book, along with a picture, if
Allah wills. On the other hand, the aloeswood that is sold in the market comes in many types. It
has several degrees of quality and a variety of prices. The most expensive kinds cost hundreds
of dollars for one gram. Nonetheless, there are many Southeast Asian and Japanese websites on
the internet that sell decent quantities of high quality aloeswood at reasonable prices.


■ The Chosen, peace and blessings be upon him, said: [Curing sciatica is accomplished by
melting the fat from the tail of a nomad’s female sheep. Then, the fat is divided into three
parts, and one part per day is drunk on an empty stomach.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Sciatica is an ailment that starts from the hip‘s joint, then decends to the
thigh from the backside of the body. Sometimes, sciatica reaches the ankles and the longer the
ailment remains, the lower it descends and the weaker the legs and thighs become. The
Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.), as we have noticed in previous Hadiths, may use two types of
meanings in his expressions. One meaning may be general, for all conditions and people, while
the other is directed at some particular people or situation. This Hadith is the specific type. It is
directed at the people of Hijaz in particular. The remedy mentioned is the best cure for the
people of that area as sciatica is caused by dryness or thick, septic accumulations. The best
treatment for this ailment is using a laxative. The fat on the ewe’s tail has two qualities: bringing
the septic substances to maturity and softning (the stool in this case), both are required to cure
sciatica. In addtion, the nomad’s ewe has several qualities, such as being small in size,
producing lesser excrements and having a soft esssence. The nomad’s ewe, in addition, grazes
on beneficial wild plants, such as wormwood and lavender cotton, and so forth. When the ewe
feeds on these wild plants, they will mix with and soften its flesh, especially the fatty tail.”

Dr. Zuhair Ibn Rabih said: “Ewe’s tail contains a high rate of omega-3 fat, whose acids are
necessary for the protection of every cell in our body, as well as for the restoration of nerves’
fiber, like in the case of herniated nucleus pulposus which is one of the main causes of sciatica.
In addition, modern medicine has proven that omega-3 is very beneficial for inflammations of
nerves’ fiber, which are the second main cause for sciatica. In 1998, Dr. Joel Kramer —professor
of Medicine and president of the Rheumatism Department in N.Y. College of Medicine— wrote
a book about medicinal fat and inflammation, which was a study in Biochemistry that explained
thoroughly the way to heal inflammations with omega-3 fat. By saying [a nomad’s ewe], the
messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) meant the sheep whose pasture is wild plants that are rich in
omega-3, like wormwood and lavender cotton. Thus, the nomad’s ewe identifies by instinct
these beneficial plants and keeps away from the poisonous ones. Also, scientists have
discovered 700 types of cures in the wild plants that ewes graze on, digest and turn into
beneficial oils concentrated in their tail. His saying (p.b.u.h.) [melting the fat] means its
pasteurization by raising temperature enough to get rid of harmful bacteria and unsaturated fat.
In addition, his saying (p.b.u.h.) [on an empty stomach] shows the importance of enabling this
medicine to take advantage solely of the important liquids and enzymes coming from the liver
and pancreas, without which omega-3 cannot change form and be suitable for curing sciatica.”

Cyperus Papyrus

■ Sahl ibn Sa’d As-Sa’idi, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «When the helmet broke on
the head of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and his face was
covered in blood and his tooth broken, Ali brought water on his shield while Fatima washed
the blood from his face. When Fatima, peace be upon her, saw that the bleeding increased
because of the water, she took a mat and burnt it and then stuck it on the wound of the
Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and the bleeding stopped.»
(Agreed Upon).
■ Ibn ‘Abbad related from a woman whom he did not name, may Allah be pleased with her,
she said: «Then, I touched the bed of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, and noticed that it was rough, and that it was filled with papyrus or palm
fiber.» (Hasan: Attarghib wa Attarhib, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Fatimah may Allah be pleased with her, took a burned mat and inserted
the ash in the wound, then the bleeding stopped. The ashes of burnt papyrus are very effective
in stopping bleeding, because it is a strong drying agent and it has the least burning effect (on
the exposed skin). Other strong drying remedies have a burning effect on the skin and cause the
blood to be irritated and the bleeding to intensify. Further, when the ashes of papyrus are
applied alone or mixed with vinegar in a bleeding nose, they will stop the bleeding.”

The author of Al-Qanun said: “Papyrus is effective in stopping bleeding and coating exposed
flesh when it is placed on a wound. In old Egypt, paper was made of papyrus, which was a cold,
dry condition. Papyrus ash is effective in treating oral fungus and infection, hemoptysis (spitting
up blood) and in addition, prevents malignant infections from spreading.”

Ibn Hajar said: “Ibn Battal said: Doctors alleged that all burned mats can stop bleeding. In fact
all ash has this characteristic, which is why Tirmidhi chose “Healing with Ash” as a title for this
Hadith. Al-Muhallab said: this shows that stopping the bleeding with ash was known to them,
especially if the mat is from dis assa’d, for it is famous for closing the wound and stopping the
blood. However, washing first with water should be done only if the wound is not too deep, or
else it could be dangerous. Al-Muwaffaq said: Ash has a drying effect and does not sting, while
other drying medicine can sting, agitate the blood and cause tumors.”

Sanabil Al-Khair said: “Papyrus is a water plant that grows on riversides, its height reaches one
meter, and it is found abundantly in Egypt by the Nile, where Pharaoes used it to make paper
and mats. Modern medicine proved that papyrus contains tannins, which close the wounds and
disinfect them, vitamin C, glucose, fragrant oil and a waxy matter that facilitates making paper.”

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Allium Cepa

■ The Restrainer, and Expander subhanahu, has said: {(Remember) when you said: ‘O Musa
(Moses)! We cannot endure one kind of food. So, invoke your Lord for us to bring forth for
us of what the earth grows, its herbs, its cucumbers, its fum (wheat or garlic), its lentils
and its onions.’} (Al-Baqarah: 61).
■ The Selected, peace be upon him, said: [Anyone who eats garlic or onions should keep
away from us, and from our Masjid, and he should stay in his house.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Al-Faruq ‘Omar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said about onions and
garlic: «Whoever eats of these, should kill their odor by cooking them.» (Sahih: Muslim).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Onion is hot in the 3rd degree, has an excess wetness, helps against water
pollution and poisonous winds, strengthens the stomach, excites the sexual drive, helps semen
production, makes the color lighter, dissolves the phlegm and cleanses the stomach. Its grains
help against vitiligo and are used as an ointment around the area affected by alopecia (hair loss
skin disease). Further, warts will dissipate effectively when onions are blended with salt (and
placed on them). When someone feels nauseous after taking a laxative, smelling onions will stop
vomiting. In addition, the onion will dissipate the smell of laxatives, and when onion water
(extract) is administered through the nose, it will clear the head, and when used as ear drops, it
helps against weak hearing, tinnitus, pus and water that accumulates in the ear. Onion grains
are used as eyeliner, to dry out the water that attacks the eye, i.e. cataracts, when the grains are
blended with honey and used on the white part of the eye. Cooked onions are nutritious and
help against icterus, jaundice, coughing and roughness in the chest, and are diuretic and relax
the bowels. Onion heals dog bites when its water (extract) is blended with salt and rue and
squeezed on the affected area. Also, it will open the orifices of the hemorrhoids when used as
suppository. Onions cause migraines, headaches, flatulence and bring darkness to the sight.
Eating them in excessive amounts or regularly causes forgetfulness, affetcs the mind and
changes the taste of food and odor of the mouth, which bothers angels and those in your
presence. Cooking onions dissipates the side effects. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) ordered onion and
garlic eaters to kill the odor by cooking. Finally, chewing rue dissipates their odor.”

Tabib said: “Onion protects the skin and hair, is a diuretic, encourages intestinal motion and
cures constipation. It is also a stimulant for the uterus, heart beat, blood circulation, protects the
sugar level, prevents bad cholesterol, blood clots and hard arteries. It has vitamin C, which is
a disinfecting antioxidant stimulant, and sexual hormones to strengthen men. It is beneficial for
dropsy, leg tumors, prostate, colds, influenza, germs, digestion, loss of appetite, cancer, immune
system, heart disease. But, it should never be stored after cutting it, for it becomes poisonous!”

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Citrullus Lanatus

■ ‘A’isha, the mother of the believers may Allah be pleased with her, said: «The Messenger
of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to eat watermelon with ripe dates,
saying: [We break the hotness of this (ripe date) with the coolness of that (watermelon),
and the coolness of that with the hotness of this.]» (Hasan: Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
■ Anas ibn Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «I saw the Messenger of Allah, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace, eating yellow melon with ripe dates. » (Sahih:
Mukhtasar Ash-Shamael, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Green watermelon is cold, wet and sweet. It, in addition, works as
a cleanser (for the stomach and intestines). It departs the stomach more quickly than cucumber
and quickly blends with whatever substances are present in the stomach. It is beneficial for hot
temperaments. However, for cold temperaments, it is better to have it with some ginger to offset
its harm. It should be eaten before the meals. Otherwise, it will cause nausea. Some doctors said
that when it is eaten before the meal, it cleanses the stomach and removes ailments.”

Al-Muwaffaq Al-Baghdadi said: “While the green type is cold and wet, the yellow type is hot.
They both are a good diuretic. In addition, watermelon helps digestion and cures zits
—especially its seeds—. It also dissolves stones in the bladder and kidney. Excessive eating after
food causes difficult digestion. Therefore, it should be eaten long enough after food.”

Dr. Muhammad Nizar Ad-Duqur said: “Watermelon is a summer seasonal plant from the gourd
family. It was first planted in India and Egypt, for it was mentioned in the medicinal papers of
Ibirs. Then, it was introduced in the Mediterranean countries. It is one of the most important
fruits of the summer because it contains 90% water and it is a good thirst quencher. Watermelon
also contains sugar, vitamin C and mineral salts like phosphorus, chlor, sulfur, soda and
potassium, which makes it a good diuretic. In addition, the American nutritionist Ensley affirms
that its juice protects from typhoid and helps heal rheumatism. Its seeds have a high nutritional
value, for they contain fat, protein and sugars and they are considered an excellent energizer.”

Sanabil Al-Khair said: “Watermelon was always known in the hot areas of Africa, and Berber
tribes have been growing it for a long time. Then, it was introduced in Southern Europe and the
US, especially in Texas, Florida and Georgia. Today, it is planted in Arabic countries and many
other regions. Watermelon is two types: wild and garden grown. The garden one is planted in
April and harvested in early summer. Its seeds contain 35% protein, 15% sugar and 40% fat.”

I said: It is easy to grow it, and its roasted seed is delicious. However, it needs a lot of irrigation.

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Hordeum Vulgare

■ The Prophet of Mercy, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has said: [Barley water
gives rest to the heart of the sick person and removes some of his sorrow.] (Agreed Upon).
■ 'Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, reported: «If someone in his family had fever, he
asked for a flour soup to be made, and asked them to drink it, saying: [Surely, It
strengthens the heart of the sad, and alleviates the heart of the sick, like one of you
washes away dirt with water from her face.» (Sahih: Aljame', Al-Albany). It is known that
the common flour in their time was barley.
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Al-Harawi said: It was called talbina (barley water) because it is white and
soft like laban (milk). This is the most beneficial food for the sick. It is the cooked and soft food,
but not the raw and thick. Barley water is a drink made from barley flour, including the bran,
and not from whole barley grains, which makes it more beneficial.”

Dr. Sahba’ Bunduq said: “Barley water is a soup made from two spoons of whole barley flour,
added to one cup of water, and then cooked over low fire for five minutes. Science has proved
that barley lowers bad cholesterol in the blood through many biological processes: The soluble
fiber in barley mixes with the excess of cholesterol and consequently lowers its level. Also, the
fermentation of barley’s fiber in the colon produces acids that prevent the rising of cholesterol.
Barley grains contain certain chemical constituents, like beta-glucans, that reduce cholesterol
and strengthen the body’s immune system. In addition, barley possesses significant amounts of
vitamin E, which weakens the enzymes that are capable of triggering bad cholesterol. Thus,
using barley water prevents heart disease, hardening of the arteries, and chest pain. It also
protects blood circulation and the heart’s muscle. This shows the miracle in his saying (p.b.u.h.):
[Barley water gives rest to the heart]. Modern medicine has also proved the good effects of
potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, amino acid tryptophan and anti-oxidants in lowering
depression. All these mentioned substances are contained in the grain of barley, of which the
Messenger (p.b.u.h.) said: [removes some of his sorrow]. Finally, scientists use the words
‘lowering depression’, which matches his saying (p.b.u.h.) [some of his sorrow], and which
points out the clarity of his prophetic expressions.”

I said: Dr. Sahba’ mentioned other illnesses that barley grains can cure with the Will of Allah
subhanahu wa ta’ala. Then, she explained with clear detail how the healing takes place. Some of
these diseases are cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, aging and colon disease. Many doctors
suggest adding some honey to barley water before drinking it. In addition, talbina is very
popular in Europe, and is even considered one of the national drink in Great Britain.

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Phoenix dactylifera

■ The Ever Living, and Self-Subsisting Sustainer of All tabaraka wa ta’ala, has said:
{And shake the trunk of the date palm towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe dates upon
you.* So eat and drink and be glad.} (Maryam: 25, 26).
■ The Hachimi Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [The
people of a house where there are no dates are hungry.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He stated: [A house with no dates is like a house with no food.] (Hasan: Assilsila, Albany).
■ He said: [‘Ajwa is from Jannah, and is cure for poison.] (Sahih: Sunan ibn Majah, Albany).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has affirmed: [Whoever starts every
morning with seven ‘Ajwa dates will not be harmed that day by poison or magic.] (Agreed
Upon). Some scholars have explained that this Hadith applies to all types of dates.
■ Also, he has said: [The best of your dates is the Burni. It heals the disease and contains
no disease (causing effect).] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany). While Burni is medium and brown,
‘Ajwa is small and black. They are both Madinah’s dates and are sold in
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Dates strengthen the liver, relax the bowels, strengthen sexual power,
especially when taken with pine nuts, and relieve soar throat. As for those who are not used to
them, such as the residents of cold areas, dates cause them clogs, headaches and harm their
teeth, unless they are eaten with almonds or poppy. Dates are among the most nutritious fruits
and their essence is hot and wet. In addition, when one eats dates on an empty stomach, they
help kill worms. Moreover, they have an exorcising effect, and in them there is food and cure.”

‘Abd Ad-Da’im Al-Kuhail said: “Dates affect the muscles of the uterus by stimulating them and
encouraging their movement, which helps pregnant women during delivery. Also, the uterus’
muscle during labor is in crucial need of natural sugar. Dates are essential for pregnant women,
for they are a laxative. They cleanse the colon and intestines and facilitate delivery. This is why
there is a miracle in Allah’s saying subhanahu ta’ala to Maryam: {Shake the trunk of the date}.”

Dr. Marwa ‘Azmi Janina said: “Dates are rich in phosphorus, give sexual strength, have crucial
arginine for sterile people, hormones that help pregnant women during delivery, and that
prevent bleeding, protect blood pressure and encourage pregnancy. They cure anemia and heart
diseases because of their iron content, and protect from cancer because of their magnesium
content. Dates’ infusion is a diuretic, due to its sugar content. It also strengthens bones, teeth,
and sexual power because of its phosphorus and calcium content. It glorifies eye sight and
protects its wetness because of its vitamin A content, helps against night blindness, calms the
nerves, and is a nutrient for the brain’s nervous cells. It is also a healing for liver diseases,
jaundice, chapped lips, dry skin, breaking nails, bladder, stomach, intestines, and constipation.”

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Ficus Carica

■ Allah ta’ala has honored the fig when He swore by it in His Noble Book. Thus, the
Bountiful and Creator has said: {By the fig, and the olive.* By Mount Sinai.} (At-Tin: 1,2).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “White ripe figs with thick skin are the best, as they cleanse the sand from
the liver and bladder and prevent poisoning. Fig is the most nutritious fruit. It helps relieve
roughness in the chest, throat and trachea, cleanse the liver and the spleen, purify the stomach’s
phlegm and nourish the body. Yet, they make one more susceptible to lice if eaten excessively.
Dried figs are nourishing, benefit the nerves and go well with almond and walnut. Galinus said:
‘If it is eaten with walnut and rue before taking a deadly poison, it helps and protects from
harm.’ The thick one is the best, it makes thirsty those with hot temperaments, but eases the
thirst caused by salty phlegm, benefits chronic coughing, is a diuretic and opens clogs in the
liver and spleen. Eating it on an empty stomach has an amazing effect on opening the way for
food, especially with walnut and almond. However, it is not good when eaten with thick meals.”

Dr. Marwa ‘Azmi Janina said: “The fig tree is very productive. Its fruit is very nutritional. It has
a good taste and a special aroma. Allah jalla wa ‘ala gave us all that our body needs in this fruit,
which is considered a complete nutritional value for our health.”

The Qur’an miracles’ encyclopedia said: “Figs have more fiber than any fruit or vegetable. One
fig contains 2g of fiber (20% daily recommeded value). Research over the last 15 years proved
that fiber in planted food is very important in stimulating the digestive system and reducing the
risk of certain cancers. Food that is rich in insoluble fiber facilitates the motion in the intestines
by adding water, speeds the digestive system, helps its natural function and is known to protect
from colon cancer. Food with soluble fiber lowers cholesterol that causes hardening of arteries
by over 20%, and thus prevents heart attacks. Accumulating cholesterol in kidney veins leads to
high blood pressure and kidney failure. The presence of soluble and insoluble fiber together in
figs gives it a very important health benefit, as they play an essential role in preventing cancer.
Dr. Oliver Alabastor from G. Washington Univ. said about figs: ‘There is an opportunity to add
a really healthy, high fiber food to your diet. Choosing figs and other high fiber foods more
frequently means that you’ll naturally choose potentially harmful foods less frequently – and
this is great for your lifelong health.’ According to the California Fig Advisory Board, it is
believed that antioxidants in fruit and vegetables protect against many diseases, neutralize free
radicals that arise as a result of chemical reactions in the body, or else are taken in from the
outside, and prevent the destruction of cells. One study in the Univ. of Scranton showed that
dried figs had a high level of phenol make up, which is an antiseptic to kill micro-organisms.”

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Allium Sativum L.

■ The Faithful, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Eat garlic . . .
for if I were not speaking to the angel, I would have eaten it.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also has stated in another Hadith: [Eat it, and he who eats it should not come near
this Masjid, until its odor goes away.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Faruq ‘Omar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said about onions and
garlic: «Whoever eats of these, should kill their odor by cooking them.» (Sahih: Muslim).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Garlic is hot and dry in the 4th degree, heats intensively, dries completely,
is beneficial for the sufferers from coldness, those with phlegmy temper and those who run the
risk of hemiplegia (partial paralysis). Garlic dries semen, opens clogs, decomposes thick
flatulence, helps digestion, quenches thirst, purges the stomach, is a diuretic and works as an
antidote against beasts’ stings. Bruised and applied on a viper’s bite or a scorpion’s sting, it
extracts the poison. Garlic heats the body, interrupts the phlegm, decompouds flatulence,
purifies the throat, preserves the health of most bodies, helps chronic cough and chest ache
caused by coldness and extracts the blood coagulated in the throat. If two measures are bruised
and absorbed with honey, they extract the phlegm and helminths. If overlaid with honey on the
vitiligo, it is of remarkable utility. Among its inconveniences: it causes migraine, harms the brain
and the eyes, enfeebles the sight and the semen, ignites thirst, irritates the bile, gives a bad
breath and its odor is eliminated by chewing rue leaves.”

The Nutritionist magazine said in its 10th edition: “A number of today’s scientists performed
studies about the benefits of garlic. Their research revealed that garlic lowers cholesterol,
prevents blood clots and lightens blood texture. Garlic is used in healing typhoid, diarrhea and
disinfecting wounds. One research showed that it keeps certain enzymes from helping the
growth of microbes in weak bodies. Pennsylvania Univ. affirmed that garlic neutralizes the
nitrosomes that enter the body with food and water and cause cancer. This study agrees with
previously found proof that eating big quantities of garlic and onion prevents some types of
cancer, and that regions where people eat much of these plants have low rates of cancer. Garlic
also contains antioxidants that play a big role in supressing cancer, by protecting cells from free
radicals’ harm. Also, garlic greatly minimizes the risk of colon cancer according to Ohio Univ.”

I said: Garlic is the root of the plant in the picture. Some other types of garlic have pink flowers.

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■ Ibn ‘Omar, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Prophet, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, was brought a piece of cheese in Tabuk (a region near Palestine). He
called for a knife, mentioned Allah’s name and cut it.» (Hasan: Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Unsalted soft cheese is good for the stomach, easy on organs, produces
flesh and relaxes the stomach. The salted is less nutritious and bad for the stomach and
intestines. The old and grilled heats the stomach and helps against ulcers and diarrhea. Cheese
is cold and wet and is better grilled, for the fire makes it milder, softer, better tasting and
scented. The old salted is hot and dry, and grilling makes it softer and less sour, for the fire
extracts the hot residue from it. The salted weakens the body, causes stones in the liver and
bladder, is bad for the stomach, and mixing it with what people think will make it milder is even
worse, for these substances allow the cheese an easy access to the stomach.”

Tabib said: “Cheese is one of the most important dairy products. Its condition and quality
depend on the milk it is made from. It is a good source of phosphorus and calcium, both of
which the body needs daily. In addition, Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and phosphorus.
Cheese is an essential source of vitamins, as it contains high amounts of vitamin A, a lesser
amount of vitamin D, which stabilizes calcium in the bones, and vitamins B2, B6, B12 and E.
Cheese prevents skin diseases, protects the fiber inside the lungs, strengthens the sight, prevents
tissue and bladder inflammation, feeds the bones with calcium, phosphorus, vitamins and
renew their red blood cells. It also strengthens nerve cells, beautifies and strengthens the hair,
stops grey hair, sucks excessive acids in the liver, and adds flesh. Fresh cheese relaxes the nerves
and the mood, heals inflammations, intestinal ulcers, and strengthens sexual power. However,
people with kidney stones are advised not to use dairy products, or lessen their consumption.”

The nutritionist Donna Gates said that the hard cheese that we eat today is not the one of our
ancestors. Cheese of ancient times was fermented and made from natural unpasteurized milk.
Today, most of our usual commercial food, like cheese and yogurt, is pasteurized. The process
of pasteurization heats the food at high temperatures, and therefore destroys enzymes and
healthy bacteria that exist naturally in the milk of healthy animals like cows, goats and sheep.
These healthy bacteria would enter the stomach, reside in our intestines, help digestion and
make us healthy and strong. Now, when we eat the pasteurized form of this food, not only we
suffer from difficult digestion, but we also do not get the essential benefits of healthy bacteria.

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■ The Most Holy, and All-Peaceful jalla wa ‘ala, has said: [They are libas (i.e. body cover, or
screen) for you and you are the same for them.] (Al-Baqarah: 187).
■ He also has mentioned, subhanahu: [Your wives are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth,
when or how you will.] (Al-Baqarah: 223).
■ The Truthful and Believed, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [We
do not see a better resort for those who love each other than marriage.] (Sahih: Aljame’,
■ He also said: [The best enjoyment in the life of this world is a pious wife.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, explained: [A woman may be married for
four reasons: her property, her status, her beauty and her religion. So try to get one who is
religious, may your hand be besmeared with earth (a good expression).] (Agreed Upon).
■ The Following Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has told us:
[Marry the kind woman who bares children, for I will compete by your large numbers with
other nations.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, in addition, has said: [Marry the virgins, for they have tenderer mouths, bear more
children and are more pleased with fewness.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also mentioned, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [The best of women
is one who would please you if you look at her, obey you if you command her, and protects
herself and your property in your absence.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has stated: [Company of young men! Any of
you who can afford to should marry. For it lowers the gaze, and protects the private part.
Anyone who is unable to should fast. For it restrains the urge.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, in addition, has said: [When one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for
that will repel what he feels in his heart.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ Moreover, he has ordered: [if one of you wants to fulfill his need with his wife, he should
go to her even if she’s busy cooking on a lit oven.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Finally, he said may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [Whoever goes to a fortune
teller and believes him, or has sex with a woman during her period, or in her anal canal will
have committed disbelief in what Allah has sent down to Muhammad.] (Sahih: Aljame’,
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “The Prophet’s guidance concerning sexual activity is the most effective
guidance, as it preserves the health, completes satisfaction and acquires the goals that this
activity was meant to achieve, which are reproduction, enjoying the bounty and expelling the
water (semen), which could cause harm if it remains inside the body, such as obsession,
madness and epilepsy. Sex is best after your food has been digested, [when] the bodies’ [heat] is
moderate, when the desire is ignited, and one should have sex only with [a loved woman.]”

