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The Prophet's Medicine

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most


Merciful

Tooth-Stick 

 The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Were it


not that I would be overburdening my community I would have
ordered them to use a tooth-stick.” (Recorded by Al-Bukhari,
Muslim, Malik, Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah)

He also said, “Using tooth-stick cleanses the mouth and is


pleasing to the Lord.” (Reported by Ash-Shafi’i, Ahmad, Ibn
Khuzaymah, Ibn Hibban, An-Nasaa’i, Ad-Darimi and Ibn
Khuzaymah).

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Using tooth-stick has a number of benefits: It refreshes the


mouth, strengthens the gum, stops expectoration,
expectoration, clears the
voice, improves healthy bowel, purifies the voice, helps
digestion and improves the speech. It encourages a Muslim to
recite the Qur’an and to remember of Allah. It also drives away
sleepiness, pleases Allah, attracts admiration of the angels and
increases righteous deeds.” (At-Tibb An-Nabawi p. 298)

Talbeenah

 The Prophet’s wife ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her)


narrated that whenever one of her relatives died, the women
assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses)
except her relatives and close friends. She would order that a
pot of Talbeenah be cooked. Then Thareed (a dish prepared
from meat and bread) would be prepared and the Talbeenah
would be poured on it. 'Aishah would say (to the women),"Eat
of it, for I heard Allah's Messenger – blessings and peace of 
Allah be upon him – saying, “The Talbeenah soothes the heart
of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness.”
[Recorded by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)

It can be seen in the above Hadeeth that Talbeenah is used to


cure the sick; it also relieves grief and soothes
soothes the heart.
While explaining the meaning of Talbeenah, Ibn Hajar – may
Allah have mercy upon him writes, “It is a kind of food made of 
wheat of bran; and honey is, sometimes, added. It is called so
due to its similarity to milk in whiteness and tenderness. It is
effective when it is tender and well-cooked, as opposed to
when it is coarse and raw.”

Benefits of Talbeenah:

Modern researches have shown that Talbeenah has the


following benefits:

- It lowers the cholesterol in body.

- It is healing to the heart.

- It cures depression.

- It soothes the colon.

- Researches show the importance of wheat in


reducing the risk of colon cancer.

- It treats sorrow and distress.

- It heals general body weakness.

- It helps in the treatment of insomnia and


depression.

- It eases the urine flow.

- It helps in curing weak memory.

- It helps in delaying old age.

- It contains antioxidant.

Honey

Allah, High and Exalted, says:

“Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of 
your Lord laid down [for you]. There emerges from their 
bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is
healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people
who give thought.” (An-Nahl 16:69)
According to Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Sa’eed bin Jubair recorded on
the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas – may Allaah be pleased with him
and his father – that the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon
him) said, “Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping,
and branding with fire (cauterizing)." But I forbid my followers
to use (cauterization) branding with fire.”

Dates

 The Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) said, “If 


Somebody takes seven 'Ajwa dates in the morning, neither
magic nor poison will hurt him that day.” [Recorded by Al-
Bukhaari; Book of Medicine, Chapter: Curing magic with Ajwa
dates.]

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) related that


the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace be upon him)
said, “’Ajwa dates are from Paradise; and they have cure
against magic.” [Recorded by Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn
Maajah with a sound chain of transmitters according to Shaykh
Al-Albaani; see: Saheeh Al-Jaami As-Sagheer 4126]

Dates have many benefits, among which are: protein, fat,


carbohydrate, sucrose, iron, vitamin A, B, B1, B2 and C,
alkaline mineral salts like phosphorous, calcium and
potassium.

It is one of the most nutritious foods.

 The level of sucrose in dates is about 70%.

 The level of protein is about 20%.

 The level of fat is about 3%.

When dates are eaten with milk, it provides a complete and


balanced diet.

Olive Oil

Allah, High and Exalted, says:

“By the fig and the olive.” (At-Teen 95:1)

 The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him)


says, “Add (olive) oil to your food for it is extracted from a
blessed tree.” [Recorded by Ibn Maajah; 3319, Al-Haakim;
4/122, and Musannaf; 19568]

In Surah Al-Mu’minun [23:20], Allaah says:

“And [We brought forth] a tree issuing from Mount 


Sinai which produces oil and food for those who eat.”

Benefits of Olive Oil

It helps reduces the effect of poison.

It relieves the constipated bowel.

It drives out worms.

It smoothes the skin.

It delays old age.

It breaks up the gallstones.

Olive oil has a fatty substance that can control the amount of 
cholesterol in the blood.

Olive has a high percentage of water, protein, vitamin A, oil,


mineral salts, phosphor, iron, calcium, copper and marten.

