ISLAMIC MEDICINE – THE QUICK FIX

By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim chaplain& well being writer.

“quick time, quick time, give me pill or powder”, they burn the USA flag but don’t want habba sawda!”
This is line from an old poem of mine called Holy of Holies…it reflects the pathetic state of too many Muslims these days. Habba sawda is the Arabic word for “black seed”, an amazing natural medicine, spoken of much in islamic medicine.
Long ago in Rasta we would have said, they think they are so booga, so hard core but they are hardcore in the wrong things. What’s the point of burning the USA flag and you and your children  are not islamique in your lifestyle.
The urbanization of Muslims over the years , all over the world has led to the disparity between the cultures of urbanite and country bumpkins, even though they are from the same tribe .
There is much to be said of positivity in urban lifestyle; the abundance of technology to research, study and share information, the abundance of products form all of the world, the opportunity to met people from different cultures without having to travel thousands of miles.
However there is much to be said for the country life too, the more immediate connection with Allah’s creation , the stronger reliance on natural remedies and the fresher air and water.
Islam is a religion of the middle way, it’s our duty to fuse, to synthesis the best of everything that is halal regardless of where it’s from, what tribe, what country what culture.
It’s sad, we are an ignorant people and due to our own ignorance that breeds arrogance, we think there is no need to step outside our comfort zone to experience the good that other tribe, nations and faiths have to offer which is also good.
Back in our own back yard, in the corner where we throw  the  junk in favour of flat screen TV’s , BOSH sound systems and designer clothes, there is a book of Islamic medicine, sadly tarnished by the so called sheikhs who have used the mask of Islamic medicine as a guise for their mysticism and magic.
Some of us had this book written on our hearts, knowing deep in our nature, our fitra that Allah would never leave us without cures in His Creation.
Some of us despise the magicians because they give hakims a bad name,  it’s like Lord of the Rings. Islamic medicine involves knowledge of herbalism , herbs can be used for good or they can be used for bad, this is the test.
Lets us focus on the role of  the hakim who is aware of the responsibility and accountability to Allah for every diagnosis and prescription he or she makes or writes. This prescription would firstly be  to change the diet.
Islamic medicine is the second stage after prayer to The Creator, in the adab/ manners of medicine, if this fails then the patient can resort to pills or powder.
Most of us are too ignorance , arrogant and lazy, engrossed and stuck in our cultural diet whether is pizza or rotis to change. We want to be able to keep on eating pizza or roti ,chips, fried foods, fizzy drink, no to little fruits and vegetable and they want some magic pill or powder to make them well again. Prophet Muhammad, salah la laihi wa salem never ate white flour and he never eat whole meal wheat for more than three days. An increasing number of people are allergic to wheat which is not a grain that man has always been eating.

In some muslim countries young women are forced fed to be fat, we need to realise there is a difference between fat and voluptous, its natural for most girls before pregnancy to be slimmer than after.
Narrated Abu Hazim: I asked Sahl bin Sad, “Did Allah’s Apostle ever eat white flour?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw white flour since Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him.” I asked, “Did the people have (use) sieves during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw (used) a sieve since Allah sent him as an Apostle until He took him unto Him,” I said, “How could you eat barley unsifted?” he said, “We used to grind it and then blow off its husk, and after the husk flew away, we used to prepare the dough (bake) and eat it.” Sahih Bukhari and Tirmidhi

(457) Narrated ‘Aisha: The family of Muhammad had not eaten wheat bread to their satisfaction for three consecutive days since his arrival at Medina till he died. (Bukhari, Book #65, Hadith #327)

(460) Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet did not do that (i.e., forbade the storage of the meat of sacrifices for three days) except (he did so) so that the rich would feed the poor. But later we used to keep even trotters to cook, fifteen days later. The family of Muhammad did not eat wheat bread with meat or soup to their satisfaction for three successive days. (Bukhari,Book #65, Hadith #349)

Some patients are so far gone in their illness that they think its futile, pointless to change. Its never to late to change.
Both attitudes are wrong and not Islamic.
Our bodies have rights over us and we will be asked on the  day of judgment how we spent our good health when we had it?
Islamic medicine is not the quick fix like pills or powders, is a slow process that gives us time to reflect on how we , through our own ignorance and bad actions, got our health into this state.
It could be the fault of parents who brought us up with a bad diet. I know people who have many villas abroad, Muslims, and they still feed their children on cheap white flour; hobbs, pancake, rotis, cous cous, pasta and no vegetable and fruits for dinner, its disgusting.
As you can guess this is one of my passions.
Islamic medicine has no side effects, food is medicine but it requires a sincere heart to really want to change and be well again.
Ask yourself “What kind of a Muslim are you? one who is stuck in the unhealthy cultural eating patterns of your ancestors ( but you probably think what you are eating is alright or healthy )or are you a Muslim who sincerely want to be well and in harmony with Allah creation and in effect more in harmony with Allah?” think about it deeply.

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