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Nigella Sativa

■ Ahmad, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has
said: [Use the Black Seed, because it contains a cure for every type of disease, except
death.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The very learned Ibn Al-Qayyem, may Allah have Mercy on him, said that this Hadith is like
Allah’s saying: {Destroying everything by the Command of its Lord.} (Al-Ahqaf: 25).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Black Seed has many benefits. It helps against all cold ailments and
introduces the effective ingredients of cold medicine to the areas affected by hot and dry
ailments when taken in small dosages. It is hot and dry in the 3rd degree, eliminates flatulence
and worms, relieves leprosy and phlegmy fevers, opens clogs and decomposes gas and excess
moisture in the stomach. If it is ground, blended with honey and drunk with warm water, it
dissolves kidney and bladder stones. It is also a diuretic, increases milk and menstruation flow if
it is drunk for many days. If it is heated with vinegar and placed on the stomach, it eliminates
helminthes, and does it more efficiently if it is blended with wet or cooked colorynth water. It
also clears up, decomposes and relieves colds when it is ground in a rag and inhaled through
the nose on a regular basis. Its oil helps against snakebites, spots and hemorrhoids and if 25g of
it is drunk with water it helps against hard breathing and gasping. If the seed is cooked in
vinegar and used as a mouth rinse, it will relieve toothache resulting from cold. If one inhales its
powder, it will help against water in the eye. If it is blended with vinegar and used as bandage,
it heals spots and ulcers and decomposes the acute mucus tumors and hard tumors. Its oil helps
against facial paralysis and tetanus when used as nose drops. If one drinks 15 to 25 g of its oil, it
helps against spider bite. If it is ground finely and blended with green seed oil and used as 3 ear
drops, it helps against cold, flatulence and various clogs. If the seed is fried in oil and used as
nose drops, it will help cold conditions of intensive sneezing. If the seed is burned and mixed
with wax that is melted in iris or henna oil, it removes ulcers on the legs, after washing the skin
with vinegar. When the seeds are crushed in vinegar and laid on black pigmentation, leprous
skin or a head with thick dandruff, it cures these ailments. If the seed is ground finely and 25g is
swallowed daily with cold water, it efficiently helps against rabid dogs’ bite, and might prevent
death as a result of hydrophobia. Finally, if the seed is burned, it repulses venomous beasts.”

Dr. Muhammad Nizar Ad-Duqur said: “Black Seed is an anti-inflammatory pain killer. It cures
colds, coagulation, asthma, allergies, arthritis, cholesterol, liver, women’s illnesses, pregnancy,
and blood pressure. It kills germs and parasites, benefits the immune system, HIV patients, and
bone healing. It prevents cancer, poisoning, ulcers, strokes, and is best ground and unheated.”

I said: If you eat whole seeds, chew them well to get the benefit. Their dose is 1 tea spoon a day.

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■ The Beloved, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has said: [During the night of Isra’
(the overnight journey from Makkah to Jerusalem and then to the heavens), every
company (of angels) that I passed by would say: ‘O Muhammad! Order your Nation to use
cupping.] (Sahih Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also has affirmed: [Jibril (Gabriel) informed me that cupping is the most beneficial
remedy that people ever used.] (Sahih Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He has mentioned, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [If the blood gets agitated
in one of you, he should use cupping, because the septic (containing toxins) blood can
cause death.] (Sahih: Assilsila, Al-Albany).
■ Ibn Kabsha, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «He used to have himself cupped on the
top of his head and between his shoulders and say: [He who sheds some of this blood will
not be harmed if he does not use any medicine for any illness.].» (Sahih Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Prophet of Mercy, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has stated: [The
best days to use cupping are the seventeenth, the nineteenth and the twenty first (of the
lunar month).] (Sahih Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also has explained, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Cupping is best
when the stomach is empty. In it there is healing and blessing. It expands memorization
and mind. So, use it with Allah’s blessing on Thursday, but avoid cupping on Friday,
Saturday or Sunday. And use it on Monday and Tuesday, for it was the day Allah healed
Ayyub (the prophet —p.b.u.h.) from his trial (illness), but avoid cupping on Wednesday, for it
was the day Ayyub was tried.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany). It is possible to apply both
previous Hadiths on one or two days from each lunar month.
■ Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace, used to have himself cupped in the akhda’ain (the veins at the two
sides of the neck), and on the kahil (the top of the back, between the shoulders).» (Sahih:
Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
■ Ibn Al’Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah
bless him and grant him peace, had himself cupped while he was in ihram (during Hajj), on
his head to relieve a migraine which he had.» (Agreed Upon).
■ Finally, Jabir may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah
bless him and grant him peace, had himself cupped while he was in ihram (during Hajj), on
the top of his foot to relieve a muscle strain which he had.» (Sahih: Sunan Nisa’i, Al-Albany).
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■ The Gatherer, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Wearing silk
and gold is disallowed for the males of my Nation, and allowed for the females.] (Sahih
Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also mentioned, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [It is for them
(whoever wears them among men) in this life, and for you in the Next Life.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant
him peace, made an exception in the case of Az-Zubayr and ‘Abdur-Rahman with respect to
the wearing of silk because of an itch they had.» (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “The Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah is that wearing silk is allowed for
women and not for men, except when there is a legitimate need. For instance, in cold weather
when one has only silk to wear, when complaining from mange, rashes, mites or lice as evident
by the last Hadith. Silk is produced by an animal and is a remedy. It has many benefits, such as
soothing and strengthening the heart and relieving several of its ailments. It also helps against
black bile and whatever ailments it might cause. Further, silk strengthens the eyesight when
used as eyeliner. Raw silk, which is used in preparing medications, is hot and dry in the 1st
degree. When it is used in clothes, it is mild and heats the body. Sometimes, it could chill the
body. Ar-Razi said: ‘Silk is hotter than linen, colder than cotton and develops the flesh. Every
type of thick clothes weakens the body and hardens the skin.’ The author of Al-Minhaj stated
that ‘wearing silk does not bring as much warmth as cotton, for it is milder. Every type of soft,
polished clothes heats the body less and is less effective in helping the decomposition process.
That is why it is better that this type of clothes is worn during summer and in hot areas.’”

Ibn Al-Baytar said: “Al-Minhaj: ‘The best is the softest and cleanest. It is used burned, and the
way to burn it is to place it in a new dish, to cover the dish with a lid that has holes and to put it
on fire. If it is possible to cut it first, it would preserve its strength. If it is washed after burning,
it would benefit eyes’ ulcers, fill the holes and dry without a sting.’ Ibn Samhun said: ‘Ar-Razi
advised whoever did not have a doctor to extract much of its strength by slowly cooking it in
water, then to strain its water and rinse with it the powder medicine in a plate under a hot sun,
until it soaks it and receives strength from it. Then it would be dried and used when needed.
Many doctors cut it as small as possible and grind it with pearls, kahraba’ and busdh.’”

I said: Silk is used in Chinese medicine to make artificial arteries for the body. Silk is also used
in modern medicine to make thread for stitches that are used to sow wounds, because silk does
not absorb liquids.

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Lawsonia Inermis

■ The Selected, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [The master of
flowers for the people of Jannah (Paradise) is henna.] (Sahih Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also has told us, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [The Jews and the
Christians do not use hair dye, so be different from them.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Salmah, may Allah be pleased with her, the maid-servant of the Messenger of Allah,
peace and blessings be upon him and his family, said: «Everytime the Prophet, may Allah
bless him and grant him peace, had a sore or a thorn, he would apply henna on it.» (Hasan:
Sunan ibn Majah, Al-Albany).
■ She also said, may Allah be pleased with her, in another Hadith: «If anyone complained of
a headache, he would say: [Go use cupping], or of a pain in his legs, he would say: [Go dye
them with henna.]» (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Henna is useful in treating burns, soothes the nerves if used as bandage,
and if chewed, it helps treat cankers and thrush that appear in the mouth. It also heals stomatitis
(inflammation of mucous membranes of the mouth) that appears in the child’s mouth. Using it
to bandage hot tumors also helps, as it has a similar effect on open sores as the dragon’s blood
tree has on them. If the henna flower is blended with pure wax and rose oil, it helps against the
aches of the side (Thatul junub). When smallpox starts to break out on children and henna is then
applied on the bottom of their feet, the eyes will be immune from the sores. If the flower is
placed between wool clothes, it perfumes them and prevents mold or mite. Also, if the leaves
are submerged in fresh water, then squeezed and drunk for 40 days, 20 measures each day along
with 10 measures of sugar while eating the meat of a young ewe, it prevents leprosy with its
amazing quality. Henna is an ointment for nails, as it polishes and strengthens them. It is useful
if blended with butter and used as bandage for hot tumors that drain yellow residue. It is good
for chronic mange, helps the hair grow, makes it stronger and strengthens the head. Finally, it
helps against blisters and pustules that appear on legs, feet and the rest of the body in general.”

Dr. Husein Ar-Rashidi said: “Henna is used for complete healing of burns of the 1st and 2nd
degree, alleviating their pain, healing wounds, chronic ulcers, eczema and foot ulcers. It is also
used to stop bleeding, especially in the tip of the nose, by putting the powder on the place of the
bleeding, as well as in the rear of the nose, by snorting the powder. It is an anti-virus, a cure for
warts by placing the paste on them, a protection for the feet of diabetes from tears and wounds,
by using it at least once a month, a healing for backaches and for inflammation of colon ulcers
by using it as a suppository, and also a healing for the ithnai ‘achari ulcer.”

I said: Henna is a pale green powder made by drying, grinding, then sifting the plant’s leaves.

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■ The Bringer of Glad Tidings, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has
affirmed: [On the Day of Resurrection, the earth will be one loaf of bread, and the
Compeller will turn it over, as one of you turns over his bread in a journey, to be given as
hospitality for the people of the Garden.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, also ordered Ummu Ayman, may
Allah be pleased with her, when he saw her remove the bran from the wheat: [Put it back
in it, and then make the dough.] (Hasan: Sunan ibn Majah, Al-Albany).
■ Abu Hazim, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «I asked Sahl ibn Sa’d: ‘Have you seen
white bread?’ He said: ‘I have never seen white bread until the Messenger of Allah, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace, died.’ . . . I said: ‘So how did you eat barley without
removing the bran?’ He said: ‘Yes, we used to blow (air) on it, then some of it flies away
(the big bran pieces), and we mix whatever is left (the whole wheat flour) with water (to
make the dough).’» (Sahih: Sunan ibn Majah, Al-Albany).
Dr. Mahmud Husein Muhammad said: “Research has revealed that eating organic food is better
than eating that which underwent enhancements and additives. Whole grains —including
whole brown bread— help lower cholesterol and fat, regulate insulin, make it natural, and thus
lower the risk of diabetes. It is not known yet why does whole bread have this quality, but
whole grains are rich in fiber, magnesium and other minerals, which are what we call bran and
we consider as a negligeable part, and this is from our ignorance of its chemical composition.”

Dr. Nawaf Achabli said: “Wheat is a wonderful food, complete and very nourishing. However,
when it is truncated, all its good elements are removed. The removal of bran from the grain
enables bread to stay on the store shelves a longer time. The purchase of flour that had vitamins
and amino acids added to it has no health benefit because they are unnatural and cannot be
used by our body. So, be firm in always choosing whole bread, and know that every man can, if
he only wants, store whole flour in his home at the lowest prices, by going back to exercising his
muscles with a stone mill. We should not be fooled by the commercial methods that add
coloring to white bread to make it look brown, and I think that in every region there is a place
that prepares natural whole bread without additives like eggs, milk, coloring or preservatives.”

I said: Most of what is called whole bread in the markets is in fact white. So, look at the list of
ingredients, and search for the word whole weat right there. In addition, beware of words like
"enriched" in the labels, for some are referring to that terrible bread which Dr. Achabli and
modern science warn from.

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Brassoca Nigra

■ The Watchful, and Witness ‘azza wa jall, has said: {We shall set up Balances of justice on
the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be
the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We to take account.} (Al-
Anbiya’: 47).
■ The All-Surrounding, and Bringer of Judgement subhanahu, has said about Luqman’s
instruction to his son peace be upon him: {‘O my son! If it be (anything) equal to the weight
of a grain of mustard seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens or in the earth,
Allah will bring it forth. Verily, Allah is Subtle, Well-Acquainted.} (Luqman: 16).
Ibn Al-Baytar said: “Mustard benefits against the pain in the joints, is used in eyeliner recipees,
removes spleen and thirst, has a heating strength, softens, attracts and removes phlegm. If
ground, sprayed with water, mixed with semeli or numali drink and used as a mouthrinse, it
benefits tumors on the sides of the tongue’s root, and chronic roughness in the windpipe. If
ground and brought close to the nose, it provokes sneezing, stimulates headache sufferers and
women who have difficulty breathing due to uterus’ pain. As bandage, it helps against arthritis.
If mixed with figs and placed on the skin until it is red, it soothes sciatica and spleen’s tumor. If
mixed with honey or fat, or moom melted in oil, it cleans the face. It is helpful if mixed with
vinegar and placed on an itch that has ulcers. If mixed with figs and placed on the ear it helps
difficult hearing and the echo that happens in it. When eaten with honey it helps against cough.
Its smoke repels snakes, while drops of its water calm the pain in mollar teeth and ears.”

Sanabil Al-Khair said: “The parts used in mustard are: The grains after ripening and the fresh
green leaves. It is included in many medical treatments. It is a medicine for ovulation —because
of its heat in the 4th degree— if used ground and mixed with honey 1:10, meaning 1g of mustard
with 10g of honey. It was after Allah’s will s.w.t a cure for many sterility cases, after using dry
cupping on the lower spine for the lady and several herbs for strengthening the man’s sperms.
In order to cure headaches, lung problems, difficult breathing, weak blood circulation and
muscle cramps, mustard is finely ground, mixed with water then placed on the back of the head
for headaches, on the top of the back for lungs and breathing, and on the pain’s location for
cramps. To heal the liver’s fats, 500 mg capsules are filled with ground mustard and 3 capsules
are drunk daily, one after each meal, while eating dry and hot food, like lettuce, celery, broccoli
and mustard, and while cleaning the digestive system twice a month with laxatives like senna. If
mustard is boiled on low fire, cooled then used as a foot bath for a sufficient time, it could cure
the cold in the feet. Boiled mustard is also used as a full bath for difficult breathing and swelling
of the tonsils, or as a mouth rinse to calm tooth pain or to heal gum’s flabbiness and bleeding.”

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■ The Trusting in Allah, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has assured:
[Vinegar is an excellent food to have with bread.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He said: [A house with vinegar won’t run out of condiments.] (Sahih: Assilsila, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Vinegar is a substance that is both hot and cold, although coldness is
usually more apparent. It is dry in the 3rd degree and a strong drying agent. It soothes the body
and softens the nature. Wine vinegar helps against gastric inflammation and bile, prevents the
harm of toxic medication, decomposes milk and the blood when coagulated, helps the spleen,
coats the stomach, constipates, quenches thirst, prevents tumors, helps digestion, works against
phlegm and softens thick food and the consistency of the blood. If drunk with salt, it helps
against poisonous mushrooms. If sipped, it dissolves blood clogs in the lower jaw. As a warm
mouthrinse, it relieves toothache and strengthens the gingival. It also helps against septic finger
if it is anointed with it, relieves pustules, hot tumors and fire burns. It is an appetite stimulant,
softens the stomach and is favorable for young people and those who live in warm areas.”

Dr. Muhammad Nizar Ad-Duqur said: “Vinegar is a fluid with a piercing taste that results from
converting wine into acetic acid with mycoderma aceti. It can be made from grape, orange, beet,
cane, apple, berry, honey or chemically. Vinegar contains water, 5% acetic acid and other
elements that give it taste and smell. It reveals the taste of food, makes it tastier, facilitates
digestion and is added to meats and salads to open appetite. However, excessive usage hurts the
stomach, causes pain, difficult digestion and sometimes ulcers. Modern medicine has chosen it
as a refreshment, diuretic, stomach stimulator and decomposer of fiber in meat and rough
vegetables. Used with alkali, it is an antidote for poisons, while external usage benefits spot
baldness. I have also seen its great efficiency in healing lice and dandruff. It is used for hairloss,
cures itches if applied on the skin with starch, and cleans ulcers and wounds. It is an energizer if
the chest and belly are massaged with it, and a fever headache relief, if the forehead is wiped
with it. If inhaled through the nose it wakes from fainting. As a mouthrinse it fortifies the gums,
stops bleeding and purifies the mouth. Jarvez praised apple vinegar and said that if drunk with
water, it is the best cure for cold. He also advised patients to drink every morning before food
1 water cup + 1 tspn vinegar + 1tspn honey, to purify the stomach from any ailment. Jarvez said:
‘Doctors agree that a little vinegar is good and too much is harmful, except apple vinegar which
is used for fainting, immunity, headaches and weak body cells.’ His apple vinegar (a.v.)
prescriptions are: croup or angina (70g a.v.+water cup: mthrinse+slow drinking of leftover)—
burns (quick a.v. usage to avoid blisters)—tooth decay (mthrinse: a.v.+ marshmallow
infusion)—weak gums (mthrinse: 35g a.v.+35g salt+100g water)—digestion (water cup + tspn
a.v.)—insomnia (hlf spoon a.v.+2 tspn honey+ 100g water, hlf hour after dinner)—weight loss
( 2 spoons a.v.+water cup: 3× daily after food for 2 months)—baldness (6× on head daily).”

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■ The Judge, and Subduer jalla wa ‘ala, has explained: {Whatever of misfortune befalls you,
it is because of what your hands have earned.} (As-Shura: 30).
■ The All-Forgiving, and Most Merciful, has said: {O my people! Ask forgiveness of your
Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky) abundant rain, and add
strength to your strength.} (Hud: 52).
■ He has stated: {And Allah would not punish them while you (Muhammad) are amongst
them, nor will He punish them while they seek Allah’s fogiveness.} (Al-Anfal: 33).
■ He, subhanahu, also has mentioned: {Why seek you not the forgiveness of Allah, that you
may receive Mercy?} (An-Naml: 46).
■ The Truth, and Responsive ‘azza wa jall, has said: {When My slaves ask you concerning
Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the
invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without a mediator).} (Al-Baqarah: 186).
■ The All-Able, and Most Generous, said: {Is not He (better than your gods) Who responds
to the distressed one, when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil.} (An-Naml: 62).
■ He, jalla wa ‘ala, has affirmed: {Say (O Muhammad): ‘Allah rescues you from this and
from all (other) distresses.’} (Al-An’am: 64).
■ The Prophet of Repentance, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has said: [Caution
does not help avoid Decree (Divine Preordainment, Destiny), and invocation is useful for
what has befallen, and what has not befallen. And verily, a trial befalls, and invocation
intercepts it. Thus, they wrestle until the Day of Resurrection.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has stated: [Nothing is dearer to Allah
than invocation.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also mentioned that: [The best worship is invocation.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Preacher, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has assured: [A person
will be answered as long as he does not become over-impatient, saying: ‘I called on my Lord
and He did not answer me.’] (Agreed Upon).
■ He has said: [Your Lord is Munificent and Generous, and is ashamed to turn away empty
the hands of His slave when he raises them to Him.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has affirmed: [The most incapable of
people is the one who is the most incapable of invocation.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also mentioned: [No one makes invocation but that he is given what he asked for, or
an evil equal to it is turned away from him.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Invocation is one of the most useful remedies, and an enemy of the trial,
it fights it, heals it, keeps it from befalling, removes it, or eases it if it befell, and it is a believer’s
weapon. Some of the misfortunes that hinder invocation are impatience and renouncement. Like
one who planted a seed, watered it for a while, and then gave it up, for it took too long to grow.”

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Acorus Calamus

■ Ummu ‘Abdillah ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: «I perfumed the Messenger
of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, with calamus with my own hand, during
the Farewell Hajj, when he went into ihram and came out of it.» (Agreed Upon).
■ She also mentioned, may Allah be pleased with her, in another hadith: «I used to perfume
the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, with the best scent
available.» (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Calamus is an Indian remedy made of calamus cane. It is hot and dry and
helps against stomach and liver tumors, dropsy, and also strengthens the heart. It is a medicine
for pimples. The pimple is a growth that results from hot, harmful and septic substances that
push towards the skin so as to find a way out of the body. The pimple needs to mature and to
then be opened and extracted, such as by using calamus, which extracts the septic matter from
the pimple, along with giving a good aroma. Calamus also soothes the hotness of the pimple.”

The author of Al-Qanun said: “There is no better remedy for fire burns than calamus when it is
blended with rose essence and vinegar.”

Science for Islam said: “Calamus cane is a plant from the Acoraceae family, Acorus genus. It is
red with a scented smell and forked rhizomes, is called perfume cane because of its nice smell,
was mentioned in the Taurat among the finest perfumes, and if its cane is broken, a white liquid
flows out of it, which is calamus. It is added to henna to perfume it, is used to make scented
soap and is planted in Ahwaz, Egypt and China. Perfume oil is extracted from its rhizomes and is
used as medicine by the German Drug Administration. It contains asarone, palm’s acid and
vitamin B. Its essential oil strengthens the stomach, helps digestion, flow of menstruation,
dissipates gases, cures malaria, alleviates fever of viper bites and relieves muscle and joint pain
and rheumatism. If drunk with celery, it cures kidneys’ cold and urine’s inflammation.”

I said: A weak Hadith about calamus’ healing of pimples was discredited by Al-Albany (m.b.u.h.)
in Da’eef Aljame’. Calamus is sold on the web at good prices, often comes concentrated and
should not be used as perfume without lowering its concentration, by mixing 10 to 20 drops of
the essential oil with 1 tblspoon (15ml) of carrier oil —like jojoba—. For massage oil, we mix 5ml
of the essential oil with 200ml of almond, hazelnut or sunflower oil. These 2 methods can be
used to make perfume or massage oil out of any essential oil. Thus, they make a great saving for
whoever loves perfume and uses it excessively as a Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.).

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■ The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to a companion
about surat Al-Fatihah: [How did you know that it is an incantation?] (Agreed Upon).
■ For neutralizing the plots of Shaytan (Satan), he said: [If anyone recites the last two ayat
of Al-Baqarah at night, they will be enough for him.] (Agreed Upon).
■ ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: «When the Prophet, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, fell ill, he blew (air mixed with a little saliva) over his body and recited Al-
Falaq and An-Nas and rubbed it with his hand.» (Sahih: Muslim).
■ Abu Al-Qasem, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to say: [Put your hand on
the place where you feel pain in your body and say: ‘Bismillah’, three times. And seven
times: ‘A’udhu billahi wa qudratih min sharri ma ajidu wa uhadhir.’] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He also used to rub the sick with his right hand and say: [Adh-hibilbas, rabbannas, shfi
wa antashshafi, la shifa-a illa shifa-uk, shifa-an la yughadiru saqman.] (Agreed Upon).
■ If someone complained of a pain, he would place his index finger on his saliva, then on the
earth, and then he would rub the location of the pain and say: [Bismillah, turbata ardina,
biriqati ba’dina, liyushfabihi saqimuna, bi-idhni rabbina.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He also told us: [Gabriel came to me, and said: ‘O Muhammad! Have you fallen ill?’ I said:
‘yes.’ He said: ‘Bismillahi arqika, min kulli shai-in yu-dhika, min sharri kulli nafsin, wa ‘aini
hasidin, bismillahi arqika, wallahu yushfika.’] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He, in addition, turned away the evil eye by saying: [Audhu bikalimatillahi attamma,
minkulli shaytanin wahamma, waminkulli ‘ainin lamma.] (Sahih: Bukhari).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Whoever tried these invocations knew their usefulness and the big need
for them. They stop the evil eye, remove it after it strikes, depending on the faith of the invoker,
for they are a weapon, and the weapon depends on the holder. They are used for preserving
health, removing diseases and healing the bewitched and the poisoned. In blowing, there is
another secret, for it is a tool of the good and bad spirits. Thus, the magicians blow on the knot,
tie it and speak magic on it, while the good soul intercepts the evil with invocation and blow.”

I said: Exorcism with Qur’an is best, especially against evil spirits’ domination. The exorcist
must have the creed of the salaf assaleh, practice tawheed in words and actions and know the
ways of jinn and shayatin, by reading for instance “wiqayat al-insan min al-jinn wa shaytan”. Before
he begins, the exorcist should make wudu, clean the space from haram, remind the patient that
Allah is the only healer and ask Allah for help. Then, he must put his hand on the patient’s head
and chant in his ear –in Arabic- the following: Al-Fatihah /Al-Baqarah: (1-5),(163-164),(255-
257),(285-286)/Al-‘Imran: (18-19)/Al-A’raf: (54-56)/Al-Mu’minun: (115-118)/As-Saffat: (1-10)/Al-
Ahqaf: (29-32)/Ar-Rahman: (33-36)/Al-Hashr: (21-24)/Al-Jinn: (1-9)/Al-Ikhlas/Al-Falaq/An-Nas.

