Qur'an and Modern Science


The Holy Prophet (pbuh) also occasionally suggested various kinds of treatments to his companions when they fell ill. There is a long list of medicines and treatments which the Prophet (S.A.W.) suggested from time to time to his companions. Some of the important medicines and treatments are given below.

Oral Medicine


The Prophet (pbuh) recommended the use of honey for a great many illnesses. Ibn Abbas reported God's Messenger as saying, "There is a remedy in three things and one of them is honey." Abu Hurairah reported God's Messenger as saying, "If anyone licks honey three mornings every month, he will not be afflicted with any serious trouble." Abdullah bin Masud reported God's Messenger as saying, "Make use of the two remedies - honey and the Qur'an." Abu Said Al-Khudri said that a man came to the Prophet (pbuh) and told him that his brothers' bowels were loose, so God's Messenger told him to give him honey. He did so and came back and said, "I gave it to him but it has only made his bowels more loose." This he said three times, and when he came a fourth time and was told to give him honey he said, "I have done so, but it has only increased the looseness." God's Messenger replied, "God has spoken the truth and your brother's bowels have lied." He then gave him honey and he recovered. Recent research has shown that honey is useful to cure many diseases. It is especially effective for heart disease patients and for common colds. It also helps in blood and skin diseases and is very useful for the eyes. It can help in digestion. Its ingredients show that it is a very useful medicine and can be useful in three ways: (a) as good nourishment; (b) as a preventive measure and (c) as a medicine for various kinds of diseases. Its ingredients are: calcium, sulphur, phosphorous, iron, carbon, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chlorine and iodine.

Abu Hurairah reported God's Messenger (pbuh) as saying, "Nigella seed is a remedy for every disease but As-Sam (i.e. death)." Salama said that God's Messenger (pbuh) never had a wound or bleeding foot without ordering her to put henna on it." S'ad told of hearing God's Messenger (pbuh) say, "He Who has a morning meal of seven ajwa dates (good quality Medinah dates) will not suffer harm that day through poison or magic." A'isha reported God's Messenger (pbuh) as saying, "The ajwa dates of Al-Aliya (a village near Medinah) contain healing, and they are an antidote taken first thing in the morning."

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