8 Islamic health traditions prescribed by the Prophet

The Prophet Muhammad said that “Allah did not create a disease for which He did not also create a cure”.

Traditional medicine in Islam is often referred to as Medicine of the Prophet.

Black Seed (Nigella sativa)

Of the 630 scientific peer-reviewed articles that have been published about the benefits of black seed oil, it seems there are few medical issues that it cannot help the body overcome. These include high blood pressure and asthma. It also shows strong antifungal activity against Candida albicans.

Dates

Dates are a traditional and popular food for breaking the daily Ramadan fast. Eating dates after fasting helps to maintain blood sugar levels and is an excellent source of dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium, and complex sugars.

Siwak

Twigs of the Arak tree are commonly known as siwak or miswak. It is used as a natural toothbrush and its oils are often used in modern toothpastes. Its soft fibres are rubbed gently over the teeth and gums to promote oral hygiene and gum health.

Honey

In modern times, it has been discovered that honey has antibacterial properties as well as many other health benefits. Honey has been used by countless cultures all around the world over the past 2 500 years. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important element of traditional medicines, scientists are also researching the benefits in relation to modern medicine.

Zamzam Water

The Well of Zamzam is located within the Mashid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. According to Islamic tradition, it is a miraculously generated source of water from God. Millions of pilgrims visit the well each year to drink its water.

Zamzam Water is slightly salty and is known to quench thirst and appease hunger. Scientific analysis has shown the water to have high levels of calcium, fluoride and magnesium salts.

Olive oil

The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled and research continues to reveal more benefits. We are only just beginning to understand the countless ways in which olive oil can improve our health. It is an essential nutritional mainstay for the world’s longest-living cultures.

Moderation in diet

The Prophet Muhammad advised his followers to sustain themselves, but not overeat. This general advice is meant to prevent believers from overeating to the detriment of good health.

Adequate sleep

The benefits of proper sleep cannot be overstated. It was the habit of the early Muslims to sleep directly after Isha  evening prayer, to wake up early with the dawn prayer, and to take short naps during the midday heat. On several occasions, the Prophet Muhammad expressed disapproval of zealous worshippers who gave up on sleep in order to pray all night long.

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