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Punica Granatum

■ The Most High, and All-Praiseworthy subhanahu, has said about Jannah (Paradise): {In
them will be fruits, and date palms and pomegranates.} (Ar-Rahman: 68).
■ The All-Rich, and Generous ‘azza wa jall, has also said: {Olives, and pomegranates, each
similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to
bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily, in these things there are signs for a people who
believe.} (Al-An’am: 99).
■ In addition, He has said, tabaraka wa ta’ala: {Olives, and pomegranates, similar (in kind)
yet different (in variety and taste). Eat of their fruit when they ripen, but pay the due
thereof (zakat) on the day of its harvest, and waste not by extravagance. Verily, He likes
not Al-Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance).} (Al-An’am: 141).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Sweet pomegranate is hot and wet, good for the stomach, strengthens it
for it is a mild constipating agent, is good for the throat, chest and lungs, relieves coughing, its
juice is nutritious, softens the stomach, digests quickly for it is light, produces heat and air in the
stomach, strengthens sexual power, is not favorable for those who have fever and it has a special
quality, that is, when one eats bread with it, it prevents it from being spoiled. Bitter ones are
cold and dry, constipate mildly, are good for overheated stomach, produce more urine than
other types, soften bile symptoms, relieve diarrhea, prevent vomiting, are slightly tarry, stop
liver’s heat, strengthen the organs, help bilious shaking, heartaches and the ache of stomach’s
tip, help the stomach, rid it of excrements, extinguish the bile and benefit the blood. If
pomegranate juice is cooked with honey until it becomes like an ointment and used as eye
drops, it clears the yellow color from the eye and dissipates the thick wetness. If placed on the
gingival (gums), it helps its rashes. The juice extracted with the rind works as a laxative, rids the
body from septic bilious moistures and helps short-term fever. Sour ones’ qualities are in the
middle between the two other kinds we mentioned. Pomegranate seeds mixed with honey
alleviate septic finger and malignant ulcers. Flowers help heal wounds, and it is said that if one
swallows 3 of them each year, he will be immune from ophthalmia for an entire year.”

Dr. Ali As-Sinafi said: “Pomegranate juice contains high energy, vitamins and salts and kills
germs and many types of bacteria and fungus. Its peel and inner shells heal digestion’s ulcers
and tan the stomach. Its juice, as well as the infusion and powder of its peel, stalk and roots are
used to cure diarrhea and dysentery. Also, its peel’s infusion is used alone or mixed with rice to
heal pains in the stomach and inflammations of the intestines and colon. The juice and infusion
of the peel and stalk are used for excessive vaginal secretions because of their antibacterial and
antifungal characteristics. The smoke of the peel, stalk and roots is an insect repellent. Its peel
and shells are used to eliminate tapeworms, especially if followed with a laxative.”

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■ The One, the All-Inclusive, the Strong and Firm ‘azza wa jall, has said in the story of Musa
(Moses) peace be upon him: {‘Verily, the best of men for you to hire is the strong, the
trustworthy.’} (Al-Qasas: 26).
■ He also mentioned in the story ofThalut: {He said: ‘Verily, Allah has chosen him above you
and has increased him abundantly in knowledge and stature.’} (Al-Baqarah: 247).
■ In Sulaiman’s story peace be upon him, He subhanahu said: {‘I will bring it to you before
you rise from your place. And verily, I am indeed strong and trustworthy for such work.’}
(An-Naml: 39).
■ The Beloved, peace be upon him and his family, stated: [A strong believer is better and is
more lovable to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in each one.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He, in addition, has mentioned: [Fast and break the fast. Pray and sleep. Your body has
rights over you.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, also said: [Everything apart from the
rememberance of Allah is play and amusement, except one of four things: the man’s
playing with his wife, the man’s taming of his horse, the man’s walking between the two
aims (during archery), and the man’s learning to swim.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, reported: «I raced him, and outran him on my feet.
And when I gained some weight, I raced him and he outran me. Then he said: [This one is
for that previous race.]» (Sahih: Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, also has mentioned: [There should be no
sport trophy except in horse racing, camel racing or archery.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has told us: [He who wakes up safe
in his own self, healthy in his body, possessing his daily meal, is as if he is given the whole
world and its fringes.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Tabib said: “Exercise prevents heart disease, cancer, diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure,
depression, stress, obesity, constipation and difficult digestion and breathing. It, in addition,
ameliorates blood vessels, muscles, joints, bones, body equilibrium, sleep, thinking, memory
and appearance. It also rejuvenates and betters the quality of life! Walking, which is efficient for
big stomachs, is an easy and simple exercise that young, old, sick and healthy folks can do. It is
very enjoyable, especially if one chooses a nice scenic path, like in public gardens, under shades
of trees or on the beach or riversides. Thus, beauty of nature, contemplation of the Creator’s
Might, His tasbih and Praise for His bounties would add a great excitement to the experience.”

I said: It is a crucial investment for a comfortable old age, so use the sabab (cause) my brother!

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Myrteus Communis

■ The Grateful, and All-Giving subhanahu, has said about the Sabiqun (the foremost ones)
in Paradise: {If he (the dying person) be of the Muqarrabun (those brought near to Allah),*
(there is for him) rest and rayhan, and a Garden of Delights.} (Al-Waqia’: 88, 89), Qatada
and Al-Basri said that rayhan here means myrtle; Ibn Al-‘Abbas said it is provision.
■ The Best of the Creatures, peace be upon him, said: [He who is presented with rayhan
(myrtle) should not reject it, for it is fragrant in odor, and light to carry.] (Sahih: Muslim).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Rayhan is myrtle for the Arabs. It is cold in the 1st degree and dry in the
2nd. Yet it is a compound of several qualities, most of which consist of earthly cold essence. It
consists of a soft hot substance, dries the head nicely, constipates and prevents bile diarrhea. Its
scent dissipates hot and wet vapor, brings relief to the heart and prevents various ailments
especially when the plant is spread around the house. Myrtle also heals tumors that occur in the
two ureters when it is coated on them. If its fresh leaves are ground, blended with vinegar and
then placed on the head they stop nose bleeding. If dried leaves are crushed and the powder is
sprinkled on wet ulcers it heals them, and it will help weak organs if used as a bandage, relieve
septic finger and heal spots and the ulcers on hands and feet. If myrtle is used to rub the body, it
eliminates sweat, dries excess wetness and dissipates underarm odor. If one sits in the water
that myrtle was cooked in, it helps against infections on the buttocks and vagina and heals weak
joints and broken bones, when it is poured on the wound. Myrtle eliminates dandruff, spots that
appear on the head, helps the hair against falling and gives it a black color. If the leaves are
ground with a little water, blended with some oil or rose grease, then used as a bandage, they
will be suitable against humid ulcers, canker sores, erysipelas (skin infection), acute tumors,
urticaria (hives) and hemorrhoids. The seeds help against blood spitting of the chest and lungs,
coat the stomach, do not harm the chest or stomach, cleanse them, help heal diarrhea and
coughing —and this is rare in other medication—, are a diuretic, heal vesica (bladder) infections,
spider bites and scorpion stings. However, flossing teeth with its roots is harmful.”

Al-Hawwaj said: “Science has proved that its leaves have an anti-bacterial effect, as well as an
anti-flammatory benefit for the glands. Myrtle affects our sleep cycle by helping us sleep longer
and alleviates cold and influenza symptoms. Its oil is popular for healing our breathing system,
while its leaves are used for bad digestion, difficult urination, colds and inflammation in the
urination canals. Its fruits help heal diarrhea and intestinal gases, when eaten fresh or dried.
Myrtle oil also disinfects superficial wounds, while its leaves and flowers are used to extract
a liquid called Water of the Angels, which is a nose antiseptic (cleaner).”

I said: Myrtle tree has many types. In Arabia it is used for perfume, and in America for fruit.

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■ The two sons of Busr As-Salmi, may Allah be pleased with them, said: «The Messenger of
Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came to visit us, and we offered him butter
and dates, for he liked butter and dates.» (Sahih: Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Butter is hot and wet and has many benefits, such as maturing the
mixtures (bodily wastes) and decomposing them, along with relieving the tumors that appear
next to the ears and ureters (tubes between kidney and bladder). If it is used alone, it heals
mouth cankers and other types of tumors that attack children and women. If one licks butter, it
will help against lung hemoptysis (spitting up blood) and will mature the tumors of the lungs. It
also softens the nature, the nerves and the hard tumors that result from black bile and phlegm,
relieves the dryness in the body and if it is laid on the place where children’s teeth emerge, it
will help the teeth grow. It, in addition, soothes the coughing that accompanies colds and
dryness, heals herpes and the roughness in the body and works as a laxative. Yet, butter reduces
the appetite and the sweetness of honey and dates. The wisdom behind the Prophet (p.b.u.h.)
eating dates with butter is that they would neutralize the (negative) effects of each other.”

The nutritionist Donna Gates said that country unpasteurized natural butter has extremely
important benefits for health, and that one of the reasons for high rates of heart disease in the US
is the replacement of natural butter by margarine and commercial pasteurized butter. Gates
mentioned twenty benefits of raw butter: “Most easily absorbable vitamin A necessary for
thyroid and adrenal health. Lecithin essential for cholesterol balance. Anti-oxidants to protect
against free radical damage and weakening arteries. Vitamins E & K. Vital mineral selenium.
Saturated fats being strong anti-tumors and anti-cancers. Conjugated Linoleic acid as a potent
anti-cancer, muscle builder and immunity booster. Vitamin D for calcium absorption. Tooth
decay protection. Anti-stiffness to protect from joint calcification, hardening of arteries, cataracts
and pineal gland calcification. Activator x to help absorb minerals. Highly absorbable iodine.
Promotes fertility in women. Quick energy and not stored adipose tissue. Good cholesterol
essential to child’s brain and nervous system development. Arachidonic acid (AA) for brain
function and cell membranes. Protection against gastrointestinal infections in child and elderly."

I said: After a small market search, I found unpasteurized raw butter and was surprised by its
great taste. Anyone who would taste it could not go back to the disgusting pasteurized types.
However, it should be frozen right after purchase if it is to be kept for over a week, as it is
unpasteurized and can go bad in one week. The picture is of raw butter in cold water during
a stage of its making. Raw butter is delicious, which could cause excessive eating and fattening.
However, moderation is a key in all matters, and one should not eat too much butter or fat.

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Zingiber Officinale

■ The God, and Protector subhanahu, has said about one of the drinks of Paradise: {They
will be given to drink there of a cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabil (ginger), a spring there,
called Salsabil.} (Al-Insan: 17,18). Ibn Kathir said in his tafsir that Salsabil is the river of
ginger in Paradise.
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Ginger is hot in the 2nd degree and wet in the 1st. It heats the body, helps
the digestion process, softens the stomach mildly, helps open the clogs of the liver that are
caused by coldness and wetness and helps against the wetness that causes sight impairment,
when it is eaten or used as kohl. It also strengthens the sexual power and decomposes the thick
gases accumulating in the intestines and the stomach. Generally, it is good for cold temperament
of the liver and stomach. If one takes it along with two measures of sugar and some hot water, it
will work as a laxative and will rid the body of harmful excrements. It is an effective ingredient
in the ointments that dissolve the phlegm. Sour ginger is hot and dry, excites the sexual drive,
increases semen production, heats the stomach and liver, helps digestion, dries the phlegm that
prevails in the body, increases memory, suits the coldness in the liver and stomach, washes the
harmful effect of eating fruit, makes the scent better and fends off the harm of thick, cold foods.”

Dr. Ali As-Sinafi said: “Science has proved that ginger prevents vomiting and cold sweat,
produces bile, dissipates gases, heals bad digestion, increases stomach’s motion and absorbtion
of fats and protein, but relaxes the smooth intestinal muscle. It also relieves stomach aches and
diarrhea, kills bacteria, like cholera, salmonella typhi, fungus and worms, opens appetite by
increasing saliva and intestinal fluids, stops stomach ulcers and inflammations like low back
pain, joints’ rheumatism and tumors, muscle cramps, musculoskeletal problems and is used as
pain relief. It also strengthens the heart, by increasing its speed and contractions (inotropic and
chronotropic), prevents blood clots, lowers cholesterol, heals ischemic heart diseases, brain’s
blood clots and deep venous thrombosis. Ginger warms the body in winter, increases sexual
power, lowers sugar, increases milk, prevents motion sickness and its paste if placed on the
head stops headaches and migraine. However, it should not be eaten excessively, given to
children under 6 years, or used without a doctor’s permission for heart disease, blood pressure
or diabetes patients, because it could strengthen other medicine of such patients.”

I said: Ginger is the root of the plant in the picture. A delicious drink in the Carribbean is
a blend of ginger root, pineapple, lime, honey and water. It is refreshing if drunk in the summer
and warming in winter because of ginger’s strength. I once heard a Muslim doctor say that cold
ginger juice is more beneficial, and that Qur’an mentions this fact, for Salsabil is a spring, and
springs are always cold. So, subhanallah, praise be to Allah, and there is no god but Allah.

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Olea Europaea

■ The Gentle, and All-Aware jalla wa ‘ala, has said: {Lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither
of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning), nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets
sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would
almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it. Light upon Light!} (An-Nur: 35).
■ He, subhanahu, also has stated: {And a tree (olive) that springs forth from Mount Sinai,
that grows (produces) oil, and (it is a) Sibghin (relish) for the eaters.} (Al-Mu’minun: 20).
■ He has said: {With it He causes to grow for you the crops and the olives.} (An-Nahl: 11).
■ Allah said: {Olives and date palms*and gardens dense with many trees.} (Abasa: 29, 30).
■ Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him, has told us: [Eat olive oil and use
it as an ointment, because it is from a blessed tree.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Olive oil is hot and wet in the 1st degree. Its quality depends on its tree.
The best is sqeezed from ripe olives, while oil from unripe olives is cold and dry. Red olives' oil
is between these while black olives produce hot and wet oil. Olive oil helps against poisons, is
a laxative and rids the body of worms. Old oil leans more towards being hot and decomposing.
If the oil is blended with water, it becomes less hot, milder and more beneficial. All olive oil
softens the skin and slows aging. Salty water blended with oil helps burned skin against blisters
and strengthens the gingival. Leaves help canker sores, erysipelas (skin infection), dirty ulcers,
urticaria (hives) and stop sweating. Finally, its benefits are much more than we mentioned.”

Dr. ‘Abdel-Majid Belabed said: “This tree’s origin is the mediterranean and it was introduced in
France by the Phoenicians. Before Jesus’ birth, this tree was in the Middle East and Arabia.”

Dr. Nadhmi Khalil Abu Al-‘Ata said: “Olive tree is permanently green, reaches 15 m in height,
lives 5000 years, is harvested continously for over 2000 years, does not need much care, its wood
is full of preservatives that prevent it from perishing, rotting or being eaten by termites —which
are wood’s worst enemy—, therefore, it is indeed a blessed tree. The generous aya {neither of
the east, nor of the west} is a description of a tree that receives sunrays from sunrise to sunset.
Correspondingly, Science has proved that this type of olive trees produce the best and purest oil.
Olives contain protein, oil, sugar, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, copper,
fiber, carotene, vitamins A, B, E and many acids. Olive oil is much better than all other oils for it
contains a big quantity of unsaturated fatty acids (83%) which benefit the body. In addition, it
protects from hard arteries, stress and high blood pressure, and it helps diabetes by protecting
blood sugar levels. It also alleviates constipation, softens the skin, is a great hair ointment and
prevents dandruff. Its leaves are used for healing the teeth and gums when chewed fresh.”

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Beta Vulgaris

■ Ummu Mundhir Al-Ansaria, may Allah be pleased with her, said: «The Messenger of Allah,
may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came to visit me, accompanied by Ali who was
recovering from an illness. We had some ripe dates hung up. The Messenger of Allah, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace, got up and began to eat from them. Ali also got up to
eat, but the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said repeatedly
to Ali: [Stop, Ali, for you are still recovering], and Ali stopped.» She said: «I then prepared
some barley and chard and brought it. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, then said: [Take some of this, Ali, for it will be more beneficial for you.]»
(Hasan: Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Chard is hot and dry in the 1st degree, has a soothing coolness in it and
decomposes and opens the clogs. Black chard constipates, especially with lentils, helps against
spot baldness, brown spots (chloasma), dandruff and warts if one is anointed with its water. It
also kills lice and, if mixed with honey, it is an ointment to cure herpes. It also opens clogs in the
liver and spleen. White chard with lentils softens the stomach, is used as a laxative and helps in
hemiplegia (one side paralysis) if blended with food aliments and condiments. Yet, it is not
nutritious, produces harmful mixtures, burns the blood, is improved if eaten with vinegar and
mustard, and if eaten excessively, it causes constipation and flatulence.”

Ibn Al-Baytar said: “Dioscorides said in the 3rd: Chard is two types, the black one constipates,
and if eaten with lentils, especially its root, it is more constipating. The 2nd type is a laxative.
Both types produce harmful mixtures in the stomach. If their juice is administered through the
nose with liquid honey, it cleans the head and alleviates pain in the ears. If the water of its
cooked leaves and roots is used for a head wash, it removes dandruff. If raw leaves are used as
bandage after washing the skin, they help against vitiligo and bald spots.”

Tabib said: “Chard was a sea plant before it adapted to land. It is found by lakes and riversides,
and is rich in water and minerals, especially iron, calcium, vitamins B, K, C and Folic acid which
is necessary for pregnant mothers and fetuses. It is a laxative and it calms intestinal cramps that
result from bad moods, weather in fall season and excessive eating of beans and lentils. Chard
dissipates gas, cures intestinal ulcers, softens the skin and heals wounds and skin inflammations
internally and externally. It, in addition, energizes, prevents anemia because of its vitamins and
iron content, and quenches thirst, for it grows near water and contains a lot of it. It is abundant
in fall and winter, prevents urine’s inflammations (kidney and bladder), cures headaches and
migraines, clarifies the temperament and is a relief for stress, depression, anger and anxiety. It
also heals skin problems, like vitiligo and spot baldness, by eating it and placing it on the skin.”

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■ The Ever Provider, and Gracious subhanahu, has said: {He it is Who has subjected the
sea (to you), that you eat thereof fresh tender meat (i.e. fish).} (An-Nahl: 14).
■ The Adnan Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, said to those who
brought him the meat of a sperm whale —i.e. the fish in the picture: [Eat a provision which
Allah has brought out. Feed us if there is any of it with you.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has assured: [The first food that the
people of the Garden will eat will be the extra bit of the liver of the whale.] (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ In another Hadith: [the extra bit of the liver of Nun (Yunus’ whale).] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He also has said about the sea, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Its
water is pure, and what dies in it is lawful food (meaning all food from the sea is lawful,
even what is found dead in it).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “There are many kinds of fish, the best is the most delicious, the best
scented, moderate in size, has fine scales, the softest meat, which live in fresh water that flows
on pebbles and which eat plants and not organic waste. The best areas for the fish to live are
those with the freshest water that runs through rocks, then the sandy ground void of filth or
wastes and which are mildly calm and exposed to the sun and wind. Sea fish is soft, delicious
and its meat that has soft skin is cold and wet, difficult to digest and produces excessive
amounts of phlegm. However, it offers acceptable temperaments, increases semen and fertility
and suits hot conditions. The best kind of salted fish is the most recently salted. It is hot and dry,
and the older they get the hotter and drier they become. Silurid (similar to catfish) is very
viscous, and the Jews do not eat it. Yet, soft silurid meat softens the stomach, and when it is
salted, kept and then eaten, it will clear the windpipe and make the voice finer. When it is
ground and used as an external ointment, it will extract the wastes that accumulate inside the
body, as it has the quality of extracting such substances. Sitting in salty water of silurid relieves
the effects of newly formed intestinal ulcers and extracts the harmful substances to the surface.
Salty water of silurid also relieves sciatic nerve ailment when one is injected with it. The best
part of fish meat is closer to the tail, and the soft and fatty fish meat produces fatness and flesh.”

Dr. Muhammad Nizar Ad-Duqur said: “Fish is highly nutritional, exceeds meat in protein, its fat
is unsaturated, and the fattier it is the better, like salmon, trout, sardine and tuna. It is beneficial
for digestive problems, ulcers, hard arteries and coronary heart disease. Fat fish has vitamins A,
D and E, especially pure fish oil (not industrial), which is a healing for rachitis in children, atopic
dermatitis, psoriasis, migraine, Raynaud disease, high triglycerids and artery pressure. Fish is
beneficial for thyroids, memory, brain growth and sustenance and excess fat in the blood and
artery clots. It should be eaten once or twice a week, and should be avoided if fried or salted.”

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Cassia Acutifolia

■ The Truthful and Faithful, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Use
Senna and Sanoot, because they contain a cure for every type of disease, except death.]
(Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Senna is a plant that grows in Al-Hijaz (Makkah and Madinah region) and
the best kind of it grows in Makkah. Senna is hot and dry in the 1st degree and is a good, mild
medication that does not cause any side effects. Senna helps against bile, black bile ailments and
strengthens the heart, which is another good quality that this medication contains. It is useful
against melancholic obsession and corporal incisions, relaxes the muscle, improves the hair and
helps against lice, headache, mange, pustules, rashes and epilepsy. It is better to cook it whole
and drink 3 measures of its soup than cooking it crushed. Also, it is better to cook it mixed with
violet flowers and red raisins after removing the seeds. As for Sanoot, there are eight opinions
concerning its nature: it is either honey, ghee, a seed that resembles cumin, Persian cumin, anise
seed, dill weed, dates or honey that exists in butter-skin.”

Dr. Muhammad Nizar Ad-Duqur said: “Senna is a small tree from the genus of legumes. It is
many types and its height reaches 2 to 3 meters. It is mainly used for tough constipation, as well
as for cleansing the stomach and tiny intestines. It should never be given to pregnant women
and boiling it too much reduces its effect as a laxative. Big doses cause aches in the stomach and
bowel muscles, which can be alleviated with fennel or anise seed. It should not be used for
inflammations in the stomach, intestines, vermiform appendix, colon cramps, bladder and
uterus and during pregnancy and breast feeding, for its penetrating constituents can reach the
urine and milk. Many famous drug companies use senna to make the best medicine for
constipation. The dose for constipation is 10 to 15 leaves without the stems, to be ground and
mixed with 2g of ground fennel or anise. Then the mixture should be eaten and followed by
water. Or it could be mixed with 100g of honey and 100g of water and drunk on an empty
stomach. In India, there has been wide research made by Aron Misra and Wrakliomar Sinha about
the medical effects of several types of senna against tape worms, throat inflammation, snake
bites, asthma, viruses, germs and fungus and a remedy for blood purification.”

I said: The leaves of the plant in the picture are the part used in medicine. A weak Hadith about
senna’s healing of constipation was discredited by Al-Albany, may Allah include him in His
Mercy, in Da’eef Sunan Tirmidhi. However, we do not deny its proven laxative effect, as it is the
primary medicine used in the western world’s drugstores for constipation.

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Salvadora Persica

■ The Tuhami Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Were it
not that I would impose hardship on my Nation, I would have commanded them to use the
siwak (arak wood) before every prayer.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He also said: [Siwak cleans the mouth and pleases the Lord.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, told us: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless
him and grant him peace, used to brush his teeth, then he would give me the siwak to
wash it, then I would resume brushing my teeth, then I would wash it and pass it back to
him.» (Hasan: Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
■ Shurayh, may Allah be pleased with him, affirmed: «I asked ‘A’isha, I said: what did the
Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, do first when he entered his house?
She said: ‘He used siwak (first of all).’» (Sahih: Muslim).
■ It is also proven that: «he used to not go to sleep before placing a siwak by his bedside,
and when he woke up he started with siwak.» (Hasan: Assilsila, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “The best siwak is made from arak. Unknown trees could be poisonous. It
should be used moderately or it will remove teeth’s coating making them susceptible to hot
vapors and dirt of the stomach. It can polish the teeth, strengthen their roots, help the tongue,
prevent plague, perfume the breath, clear the mind, increase appetite and is best soaked in rose
water. Walnut stem is a great siwak too. Siwak is beneficial for many reasons, it perfumes breath,
strengthens gingiva, clears phlegm and sight, prevents cavities, preserves stomach, clears voice,
helps digestion, clears speech, encourages one to recite Qur’an, remember Allah and pray, fights
sleepiness, pleases the Lord, delights the angels and increases good deeds. It is preferred at any
time, especially before prayer, ablution, when waking up or having bad breath. It is preferred
whether one is fasting or not, for the Hadith is general, and for it benefits the fast and pleases the
Lord. Pleasing Him during fast is more desired than other times. Siwak cleans the mouth and
cleanliness for the fasting one is of his best deeds. Also, it does not quite remove the fasting
one’s mouth odor, for its reason still remains, that is, the stomach being empty of food.”

Dr. Muhammad Ad-Duqur and Ahmad Husein from Azhar said: “Research has proven that arak
can disinfect with fluorides, strengthen gums, stop bleeding, kill germs with mustardy sinnigrin,
remove dirt with silica crystals, whiten with chloride, prevent cavities with sulphur, heal gum
wounds with trimethylamine, cover bad odors, prevent herpes and tooth decay with isothiocya-
nate. Scientists like Rhodart and Vistor prefer it over toothpaste for in it is a brush and a paste.
Also, the Assoc. of American Dentists announced that brushes do not kill germs efficiently, for
they can’t penetrate a protective screen, and that wood is more efficient due to its absorbability.”