When its green leaves are boiled in water and the water is
sprinkled all over the house, it drives away flies.

Vinegar

 The Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace be upon him)


ate vinegar and praised it. ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with
her) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace
be upon him) ate vinegar and then said, “What a good sauce
vinegar is!”

Benefits of vinegar

Ibn Al-Qayyim writes in his book, At-Tibb An-Nabawi’, “Vinegar


is good for the spleen; it suppresses thirst, stops expectoration
when the mouth is rinsed with it and it relieves the toothache
and strengthens the gum."

Zamzam Water
 There are authentic texts that indicate the usefulness of 
Zamzam water and that show its nourishing and healing
values.

It has always has this usefulness since Allah caused it to flow


for mother of Isma’eel (peace be upon both of them). It is
blessed water.

 The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him)


said about Zamzam water, “It is blessed (water) and it also
serves as food.” [Recorded by Muslim]

It is authentically reported from the Messenger of Allah


(blessings and peace be upon him) that he told Abu Dharr
(may Allah be pleased with him) who had stays between the
Ka’abah and its screens for thirty nights or days and there was
no food for him but the water of Zamzam. The Prophet
(blessings and peace be upon him) told him, “It serves as
food.” Other collectors of the Hadeeth, add, in their version,
“And it is a good healer.”

Zamzam is great water that gushed out when Angel Gabriel


struck the ground with his wing, and Allah allowed Isma’il and
his mother to drink therefrom. [Al-Bukhaari 3364]

It was Zamzam that was used to wash the heart of Allah’s


Messenger (blessings and peace be upon him). Merits and
benefits of Zamzam water are mentioned in many authentic
Hadeeths. Among them is the following statement of Allah’s
Messenger (blessings and peace be upon him), “The best
water on the face of the earth is Zamzam water. It serves as
food and it is a good healer.” [Saheeh Al-Jaami’ 3302]

It is equally recorded that the Messenger of Allah [blessings


and peace be upon him] drank from Zamzam water, performed
ablution with it and poured it over his head. The Prophet
(blessings and peace be upon him) would also hold Zamzam
water in vessels and water-skin and pour it on the sick and
make them drink thereof. [See: As-Silsilah As-Saheehah 883]

 The Prophet’s companion (‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas – may Allah be


pleased with him) said, “We used to call it Shabbaa’ah (that
which satiates); and we used to find it a good helper in
satisfying the family’s nutritional needs (i.e. it is filling and with
it one feels no need for food). It is satisfying to the children.”
(As-Silsilah As-Saheehah 2658)
In another sound Hadeeth, it is reported that the Prophet
(blessings and peace be upon him) would say, “Zamzam water
is for what one intends to drink it for.” [Ibn Maajah 3062]

 The scholars and the righteous people have tested this. They
drank it for the purpose of having their needs met and
attaining things such as healing for an indisposed person and
removal of power and sorrow, and Allah actualized their
desires for them.

The Black Seed

 The Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace be upon him)


said, “The black seed heals all diseases; it is only that it can
stop death.” [It is recorded by Al-Bukhaari, Muslim, At-Tirmidhi,
Ibn Maajah, Ahmad and Abu Nu’aim, on the authority of Abu
Hurayrah – may Allah be pleased with him]

Diseases healed by the Black Seed includes: hair loss,


headache and sleeplessness. It drives away lice and eggs; it is
useful in fighting against dizziness and ear pain; it cures
ringworm, tetter and other skin diseases; it is useful in curing
anti-natal and post-natal diseases; it is good for the teeth and
for curing tonsillitis and lung pains. It is also has medicinal
values that can heal an array of other health problems such as
wart, herpetic eruption, leprosy, diabetes, high blood pressure,
bruises and bites. The black seed is equally good in hastening
the healing of fractions, in burning blood cholesterol, healing
renal inflammation, fragmenting and removing gallstones,
curing difficult and painful urination (dysuria) and in stopping
bedwetting. It helps in healing hepatitis, meningitis,
gallbladder stones, spleen disease, heart ailments, cold and
intestinal colic. Other areas in which the black seed is useful
are: diarrhea, vomiting, gas and cramps, acidity, colon, eye
diseases, amoeba, schistosomiasis 1, infertility, prostate, ulcer,
cancer, impotency and general body weakness; and it is a
good worm expellant. The black seed is an appetizer; and it
helps in overcoming inactivity and laziness. It is also beneficial
in improving mental alertness, speedy memorization; and it
helps in curing AIDS.

1
It is an infection caused by parasitic flukes of the genus Schistosoma, occurring
commonly in eastern Asia and in tropical regions and transmitted to humans
through feces-contaminated fresh water or snails.