Topic: Sunnah Foods and Healing
Secrets and Blessings of Sunnah Foods
Fenugreek ( hulbah ) it is reported that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.)
once said "If my people knew what there is in Fenugreek, the would
have bought and paid it weight in gold." Fenugreek seeds are also
known for their anti-diabetic property. They are also considered
excellent to treat arthritis and to reduce blood cholesterol. They
also increase breast milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
Fenugreek contains natural expectorant properties and is considered
ideal for treating sinus and lung congestion. It also helps in
loosening and removing excess mucus and phlegm. The mucilage content
of the seeds help to cure external boils, burns and ulcers.
Coriander cilantro( habb al-suda )
The most respected book of traditions state that the Prophet Muhammad
(s.a.w.s) said, “ Make yours the seed of coriander, for it is a cure
of all diseases except swelling [cancer], and that is a fatal
disease.” It is also reported ALLAH informed the Prophet, “ She has
been given everything.” And then ALLAH revealed that “she” is
coriander. Coriander alleviates flatulence and resolves fevers. It is
effective in the treatment of leukoderma, and it opens the subtlest
networks of the veins. Excess moisture in the body is dried up by the
coriander, and it increases milk flow, urine, and menses. It is
particularly useful when a person has cold. The oil of coriander is a
treatment for baldness and scalp problems, and prevents grey hair. The
smoke of the burning seeds is an insect repellent.
Henna ( hinna )
One Hadith reports that nothing is dearer to ALLAH than Henna. The
holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) recommended it for many conditions : bruises,
pain in the legs, infection of nails, burns, and to beautify the hair.
Henna is noted for its great heat and its ability to excite the
passion of love. The perfume made from Henna flowers is considered to
be one of the finest in the world. The dyeing of hands, nails, and
feet is a common practice in the East, especially for weddings and
Honey ( asal )
ALLAH has said, “There comes forth, from within [the bee], a beverage
of many colors in which there is a healing for you.” Mixed with warm
water, and taken in several small doses, honey is considered the best
remedy for diarrhea. The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) once said, “By HIM in
whose hand is my soul, eat honey. For there is no house in which honey
is kept for the angels will not ask for mercy. If a person eats honey,
a thousand remedies enter his stomach and a million diseases will come
out. If a man dies and honey is found within him, fire [burning of
hell] will not touch his body.” The prophet (s.a.w.s.) himself used to
drink a glass of honey and water each morning on an empty stomach
Melon ( battikh )
Said the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) : "Whenever you eat fruit, eat melon,
because it is the fruit of Paradise and contains a thousand blessings
and a thousand mercies. The eating of it cures every diseases. None of
your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce
offspring who are good in countenance and good in character." The
Prophet (s.a.w.s.) took melons with fresh dates.
Citron ( utrujj )
The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) is reported to have said, "The citron is like a
true believer : good to taste and good to smell." Citron strengthens
the heart, dispels sadness, removes freckles, satisfies hunger, and
slows the flow of bile. The wife of the Prophet (s.a.w.s) used to
treat blind persons with citron dipped in honey. Citron is best taken
about ten minutes after conclusion of meals.
Sweet pomegranate are preferred over the sour. The juice stems coughs.
All kinds of pomegranate settle palpitations of the heart. Hazrat
Ali(r.a.) said that the light of ALLAH is in the heart of whoever eats
pomegranate. It is also reported that one who eats three pomegranate
in the course of a year will be inoculated against ophthalmia for that
year. Said the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) : Pomegranate "cleanses you of Satan
and from evil aspirations for forty days."
The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) was reported to have once remarked that vinegar
was the seasoning of all the prophets who came before him. Vinegar is
both cold and hot, nearly balancing between the two. Mixed it with
rose water, it is an excellent remedy for toothache and headache.
Vinegar dissolves phlegm. Another Hadith states that a house
containing vinegar will never suffer from poverty.
In the time of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.), it was customary to fumigate
houses by burning frankincense and thyme. Thyme is cold and dry in the
third degree. An excellent digective aid to heavy foods, thyme
beautifies the complexion, annuls intestinal gas, and benefits
coldness of the stomach and liver. When drunk as an infusion, it is
said to kill tapeworms
It is said that to eat Quince on an empty stomach is good for the
soul. Cold and dry, Quince is astringent to the stomach, and it checks
excessive menstrual flow. A few seeds placed in water will, after a
few minutes, form amucilage which is an excellent remedy for cough and
sore throat, especially in the young. Quince is also excellent for
pregnant woman, gladdening their heart. The holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.)
said, "Eat Quince, for it sweetens the heart. For ALLAH has sent no
Prophet as HIS messenger without feeding him on the Quince of
Paradise. For Quince increases the strength up to that of forty men."
Some other references about Blessed Sunnah Foods
Milk: The Prophet (SAW) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart
just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the
back, increases the brain, augments intelligence, renews vision &
drives away forgetfulness.
Barley:The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) recommended talbina (a meal made
from powdered barley) for the sick and grieving.
He is quoted as saying, “At-talbina gives rest to the heart of the
patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief”
“The Talbina”: is a meal made by mixing 2 spoons of barley and a cup
of water, cooked for 5 min, after that a cup of yogurt and bee’s honey
is added, it is called Talbina which comes from the Arabic Word Laban
meaning yogurt because of its resemblances to the yogurt, as it is
soft and white. And aicha said that the prophet peace be upon him has
advised us to use it as a medicine, as he said. Its a cure for
sadness:“At-talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes
it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief” (Bukhari
It is narrated that the wife of the prophet peace be upon him “Aisha”,
if one of her relatives die, and after the funerals, used to gather
the women in the familly, and ask for a pot and cook the talbina,
after that she would prepare some kind of a meal called: thrida”,
which is mainly peaces of bread emerged in a sauce. And she would poor
the talbina on it. And tell the women: eat from it, as I heard the
prophet peace be upon him saying.
Honey: Considered to be the best remedy for diarrhoea when mixed in
hot water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks & drug of drugs.
It is used for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach,
eliminating phlegm, as a meat preservative,hair conditioner, eye salve
& mouthwash. It is extremely beneficial in the morning in warm water &
is also a sunnah.
Olive oil: Excellence treatment for skin and hair, delays old age,
treats inflammation of the stomach
Mushroom: The Prophet ( SAW) said that mushroom is a good cure for the
eyes, it also serves as a form of birth control and arrests paralysis.
Grapes: The Prophet was very fond of grapes, it purifies the blood,
provides vigour & and health, strengthens the kidneys & clears the
Dates: The Prophet (SAW) said that a house without dates has no food,
also to be eaten at the time of childbirth.
Figs: It is a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles.
Melon: Melon contains 1000 blessings & 1000 mercies, the Prophet SAW
said "None of your women who are pregnant & eat of water melon will
fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance & good in
Pomegranate: The Prophet (SAW) said it cleanse you of Satan and evil
aspirations for 40 days.
Water: The Prophet (SAW) said the best drink in this world & the next
is Water. When you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps. Gulping
produces sickness of the liver.
So praise be to our beloved Nabi (SAW) who produced us with knowledge
which dazzles the wisest minds. May this information be beneficial to
all of us
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