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■ The Curer, and Appreciative ‘azza wa jall, said: {(Remember) when your Lord proclaimed:
‘if you give thanks, I will give you more; but if you are thankless, verily, My punishment is
indeed severe.} (Ibrahim: 7). So, if we thank Him for health, He subhanahu will increase it.
■ He, jalla wa ‘ala, has said: {Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, and be grateful
to Me (for My countless Favors) and never be ungrateful to Me.} (Al-Baqarah: 152).
■ The Kind, ‘azza wa jall, has stated: {Why should Allah punish you if you have thanked
(Him) and have believed in Him.} (An-Nisa’: 147), i.e. Allah will not punish the thankful.
■ He tabaraka wa ta’ala told us that He has special favors for the thankful: {Thus We have
tried some of them with others, that they might say: ‘Is it these whom Allah has favored
from amongst us?’ Does not Allah know best those who are grateful?} (Al-An’am: 53).
■ The Illiterate Prophet, peace be upon him, said: [Allah is pleased with His servant who
says ‘Al-Hamdulillah’ after taking a morsel of food and after drinking.] (Sahih: Muslim).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “When Iblis knew the high rank of thanks, he set his goal to prevent us
from thanking, and said: {‘I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their
right and from their left, and You will not find most of them thankful.’}. Also, Allah described
His thankful slaves as being few, saying: {Few of My slaves are grateful}. […] He informed us
that only the thankful worships Him, and that the ungrateful are not true worshipers. He ta’ala
said: {Be grateful to Allah, if it is indeed He Whom you worship.}. […] He has informed us
that thanks were the purpose of creation: {Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your
mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might
give thanks.}. He also said: {Allah has already made you victorious at Badr when you were
a weak little force. So fear Allah much that you may be grateful.}. His saying, {that you may be
grateful} means such was the purpose for making them victorious and Allah-fearing. This is
most evident, for thanks are the purpose of creation. […] Al-Basri said: ‘Allah allows the
enjoyment of His bounty as He wills, but if He is not thanked, He turns it into a punishment.’
Hence, they called thankfulness ‘the protector’ for it protects existing bounties, and ‘the drawer’
for it draws the missing bounties. Ibn Abiddunya said that Ali (r) told a man from Hamadan:
‘Bounties are tied to thanks, and thanks are tied to more bounties, and both are in a horn. Thus,
more bounties from Allah are not to be disrupted, until thanks are disrupted by the slave.’ Ibn
Abd Al-‘Azeez said: ‘Tie Allah’s bounty to thanks.’ […] Mutarraf said: ‘Healthy and thankful, is
better to me than tried and patient.’ Al-Hasan said: ‘mention excessively these bounties, for their
mentioning are thanks.’ Allah (t) ordered His Prophet (s): {Proclaim the Grace of your Lord.}”
I said: Prevention is better than healing and to be grateful to Allah is the best prevention. Thus,
thankfulness protects health and increases bounties as long as the tongue and limbs produce it.
The Messenger (s) said: [Allah is the Doctor] (Sahih: Aljame’, Albany) and Allah said: {if you give
thanks, I will give you more}. So, should we not thank the Compeller (t) to increase our health?

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■ The Good, and Graceful jalla jalaluhu, has said: {Truly, Allah is with As-Sabirun (the
patient).} (Al-Baqarah: 153).
■ The Most High, and Preserver ‘azza wa jall, also has said: {If you endure patiently, verily,
it is better for As-Sabirun (the patient).} (An-Nahl: 126).
■ The Helper, subhanahu, affirmed: {Give glad tidings to As-Sabirun.* Who, when afllicted
with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’* They are
those on whom are the Salawat (blessing, forgiveness) from their Lord and (they are those
who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.} (Al-Baqarah: 155-157).
■ He also mentioned, tabaraka wa ta’ala: {None is granted it except those who are patient
— and none is granted it except the owner of the great portion (of happiness in the
Hereafter, i.e., Paradise, and of a high moral character) in this world.} (Fussilat: 35).
■ The Chosen, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Allah ta’ala has
said: ‘If I try My believer slave, and he does not complain to his visitors, I free him from My
Chains, then I change his flesh to a better flesh, and his blood to a better blood, then he
resumes his work.’] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ In addition, he affirmed, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [By the One Who has
my soul in His hand, there is no Muslim who is afflicted by harm but that Allah will make his
errors fall away from him, as the leaves of a tree fall down.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has mentioned: [The patient is the
one who is patient at the first shock.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Caller to Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said: [The immense reward
is with the immense trial. and if Allah loved some people, He would try them. Then, those
who are pleased (with the Destiny of Allah) will receive Pleasure (of Allah), and those who
are displeased will receive Displeasure (the Wrath of Allah).] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, peace be upon him and his family, explained: [If Allah wanted the good for His slave,
He would hurry his punishment in this life, and If He wanted the evil for His slave, He would
hold on to his sin until he pays for it on the Day of Resurrection.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He said, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [The people with the strongest trials
are the prophets, and then those who follow them (in piety, i.e. the companions), and then
those who follow them (in piety, i.e. the scholars, and so on).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “To Faith, sabr (patience) is like a head to a body. There are 3 types of sabr:
for Allah’s command, to not ignore it, for His prohibition, to not violate it, and for His Decree, to
not hate it. When one acquires all 3 types, his Sabr will be complete; and the delight and success
of this and the Next Life are achieved only by passing on the bridge of sabr. While most illnesses
are due to impatience, sabr is the best preserver and cure, and in it is Allah’s love and company.”

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■ The Subduer, subhanahu, has said: {Know that Allah’s Will is to punish them for some
sins of theirs.} (Al-Maidah: 49).
■ In addition, He has stated tabaraka wa ta’ala: {Whatever of evil befalls you is from
yourself.} (An-Nisa’: 79).
■ The Forbearing, and Pardoner, also said: {Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds.
That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice).} (Hud: 114).
■ The Most Great, and Tremendous ‘azza wa jall, has mentioned: {Whatever you spend in
good, it is for yourselves.} (Al-Baqarah: 272).
■ The Ever-Forgiving, jalla wa ‘ala, has said: {As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his
duty to Allah and fears Him, and believes in Al-Husna (i.e. la ilaha illallah, or Paradise). We
will make smooth for him the path of ease (goodness).} (Al-Lail: 5-7).
■ The Following Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has assured:
[The secret charity extinguishes the Wrath of Allah.) (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also has stated: [Have the good deed follow the evil deed and it (the good) will erase it
(the evil).] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He has said, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Charity extinguishes the
error just like ice is removed from As-Safa (a smooth rock in Makkah).] (Sahih: Attarghib
wa Attarhib, Al-Albany).
■ When people were terrified by a solar eclipse, he told them, peace and blessings be upon
him and his family: [When you see an eclipse, call on Allah and say ‘Allahu akbar’ and pray
and give sadaqa (charity).] (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ The Prophet of Mercy, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Cure
your sick with sadaqa (charity).] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He has stated, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Correct deeds protect
from evil strikes, injuries and losses, and the people of correctness in this life are the
people of correctness in the Next Life.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Intercessor, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Every man is
protected by his charity, until Allah decides between the people by His Judgement (on the
Last Day).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also affirmed, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [If you want to soften
your heart, feed the poor and caress the head of the orphan.] (Hasan: Assilsila, Al-Albany).
I said: “In a NY Times’ article dated June 19th 2007, John Tierny stated that University of Oregon
scientists have proved that charity has a healthy effect on our brains. Thus, MRI examination has
shown a healthy activity due to charity in 3 areas of the brain: the caudate, nucleus accumbens
and insula. They also proved that brains benefit from charity as well as tax payments (zakat).”

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■ The Affirmer of Truth, the Guardian and Almighty subhanahu, has said: {Seek help in
patience and As-Salat (the prayers) and truly, it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-
Khashi’un (i.e. the true believers who obey Allah with full submission, fear much from His
punishment, and believe in His Promise (Paradise) and Warnings (Hell).} (Al-Baqarah: 45).
■ The Most Gracious, and Most Merciful, has wanted us to read: {You (Alone) we worship,
and You (Alone) we ask for help (for everything).} (Al-Fatihah: 4) in every Rak’ah!
■ The Radiant Lamp, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, said: [O Bilal! Call
iqamah for prayer. Give us comfort by it.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Hudhayfa, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «Whenever a difficult matter intensified,
he would pray.» (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ In addition, he ordered, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Pray as you
have seen me praying.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has told a person who had hemorrhoids:
[Pray standing. If you are not able, then sitting down. If you are not able to do so, then pray
lying down.] (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ The Reminder, may Allah be pleased with him, has asked: [What do you think would
happen if there was a river by someone’s door in which he washed five times every day? Do
you think that any dirt would remain on him?] They said: «Not a scrap of dirt would remain
on him.» He said: [That is an example of the five prayers by which Allah wipes out wrong
actions.] (Agreed Upon). And as we have seen, wrong actions are the cause of every trial.
■ He, in addition, has explained: [If people only knew what was in the call to prayer and the
first row, and could find no other way to get it than drawing lots for it, they would draw lots
for it. If they only knew what was in going early to the prayer, they would race one another
to get there. And if they only knew what was in the prayers of Isha and Subh, they would
come to them even if they had to crawl.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has mentioned: [The prayer of a man in
a group is greater than his prayer alone, twenty seven times.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He also said about some men who were not praying in the Masjid: [I seriously considered
ordering the prayer be called, appointing a man to lead the prayer, and then going with
some men carrying firewood, to certain people who are absent for (group) Salat, and
burning their houses down about them.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He also told a blind man who asked him for a permission to pray in his house: [Do you
hear the call to prayer?] He said: «Yes.» He said: [Then answer.] (Sahih: Muslim). However,
it is permissible for an ill person who cannot attend the masjid to pray at home.
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Pinus Pinea

■ The Selected, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [The example of
the believer is like a tender young plant, which the wind sometimes bends and sometimes
makes upright. The example of the hypocrite is like a pine tree, which remains upright until
it is uprooted all at once.] (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Pine nut is hot and wet. It is a relaxing and maturating substance, has
a sting that can be prevented if it is soaked in water, is difficult to digest but is nutritious, helps
relieve coughing, dries the moisture or vapor that accumulates in the lungs, increases semen and
constipates, unless one eats bitter pomegranate seeds with it.”

Ibn Al-Baytar said: “ Galinus in the 8th said: ‘Fresh big pine nut is a bit bitter and wet, thus, it is
beneficial for chest pus, and for whoever needs to easily cough up anything in the chest or
lungs. As a food, it is hard to digest, very nourishing, and as medicine it is attractive and
smoothens roughness, especially if infused until all roughness and heat are removed, and its
sting is gone.’ Dioscorides said in the 1st: ‘If it is eaten or drunk with cucumber spice and oil, it is
a diuretic and prevents kidney and bladder inflammation. It also strengthens weak bodies and
removes excessive wetness. If the nut is cooked in oil while still in the shell, it cures chronic
coughs and lung ulcers.’ Masih said: ‘Big pine nut is dry and hot in the 2nd degree, is beneficial
for bladder and kidney pains that result from acridity, and if used as a bandage with the juice of
ifsentine, it removes the aching and strengthens relaxed bodies.’ Ar-Razi said in Al-Hawi: ‘Big
pine nut is hot and wet, opens the clogs and produces thick mixtures, but not harmful ones.’ Ar-
Razi in (removing food’s harm): ‘It heats the body so much that the paralyzed can move with it,
increases sexual power, heats the kidneys, breaks gases. Those with hot temperaments should
not use it, especially in hot weather. But, if they do so, they should eat cold sour fruits after it.
Whereas the eldelry and those with cold temperaments find it beneficial, for it heats their body,
expels the phlegm from their lungs and warms their nerves.’ He also said in Al-Mansuri: ‘It helps
against trembling and asthma and increases semen.’”

Tabib said: “Pine nut is used to prepare oils for massage and nerve diseases. It also is a diuretic,
removes stones, heals kidneys, bladder and lungs, expels phlegm and is used for inflammations
in the windpipes. It is used externally for allergies and psoriasis and even in food, for it contains
unsaturated fatty acids. It also stimulates blood circulation in the brain, heals paralysis,
Parkinson’s disease and facial paralysis. It also cures the liver and jaundice, opens the appetite,
increases sexual power by removing weakness and limpness if mixed with honey, and lowers
sugar levels in the blood.”

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■ The Wise, and All-Knowing subhanahu, has said: {Whoever does good of his own accord,
it is better for him. And that you fast is better for you if only you know.} (Al-Baqarah: 184).
■ The Dependable, and Eternally Besought of All ‘azza wa jall, has said: {O you who believe!
Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he calls you to that which will
give you life.} (Al-Anfal: 24).
■ Then, He ordered: {Eat and drink but waste not by extravagance.} (Al-A’raf: 31).
■ The Bringer of Good News, peace and blessings be upon him, has assured: [Fasting is
a shield, and it is one of the fortresses of the Muslim.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Also, he has said: [Use fasting, for there is nothing like it.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has told us: [There are two occasions of joy
for one who fasts, joy when he breaks it, and joy when he meets his Lord.] (Sahih: Muslim).
Besides, joy has a very significant effect on health.
■ In addition, he stated: [Fasting is a shield. When someone is fasting, he should not speak
profanity nor quarrel. If someone fights him or insults him, he should say ‘I am fasting’
twice.] (Agreed Upon).
■ The Intercessor, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Have sahur
(the last meal before Fajr). There is blessing in sahur.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Also, he affirmed: [Dates are an excellent sahur.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has assured: [People will continue to be all
right as long as they hurry to break the fast.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «He (the Prophet) used to break his fast with
ripe dates before he prays, and if there were not any ripe dates he used dates, and if there
were not any dates he sipped on some water.» (Sahih: Assilsila, Al-Albany).
■ Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «If there were ripe dates, he did not break his
fast with anything but ripe dates, and if there were no ripe dates, he did not break his fast
with anything but dates.» (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Well-Guided, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [The son of
Adam never fills a vessel worse than his stomach. The son of Adam only needs a few bites
that would sustain him, but if he insists, one third should be reserved for his food, another
third for his drink and the last third for his breathing.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Finally, he said to a certain man: [O so and so, keep your belch (gas expelled from the
mouth) away from us, for the people who are the most full in this life will be the hungriest
on the Day of Resurrection.] (Sahih: Attarghib wa Attarhib, Al-Albany).
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Tamarix Aphylla

■ The Master, and Heir ‘azza wa jall, has said: {We converted their two gardens into
gardens producing bitter bad fruit, and tamarisks, and some few lote trees.} (Saba’: 16).
■ Sahl ibn Sa’d, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah
bless him and grant him peace, sent to a certain woman (whom Sahl named) saying:
[Instruct your slave, the carpenter, to make me something out of wood on which I can sit
when I speak to the people.] She gave him this instruction, and he made it from the
tamarisk of Al-Ghaba.» (Agreed Upon). Al-Ghaba is a forest outside of Madinah, in the
direction of Sham (Palestine and Syria).
Ibn Al-Baytar said: "Dioscorides said in the 1st: ‘Tamarisk is a known tree, it grows by stagnant
water and its fruit resembles zahr. A garden tamarisk that grows in Egypt and Sham is similar to
the wild one in everything except the fruit.’ Galinus in the 7th said: ‘Tamarisk has a cutting
strength without much drying, and because of this quality it is suitable for hard spleens if its
leaves, roots or branches are cooked with vinegar and drunk. It also heals pain in the teeth.’
Dioscorides said: ‘Tamarisk fruits are used as eye and mouth medicine, as well as for chronic
diarrhea, women whose uterus is continously leaking, jaundice and spider bites. If its leaves are
cooked with water, mixed with a drink, then drunk, they will heal the spleen, if used as
a moutrinse they heal pain in the teeth. Women whose uterus is continously leaking benefit
from sitting in the water of its cooked leaves. The same water is beneficial against lice and
dandruff. In addition, ashes of tamarisk wood stop the leaking of the uterus, and if placed on
wet ulcers they dry them, especially those resulting from burns.’ At-Tabari: ‘Tamarisk helps
against soft gums and its smoke amazingly heals colds and chicken pox.’ Ibn Waqid:
‘A trustworthy man informed me that a woman had leprosy, was given to drink cooked
tamarisk roots and raisins several times and was cured, and that he tried it on another woman
and she healed.’ And I say that the reason is that these women’s ailment was a tumor or a clog
in the spleen, which kept it from attracting the Sudani mixture from the blood and purifying it,
and which led to leprosy. When the tumor was decomposed and the clogs were opened with
tamarisk’s cutting and expelling effects, these women were able to heal. Al-Khawz: ‘The smoke of
tamarisk helps against cold tumors and most other types of tumor.’ Al-Isra’ili: ‘Its smoke helps
against untimely menstruation.’ Ar-Razi in Al-Hawi: ‘Experiments showed three times that
hemorrhoids are cured with tamarisk, for it certainly dries, softens and then removes them.’
Ach-Charif: ‘The smoke of the leaves removes the coagulated blood from the throat.’”

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Musa Acuminata

■ The Opener, and Owner, described the Paradise of those on the Right Hand by saying:
{Among Talh (banana trees) with fruits piled one above another,* and in shade long-
extended,* and by water flowing constantly,* and fruit in plenty,* whose supply is not cut
off (by change of season) nor are they out of reach.} (Al- Waqi’ah: 29-33).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “The majority of scholars said that talh means banana, as they grow in
piles one over the other just as the comb’s teeth. Banana is hot and wet and the best type is ripe
and sweet. It helps against the roughness of the chest and lung, relieves coughing and helps
against ulcers of the kidney and bladder. It is a diuretic, increases semen, softens the stomach,
arouses sexual drive and should be eaten before meals. Banana harms the stomach and
aggravates the bile and phlegm, but eating it with sugar and honey reduces its side effects.”

Al-Hawwaj said: “Banana is one of the tallest plants in the world without a wooden trunk, as its
height reaches 30 ft. It is harvested only once, then, it is cut to enable the baby tree to take up the
cycle. The best banana is the one picked while still green, and left to ripen away from the tree.
For if it is kept on the tree, the fruit splits up, becomes like cotton and loses all its taste. Banana is
mawz in Arabic, which is taken from mawza in Indian. However, Talh is the classical Arabic
name. It contains water, fiber, carbohydrates, starch, grape sugar, cane sugar, phosphorus, zinc,
potassium, manganese, protein, iron, vitamins A, B6, C and ascorbic acid. It is one of the best
sources of natural energy for humans, lowers the risk of high blood pressure, is free from fat and
cholesterol and contains more easily digested carbohydrates than other fruits. Modern medicine
has helped inform people that bananas can lower the risk of dying from heart disease. Banana is
not only a delicious fruit, does not only remove hunger, in fact, it has a nutritional, medicinal
and preventive effect that should not be taken for granted. A recent Swedish study showed that
fresh and cooked bananas create immunity from cells that cause stomach ulcers. Thus, they can
prevent and heal such ulcers. Today’s nutritionists affirm that bananas, which are rich in
potassium, protect the muscles and bones, preserve blood pressure in the arteries and prevent
heart attacks. Research has shown that banana has a good effect on digestion and on intestines,
which discredits the rumors about its causing constipation and flatulence. It is also proven that
the riper the banana the greater the effect on digestion. Bananas are also the richest fruits in
melatonin hormones, which preserve youthfulness and resist aging. Also, its nutrients and
easily absorbed sugars energize and give liveliness. Banana’s starch is never kept in the body,
therefore, eating too much of it does not increase weight. Also, its high rates of potassium and
small amounts of sodium lower high blood pressure, while its alkali salts help against acidity.”

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■ The Selected, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Every Muslim
has a duty to Allah to perform a Ghusl (complete body wash) once every seven days, and
to put on perfume if he has any.] (Agreed Upon).
■ In another version: [Some of his wife’s perfume if it is available.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Albany).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has explained: [The best perfume for men
is that whose scent is apparent while its color is hidden, and the best perfume for women
is that whose color is apparent while its scent is hidden.] (Sahih: Sunan Tirmidhi, Albany).
■ He has also affirmed: [The best type of perfume is musk.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He mentioned about the people of Paradise: [Their sweat will be musk.] (Agreed Upon).
■ In addition, he has stated: [From your world, women and perfume were made beloved to
me, and the comfort of my eye is the prayer.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Thamama related that Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «He (the Prophet) used
to not reject perfume.» (Sahih: Al-Bukhari).
■ Finally, he has assured may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [Any woman, who
applied perfume and passed in front of people, so that they smell her scent, has committed
adultery.] (Hasan: Attarghib wa Attarhib, Albany). So, ladies shouldn’t use perfume outside.
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “He (p.b.u.h.) frequently used perfume and disliked foul odors. Perfume is
soul’s fuel and strength’s engine. Strength is nurtured with perfume, just like it is nurtured by
food and drink, comfort and joy, being close to loved ones, receiving good news and by the
absence of hateful, disliked persons whose presence is heavy on the heart. Indeed, associating
with disliked persons weakens the strength and causes sadness and depression, just as the
effects that fever and foul odor have on the body. Perfume was one of the dearest things to the
Messenger (p.b.u.h.) It has a good effect on preserving health and removing many ailments, for
it arouses the body’s power. […] Musk is the king of perfumes and has the best aroma. Perfumes
are usually compared to musk, but musk is never compared to them. Also, the hills of Paradise
are made of it. It is a hot, dry substance of the 2nd degree, brings comfort and joy to the heart,
strength to inner organs if drunk or smelled, strength and comfort to external organs if anointed
with it, is profitable for old people and those with excessive skin moisture, especially in winter,
stops fainting, shaking and general weakness as it excites the instinctive heat, clears eye’s white
part and dries its excessive moisture, dissipates swelling in organs, is an antidote for poisons,
helps snakebites and has many benefits. Amber is one of the best perfumes after musk. It does
not spoil, just like gold, and has several types: white, gray, red, yellow, green, blue, black and
multicolored. Gray is best, then blue, then yellow, while black is worst. There are many opinions
about its origin. Some say it is a plant of the seabed, which sea reptiles eat, then discard to later
be thrown on the shore.”---I said: Amber is the shrimp shells that whales discard after digestion.

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■ The Creator, and Maker jalla jalaluhu, has said: {We have sent down on you truffle and
quails, (saying): ‘Eat of the good lawful things We have provided for you.’} (Al-Baqarah: 57).
■ The Vast, and Benefactor subhanahu, has said about the food of those brought near to
Allah in the eternal Paradise: {The flesh of birds that they desire.} (Al-Waqi’ah: 21).
■ The Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, mentioned: [The birds of
Jannah (Paradise) are like Bukht (Persian camels). They graze on the trees of Jannah.]
Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «O Messenger of Allah, such birds are really
tender.» He said: [Their meat is even tenderer (he said it three times), and I truly hope you
will be of those who will eat from them.] (Hasan: Attarghib wa Attarhib, Al-Albany).
■ Abu Musa, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «I saw the Prophet, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace, eating chicken.» (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Some birds are allowed and some not. The prohibited have claws, like the
falcon, hawk and peregrine, and those that eat carrion, like the eagle, vulture, stork, magpie,
spotted and black crows, those we should not kill like the hoopoe and shrike and those we
should, like kite and crow. The allowed are many, like chicken: hot and dry in the 1st degree, is
easy on stomach, digests easy, increases semen and mind, softens voice and gives healthy blood.
Some say regular eating causes gout, but have no proof. Cock: hotter and less wet, old ones
relieve constipation asthma and thick flatulence if cooked with safflower and dill. Castrated is
nutritious and digests easy. Pullets digest easy, mild on stomach and give mild blood. Fancolin:
hot and dry in the 2nd degree, soft and light, digests easy, gives mild blood and betters sight.
Partridge: gives good blood and digests easy. Goose: hot and dry, is unhealthy if eaten regularly
and does not give extensive excrement. Duck: hot and wet, does not suit stomach, is difficult to
digest and gives excessive excrements. Bustard: hot and dry, is heavy on stomach but good for
athletes and hard workers. Crane: dry and light, gives bilious blood, suits hard workers and is
better eaten 1 or 2 days after slaughter. Bird and Lark: hot and dry, constipate and increase
sexual power. The soup constipates and helps joints. The brain with ginger and onion excites
sexual desire. The mixture they produce is not favorable. Pigeon: hot and wet, but wild ones are
less wet. Chicks are more humid, especially if domesticated. The young are less meaty but are
better food. Males are a good cure for numbness, narcosis, apoplexy and convulsive shaking or
trembles. Chicks are good for sexual drive and kidneys and give more blood. Sand Grouse: dry,
causes black bile, constipation, is bad food but helps in dropsy. Quail: hot and dry, helps joints,
harms hot kidneys unless made with vinegar and coriander. Dirty areas’ birds are to be avoided.
Birds are digested easier than cattle, especially necks, wings. Their brain is better than cattles’.
Locust: hot and dry, not so nutritious, regular eating thins the body. Burnt locust’s smoke helps
hemorrhoids, difficult urine, especially for women. Roasted fat locust helps in scorpion stings.”

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Lens Ensculenta

■ The Restrainer, and Expander subhanahu, has said: {(Remember) when you said: ‘O Musa
(Moses)! We cannot endure one kind of food. So, invoke your Lord for us to bring forth for
us of what the earth grows, its herbs, its cucumbers, its fum (wheat or garlic), its lentils
and its onions.’} (Al-Baqarah: 61).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “All Hadiths concerning lentils are weak. The only sound report about it is
its being the lust that Jews preferred over truffles and quails. It is cold and dry, has 2 opposing
effects, one constipates and one is a laxative. Its skin is hot and dry in the 3rd degree, and is
a laxative. Its benefit is concentrated in the peelings, thus, whole one is more beneficial than
ground one, less heavy on the stomach and less harmful. It causes black bile, harms the
melancholy profoundly, and has a negative effect on the nerves and eyesight. It produces thick
blood; and those who suffer from black bile should avoid eating it, for when they do excessively,
it will cause paranoia, leprosy, quartan (occurs every 4th day) fever and other ailments. Eating it
with chard and grease will lessen its side effects. Eating it with sweets could cause clogs in the
liver. Eating it regularly harms eyesight, for it is very dry. It, in addition, causes urine retention,
cold swellings and excessive flatulence. The best type is the fat, white lentil that digests faster.”

World Healthiest Food said that despite its small size, lentil is one of the most nourishing
legumes, contains a lot of fiber that heals cholesterol, improves sugar level in the blood and
keeps it from suddenly rising after food. Also, lentil has 2 types of vitamin B and proteins
without fat. Some of its proven and amazing benefits help the digestive system, heart disease,
diabetes and constipation. It also energizes, due to its iron content, especially for women during
menstruation, pregnancy, breast feeding and for children and teenagers. In addition, it is a main
constituent for hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from lungs to all body cells, and for essential
enzymes to the body’s energy and metabolism. Those with kidney stones should not eat it.

Sanabil Al-Khair said: “The part used is the ripe seed. It is a plant from moderate climates, and
is therefore found in the Mediterranean. Today it is grown in many regions, in January of every
year. It is a seasonal short plant rising 50cm, its leaves are very thin and its flowers are white
and red. Red lentil’s seeds have two sides and are often covered with a brown screen. Lentils
contain a lot of protein, vitamins, minerals like iron and calcium, and carbohydrates.”

I said: It is better to buy raw lentils, to cook them at home, and to avoid canned ones, because
cans have a layer of harmful bisphenol in their inner surface. Also, canned lentil is cooked too
long under high temperature, which destroys its benefits. This advice applies to all canned food.

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■ The Ever Near, and Fashioner subhanahu, has said: {Your Lord inspired the bee, saying:
‘Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect.* Then, eat
of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).’ There comes forth from
their bellies, a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed
a sign for a people who think.} (An-Nahl: 68, 69).
■ Abu Al-Qasem, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, told the man who requested
a medicine for his brother’s diarrhea: [Have him drink some honey.] (Agreed Upon).
■ The flower of Allah’s Beloved, and the daughter of the man of truth Ummu ‘Abdillah, who
was freed from accusations from above the seven Heavens, ‘A’isha Al-Humayra’ may Allah
be pleased with her, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him
peace, used to love honey and sweets.» (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Honey has a big medicinal value, for it washes away harmful substances
in the veins and intestines, dissolves excess moisture as a drink and as an ointment, is great for
the elderly and those who have phlegm, cold moods or chills, is nutritious, softens the bowel,
preserves, reduces medicines’ bitterness, cleanses the liver and chest, is a diuretic and heals
coughing that comes with phlegm. If drunk hot and mixed with rose oil, it cures animal bites
and opium’s effects. If drunk with water it helps against rabid dog’s bite and poisonous
mushrooms. If fresh meat is kept in it, it preserves its freshness for 3 months. If cucumbers,
gourds, eggplants or fruits are kept in it, they too will be preserved. Further, it preserves dead
corpses, thus deserving to be called, the faithful preserver. Honey kills lice and its eggs, adds
softness, beauty and growth to the hair. As eyeliner, it removes sight’s darkness. It whitens
teeth, preserves their health and the gums’, opens the veins’ orifice and increases menstruation’s
flow. Licking it on empty stomach rids the body of mucus and phlegm. It cleanses the stomach,
frees it of harmful substances, heats it mildly, opens up its pores and does the same to kidneys,
prostate and liver. It is the least harmful sweet for congestions in the liver and spleen. On top of
all this, it does not have any side effects, nor harm, except for those suffering from bile and who
should neutralize its harm with vinegar. Thus, there is no substance that is more beneficial than
honey or even rivals its value. This is why people of old times relied on it. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.)
used to drink it mixed with water on an empty stomach. There is a wonderful secret behind this
practice regarding preserving health, which only those with sound comprehension recognize.”
Muhammad Hasan Al-Hamsi said: “Science proved that honey kills bacteria and germs, cures
anemia, poisoning, stomach ulcers and diseases, breathing system, lung, heart, liver, nervous
system, insomnia, skin, wounds, eyes, diabetes, difficult urine, cancer and women’s ailments. It
is an ideal nutrition and protects from many illnesses that are caused by artificial food.”
I said: It is most important for kids, and it protects from aging and tooth decay —if Allah wills.

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Vitis Vinifera

■ The Lord, and Ever Providing ‘azza wa jall, said: {Grapes and clover plants.} (‘Abasa: 28).
■ The Most Kind, and Merciful, has mentioned: {Gardens of vines.} (Ar-Ra’d: 4).
■ The Responsive, and Vast, has stated: {Verily, for the Muttaqun (the pious believers)
there will be a success (Paradise); Gardens and Vineyards.} (An-Naba’: 31, 32)
■ The Bestower, Opener said: {From the fruits of date palms and grapes.} (An-Nahl: 67).
■ In addition, He mentioned subhanahu: {A garden of date palms and grapes.} (Al-Isra’: 91).
■ Then, He affirmed: {Gardens of date palms and grapes, wherein is much fruit for you.}
(Al-Mu’minun: 19).
■ He said jalla wa ‘ala: {We have made therein gardens of date palms and grapes.} (Yasin:
34). These seven ayat are what the computer generated for the words grape and vine.
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Allah subhanahu has mentioned grapes in six ayat while listing the various
bounties that He has bestowed on His slaves in this and the Next Life. Grapes are among the
best and most beneficial fruits, and are eaten fresh, dried, green and ripe. Further, they are
a type of fruit and nutritious food, along with their benefits as a remedy and a drink. Wetness
and hotness are among the characteristics of grapes just as other grains. The best are the big ones
that are full of juice, while white ones are better than black ones when both are equal in
sweetness. Eating fresh grapes 2 or 3 days after harvest is better than eating them immediately.
Otherwise, they cause diarrhea and flatulence. If left on their hanging grapevines until their skin
becomes thin, they are a good nutrition, just like raisins and figs, and in addition, they
strengthen the body. If the seeds are removed, they are a better laxative. Excessive eating causes
headaches, unless taken with sour pomegranate. Grapes in general are a good laxative and
provide a good source of nutrition. The best types of fruits are three: grapes, dates and figs.”

Dr. Muhammad Nizar Ad-Duqur said: “Grape is certainly the most beneficial fruit, as it builds
the body’s cells, restores it, strengthens it, cures it and protects it from many ailments. It is rich
in sugar that the liver stores for when needed, like during fasting. Sugar is essential for creating
energy and liveliness. Grapes are rich in vitamin B, which protects the nerves, and vitamin C,
which increases immunity and kills germs and microbes. Grapes are used as a laxative for the
intestines, an anti-constipation, a diuretic and to lower bolic acid in the blood which results from
food, settles in the joints and causes arthritis. They are rich in glucose which protects the liver,
increases its activity and bile production, adds weight for the extremely thin and protects from
cancer. If its seeds are blended in its juice and drunk before fermentation, they help cure heart
diseases, blood pressure, cholesterol, poisoning, stress and convalescence. Raisins have most of
grapes’ vitamins and minerals. The best are from thick grapes, with thin peel and fewest seeds.”

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■ The Truth, and Evident subhanahu, has said: {Indeed We have bestowed upon you seven
of Al-Mathani (repeatedly recited ayat, i.e. Al-Fatihah) and the Grand Qur’an.} (Al-Hijr: 87).
■ The Chosen, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to Abu Sa’id may Allah be
pleased with him: [Shall I teach you the greatest chapter in the Qur’an before you leave the
Masjid?] Abu Sa’id said: «He took my hand and when we wanted to leave, I said:
‘O Messenger of Allah, you said I will teach you the greatest chapter in the Qur’an.» He
said: [{All praise and thanks are Allah’s, the Lord of the ‘Alamin.} It (Al-Fatihah) is the
Seven Mathani and the Immense Qur’an which I was given.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, told a companion who cured a scorpion’s
bite with Al-Fatihah: [How did you know that it is an incantation?] (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Fatihah is the mother of Qur’an, seven mathani, ultimate cure, beneficial
remedy, perfect incantation and key to richness, success and strength. It removes sadness,
depression and anguish. Only those who know its value, right, and medical secret will acquire
such bounties. One companion unveiled its secret when he used it as incantation for scorpion
stings and the sick was instantly cured. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) asked: [How did you know that it
is an incantation?] They are successful ones who uncover some of its secrets and content of
Tawheed, knowing Allah, His names, attributes, actions, decisions, affirming the religion,
predestination, resurrection, His oneness in worship and Lordship, trusting and depending on
He Who owns all affairs, the praise and all pure things and to Whom everything must return.
Those who show meekness to Allah seeking correct guidance which is the basis of ultimate
happiness in this and the Next Life, who connect between its meanings and acquiring the good
and fending off the harm of both lives, and who understand that their ultimate well-being and
receiving the perfect Favor of Allah are all linked to implementing these meanings. It is they
who’ll be able to substitute Fatihah in place of many medicines and use it as incantation, and use
it to open the doors of goodness and drive away the elements of evil. To understand this subject
requires a new nature, a new heart and a new type of Faith. By Allah! You will not find any evil
statement, nor misguiding innovation, but Fatihah will contain what nullifies and refutes it with
the best, most correct and direct manner. Also, you will not find a door that leads to acquiring
knowledge, correct guidance of the heart and the remedy of the soul against its ills, but that
Fatihah will possess its key and the method to best use it. Finally, you will not find a path on
which those who seek the Lord of the Worlds are passing, but you will find Fatihah in its
beginning and end. By Allah! Fatihah is much more important than what we emphasized. The
slave who holds fast to Fatihah, comprehends it properly, relies on it as a perfect remedy, shield,
immunity and as a light of guidance. He understands its implications as they should be. It is he
who will not fall into innovation, shirk, or catch an ailment in the heart except briefly!”

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Cucumis Sativus

■ ‘Abdullah ibn Ja’afar At-Tayyar Dhil-Janahayn, may Allah be pleased with them, said:
«I saw the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, eating ripe dates with
cucumbers.» (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Cucumber is cool and wet in the 2nd degree, cools the hotness in the
stomach, does not spoil quickly, helps relieve prostate pain and nausea, while its seeds are
diuretic. If its leaves are used as bandage, they help against dog bites. It does not digest easily
and its coolness sometimes hurts some parts of the stomach. Hence, one should eat it with what
would make its coolness and wetness milder, just as the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) did by eating ripe
dates with it. In addition, eating it with raisins or honey makes it milder on the stomach.”

The author of Al-Qanoon said: “Ripe cucumber is a diuretic, a laxative and helps the bladder.”

Ibn Al-Baytar said: “Cucumber is lighter than khiyar, easier to digest and is cold and wet.
Cucumber, khiyar and gourd benefit those with hot temperaments, but harm those with cold
temperaments, and therefore they should not eat too much of them.”

Ibnu Juzla said: “Cucumber alleviates fever and bile, suits the bladder, is a diuretic and
quenches thirst. Smelling it refreshes the one who fainted from fever, while eating it helps
against dogs’ bite.”

Al-Hawwaj said: “Cucumber is a seasonal plant that contains vitamins A, B and C, calcium,
phosphorus, iron, sulfur, manganese and it is a cold alkali. Modern medicine described
cucumber’s characteristics as similar to khiyar’s, and that it is wet, purifies the blood and
dissolves urinary acids, while its salts are diuretic. It is used internally to lower temperature, as
an antidote against poisons, to alleviate intestinal aches, bile, bleeding, arthritis and coli
escherichia. Externally, it is used against chronic itch, for skin care, to cure brown spots
(chloasma) and other skin problems, by mixing its juice with fresh milk and washing the
location of the problem with it. For oily skin, like the face, cucumber is cooked in water without
salt, then used as a face wash. Cucumber has no side effects, except when people with a weak
stomach eat it fresh. However, they can use it once every 24 hrs, after adding some sea salt to it.”

I said: Today, cucumber cremes are very popular among women, because of its proven benefits
in beautifying and preserving facial skin. It is also used for eyes’ dark circles, which result from
lack of sleep and fatigue. The method is: to leave a cucumber in the fridge until it becomes cold,
then to cut two circles from it and to place them on the eyes for ten minutes, while lying down.

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■ The Clement, and Most Merciful subhanahu, has said: {O Mankind! there has come to
you a good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Qur’an, enjoining all that is good and forbidding
all that is evil), and a healing for that (disease of ignorance, doubt, hypocrisy and
differences) which is in your breasts, — a guidance and a mercy (explaining lawful and
unlawful things) for the believers.} (Yunus: 57).
■ The Expediter and Delayer has stated: {We send down of the Qur’an that which is
a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism and act on it), and it
increases the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers) in nothing but loss.} (Al-Isra’: 82).
■ The Mighty and Most Exalted said: {Say: ‘It is for those who believe, a guide and a healing.
And as for those who disbelieve, there is heaviness (deafness) in their ears.} (Fussilat: 44).
■ The Patron, and Powerful jalla wa ‘ala, also has mentioned: {So, when the Qur’an is
recited, listen to it, and be silent that you may receive Mercy.} (Al-A’raf: 204).
■ Then, He said, subhanahu: {Is it not sufficient for them that We have sent down to you
the Book which is recited to them?} (Al-‘Ankabut: 51).
■ The Truthful and Believed, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has assured:
[No group of people would assemble in a house (Masjid) among the houses of Allah ta’ala,
and recite the Book of Allah, and study it among themselves, but that tranquility would
descend upon them, and Mercy would cover them, and the angels would surround them,
and Allah makes a mention of them in the presence of those near Him.] (Sahih: Muslim).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Qur’an is the ultimate cure from all types of illnesses that attack the body
and heart and from all calamities of life and death. Yet, not everyone is suitable or guided to
successfully seek Qur’an as a cure. If the ill successfully uses its cure and applies it on his
ailment with faith, sincerity, complete acceptance and trust, all the while observing the
necessary guidelines in this regard, no illness can resist the cure. How can any ailment resist the
Words of the Lord of the earth and heaven, which if it were revealed to a mountain, it would
render it asunder, and if revealed to the earth, it would tear it apart. No ailment that attacks the
body or heart, but the Qur’an contains its remedy and cure and would provide immunity
against it, that is, for whomever Allah has endowed with the bounty of comprehending His
Book. We stated before that Qur’an contains the major aspects and basis of the knowledge of
medicine: preserving health, diet and extracting harmful substances. As for the ills that attack
the heart, the Qur’an mentions them in detail and directs the people to the cures and remedies to
treat them. Allah has said: {Is it not sufficient for them that We have sent down to you the
Book which is recited to them?} (Al-Ankabut: 51). May Allah never cure those whom Qur’an
does not cure, nor suffice those for whom Allah is not sufficent as a Helper.”

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Costus Arabicus

■ The Selected, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has affirmed: [The best
treatments you use are cupping and costus.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He also has mentioned, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [Use this Indian ‘ud
(costus), because it contains a remedy for seven diseases. It is su’ut (administered
through the nose) for tonsillitis, and ludud (put into the side of the mouth) for pleurisy.]
(Sahih: Bukhari). Indian ‘ud here is costus. However, it is also a name for aloeswood.
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “There are two kinds of costus, the white kind that is called sea-qust and
the Indian qust, which is the hottest among them, while the white type is the mildest. Both kinds
have many benefits and are hot and dry in the 3rd degree, and they dry out the phlegm and
colds. When they are taken as a drink, they help the weak liver and stomach and colds
associated with such cases. Costus also helps against victular, quartan (every 4th day) fever, pain
on the side of the body and poisons. If the face is anointed with costus that is kneaded with
water and honey, they heal the spots that appear on the face."

Ibnu Hajar said: “Su’ut is the ground substance, mixed with oil and administered through the
nose. Ludud is the medicine that is put into one of the two sides of the mouth.”

Dr. Muhammad Nizar Ad-Duqur said: “Costus has many types: Arabicus is used in Europe for
liver illnesses. Al-Muhaddab is used in Venezuela for healing syphilis. The cylindrical type is
used in Central America to cure genital diseases and to purify the blood. Zuhhad’s costus is used
in Paraguay for fertility. Silk costus is used in the Caroline Islands of the Pacific to cure ague and
damamil (a skin disease). The naw’i type is used in Europe, Hawaii, India, Jawa and Malayo for
spot baldness, chronic constipation, asthma, windpipes’ inflammation, mouth cancer, cholera,
coughing, dropsy, dysentery, leprosy, eyes’ inflammation, viper bites and more. The Chawki
type in Dominica dissolves gases, is a diuretic and cures rheumatism. Lawlabi is used in Brazil
against tumors. Costus Speciosus or Arabicus grows wildly in Southeast Asia, and is used
against lung diseases, coughing and asthma. African costus, which the English call ginger lily, is
used for coughing, rheumatism and skin ulcers. Philiosismos grows in Columbia, Peru and
Guyana, and is used for intestinal problems and titiphus’ fever.”

I said: One should differentiate between costus and aloeswood, for the two are called Indian ‘ud
in the explanation of the Hadiths, and are quite similar in appearance. Thus, they both are
brown, but are completely different. One is wood and the other is a root. Therefore, caution
should be used, and their scientific names can help identify them.

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Cinnamomum Camphora

■ The Accepter of repentence, and Praiseworthy, has said: {Verily, Al-Abrar (the pious)
shall drink of a (wine) cup mixed with Kafur (camphor spring in Paradise).} (Al-Insan: 5).
■ The Bringer of Good News, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said about Jumu’a
prayers’ reward in Jannah: [They walk through mountains of camphor.] (Sahih: Aljame’,
Al-Albany), which in raw form looks just like snow, and smells much like ‘Halls’ candy.
■ Ibn ‘Omar, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless
him and grant him peace, used aloeswood for incense, without mixing anything with it, or
he put camphor along with it.» (Sahih: Muslim).
The author of Al-Qanun said: “Camphor prevents hot tumors, speeds grey hair and stops nose
bleeding if mixed with vinegar, ripe date juice, myrtle water or basilicum water. It also helps hot
headaches, removes sleepiness, strengthens the senses of the hot tempered, lowers sexual desire
and causes kidney and bladder stones.”

Ibn Al-Baytar said: “It is beneficial for those with hot temperaments or bilious headaches, if
they inhale its scent alone, or if a paste is made of it, rose water and sandal as it would then
benefit their organs and senses. If it is continuously smelled, it prevents sexual desire, and if
drunk it does so intensively. If two barley grains’ weight of it are administered through the nose
with lettuce water, every day, it would heal head’s heat, help sleep, remove headaches and stop
nose bleeding and excessive bleeding. If mixed with rose oil and vinegar, then applied on the
front of the head, it would help hot headaches, especially for women after giving birth.”

Hawwaj said: “Camphor is either mixed or pure, for its plant has many constituents. German
doctors affirm that it helps itching, windpipes’ inflammations and asthma. It is also used against
irregular heart beats, rheumatism, low blood pressure and back pain, especially the lower back.
However, it is deadly if used excessively. So, internal usage is 6g for adults and 1g for children
under 2 yrs, whereas external usage is 20g. Unpure camphor is not edible, for it contains cancer
causing safrole. Pure camphor should never be used by pregnant women or children under two
yrs. Also, there is no evidence that it weakens the sex drive, which contradicts old day medicine.
It should not be feared if inhaled for enjoyment or healing, but if used excessively, it becomes
poisoning. Putting it in the bed and clothes is unharmful, as it kills bacteria and repels insects.”

I said: Camphor is a crystal white matter extracted from an oil in the wood, leaves and roots of
the tree in the picture. Sheikh Al-Jazaeri, may Allah protect him, said that Quraysh used it to
enhance the taste of the pilgrims’ water. So, I searched for edible camphor, and found that it was
used for pastries in India and for soups and ice cream in China. But, it has to say “edible” on it.

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Salvadora Persica

■ The Chosen, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to his companions about the
arak fruit: [You should pick the black ones. They are the best.] They asked: «Did you use to
herd sheep?» He replied: [Is there any prophet who has not herded them?] (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Hajar said: “Nawawi said: Kabath is the arak fruit when it is ripe. Abu ‘Ubaid said: It is arak
fruit when it is dried and has no pit. His companions asked him if he herded sheep because his
saying [pick the black ones] showed that he knew its different types, and often it was the
shepherds who were able to recognize its different types as far as they knew.”

Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Arak fruit grows in Hijaz, is hot and dry and carries the same benefits as
the Arak tree: strengthening the stomach, helping digestion, dissolving phlegm and relieving
back pain and several other illnesses. Ibn Juljul said: Its soup is a diuretic and cleanses the
prostate. In addition, Ibn Radwan said: It strengthens the stomach and constipates mildly.”

Ibn Al-Baytar said: “If five dirhams of it are ground, mixed with five dirhams of sugar, eaten then
followed with cool and pure water, it is a laxative.”

Science for Islam said: “It is from the arak family, its ripe fruit is delicious and people eat it as
well as cattle. It is bitter when green, and if it ripens and blackens it becomes sweet. It removes
phlegm, glutinous wetness and gases. It opens the appetite, helps against chest diseases and
rheumatism and is a diuretic. Water of its boiled leaves is drunk as a good laxative and used to
cure hemorrhoids and to stop bleeding.”

I said: I saw arak fruit on the internet in many colors: white, red, green and the color in the
picture. Then, there is the black type that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon
him and his family, has mentioned, which is the best. However, the semblance of the fruit is the
same, as it is very special and therefore easily recognized. What an amazing and blessed tree
this is! Not only it gives us an honorable wood to clean our teeth and mouths with and to get us
closer to Allah, but in addition, it has a delicious and wonderful fruit that beautifies it and
increases its benefit and splendor. On the other hand, here is some information that I intended to
present on the page of siwak but could not due to lack of space: The tip of the siwak stick should
be trimmed every day to get rid of germs, and it would be better if one keeps it in the fridge to
preserve its humidity. If it is placed inside a cup of water prior to usage it becomes more
flexible. Finally, siwak is one of the best methods of healing to quit smoking.

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■ The Beloved, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [The best things
with which grey hair are changed are henna and indigo.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ ‘Uthman ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Muhib said: «We visited Ummu Salama, may Allah be pleased
with her, and she brought out to us some hairs of the Messenger of Allah. They were dyed
with henna and indigo.» (Sahih: Bukhari).
Al-Ghafiqi said: “Indigo is a plant that grows in valleys, its leaves are like olive’s leaves and it
grows higher than a man’s shoulders. Its fruit grows to the size of pepper and has a pit that
turns black if crushed. If the leaves are squeezed and drunk in a small measure, they cause
vomiting. Indigo, also benefits against dog’s bite. If the stem is boiled in water, it produces ink.”

Al-Kindi said: “If one uses it ground as eyeliner, it will clear the eye from accumulating water.”

Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Some thought that indigo is wasmah or Nile-leaves. This is not true, for
wasmah is a different plant. The author of Sihah said: ‘Indigo which is used to dye hair is
mistakenly taken for wasmah.’ Wasmah has long leaves, blush color, is larger than khilaf (chalef)
leaves, similar to pea leaves but larger in size and is collected in Hijaz and Yemen. If someone
asks: In the Sahih the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) did not dye his hair black. We answer that Imam Ahmad
said that other companions narrated that he did. Those who were witnesses to an act are not like
those who were not. Hence, Imam Ahmad affirmed that he (p.b.u.h.) indeed used black dye,
although Imam Malik denied. If someone says that in Muslim a Hadith is narrated that disallows
dying in black, when Abu Bakr’s father was brought to the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) with all white hair.
The Prophet p.b.u.h. said: [Change this white hair, but avoid the black color.], and indigo dyes
the hair black. There are two ways to answer. First, he (p.b.u.h.) disallowed dying in black. But if
indigo is mixed with henna there is no harm in it, for their mix is between red and black, unlike
wasmah, which turns the hair black. This is the most plausible answer. The second answer is that
black dye sometimes occurs for the purpose of deceiving others, such as when an old woman
tries to deceive the husband or other people, or when an old man tries to deceive a woman. This
is a type of cheating that is disallowed. Also, if dying in black doesn’t deceit, it is allowed. There
are authentic narrations that Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn dyed in black, as Ibn Jarir reported. He also
reported that this is the opinion of ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan, ‘Abdullah ibn Ja’afar, Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas,
‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir, Al-Mughirah ibn Shu’ba, Jarir ibn ‘Abdullah, ‘Amr ibn Al-‘As and many Tabi’in.”

I said: Indigo is made by fermenting the infusion of the leaves in the picture, then mixing its
residue with a basic substance, like the one used to make soap. Then it is dried and ground.

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■ The Pardoner, and Forbearing subhanahu, has said: {Those who repress anger, and who
pardon people.} (Al-‘Imran: 134).
■ The Ever and All Forgiving, tabaraka wa ta’ala, has said: {Show forgiveness, enjoin what
is good, and turn away from the foolish (i.e. don’t punish them).* And if an evil whisper
comes to you from Shaytan (Satan), then seek refuge with Allah.} (Al-A’raf: 199,200).
■ The Prophet of Repentence, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, said: [When
one of you gets angry, he should keep his tongue (and be silent).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Albany).
■ He has stated, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [If one of you gets angry
while he is standing up, let him sit down, and if his anger does not go away, let him lie
down.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ When he saw an angry man, he said, peace and blessings be upon him and his family:
[I know a word which, if he said it, it would remove what he feels. If he said: ‘I seek refuge
with Allah from the accursed Shaytan (Satan)’ it would remove from him what he feels.]
(Agreed Upon).
■ He has assured, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [No swallow has
a greater reward from Allah than the swallow of an anger, which a slave repressed seeking
the Face of Allah.] (Sahih: Attarghib wa Attarhib, Al-Albany).
■ He said, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Whoever represses an anger
while he is capable of retaliation, Allah will call him from among the creatures (on the Day
of Resurrection), so that he chooses from the Hur (fair females of Paradise) with wide
lovely eyes, and so that he marries from them whom he wants.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ In addition, he affirmed, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Do not get
angry, and you will be given Jannah (Paradise).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He has told us: [The strong man is not the one who throws people in wrestling. The
strong man is the one who has control of himself when he is angry.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Finally, he has explained, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Should I not
show you who is stronger than him? A man who was mistreated by another man but
repressed his anger, and by doing so, he defeated that man, defeated his own shaytan and
defeated that man’s shaytan.] (Sahih: Assilsila, Al-Albany).
Dr. Nadhmi Khalil Abu Al-‘Ata said: “It has been scientifically proven that anger and nervous
breakdowns cause some of the most common contemporary illnesses, like diabetes, stress, heart
disease and strokes, due to an increase of the blood’s pressure during its circulation in the
arteries and small blood vessels. In addition, anger causes generalized paralysis, sometimes
localized paralysis, high blood pressure, weakening of the appendix nerves, stomach ulcers, and
other modern diseases.”

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■ The Nourisher, subhanahu, has said: {We have sent down on you al-manna and as-salwa
(the quails), (saying): ‘Eat of the good lawful things We have provided for you.’} (Al-Baqarah:
57). Al-manna is food and drink that Allah provided without man’s effort.
■ The Faithful, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [Truffle is part of
al-manna, and its juice is healing for the eye.] (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Truffle grows wild and hidden underground, without leaves or stems. Its
essence is earthly, steamy, remains underground in winter and surfaces with spring rainfall.
There are many types, among which a poisonous reddish type causes asphyxiation. Truffle is
cold, wet in the 3rd, bad for the stomach and hard to digest. Regular eating causes constipation,
gastric pain, facial paralysis, stomachache and painful urination. Humid kinds are less harmful
than dry ones. So, it should be buried in a muddy area, boiled in water, salt, thyme and eaten
with oil and spices, for it has a very earthly essence, although it contains a fair amount of water
in its essence that makes it light. As eyeliner, it helps against bad eyesight and ophthalmia. The
best doctors, like Al-Masihi and Al-Qanun’s author have agreed that its water or juice strengthens
eyesight. Al-Ghafiqi said: ‘Truffle water is the best eye remedy when kneaded with antimony
and used as eyeliner. It strengthens the eyelid and eyesight and prevents many eye illnesses.’”

Dr. Muhammad Nizar Ad-Duqur said: “Nawawi said: ‘Its water is an eye remedy if squeezed
and placed in it. I have seen, me and others in our old day, people who really went blind, used
pure truffle water as eyeliner, got cured and were able to see again.’ Ibn Hajar commented on
Nawawi’s saying: ‘It should be added that only those who strongly believe in the truth of the
prophetic Hadith and its implementation can benefit from it.’ Thunder storms ensure a good
season for truffles. Being strong electrical sparks, they raise the tempearature to 3000 degrees
and convert pure nitrogen to nitric acid, which benefits the growth of truffles. Truffle is a fungal
plant rich in protein, starch, vitamin B1, fat, amino acids, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and
calcium. It is great for eye problems, trachoma, soft nails and chapped lips. In an international
conference on Islamic medicine, Dr. Al-Marzuqi presented the results of his treatments for
various eye ailments using truffle water, which is a brown liquid with strong scent. Important
results were recorded, as he chose 86 children who suffered from trachoma, seperated them into
two groups, had one group use usual medicine and for the second group he prescriped truffle
water to be used three times a day for one month. The difference was clear in the progress and
results. The group who did not use truffles healed but had conjunctiva’s fibrosis, while the
second group healed completely. This was a big development for curing this tough disease.”

I said: Truffle is costly. But, if you know its season and area, and train a dog, you get it for free!

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■ The Warner, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has assured: [There is
healing in three: a drink of honey, scarification for cupping and cauterization by fire, and
I warn my Nation against cauterization.] (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ The Bringer of Glad Tidings, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to ‘Imran may
Allah be pleased with him: [Seventy thousand people of my Nation will be admitted into
Paradise without Judgement.] He said: «And who are they, Messenger of Allah?» He said:
[Those who do not cauterize or exorcise, but repose trust in their Lord.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «On the day of Ahzab, Ubayy received the
wound of an arrow in his medial arm vein. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, cauterized it.» (Sahih: Muslim).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “It is prohibited for whoever is seeking a cure with it —not for wounds. In
old days, people believed that not using it causes death, so the Prophet p.b.u.h. disallowed it. Ibn
Qutayba said: It is 2 types. One is a healthy person using it to fend off illness and it is this type
that is referred to by the statement ‘he who cauterized did not trust in Allah’, as such people
seek to fend off Destiny. The second is cauterizing infected wounds and amputated limbs, and
in these cases it is effective. As for the type that might or not work, it is apparently disliked. The
Hadiths that discussed this subject are 4 categories: practicing it, disliking it, praising those who
do not use it and disallowing it. There is no contradiction between these categories. When the
Prophet (p.b.u.h.) used it, he indicated that it was allowed. Further, his disliking it for his Nation
does not indicate that it is prohibited. Also, his praising those who avoid it indicates that
avoiding it is better. Finally, disallowing it can be explained that either it is disliked, or that its
disallowing is directed at those who revert to it to fend off a future illness. Allah knows best.”

Ibn Hajar said: “Al-Bukhari’s title ‘He who cauterized himself or someone, and favoring he who
avoids it’ seems to allow it if needed and prefer avoiding it if not. It also shows that if permitted,
it does not matter whether one does it alone or has someone do it, for the Hadith about its cure is
general: [There is healing in three]. Avoiding it is taken from: [I do not like to be cauterized.]”

Dr. Mahmood Nadhim An-Nasimi said: “When Islam came, excessive cauterization was
popular. People deformed their bodies with unnecessary fire burns. Thus, the Messenger
(p.b.u.h.) warned against it and explained that it should be used only when necessary. Today,
cauterization is still used for certain ailments, though thermocauteres and electrocauteres took
the place of heated iron, which improved dexterity and access. Nations should preserve their
heritage, instead of exchanging its treasures for innovations that sometimes cause cancer,
deformation or harm. Knowledge does not make a difference between old and new.”

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■ The Most Holy, and All-Peaceful subhanahu, has said: {In it are rivers of water the taste
and smell of which are not changed, rivers of milk of which the taste never changes.}
(Muhammad: 15).
■ He, tabaraka wa ta’ala, also has mentioned: {Verily, in the cattle there is a lesson for you.
We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies, from between excretions and blood,
pure milk; palatable to the drinkers.} (An-Nahl: 66).
■ The Trusting in Allah, peace be upon him, said: [Drink cow milk, for it grazes on all types
of trees, and in it there is a healing for every disease.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He has also advised: [Seek cure in cow milk.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, said: [If one drinks milk, he should
say: ‘O Allah! Bless it for us, and grant us more of it’, because there is not a more complete
food or drink than milk.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He stated peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Three things should not be
rejected: pillows, oil, and milk.] (Hasan: Mukhtasar Ash-Shamael, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Milk is best when it has just been milked, […] and is better fourty days
after the animal has given birth. The best is the whitest, as it has a good scent and delicious taste,
is mildly sweet and has less fat and a light consistency. It also is best when young healthy
animals are milked, especially those that have less meat and graze in healthy pasture. Milk is
good, produces red blood, brings wetness to the body, is a nutritious food and helps relieve
depression, obsession and black bile ailments. If it is drunk with honey, it will help cleanse the
insides of septic materials. Drinking it with sugar makes the skin fairer. Milk helps the body
regain its strength after sex and is favorable for the chest, lungs and tuberculosis patients. It is
not favorable for the head, stomach, liver or spleen. Excessive drinking is harmful for teeth and
gums, and this is why it is better to rinse the mouth after drinking it. In the Sahihain it is narrated
that the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) once drank it then asked for some water and rinsed his mouth,
saying: [It has fat.] Milk is not good for those suffering from fever and headaches and is not
favorable for head and brain weaknesses. Excessive drinking causes sight darkness and
impairment, gout, kidney clogs and stomach and intestines’ swelling. These side effects will be
neutralized if milk is mixed with honey or ginger for those who are not used to it. Cow Milk:
provides nutrition for the body and is a mild laxative. It is one of the best milks, between sheep
and goat milk, in thickness and fat. Goat Milk: is mild and light, works as a mild laxative, is wet
for dry bodies and cures mouth cankers, dry cough and nosebleeds. Sheep Milk: is the thickest
and most watery, has more fat and bad odor than goat or cow milk, produces phlegm and
causes white spots or stains on the skin if drunk regularly. It is better mixed with water to lessen
its concentration. However, it does quench the thirst quicker and cools faster than other milks.”

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■ The Opener, and All-Knowing jalla jalaluhu, has said: {Do they not look at the camels, how
they are created? And at the heaven, how it is raised?} (Al-Ghashiyah: 17,18).
■ The Faithful, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to those who had dropsy,
which is a fatal swelling of the stomach: [Why don’t you go out to the herd of camels
reserved for charity, and drink from their urine (as a medicine) and milk.] (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “The proof that this illness was dropsy is from Muslim, who narrated that
the bedouins said: ‘We have not found Madinah suitable for us and our stomachs swelled. Our
organs weakened.’ Dropsy is a physical disease that occurs when a strange cold substance
penetrates the external organs of the body and those not used in digestion, causing them to
swell. There are 3 types of dropsy: in body tissue (fleshy), which is the most serious, in a body
cavity and in an organ (drum). The required remedy includes mild laxatives and diuretics that
rid the body of fluids. These qualities exist in camels’ milk and urine, so the Prophet (p.b.u.h.)
prescribed them. Camel milk is a mild laxative and diuretic. It cleanses, opens clogs, removes
obstructions and soothes the body, especially when the camels graze on beneficial herbs such as
wormwood, lavender, chamomile, daisy and lemongrass. These herbs help against dropsy,
which is symptomatic of an ailment in the liver, especially due to congestion in it. Arabian
camels’ milk helps in this case for it opens the clogs and has many benefits as mentioned.”

The Qur’an miracles’ encyclopedia said: “In the August 2005 edition of Science Magazine,
a recent research found that camels, especially the Arabian ones, have small antibodies in their
blood and tissues that are composed of short chains of amino acids, and which scientists named
nanobodies. Studies have been focusing on these antibodies since 2001. Thus, experiments have
been able to cure cancer and tumors in animals, as these antibodies can stick to the wall of the
cancerous cell and destroy it. Some major bio-technology companies in Britain and America
have succeeded in producing pills that contain antibodies similar to those in camel’s milk and
capable of healing cancer, several chronic illnesses and bacterial inflammations. In addition,
there are some quite certain news that camel’s milk can cure HIV, for it contains proteins that
are crucial to the immune system. Excellent results have been achieved in this field and
a medicine from camel’s milk is currently being produced for HIV, cancer and liver epidemics.
Moreover, the bio-pharmaceutical company Ablynx has improved these antibodies in order to
achieve 16 treatment goals and to heal most of the major diseases, like cancer, inflammatory
illnesses, heart disease and blood vessels. Some 800 scientists and many universities are focusing
today on the research of antibodies to fulfill the futuristic project of curing stubborn diseases.”

I said: The ill men in the Hadith healed and their story is amazing, so get your Sunnah books!

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■ The All-Rich, and Most Glorious subhanahu wa ta’ala, has said: {Do they not see that We
have created for them of what Our Hands have created, the cattle, so that they are their
owners. And We have subdued them to them so that some of them they have for riding
and some they eat.} (Ya-Sin: 71, 72).
■ The Generous, and Most Kind jalla jalaluhu, has said in the story of Ibrahim, peace be
upon him, and his guests the obedient and honorable angels: {He hastened to entertain
them with a roasted calf (young bull).} (Hud: 69).
■ The Hachimi Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, mentioned tharid,
which is bread and meat. He said: [The excellence of ‘A’isha over other women is like the
excellence of tharid over other types of food.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He also has stated, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Use the sheep, for it
is one of the animals in Jannah (Paradise), and pray in their cote (shelter), and wipe their
dust (i.e. the earth on their wool).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «We were with the Prophet, may Allah
bless him and grant him peace, responding to an invitation. The leg (of meat) was picked
for him, which he used to like.» (Agreed Upon).
■ Ibnu Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The bone dearer to him was the leg of
sheep.» (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ In addition, he has mentioned, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Eat the
meat on the back, for it is one of the best parts.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Al-Mughira, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «One night I became the guest of the
Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. So, he ordered that a side of sheep be
roasted, and it was roasted.» (Sahih: Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
■ Thawban, may Allah be pleased with him, said about jerked (dried) meat: «The Messenger
of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, slaughtered his sacrificial animal and
then said: [O Thawban! Dry the meat of this one.] Then, I continuously served him from it
until he arrived in Madinah.» (Sahih: Muslim).
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■ Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «We made a rabbit bolt from its hole at Marr
Az-Zahran and the people ran after it but got tired. I got to it, caught it and brought it to
Abu Talha. He slaughtered it, then he sent its haunch and thighs to the Prophet, may Allah
bless him and grant him peace, and he accepted that.» (Agreed Upon).
■ Asma’, may Allah be pleased with her, said: «We slaughtered a horse during the time of
the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and ate it.» (Agreed
■ Abu Qutada, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «O Messenger of Allah! We hunted
a wild ass, and we have some leftovers.» Thus, the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace, said to his companions: [Eat.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Ibnu abi ‘Ammar, may Allah have Mercy on him, said: «I asked Jabir ibnu ‘Abdillah about
hyenas, and he allowed me to eat them. I said: ‘is it a legitimate hunting?’ He said: ’Yes.’
I said: ‘Did you hear it from the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him
peace?’ He said: ‘Yes.’» (Sahih: Sunan Nisa’i, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Gazelle: is the best among the meats of wild game. It is hot and dry and
beneficial for the healthy body, especially the fawn’s meat. Antelope: is hot and dry in the 1st
degree, dehydrates the body and is beneficial for the humid bodied. The author of Al-Qanun
said: ‘The best type of game meat is the antelope’s, although it tends to cause black bile.’ Rabbit:
is mildly hot and dry, and the best part of it is the hip. The best way to eat it is by roasting it. It
constipates, is a diuretic and dissolves stones. Eating its head benefits against convulsive
shaking. Horse: is hot, dry, tough and dark. It is also harmful for soft stomachs and bodies.
Camel: Young camel is one of the tastiest and most nutritious types of food, and those who are
used to eating it find it as light and beneficial as sheep meat. Some doctors did not like eating it
for residents of the cities, because they are not used to it. It is hot and dry, difficult to digest and
begets black bile. Camel meat has an especially strong effect on the body, and this is why the
Prophet (p.b.u.h.) ordered the Muslims to perform ablution after eating it in two undisputed
Hadiths. Uromastyx Lizard: We stated before that eating its meat is allowed. This type of meat is
hot and dry and excites the sexual drive. Wild Ass: is hot and dry, nutritious and produces
thick, bilious blood. Its fat is beneficial if mixed with costus oil to treat toothache and flatulence
that weakens the kidneys. Further, when its grease is applied on spots, it will heal them. In
general, all types of wild-game meat produce thick, bilious blood. In addition, the best type of
wild-game meat is gazelle then rabbit meat. Animal Fetus: is not preferred because the blood is
still trapped in it. However, it is still allowed, for the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant
him peace, said: [Slaughtering the fetus is included in slaughtering its mother.] (Sahih:
Aljame’, Al-Albany).”

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■ The Ever Living, and Self-Subsisting Sustainer of All tabaraka wa ta’ala, has said: {We
have made from water every living thing.} (Al-Anbiya’: 30).
■ He who Wipes out Infidelity, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said:
[The best water on the face of the earth is Zamzam water. In it there is food to remove
hunger, and healing to remove illness.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also has mentioned, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Zamzam is for
whatever was intended behind drinking it.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless
him and grant him peace, used to carry Zamzam water in small and large skinbags, and he
used to pour it on the sick and have them drink from it.» (Sahih: Assilsila, Al-Albany).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has explained: [Fever —or the strong
fever— is from the blast of Hellfire, so cool it with water.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He also has advised: [If any of you comes down with fever, let him sprinkle cold water on
himself for three consecutive nights before daybreak (Fajr).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He has told us, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [Sayhan, Jayhan, the Euphrates
and the Nile are all among the rivers of Paradise.] (Sahih: Muslim). The Euphrates is in Iraq,
while Sayhan and Jayhan are two rivers that run in Turkey, Armenia and their region.
■ Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace, used to breath three times (outside the container) in the course of
a drink and say: [It is more thirst-quenching, more wholesome and healthier.]» (Sahih:
■ He also has said, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [When one of you
drinks, he should not breathe into the container.] (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Prophet, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, forbade drinking from the mouth of a container.» (Sahih: Bukhari).
Tabib said: “Water is essential for life and for healing. It is used to heal fever through drinking
and washing, and to heal joint pain and blood clots through jacuzzis. It is also a cure for
dehydration, poisoning, obesity, piles, allergies, anal fistula, labor, skin care, etc…”

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Ziziphus Spina Christi

■ The One, and Most Exalted, said: {Indeed he (Muhammad) saw him (Jibril) at a second
descent.* Near Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (Jujube tree of the Limit).* Near it is the Paradise of
Abode.* When that covered the Jujube tree which did cover it.} (An-Najm: 13-16).
■ He, subhanahu, has said: {Those on the Right Hand —how fortunate will be those on the
Right Hand? (They will be) among thornless jujube trees.} (Al-Waqi’ah: 27, 28).
■ The Prophets’ Seal peace be upon him said in the Hadith of Isra’: [I was raised to the
Jujube tree of the Limit. Its leaves were like the ears of elephants, and its jujubes were like
the pots of Hajar.] (Sahih: Bukhari). A jujube leaf subhanallah resembles an elephant’s ear.
■ He also said: [Does not Allah say: {thornless jujube}? Allah has removed its thorns, and
replaced each thorn with a fruit. Verily, it produces a fruit that opens up into seventy two
colors of food, not one resembles the other.] (Sahih: Attarghib and Attarhib, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “The Jujube soothes the natural digestive process, helps against diarrhea,
coats the stomach, relieves bile, nourishes the body, makes food tasty, causes phlegm and helps
against bilious inflammation. It digests slowly while its flour strengthens the bowls and is
favorable for bilious temperaments. Its harm is neutralized by eating honeycomb with it. There
is a conflict of opinion concerning if jujube is wet or dry. The correct opinion is that wet jujube is
cold and wet, while dry jujube is cold and dry.”

Ibnu Hajar said: “The reason for naming it the Jujube tree of the Limit was clarified in a Hadith
from Muslim. The Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) said: [All things that rise from earth end at this
tree, to be received from it; and all things that descend are sent down from it.] Nawawi said:
‘It was called the Jujube tree of the Limit because the knowledge of angels ends there, and none
was able to pass it except the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) Also, Hajar is the name of a town.’”

Hawwaj said: “Jujube is sweet, smells nice, has grape sugar and lote acid, is a laxative, lowers
heat and helps measles and stomach ulcers. Boiled leaves expel worms, stop diarrhea and hair
loss, and help asthma and lungs. Cooked wood helps intestinal ulcers and bleeding. Al-Antaki
said: ‘Wood’s sawdust —especially if wild— removes spleen, dropsy and bowel ulcers. Ground
leaves close wounds, disinfect, soften the skin and strengthen hair. Its juice removes heat and
thirst. Mashed pits heal broken bones as a bandage. If cooked long and placed on soft organs, or
a child who stands slowly, it makes him firm.’ Excessive eating increases menstruation and
might cause miscarriage. Saudi women use it to wash and add shine to hair, and to eliminate
dandruff. Saudis also use its bark and ripe fruits to heal wounds, skin problems and dysentry.
Extracts of its bark, root and stem heal fever, stomachaches and throat inflammations.”

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■ The Most Holy, and All-Peaceful tabaraka wa ta’ala, has said: {O you who believe! When
you intend to offer As-Salat (the prayer), wash your faces and your hands (forearms) up to
the elbow, rub (by passing wet hands over) your heads, and (wash) your feet up to the
ankles. If you are in a state of janaba (i.e. after a sexual discharge), purify yourselves (bathe
your whole body).} (Al-Ma’idah: 6).
■ He has also affirmed: {Allah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to
purify you, and to complete His Favor to you that you may be thankful.} (Al-Ma’idah: 6).
■ He said about Masjid Qubah: {In it are men who love to clean and to purify themselves.
And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.} (At-Taubah: 108).
■ In addition, He, jalla wa ‘ala, said: {Purify your garments (clothes)!} (Al-Muddaththir: 4).
■ The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has assured: [On the Day of
Resurrection, my Nation will be called ‘those with white blazes on their foreheads and
limbs’, from the effects of Wudu’ (ablution).] (Agreed Upon).
■ Also, he has stated: [Perfect Wudu’ (ablution) is half of faith.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He, in addition, mentioned that: [Ghusl (complete body wash) on the day of Jumu’a
(Friday prayer) is obligatory for every male who has reached puberty.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He said, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, about a man’s dirty clothes: [Couldn’t
this man find something to wash his garments with?] (Sahih: Sunan Abi Daud, Al-Albany).
■ Also, he warned: [If anyone sleeps with grease on his hand which he has not washed
away, he can blame only himself if some trouble comes to him.) (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Pure, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has told us: [He who has hair should
honor it (by wash and care).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace, has timed pubic hair shaving, nail cutting, mustache trimming and
armpit plucking to be performed once every fourty days.» (Sahih: Sunan Abi Daud, Albany).
■ The Warner, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has also said: [Guard
yourselves from urine (i.e. wash it off and leave no remains), for most of the punishment in
the grave is caused by it.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
Dr. Muhammad Al-Hibal said: “Wudu’ and body wash stimulate the blood circulation and the
body and increase the nerves’ alertness, especially in the limbs, where circulation is weaker than
in the rest of the body, because of its further distance from the heart. Also, an amazing research
has shown that istinthar (internal wash of the nose) protects the body from germs and prevents
their sediments in the nasal cavity. In addition, the repetition of Wudu’ moisturizes the skin and
protects it from the cancer caused by solar rays. The body wash protects from many epidemics
like hepatitis, cholera, dysentry, typhoid, food poisoning, stomach inflammations and more.”

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Curcuma Longa

■ Ibnu ‘Omar, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Prophet, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, used to wear tanned leather shoes, and dye his beard with turmeric and
saffron.» (Sahih: Sunan Nisa’i, Al-Albany).
■ The mother of the believers, Ummu Salmah, may Allah be pleased with her, said: «The
woman who has just delivered would remain for forty days afterwards (without praying or
fasting). One of us would then overlay turmeric on her face to help against dark spots.»
(Sahih: Sunan Tirmidhi, Al-Albany).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Abu Hanifah the linguist said: ‘Turmeric does not grow in the wild.
Rather, it is cultivated. I think that it is only grown in the Arab lands, especially in Yemen.’
Turmeric is dry and hot in the 2nd degree. The best type is the red one, which is soft in the hand
and does not have much bran. Turmeric is used as an ointment to treat spots, rashes and
pimples that appear on the surface of the skin. It constipates, has a dyeing quality and if drunk,
it helps against leprosy. It has similar benefits to sea costus, and if it is used as an ointment it
relieves vitiligo (skin condition of unknown cause, characterized by patchy loss of pigment),
rashes, pimples and ulcers. When the clothes are dyed with it, they strengthen the sexual drive.”

Ibn Al-Baytar said: “Abu Hanifah said: ‘It is domesticated in Yemen, never grows in the wild
and I don’t know of its existance outside of Yemen and Maghrib.’ Ishaq ibnu ‘Omar said: ‘It is two
kinds, Abyssinian and Indian. The Abyssinian is black and weak, and the Indian is a shining
red. It is said that its roots are brought from China and Yemen.’ Masih ibn Al-Hakam said: ‘It is
hot and dry in the 2nd, constipates and has a strong yellowish red dyeing effect. It removes and
helps brown spots —chloasma— if applied on the face, and white vitiligo if drunk.’ Ibnu Masah
Al-Basri said: ‘Turmeric is shining red, looks like powder saffron, is brought from Yemen and if
applied on brown spots —chloasma—, vitiligo, itching, wet pimples or impetigo, it helps them.’
Others said: ‘Wearing clothes that are dyed in turmeric increases sexual power.’ Abu Al-‘Abbas
An-Nabati said: ‘It is known in Hijaz and is brought from Yemen. It is a small fruit and resembles
chamomile flowers’ sawdust. Its color is like the flowers of safflower. A trustworthy man who
lived in Abyssinia told me that it grows on a type of trees, whose name he did not know, that it
is picked and not planted and that it is brought to Makkah from Abyssinia. Turmeric is not at all
known in Maghreb, and what they call turmeric in Andalusia and its region has nothing to do
with it. In fact, what they call turmeric is made from cow’s bile, dried then hardened.”

I said: Turmeric is made by boiling its root for many hours, drying it in the oven and grinding it
until it becomes a fine powder, between yellow and orange. The roots are initially orange.

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■ The Radiant Lamp, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said in a Hadith
Qudsi: [Allah ta’ala has said: ‘My love will be assured for those who love one another for
My sake, assemble for My sake, support one another for My sake and visit one another for
My sake.’] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also affirmed, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Every kind deed is
sadaqa (charity), and it is a kind deed to meet your brother with a cheerful face, and to
pour from your bucket into the container of your neighbor.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Beloved, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has assured: [You shall not enter
Paradise until you believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and you will not believe until you love
one another. Should I not direct you to a thing which, if you do, will foster love amongst you:
(i.e.) give currency to (saluting one another by saying) as-salamu alaikum.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ In addition, he said, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [O‘A’isha! Verily,
Allah is kind and He loves kindness, and gives for kindness that which He does not give for
severity, and does not give for anything else besides it.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He mentioned, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [He who is reachable,
lenient, easy and close to people is saved from the Fire.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ In another Hadith: [Give gifts and you will love one another.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also has told us, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [Do not hate one another,
nor envy one another, nor turn your backs on one another. Be slaves of Allah and brothers.
And it is not lawful for a Muslim to cut himself off from his brother for more than three
nights.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He has affirmed, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [A believer is like
a brick for another believer, the one supporting the other.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, in addition, has stated that: [Allah is at the back of a slave as long as the slave is at
the back of his brother.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He also has said: [To walk with my Muslim brother towards his necessity is more lovable
to me than to observe i’tikaf (staying) in the (Madinah) Masjid for one month.] (Hasan:
Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Finally, he has explained: [The example of the believers in their mutual love, compassion
and sympathy is that of one body. When any organ aches, the whole body aches, because
of sleeplessness and fever.] (Sahih: Muslim).
Dr. Ichiro Kawachi from Harvard Unversity states that: “It is generally agreed that social ties
play a beneficial role in the maintenance of psychological well-being […and the prevention of]
stress reactions, psychological [disorders], psychological distress, depressive symptoms and
anxiety.” I said: it is also proven that social ties protect from physical illnesses like heart disease.

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■ The All-Hearing, and All-Seeing subhanahu, has said: {They (women) have rights (over
their husbands as regards living expanses) similar (to those of their husbands) over them
(as regards obedience and respect) to what is reasonable.} (Al-Baqarah: 228).
■ The Selected, peace and blessings be upon him, has said: [Approach your tilth when or
how you will, give her food when you take food, clothe her when you clothe yourself, do not
speak badly about her face, and do not beat her.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He stated, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Of the dinar (gold coin) you
spend as a contribution in Allah’s path, or to set free a slave, or as a charity given to a
needy, or to support your family, the one yielding the greatest reward is that which you
spent on your family.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He also said, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [A believing man should not hate
a believing woman. If he dislikes one of her characteristics, he will be pleased with
another.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He, in addition, mentioned that: [The most wicked among the people in the eye of Allah on
the Day of Resurrection is the man who goes to his wife and she comes to him, and then
he divulges (tell to others) her secret.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ Here, he checked on her feelings: [I know when you are angry with me and when you are
pleased. When you are pleased, you say: ‘No, by the Lord of Muhammad.’ But when you are
angry, you say: ‘No, by the Lord of Ibrahim.’] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, declared his love for Khadija, may Allah be
pleased with her, saying: [Her love had been nurtured in my heart.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ However, he did not overdo it, for he said: [Verily, your companion (meaning Prophet
himself) is khalil of Allah.] (Sahih: Muslim). Khalil is derived from khilla, which is love in its
most complete form and at its furthest limit.
■ Al-Qasim, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «In the night, the Prophet, may Allah bless
him and grant him peace, would travel beside ‘A’isha and talk.» (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, said about his activity at home: «He (the Prophet)
used to do chores (routine domestic tasks) for his family.» (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ Finally, he used to trust his wife, peace and blessings be upon him and his family. Thus
Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace, forbade that a man should come to his family like (an unexpected)
night visitor, doubting their fidelity and spying into their lapses.» (Sahih: Muslim).
Dr. Debra Umberson from Unversity of Texas said: “Troubled marriage may speed the decline
in health that comes with age […and cause] a high rate of heart disease [… and] chronic stress.
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■ The Munificent, and Concealer of our sins, has said: {Men are the protectors and
maintainers of women.} (An-Nisa’: 34).
■ The All-Knowing, and Most Exalted subhanahu, has stated: {Men have a degree (of
responsibility) over them. And Allah is All-Mighty All-Wise.} (Al-Baqarah: 228).
■ The Truthful and Believed, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [If I
were to ask a person to prostrate (to make sujud ) to another person, I would have asked
the woman to prostrate (to make sujud ) to her husband.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-bany).
■ The Bringer of Glad Tidings, and Warner may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said
to a woman: [Ask yourself how are you treating him? For he is your Paradise and Hellfire.]
(Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Abany), i.e. your Next Life’s fate depends on how you treat him.
■ He also has assured: [If the woman prays her five (prayers), fasts her month (of
Ramadan), protects her private part and obeys her husband, she will be told: ‘Enter Jannah
(Paradise) from any door of Jannah you wish.’] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ The Well-Guided, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has stated: [When
a man calls his wife to his bed and she refuses to come, and he spends the night upset
with her, the angels curse her until morning.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, in addition, mentioned that: [A woman should not fast when her husband is present
except with his permission.] (Sahih: Bukhari). Fasting here refers to the optional type.
■ ‘A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, asked the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace: «Do you allow me to go to my parents’?» (Agreed Upon). Also, there
are many proofs that show the necessity for the husband’s permission to leave the house.
■ The Faithful, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has affirmed: [You have right over
them, that they should not allow anyone to enter your house whom you do not like. But if
they do that, you can chastise them but not severely (i.e. leave no marks).] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He also has mentioned: [When a woman gives in charity some of the food in her house,
without causing any damage, there is reward for her for whatever she has given, and
a reward for her husband for what he earned. The same applies to the servant. In no
respect does the one diminish the reward of the other.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He said: [The lady is a guardian and is responsible for her husband’s house and offspring,
and so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards.] (Sahih: Bukhari).
■ Finally, He has warned, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: [Beware of entering
upon the ladies.] A man from the Ansar said: «Messenger of Allah, what about the brother
of her husband?» He replied: [The brother of her husband is death itself.] (Agreed Upon).
Unversity of Ohio affirms that: “[Marital Conflict] can affect the immune system, physical
health in general [and slow down the healing of wounds].” I said: No two married people can
achieve true happiness without guidance from Qur’an and Sunnah.

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■ The Great, and Compeller subhanahu, has said: {We commanded Ibrahim and Isma’il
that they should purify My House (Ka’bah) for those who are circumambulating it (Tawaf),
or staying (I’tikaf), or bowing or prostrating themselves (in prayer).} (Al-Baqarah: 125).
■ He also has said jalla wa ‘ala: {Seek not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah likes not the
Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes and sins).} (Al-Qasas: 77).
■ He told us: {Do not do mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order.} (Al-A’raf: 56).
■ The Witness, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has stated: [The deeds of my
Nation, good and bad, were presented before me, and I found the removal of something
objectionable from the road among their good deeds, and the spit left unburied in the
(earth of the) masjid among their evil deeds.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He also has assured: [There was a tree branch on the road that harmed people. A man
removed it and was admitted in Jannah (Paradise).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He has warned us: [Be on your guard against two things which provoke cursing. Easing
on people’s roads and under their shades.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ In addition, he mentioned: [None amongst you should urinate in standing water, or wash
in it from Janabah (i.e. after a sexual discharge).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ And in another Hadith: [Standing water that is not flowing.] (Agreed Upon).
■ He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has said: [Purify your house extensions.
The Jews do not purify their house extensions.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ He also explained: [The purification of the utensil belonging to any one of you, after a dog
drinks from it, lies in washing it seven times, using earth in the first wash.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ In addition, he has affirmed: [The world is sweet and green (alluring), and verily, Allah is
going to install you as successors in it, in order to see how you act.] (Sahih: Muslim).
■ He has stated: [Never does a Muslim plant trees, or cultivate land, and birds or a man or
a beast eat out of them, but that is a charity on his behalf.] (Agreed Upon).
■ Also, he said: [If the Final Hour comes while you have a small palm in your hands, and it is
possible to plant it before the Rising, you should plant it.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany).
■ Finally, he has told us about his environment: [Verily, Uhud is a mountain (overlooking
Madinah) which loves us and which we love.] (Agreed Upon).
Dr. Mahmud An-Nasimi said: “It should be known that dirty environments are causes for
epidemics, because they are full of germs and are suitable for their propagation. When cleaning
is neglected, the body is exposed to many contagious diseases, and the germs entering it
multiply, defeat its immune system, and lead it to illness. Also, the negligence of water systems
and litter cause some dangerous diseases like typhoid, cholera, plague and intestinal maladies.”

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■ The Omnipotent, and Preserver subhanahu, has said: {We cast him forth on the naked
shore while he was sick, and We caused a plant of gourd (pumpkin) to grow over him.}
(As-Saffat: 145,146).
■ Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «A man invited the Messenger of Allah, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace, so I went along with him. A stew containing pumpkin
was brought, and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
started eating the pumpkin and enjoying it. When I saw that, I began to pile it up in front of
him. I have loved pumpkin ever since.» (Agreed Upon).
Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Yaqtin mentioned in the Qur’an is the pumpkin, which is also called
duba’, qar’, and the yaqtin tree. It is cold, wet and is a light food that is easily digested. If it is not
spoiled before digestion, it produces a good mixture, especially if eaten with compatible types of
food. For example, mixing it with mustard produces bitter humor, while eating it with salt
makes it salty and with constrictive substances makes it constipate. If cooked with quince, it will
nourish the body. Pumpkin is light on the stomach, especially for those who do not suffer from
phlegm or cold condition. The wetness contained in this plant eases the thirst and headaches if
one drinks its extract or washes his head with it. Also, it soothes the stomach however one uses
it and is beneficial for those with hot temperaments. If kneaded with dough, baked in the oven
and then its extract is mixed with some light drinks, it helps cool down fever, quench thirst and
constitutes a good, nutritious food. If mixed with quince jam and truffle, it eliminates bile.”

Dr. Nadhmi Khalil Abu Al-‘Ata said: “Research proved that it contains essential water for the
body’s bio-processes, carbohydrates for energy, fiber for digestion, minerals for body building
and vitamins to fight diseases. Its seeds expel tapeworms, while its pulp calms inflammations. It
is a diuretic, relieves constipation and soothes kidneys, intestines, joint pain and rheumatism.
The wisdom from planting it near Yunus p.b.u.h is that it grows fast, contains essential nutrition,
can be eaten raw, cooked or stored for a long time without going bad because of its thick peel,
does not have a smell that could attract ants or insects, its plant grows tall and its leaves are big
enough to create some shade. So, Allah ta’ala planted it near Yunus (p.b.u.h.) when he came out
of the whale, causing him to cheer up with its presence and fast growing, to use it as a shade
and to feed from it. In addition, it was a sign that Allah forgave him and was pleased with him.”

The Qur’an miracles’ encyclopedia said: “Some studies show that it prevents lung cancer.”

I said: Pumpkin was the best food in nature for Yunus (p.b.u.h.) when he came out of the whale,
as it is excellent for the malnutrition and skin defects that he (p.b.u.h.) might have had then.

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Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Cupping cleanses under the skin more than puncturing the veins,
whereas the latter is better when used to extract blood from internal parts. Cupping is
preferred in the middle of the month or soon after, especially in the 3rd quarter of the
month. In the beginning of the month, the blood is not yet irritated, and in the end it
becomes idle, unlike the case in the middle and 3rd quarter when it is agitated and
sufficiently produced. […] Cupping the two jugular veins removes ailments of the head,
face, teeth, ears, eyes, nose and throat, if they were caused by excessive presence of
blood, soiled blood or both. [It is certain that he, may Allah bless him and grant him
peace, used cupping on the jugular veins, the top of his back, the head, the hip and the
top of his foot.] Doctors have different sayings about cupping on the nape cavity.
However, cupping under the chin heals toothaches, face ailments, throat infections —if
used at the proper time— and cleanses and purifies the head and jaws. Cupping on top
of the foot substitutes for the puncturing of the saphena —a vein on the heel—, helps
ulcers of the thighs and legs, interruption of menstruation and itching on the testicules.
Cupping on the bottom of the chest cures spots, sores and mange of the thigh, as well as
gout, hemorrhoids, elephant- -iasis and itchiness on the back. [Cupping times in the
sound Hadith are the 17th, 19th and 21st of each lunar month,] however, if it is necessary,
it will be useful during any part of the month including the beginning and end. […] The
author of Al-Qanun said: ‘Cupping is prefered during the day, the 2nd or 3rd hour [after
Fajr] and after one takes a bath. When warranted, one should bathe, rest for an hour or
so and then use cupping.’ Cupping is not preferred when the stomach is full, for it
might cause various ailments, especially after taking a heavy meal. It was said:
‘Cupping on an empty stomach is a cure, on a full stomach a disease and on the 17th
a remedy.’ Choosing the best time preserves good health and prevents harm. However,
if used during illness, cupping becomes needed whatever the circumstances.”

Dr. ‘Abdel Basit Muhammad As-Sayyed said: “Subhanallah! Cupping, the Sunnah of the
Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, lives and is revived by
non-believers in the US, Germay and other places. Here is the West seeking cure in
Sunnah without knowing it, while it should’ve been us Muslims who revive it. The first
locations on which Americans used cupping are the same ones used by the Prophet
peace be upon him: the jugular veins, top of the back and nape cavity. They were
proven to heal 72 ailments. Recently, it was found that a relationship exists between the
moon and the low and high tide in seas and rivers. Due to our 80% water content, we
humans are subject to this same lunar effect on the 17th, 19th and 21st of each month.
Thus, the blood becomes in high need of cupping, due to an increase of its content,
mixtures and clogs. Cupping is used for diabetes, back and neck pain, migraines,
strokes, rheumatism, rheumatoids, asthma, varicose veins, overweight, stomach, colon,
skin diseases and fistula. The queen of England suffered from haemophilia which causes
intense bleeding. When the English heard about cupping, they brought specialists from
Syria who used cupping on her. Afterwards, she was completely cured.”

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Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “The prayer brings about sustenance, preserves the health,
discards harm, eradicates illness, strengthens the heart, radiates the face with light,
brings joy to the soul, dissipates laziness, energizes the limbs, sustains power, opens the
chest, nourishes the soul, brings light to the heart, protects the bounty, shields from
Allah’s anger, brings about blessings, takes one away from Shaytan and draws him
closer to the Most Beneficent. In general, it has a profound effect in preserving the health
of the body and the heart. The prayer in addition discards harmful substances. No two
persons would catch a type of disease or suffer an affliction, but whoever prays among
them would suffer the minimal effects. The prayer has a profoundly wonderful effect in
repelling the evils of this life, especially when it is given its due right inwardly and
outwardly. Certainly, the evils of this life and the Next Life would be most effectively
repelled while their good would be most effectively brought forth through prayer. The
secret in this is that the prayer is the connection with Allah. The closer the connection is
between the slave and his Lord, the more open the doors of all types of good will be for
him, while closing the ways to evil. In this case, the tools of success will descend on the
slave from his Lord, along with good health, many bounties and riches, comfort, delight,
joy, happiness and the good things of life.”

The Qur’an miracles’ encyclopedia said: “Experts from the association of Jordanian
cardiologists affirmed that performing Fajr prayer in its due time is the best way to
prevent and heal myocardial infarction, which causes strokes and hardening of the
arteries. This statement was the result of the most recent study made by this association.
Research showed that the cause of this disease, in addition to clogs of the coronary
artery, is long periods of sleep that last many hours, whether in the day or night. When
humans sleep too long, their heartbeat rate falls under 50 beats per minute. Hence, the
blood runs very slowly in the vessels, which causes salts and fat to clog the veins and
arteries, especially the coronary artery. So, the heart muscle weakens, the circulation to
and from the heart diminishes and the arteries going to the brain become clogged,
which causes strokes that are often deadly. Results also have shown the importance of
not exceeding 4 hours of continuous sleep. Thus, one has to wake up and do any type of
effort for at least 15 min, which is what Fajr enables us to do every day in the first hours
of dawn. Also, it is better if the prayer is performed in a masjid and in congregation.”

I said: In NY Times, Bakalar said —excluding the paranthesis—: “Transcendental

meditation (Salah) improves blood pressure and insulin resistance in heart patients,
according to a placebo-controlled study carried out at an academic medical center in
California. [It] is a technique that involves mental concentration (khushu’) and physical
relaxation (itmi’nan) through the use of a mantra (Fatihah), a repeated phrase or syllable.
The good thing […] is that it has a very nice quality-of-life component, […] no ongoing
financial cost [and] a beneficial effect.” Allah ta’ala has said: {I (Allah) created not the
jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (alone).} (Adh-Dhariyat: 56).

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Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Fasting is a shield from illnesses of the soul, heart and body and
has numerous benefits. It preserves health and rids the body of harmful substances
while preventing it from consuming what might harm it, especially when one fasts in
the best times that the religion states or when the body needs it. Fasting relieves the
muscles and other organs and regenerates strength. It has a characteristic that should
make one eagerly prefer it, that is, bringing joy and relief to the heart sooner and later
(the Last Day). It is the best resort for those suffering from excess bodily moistures and
also preserves their health. It is a type of spiritual and physical remedy. If the fasting
person observes various rulings and guidelines regarding it, his heart and body will
benefit much. His body will get rid of the harmful foreign substances that it is
susceptible to receive, along with those that have already penetrated it, while his heart
will be able to stay away from what he is supposed to avoid, and to implement and seek
the goals behind the Fast and what it is supposed to achieve for him. Fasting does not
only entail abstaining from food and drink. There is a higher goal that it seeks to achieve
which made it an act that is solely for Allah. The Fast is a shield between the slave and
what might harm his body and soul sooner or later, and this is why Allah said: {O you
who believe! Observing the fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for
those before you, that you may become pious.} (Al-Baqarah: 183). Fasting is a shield and
a protection making it a type of tremendously beneficial diet. Another goal that it seeks
to achieve is the heart being busy with Allah, thus enlisting and recruiting various body
powers to implement what Allah loves and the requirements of worshiping Him.”

‘Abd Ad-Da’im Al-Kuhail said: “Dr. Yuri Nicholaiv, the director of Moscow’s institute
of psychiatry has cured over 7000 patients with fasting. These cases benefited from this
medicine after all other methods had failed. The results were amazingly successful!
Nicholaiv considers fasting an effective cure for many chronic psychological ailments
like schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and stress. One Japanese medical magazine
affirmed that fasting helps us resist strain, life difficulties and frequent stress. During
the Fast, weak and defective cells become food for the body, under the law of the strong
eats the weak. Thus, the body exerts a self-acting elimination of stored elements, like
harmful fat and poisonous discards. Scientists assure that this process is better if fasting
is complete, an abstention from food and drinks, which is Islamic fasting, so ponder on
it! Also, production of sexual hormones is almost stopped during the Fast, which is why
our Beloved (p.b.u.h.) has told the unmarried person: [He should fast. For it restrains
the urge.] (Agreed Upon). Hundreds of books that were published about fasting by non-
Muslims assure that it adds longevity and delays aging. It also helps people quit drugs
and smoking by destroying poisons, which lessens the urge at an amazing pace. Studies
have shown that it is a successful healing for joint pain if used for 4 weeks, so ponder on
it! Other illnesses that are cured with fasting are blood pressure, diabetes (except for
pregnant women, children…), asthma, heart disease, liver, eczema, allergy and cancer.”

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Ibn Al-Qayyem said: “Az-Zuhri said: ‘Eating meat brings about strength in 70 different
ways.’ Muhammad ibn Wasi’ said: ‘Eating meat strengthens the sight.’ Ali said: ‘Eat meat,
because it makes the skin’s color lighter, the stomach firmer and the behavior better.’ Ibn
‘Omar used to eat it frequently in Ramadan or when traveling.’ Ali was reported to have
said: ‘Whoever refrains from eating meat for 40 days will acquire bad behavior.’ Sheep:
is warm in the 2nd degree and wet in the 1st. The best comes from the 1 year old animal,
which generates good blood if digested properly. This type is suitable for hot or cold
temperaments, or for sports activity in cold areas and seasons. It is beneficial for black
bile and strengthens the mind and memory. However, lamb of old, thin animals is not
good, as is the ewe’s meat. The best is the male’s dark meat, for it is lighter, tastier and
more beneficial. Castrated sheep is even better and more beneficial. Red meat of fat
sheep is lighter and more nutritious, while goat’s chest is less nutritious and floats in the
stomach. The best is the meat on the bones, the right side, which is lighter and tastier
than the left side, and the front parts rather than the back parts. The best to the Prophet
(p.b.u.h.) was the front part, which is closer to the head, but not the head itself. The front
is lighter and tastier. Once Al-Farazdaq gave a man some money to buy meat for him,
saying: ‘Buy the front parts and avoid the head and the belly, because that is where
disease resides.’ The neck is tasty and easy to digest. The arm is the lightest, tastiest,
healthiest and easiest to digest. In the Sahihain, it is narrated that the Messenger p.b.u.h.
used to like eating the sheep’s arm. The back is nutritious and produces sanitary blood.
Goat: is cold and dry, and the mixtures that its meat produces are harmful. It is not
digested easily and is not a significant nutrition. Billy goat is not beneficial, because it is
rather dry, heavy on the stomach and produces black bile. Al-Jahith once said: ‘A skilled
doctor once said to me: ‘O Abu ‘Uthman! Avoid goat meat for it causes depression, black
bile, forgetfulness and spoils the blood. By Allah! It also drives children wild’.’ Some
doctors say that what is not preferred is the old goat, especially for old people. They also
say that goat is not bad for whoever is used to it. When the doctors state that goat is not
beneficial, they mean those with weak stomachs and those who are not used to it, such
as city and luxury people who are used to the better types of food. But this is not the
majority. Young Goat: —but not very young— is milder, especially when the goat is still
nursing. This type is digested faster, because it still possesses the strength of its mother’s
milk. It is milder for most people, lighter than camel meat and produces moderate
blood. Dried Meat: is better than old meat and strengthens the body, although it causes
skin rashes sometimes, a side effect that could be removed with cold, humid spices. It is
favorable for hot conditions. Old Meat: is hot, dry and favorable for hot conditions. It
constipates unless cooked in milk and grease. The best is fat and wet.”

The nutritionist Donna Gates said that meat contains essential nutrients, important
proteins, anti-inflammatory omega-3 for joint pain and heart disease, linoleic acid for
cancer, excess fat and the ability to strengthen the muscles. However, it should not
exceed one fifth of the meal, and should be organic and eaten with fiber and vegetables.

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This is all I have come across in my search for the medicine and aliments that were
mentioned in the Majestic Qur’an and sound Hadith, and all success is from Allah the
Great. To conclude, I would like to add some important sayings from the Prophet’s
guidance in this topic —may Allah bless him and grant him peace. One of his greatest
Hadiths is: [Allah ta’ala has not sent down a disease without sending down its cure, it
is known to he who knows it, and unknown to he who does not know it, except as-
sam, which is death.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany). He also said about those who falsely
claim that they are physicians: [Anyone who practises medicine when he is not
previously known as a practitioner will be held responsible.] (Hasan: Sunan ibn Majah,
Al-Albany). The one held responsible would have to pay a blood-wit if harm occurs. He
—may Allah bless him and grant him peace— said: [Do not force your patients to eat
and drink, for Allah feeds them and gives them to drink.] (Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany).

The Faithful Preacher, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said about
adding alcohol to medicine: [It is no medicine, but an ailment.] (Sahih: Muslim). He also
said about alcohol drinkers: [He, who dies while he is addicted to wine, meets Allah as
an idol worshiper.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany). In addition, he stated that: [He who is
addicted to wine will not enter Paradise.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany). He also
mentioned, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Every intoxicant is
forbidden. Verily, Allah ‘azza wa jall made a covenant to those who drank
intoxicants, to make their drink Tinat al-Khabal: the sweat of the denizens of Hell.]
(Sahih: Muslim). Intoxicants include all types of narcotic drugs, even stimulants that do
not cause drunkenness. According to Sheikh Uthaimeen peace be upon him, intoxication
is: “the alteration of the mind for the sake of pleasure, merriment and ecstasy; but not
for the sake of idleness. Thus, the alteration of the mind may occur due to its inactivity,
and may occur due to ecstasy, immense joy, vanity or pleasure […] Therefore, we do not
say that anesthesia is an intoxicant, why? Because, although it alters the mind, it is not
a cause of pleasure and merriment.”

In addition, know my brother that smoking —mankind’s virulent enemy— causes the
highest number of deaths in the world, higher than the counts of wars, accidents and
crimes put together. Therefore, it is considered haram. Allah, subhanahu ta’ala, said: {Do
not throw yourselves into destruction.} (Al-Baqarah: 195). Also, His Prophet who wipes
out infidelity, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, has said: [No (self-
inflicted) harm, and no harm causing (to others).] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany). This
Hadith is from Nawawi’s Fourty and is a fundamental rule in our religion.

The Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has said about contagious
diseases: [Someone with sick camels should not bring them to water with sound
ones.] (Agreed Upon). However, he also mentioned: [There is no contagion and no bad

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omens.] (Agreed Upon). No contradiction is between the two Hadiths, and none of the
two is abolishing the other, praise be to Allah the Exalted. Following both Hadiths is
what most scholars have chosen. While the second Hadith came to nullify the pretense of
Al-Jahilia (era before Islam), which claimed that disease is contagious because of its
nature and not because of Allah’s Decree, the first Hadith warns from approaching the
types of illnesses that are known to be contagious with the Will of Allah ‘azza wa jall and
His Decree. This does not contradict with putting trust in Allah, for ‘Omar ibn Al-Khattab
said: «Yes, we escape from the Decree of Allah towards the Decree of Allah.» Also, the
Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has stated about taking
causes into consideration and seeking a cure: [Make use of medical treatment, for
Allah subhanahu has not made a disease without appointing a remedy to it, with the
exception of old age.] (Sahih: Sunan ibn Majah, Al-Albany).

The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has assured: [The envious eye
causes a man to enter the grave, and causes a camel to enter the cooking pot.] (Hasan:
Aljame’, Al-Albany). Cure from the envious eye is achieved by pouring the used ablution
water of the envious on the head of the victim, or through a legitimate exorcism. The
Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, has ordered the envious
to not be arrogant and to respond to the call of the victim if he asks him for his ablution
water. Thus, he said: [If you are asked to offer your used ablution water, then do so.]
(Sahih: Muslim). He also used to seek refuge for his two grandsons Al-Hasan and Al-
Husain by saying: [I seek refuge for both of you with the perfect words of Allah, from
every shaytan and poisonous reptile, and from every envious eye.] (Sahih: Bukhari).

Brothers and sisters! Know that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his
family, has said: [Eat together and do not disperse, for the blessing is with the group.]
(Hasan: Aljame’, Al-Albany). He also assured, peace and blessings be upon him and his
family, that: [Food for one person suffices two persons, and food for two persons
suffices four persons, and food for four persons suffices eight persons.] (Sahih:
Muslim). In addition, he said, peace and blessings be upon him and his family: [Eat from
the sides of the dish, and do not eat from the center; for the blessing descends in the
center.] (Sahih: Aljame’, Al-Albany). He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family,
has commanded us to: [Cover the vessels and tie the waterskin, for there is a night in a
year when pestilence descends, and it does not pass an uncovered vessel or an untied
waterskin but some of that pestilence descending into it.] (Sahih: Muslim). Anas, may
Allah be pleased with him, reported that: «He (the Prophet) used to like leftovers.»
(Sahih: Assilsila, Al-Albany). He, peace and blessings be upon him and his family,
described the food that cooled and lost steam as being: [better for blessings.] (Sahih:
Assilsila, Al-Albany). Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him, said: «No Food
should be eaten before the steam is gone.» (Sahih: Assilsila, Al-Albany).

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It is certain in the Sahih that he, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, did not eat in
silver or gold dishes, nor sit on silken furniture. He neither sat reclined nor cross legged
for food, like kings do. Instead, he placed his left foot under the sit bones, and raised his
bent right knee to his chest, like a poor slave does. He did not blow air on food, criticize
it, nor eat it if he disliked it. However, he used to ask his hosts about the ingredients. He
used to start with bismillah, eat with his right hand, all the while used three fingers, and
sometimes he used a knife (utensils). He would lick his fingers and suck them before
wiping with a napkin. He rinsed his mouth after food and frequently brushed his teeth
with siwak. The best of Peace and blessings be upon him and his family.

We shall close up with the Word of Allah, just like we began with the Word of Allah.
We have none besides Him, as a protector or intercessor. He is the First, the Last, the
Most High and the Most Near, subhanahu. He has said, jalla jalaluhu: {Verily, there has
come to you a Messenger from amongst yourselves (i.e. whom you know well). It
grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He is anxious over you
(to be rightly guided); for the believers (he is) full of pity, kind and merciful.} (At-
Taubah: 128). {We will show them Our Signs in the Universe, and in their own selves,
until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur’an) is the truth.} (Fussilat: 53).
{And say: “All praise and thanks are Allah’s. He will show you His Signs, and you
shall recognise them.} (An-Naml: 93). {It (this Qur’an) is only a reminder for all the
‘Alamin (mankind and jinn). And you shall certainly know the truth of it after
a while.} (Sad: 87, 88).

This is what I was able to gather. Success is from Allah, and Allah knows best. If I were
right, it was from Allah alone. However, if I were wrong, it was from me and from
Shaytan. Do not forget me, my loved ones, in your righteous invocation! Glory is to You,
O Allah, and praise is to You. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but
You. I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You.

O Allah, bestow your favor on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad, and bless
Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have bestowed your favor on, and
blessed, Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim, You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious.

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1 - The Noble Qur’an, Al-Hilali and Khan.

2 - Irwa’ Al-Ghalil, Al-Albany.

3 - Al-Qawa’id Al-Muthla, Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaimeen.

4 - Takhrij Mushkilat Al-Faqr, Al-Albany.

5 - Tafsir Al-Jalalain, Jalaluddin Al-Mahalli and Jalaluddin As-Suyuti.

6 - Tafsir Al-Qur’an Al-‘Adim, Ibnu Kathir.

7 - Jame’ Al-Bayan fi Tafsir Al-Qur’an, Ibn Jarir At-Tabari.

8 - Al-Jame’ li Ahkami Al-Qur’an, Al-Qurtubi.

9 - Al-Jame’ li Mufradat Al-Adwiyah wal Aghdhiyah, Ibn Al-Baytar.

10- Al-Jawab Al-Kafi, Ibn Al-Qayyem.

11- Silsilat Al-Ahadith As-Sahihah, Al-Albany.

12- Sahih At-Targhib wa At-Tarhib, Al-Albany.

13- Sahih Al-Jame’ As-Saghir, Al-Albany.

14- Sahih Kutub As-Sunan, Al-Albany.

15- Charh Sahih Muslim, An-Nawawi.

16- At-Tib An-Nabawi, Ibn Al-Qayyem.

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17- Fath Al-Bari Charh Sahih Al-Bukhari, Ibnu Hajar.

18- Al-Qur’an wat Tib, Dr. Muhammad Wasfi.

19-‘Alam Al-Ghida’ Magazine, 10th edition, April 1999.

20- Mukhtar As-Sihah, Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr Ar-Razi.

21- The Prophetic Medicine, Ibn Al-Qayyem. Translation by ‘Abd El-

Qader ibn ‘Abd El-‘Azeez.

22- Al-Hawwaj.

23- Ohio University’s report.

24- Dr. Ichiro Kawachi’s report.

25- Dr. Debra Umberson’s report.

26- The Nutritionist Donna Gates’ report.

27- Science for Islam.

28- Sanabil Al-Khair.

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29- Tabib.

30- Muhadarat At-Tib An-Nabawi, Muhammad Ibn Musa Al-Nasr.

31- The Qur’an Miracles’ Encyclopedia, The Arabic Version.

32- New York Times, The Article about Charity.

33- New York Times, The Article about Prayer.

34- World’s Healthiest Food.

35- International Islamic University Malaysia, The Hadith Section.

36- Sunni Path, The Online Islamic Academy, The Hadith Section.

37- University of Southern California, Muslim-Jewish Engagement.

38- Fortress of the Muslim, Invocations from the Qur'an and Sunnah.

39- Ummah, The Hadith Section.

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40- Wiqayat Al-Insan min Al-Jinni wa Shaytan, Wahid Abdussalam Al-

41- Mukhtasar Ash-Shamael, Al-Albany.

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Disease Index

This is an index for most of the diseases that are mentioned in this book. Next to each
entry, you can find the numbers of the pages where the disease was mentioned.
However, if an illness is mentioned in a certain page, it does not necessarily mean that
the medicine therein cures it. For instance, it might contain a warning about it. From
0 to 9, here are the Persian numbers that this list is written in: ٠ -١ -٢ -٣ -٤ -٥ -٦ -٧ -٨ -٩
. ٦٧ – ٦٣ – ٥٥ – ٤٨ – ٢٧ – ١١ : Dropsy
. ٧٥ – ٦٢ – ٥٠ – ٤٥ – ٣٨ – ٣٤ – ٣٢ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ١٩ – ١٤ – ٧ : Teeth
. ٦٠ – ٢٢ – ١٤ : Nails
. ٧٧ – ٢٢ : Eczema
. ٧٤ – ٥٥ – ٥١ – ٤٩ – ٤٦ – ٣٧ – ٣٤ – ٣٠ – ١٤ – ١١ : Constipation
. ٧٤ – ٦٧ – ٥٣ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٤٦ – ٣٧ – ٣٦ – ٣٥ – ٣٣ – ٢٩ – ١٧ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١١ : Intestines
. ١٥ : Anemia
. ٧٥ – ٦٩ – ٣٧ – ٣١ – ٢٧ – ٢٢ – ١٩ : Blister, Pimple
. ٥٥ – ٣٣ – ٣٢ – ٣١ – ٢٧ – ٢٥ – ٢١ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١١ – ٨ – ٥ : Cold
. ١٩ – ٥ : Leprosy
. ٦٧ – ٦٦ – ٥٣ – ٣٥ – ٣٤ – ٢١ – ١١ : Skin Care
٤٨ – ٤٦ – ٣٨ – ٣٣ – ٢٩ – ٢٢ – ٢١ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١٤ – ١١ – ٦ : Eyes, Eyesight
. ٧٨ – ٧٥ – ٦٣ – ٦١ – ٥٩ – ٥٦ – ٥٤ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ –
٣٦ – ٣٥ – ٣٤ – ٣٣ – ٣١ – ٢٩ – ٢٥ – ١٩ – ١٧ – ١٦ – ١٢ – ١١ – ٨ – ٧ : Stomach
. ٧٨ – ٧٤ – ٦٥ – ٦٣ – ٦٢ – ٥٧ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ – ٤٦ – ٤٤ –
٦٢ – ٥٧ – ٥٥ – ٥٣ – ٥٠ – ٤٦ – ٤٥ – ٤٣ – ٣٨ – ٣٦ – ٣٣ – ٣٢ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١١ :
. ٧٤ – ٦٧ –
. ٦ : Bilharzia
. ٦٨ – ٣٥ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١١ : Vitiligo
. ٧٥ – ٦٦ – ٥٧ – ٤٨ – ٤٥ – ٣١ – ١١ – ٥ : Hemorrhoids
٤٩ – ٤٨ – ٤٦ – ٤٣ – ٣٥ – ٣١ – ٢٩ – ٢٧ – ٢٥ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١٢ – ١١ – ٨ – ٧ : Urine
. ٧٤ – ٦٥ – ٦٠ – ٥٧ – ٥٥ – ٥٣ – ٥١ – ٥٠ –
. ٥٩ – ١٤ : Chapped Lips
. ٥٢ – ٥٠ – ٤٧ – ٣٠ : Fatigue , Overstrain
. ٦٥ – ٤٩ – ٤٣ – ٣١ – ٣٠ – ٢٤ – ١٩ : Breathing
. ٧٣ – ٦٧ – ١٦ – ١٢ : Typhoid
. ٥٤ – ٣٥ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ : Spot Baldness
. ٤٤ – ٢٢ : Chicken Pox
. ٥٤ – ٤٨ – ٤٤ – ٢٢ : Leprosy
. ٦٧ – ٦١ – ٥٠ – ٣٨ – ٣٥ – ٣١ – ٢٥ – ٢٢ – ١٦ – ١٠ : Wound
. ٧٥ – ٣٧ – ٢٤ – ٢٢ – ٢١ – ١٩ : Mange
. ٧٥ – ٧٤ – ٦٩ – ٦٨ – ٦٧ – ٥٥ – ٥٣ – ٥٠ – ٣٦ – ٣٥ – ٢٧ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ١٧ – ١٣ – ١١ : Skin
. ٧٦ – ٦٥ – ٣٦ – ٣٣ – ١٦ – ١١ : Blood Clot
. ٧٧ – ٦٩ – ٦٥ – ٦٢ – ٥٦ – ٤٨ – ٤٦ – ٤٣ – ٣٣ – ٢٩ – ١٨ – ١٧ – ١٦ – ١٤ – ١١ : Sex
. ٥٤ – ٢٢ : Sciatica
. ٤٤ – ٣٤ – ٢٧ – ٢٥ – ٢٢ – ٦ : Burns
. ٧٨ – ٧٥ – ٦٨ – ٥٢ – ٣٧ – ٢٥ – ٢١ – ٧ : Itch
. ٧٥ – ٦٧ – ٦٢ – ٤٥ – ٣٧ – ٢٩ – ١٦ – ١٥– ١٤ – ٥ : Throat

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. ٧٤ – ٦٨ – ٦٧ – ٦٦ – ٥٥ – ٤٩ – ٢٥ – ١٩ –١٣ – ٧ – ٥ : Fever
. ٣٤ – ٣١ – ٢٥ : Erysipelas, Pustules, Canker Sores
. ٥٥ – ٤٨ – ٣٧ – ٣٢ – ١٩ : Pregnancy
. ٧٥ – ٦٧ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ – ٤٥ – ٢٧ – ١٩ – ٧ : Menstruation
. ٧٧ – ٦٣ – ٥١ – ٤٩ – ٤٦ – ٣٢ – ٢٥ – ١٧ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ٩ : Cells
. ٢٥ : Croup, Angina
. ٥٥ – ٨ : Senses
. ٧٦ – ٦٢ – ٥٩ – ٥٦ – ٤٨ – ٤٣ – ٣٨ – ٣٦ – ٣٣ – ١٦ – ١٤ – ٨ : Head
. ٣٣ – ٢٥ : Dizziness
. ٧٤ – ٦٧ – ٥٧ – ٣٧ – ٣٤ – ٣٣ – ٢٩ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١٤ : Tape Worms
. ٣٨ – ٣٣ – ١٦ – ١١ – ٥ : Bad Breath
. ٧٧ – ٧٥ – ٦٧ – ٥٦ – ٥٥ – ٤٨ – ٤٣ – ٣٧ – ١٩ : Asthma
. ٧٥ – ٦٨ – ٣١ – ٢٤ – ٢٢ – ٢٠ – ٩ : Foot
. ٤٥ – ٣٧ – ٣١ – ١٤ – ١١ : Uterus
. ٥٥ – ٣١ – ١٠ : Nose Bleeding
. ٦٦ – ٦٤ – ٥٢ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٣١ – ٢٥ – ١١ – ٩ – ٧ : Rheumatism
. ٦٥ – ٥٥ – ٣٥ – ٢٩ – ١٩ – ١١ – ٧ – ٥ : Flatulence
. ٧٥ – ٦٣ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ – ٣٥ – ٣٣ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ٨ – ٧ : Clogs
٧٧ – ٧٤ – ٦٨ – ٦٣ – ٦١ – ٥٦ – ٥٥ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٣٢ – ٣٠ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١٣ – ١١ : Cancer
. ٧٨ –
. ٦٢ – ٥٥ – ٥٠ – ٤٦ – ٤٣ – ٣٢ – ٣١ – ٢٩ – ٢٤ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١١ : Coughing
. ٧٦ – ٥٩ – ٥٨ – ٤٧ : Apoplexy , Strokes
. ٧٧ – ٧٥ – ٥٩ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ – ٤٣ – ٣٤ – ٣٣ – ٣٠ – ٢٣ – ٢٢ – ١٣ – ١١ : Diabetes
٥٥ – ٥٣ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٤٧ – ٣٨ – ٣٦ – ٣٤ – ٢٨ – ٢٥ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١١ – ٧ – ٦ – ٥ : Poison
. ٧٧ – ٦٨ – ٦٦ – ٥٦ –
. ٧٨ – ٧٥ – ٦٦ – ٥١ – ٤٦ – ٤٤ – ٣٢ – ٣٠ – ٢٥ – ٢٣ – ١٧ : Weight Problems
. ٣٤ – ٣١ : Hives
. ٦٧ – ٥٨ – ٥٠ – ٣٧ – ٣٤ – ٣١ – ٢٥ – ٢٢ – ١٧ – ١١ – ٦ : Hair, Baldness
. ٧٦ – ٣٦ – ٣٥ – ٣٣ – ٢٠ – ١١ : Migraine
. ٥٧ – ٤٣ – ٣٣ – ٢٥ – ١١ – ٥ : Appetite
. ٥٨ – ٥٦ – ٣٤ – ١٧ : Grey Hair
. ٧٧ – ٧٢ – ٥٠ – ٤٦ – ١٣ : Aging
. ٧٤ – ٦٢ – ٥٦ – ٣٧ – ٣٥ – ٣٣ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ٢٠ – ١٩ – ١٤ – ٦ : Headache
٥٠ – ٤٩ – ٤٦ – ٤٣ – ٣٦ – ٣٢ – ٣١ – ٢٩ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ١٧ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٣ – ١١ – ٧ – ٥ : Chest ,
. ٧٦ – ٧٥ – ٧٤ – ٦٧ – ٦٢ – ٥٩ – ٥٧ – ٥٥ –
. ٧٦ – ٣٧ – ١٩ – ١٨ : Madness , Epilepsy
. ٧٤ – ٦٧ – ٥٣ – ٥١ – ٤٦ – ٣٧ – ٣٣ – ٢٩ – ٢٥ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ٥ : Bile
. ٧٧ – ٧٦ – ٥٩ – ٥٦ – ٥١ – ٤٦ – ٣٦ – ٣٤ – ٣٣ – ٣٠ – ١٩ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١٣ – ٥ : Blood Pressure
. ٦٧ – ٦٤ – ٥٠ – ٤٥ – ٣٥ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ١٥ : Spleen
. ٧٨ – ٧٥ – ٦٥ – ٦٤ – ٥٧ – ٥٦ – ٣٣ – ٢٤ – ٢٢ – ٢٠ – ٧ : Back Pain
. ٧٥ – ٦١ – ٣٦ – ٢٤ – ٩ : Veins
. ٣٤ – ٣٣ – ٣١ – ٢٥ – ٢٠ – ٧ : Sweat
. ٦٨ – ٦٦ – ٥٩ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ – ٤٣ – ٣٤ – ٣٢ – ٢٢ – ١٧ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ٩ : Nerves
. ٧٤ – ٦٧ – ٦٢ – ٥٣ – ٣٥ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ٥ : Thirst

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. ٤٦ – ٣١ – ٣٠ – ١٩ – ١٧ – ١٤ :Bones
. ٤٨ – ٤٤ – ٤٣ – ٣٦ – ٣٣ – ٣٢ – ٢٤ – ١٦ – ١٤ – ١١ : Sterility , Ovulation , Pregnancy , Sperms
. ١١ – ٧ : Fainting
. ٥٩ – ٤٢ – ١٩ – ١٦ : Paralysis
٤٦ – ٤٠ – ٣٧ – ٣٦ – ٣٤ – ٣٣ – ٣٢ – ٣١ – ٣٠ – ٢٩ – ٢٧ – ٢١ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١٣ – ١١ – ٨ : Heart
. ٧٨ – ٧٧ – ٧٦ – ٧١ – ٧٠ – ٦٨ – ٦٣ – ٥٦ – ٥٤ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ –
. ٥٠ – ٤٥ – ٣٧ – ٣٥ – ٢٥ – ٢١ : Lice
. ٧٥ – ٥٩ – ٥٣ – ٣٧ – ٢٩ – ٢٢ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١٣ : Colon
٦٣ – ٦٢ – ٥٥ – ٥١ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ – ٤٨ – ٤٣ – ٣٥ – ٣٣ – ٢٩ – ٢٧ – ٢٤ – ١٩ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ٧ – ٥ : Liver
. ٧٧ – ٦٨ –
. ٦٥ – ٥٠ – ٤٨ – ٤٣ – ٣٥ – ٣٢ – ٢٧ – ١٧ – ١٥ – ٧ : Kidneys , Stones
. ٦٩ – ٦٥ – ٥٥ – ٥٣ – ٣٥ – ٥ : Brown Spots , Chloasma
. ٧٣ – ٦٨ – ٥٥ – ٣٣ – ٢٧ : Cholera , Malaria
. ٥١ – ٤٩ – ٤٦ – ٣٣ – ٣٢ – ٣٠ – ٢٣ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١٥ – ١٣ – ١١ : Cholesterol
. ٦٢ – ٥٠ – ٤٥ – ٣٨ – ٣٤ – ٢٩ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ : Gums
. ٥٠ – ٤٧ – ٤٥ – ٣٧ – ٣١ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ٥ : Bites
. ٤٢ – ١٩ : Facial Paralysis
. ٥٧ – ٥٦ – ٥٣ – ٥٠ – ٤٦ – ٤٣ – ٣٧ – ٣٥ – ٣١ – ١٩ – ١٧ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١٢ – ٨ : Bladder
٤٦ – ٤٣ – ٣٨ – ٣٧ – ٣٣ – ٣١ – ٢٩ – ٢٧ – ٢٥ – ١٩ – ١٧ – ١٥ – ١٤ – ١٢ – ١١ – ٧ – ٥ : Stomach
. ٧٩ – ٧٦ – ٦٧ – ٦٢ – ٦٠ – ٥٩ – ٥٧– ٥٥ – ٥٣ – ٥٠ – ٤٩ – ٤٨ –
. ٥٣ – ٤٣ – ٣٧ – ٣٣ – ٧ : Cramps
. ٧٨ – ٧٧ – ٧٤ – ٦٦ – ٦٢ – ٥٣ – ٥١ – ٤٨ – ٣٣ – ٣٢ – ٣١ – ٣٠ – ٢٧ – ٢٤ – ٩ : Joints
. ٦٣ – ٥١ – ٣٢ – ٢٥ – ١٩ – ١٤ – ١١ – ٥ : Immune System
. ٧٥ – ٣٨ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ٢٢ – ١٤ : Bleeding
. ٧٨ – ٣٦ – ٣٠ – ١١ : Memory , Forgetfulness
. ٦٩ – ٥٦ – ٤٩ – ٣٧ – ٣٢ : Breast Feeding , After Pregnancy
. ٧٧ – ٧٦ – ٧١ – ٧٠ – ٥٩ – ٥٤ – ٤٧ – ٣٥ – ٣٠ – ١٨ – ١٧ – ١٤ : Depression , Psychological
. ٧٥ – ٥١ – ٤٨ – ٢٤ – ١٩ : Arthritis , Gout
٣٨ – ٣٦ – ٣٣ – ٣١ – ٣٠ – ٢٩ – ٢٧ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ١٨ – ١٧ – ١٥ – ١٢ – ١١ – ٩ – ٥ : Digestion
. ٧٨ – ٧٧ – ٧٤ – ٦٧ – ٦٠ – ٥٧ – ٥٣ – ٤٩ – ٤٨ – ٤٦ – ٤٣ –
. ٧٦ – ٥٦ – ٥٥ – ٣٨ – ٣١ – ٣٠ – ٦ :Sleep
. ٦٣ – ٥٦ – ٥٥ – ٤٩ – ٤٥ – ٣٣ – ٣٢ – ٣١ – ٢٧ – ٢٥ – ٢٤ – ٢٢ – ١٩ – ١٦ – ١١ – ١٠ – ٧ : Tumors
. ٦٢ – ٥٤ – ٤٩ – ٣٧ – ١٨ : Obsession , Paranoia

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Book Index
Introduction : 1 Pine Nuts : 43
Citron : 5 Fasting : 44
Antimony : 6 Tamarisk : 45
Lemongrass : 7 Banana : 46
Aloeswood : 8 Perfume : 47
Sheep Tail : 9 Bird and Poultry : 48
Papyrus : 10 Lentil : 49
Onion : 11 Honey : 50
Watermelon : 12 Grape : 51
Barley Water : 13 Al-Fatihah : 52
Dates : 14 Cucumber : 53
Figs : 15 Qur’an : 54
Garlic : 16 Costus : 55
Unpasteurized Cheese : 17 Camphor : 56
Copulation : 18 Arak Fruit : 57
Black Seed : 19 Indigo : 58
Wet Cupping : 20 Anger Management : 59
Silk : 21 Truffle : 60
Henna : 22 Cauterization : 61
Whole Bread : 23 Unpasteurized Milk : 62
Mustard : 24 Camel’s Milk : 63
Vinegar : 25 Meat : 64
Invocation and Asking Forgiveness : 26 Game and Unusual Meat : 65
Calumus : 27 Water : 66
Legitimate Exorcism : 28 Jujube : 67
Pomegranate : 29 Body Cleanliness : 68
Exercise : 30 Turmeric : ٦٩
Myrtle : 31 Social Love : ٧٠
Unpasteurized Butter : 32 Husband’s Affection : ٧١
Ginger : 33 Wife’s Affection : ٧٢
Olive Oil : 34 Environmental Health : ٧٣
Chard : 35 Pumpkin : ٧٤
Fish : 36 Continuation of Wet Cupping : 75
Senna : 37 Continuation of Prayer : 76
Arak Wood : 38 Continuation of Fasting : 77
Thankfulness : 39 Continuation of Meat : 78
Patience : 40 Conclusion : 79
Charity : 41 References : 83
Prayer : 42 Disease Index : 87

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