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Friday, 12 December 2014

Authentic Narrations regarding Talbina


Basic Talbinah

A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) used to recommend Talbina for the sick and for the one grieving over a dead person. She (may Allah be pleased with her) used to say, "I heard the Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) saying, ' The talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.' "
[Saheeh al-Bukhaari (5325)].

A'ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) also said that whenever one of her relatives died, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She (may Allah be pleased with her) would order that a pot of talbina be cooked. Then Tharid (a dish prepared from meat and bread) would be prepared and the talbina would be poured over it. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) would say (to the women),"Eat from it, for I heard the Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) saying 'The talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness.' "
[Saheeh al-Bukhaari (5058)].

Hisham's father (may Allah be pleased with them both) said, "A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) used to recommend talbina and used to say, 'It is disliked (by the patient) although it is beneficial.'"
[Saheeh al-Bukhaari (5326)].

The Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) said, "I encourage you to use that which is disliked but beneficial (talbina) for by the One whose hand Muhammad's soul is in, it cleans the stomach of one of you just as dirt is cleaned from the face with water."
[Mustadrak of Haakim (7455), Saheeh as Dhahabi mentioned in 'Talkhees' taken from Maktaba Shaamilah, See also Mustadrak (8245) whose chain is upon the condition of Bukhaari as Dhahabi mentioned].

A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated, "If any of the Messenger's (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) family became ill, the Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) would say, 'It soothes the grieving heart and cleanses the ailing heart just as one of you cleans dirt off his face with water.' "
[Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah (3445), hadeeth is hasan].

A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Messenger (Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam) said, "You should eat the beneficial thing that is unpleasant to eat (talbina), meaning broth." If any member of the Messenger of Allaah's family was sick, the cooking pot would remain on the fire until one of two things happened, either the person recovered or died."
[Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah (3446) hadeeth is hasan].

Recipe For Talbina;

Talbina is made by adding 1-2 tablespoons of barley flour (must be 100% wholegrain barley flour) to one and a half cups of water. Place on low heat for 10-15 minutes (optional: add milk or yoghurt and sweeten with honey). This may also be used as a food thickener for gravy, soups, lasagnes dishes etc. Alternatively you may add 1-2 tablespoons of barley flour (must be 100% wholegrain barley flour) to one and a half cups of milk. Place on low heat for 10-15 minutes (optional: add water or yoghurt and sweeten with honey).

The consistency may be changed according to preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of flour used. More flour may be added to make it thick like a porridge. Alternatively less flour may be added to make a drink like soup.



It is my understanding based upon what Ibn Al Qayyim has mentioned that it was traditionally made with water instead of milk and its consistency was thin like that of a broth and Allah knows best.

Talbinah Porridge is a valuable and healthy breakfast for everyone, particularly these types of patients;


Diabetics and Pre Diabetics -
Reduce the quantity of honey to 1/4 a teaspoon (or less) per serving. Top the talbinah with toasted sesame seeds and a pinch of cinnamon. Or you can grind the sesame seeds and cook both ingredients into the talbinah.

Hypertension or heart diseases -
Serve Talbinah with quince preserve, or sprinkle roasted date stone flour, or roasted ground flaxseeds. Or stir in one tablespoon of pomegranate vinegar or homemade pomegranate molasses made with honey instead of sugar. Eliminate sodium chloride from the diet. Use pink Himalayan salt in all cooking.

Stroke patients -
Add a pinch of turmeric when making the talbinah. Drink Nabeez made with raisins, natural pomegranate juice or cranberry juice.

Patients with chronic pain or arthritis -
Make the talbinah with crushed fresh ginger, a pinch of white pepper and honey.  Drink green tea.

Patients with digestive disorders -
Where the stomach and digestive functions are impaired, make Talbinah thinner in consistency. The sawwiq barley flour should be 100% wholemeal and it can be roasted in a small amount of olive oil before water or milk is added. This helps it assimilate easily. Increase the ratio of water and reduce the ratio of milk. Be sure to add honey.

For those on the road to recovering from an illness -
Make it with ground almonds. These give energy and strength. Top with raisins.

For kids -
Top with ripe sliced banana and drizzle with honey. Make it with cocoa powder. Or stir in date paste and top with flax seeds and chopped nuts.

For those who are very sick, with no hope of recovery (dying) and for their close relatives - 
Talbinah should be provided to them and it can be made with honey.

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Use of Sidr Leaves and Water for the treatment of Witchcraft.



Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al-'Asqalani (rahimuAllah) said in Al-Fath that Ibn Abtal stated in the books of Wahab bin Menabah to take seven leaves of a green Sidr, grind them with two rocks, add water to it, read the verse of Al Kursi (2:255) and Al-Qawakil (the Surah's which start with "Qul"), take three sips, then wash up with the rest. This will remove all of his afflictions, and is a cure for men who have sexual disorders.

(Fath Al-Bari -10/233)

Al-Lalkaii said that Mohammad Ibn Othman related that Said bin Mohammad Al-Hanat stated, ''Ishaq ibn Abi Israel said, "I heard Sufyan says that Sulayman ibn Omaya (Sheikhh of Thaqif) ibn Masoud heard A'ishah (radhi Allahu anha) advise a woman to use Sidr and water to wash the traces of magic.

(Sharh Usul I'tiqad Ahl As-Sunnah wal-Jamaa -7/1288).

Shaykh Abd Al Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baaz (rahimuAllah) said that the cure of magic after its affliction is beneficial, Allah Willing. A man who cannot have sexual intercourse with his wife is advised to take seven green leaves of Sidr, grind them, put them in a container of water enough for washing the body. He should read the verse of Ayah ul Kursi (2:255), Al Ikhlaas (112), Al Falaqq (113), An Naas (114). He should also read the verses of magic in Surah Al-Aaraf (7) where Allah says, "
And We inspired to Moses, "Throw your staff," and at once it devoured what they were falsifying. | So the truth was established, and abolished was what they were doing. | And Pharaoh and his people were overcome right there and became debased. [He is referring to verses 117-119]. The verses in Surah Yunus (10) where Allah says, "So when the magicians came, Moses said to them, "Throw down whatever you will throw." | And when they had thrown, Moses said, "What you have brought is [only] magic. Indeed, Allah will expose its worthlessness. Indeed, Allah does not amend the work of corrupters. | And Allah will establish the truth by His words, even if the criminals dislike it." [Here, he is referring to verses 80 to 82]. And the verses in Surah Taha (20), in which Allah says, "They said, "O Moses, either you throw or we will be the first to throw." | He said, "Rather, you throw." And suddenly their ropes and staffs seemed to him from their magic that they were moving [like snakes]. | And he sensed within himself apprehension, did Moses. | Allah said, "Fear not. Indeed, it is you who are superior. | And throw what is in your right hand; it will swallow up what they have crafted. What they have crafted is but the trick of a magician, and the magician will not succeed wherever he is." [Here the Shaykh is referring to verses 65 to 69].

After reading the above verses, one needs to take three sips from the water container, then wash up with the rest [make Ghusl from it]. This will remove the affliction, Allah Willing. If necessary, it could be repeated twice or more until one is cured.

(Majmu Fatawi Shaykh Abd Al Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baaz).

Ghusl should be made in a clean place and the water should be caught in a container and poured outside in the garden/yard. It is not permitted to let it go into the drain due to it being water upon which the Qur'aan has been recited. 

Shaykh Abdullah bin Abd Ar Rahman Al-Jibreen stated, "I used Ruqya on relatives and friends who were not able to have intercourse with their wives following what Ibn Katheer (rahimuAllah) said. I used Sidr leaves and recited the verses he mentioned and they were cured, Allah Willing.''

It is worth mentioning that using the water of Sidr in the stated manner has a great effect, and lots of therapists are aware of this fact. However, its benefit is not only confined to men who cannot have intercourse with his wives, but also includes those afflicted with epilepsy, evil eye and magic in general (used for washing only).

Sidr leaves can be purchased in the UK from here.

Friday, 19 September 2014

10 verses from Al Baqarah prevent the shaytaan from entering the house.


Ibn Mas'ud (radhi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam) said, "Whoever recites 10 verses from Surah Al Baqarah in a night, then the shaytaan will not enter the house that night until the morning approaches; four from its beginning (1-4), Ayah ul Kursi and the two verses after it (255-257) and the three verses at the end (284-286), the first of which is 'And to Him belongs whatsoever is in the Heavens..'", and in another narration, "neither shaytaan or anything that he dislikes will come near him nor his family that day, and it [Al Baqarah] is not recited upon a madman except that he comes to [his senses, i.e. he recovers from his illness]."

Al Daarimi and Al Tabaraani in Al Mu'jam al Kabir. Al Haythami said in Al Majma' Al Zawa'id that the narrators in the chain are upright.

1-4;


255-257;


and 284-286;



Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Adhab of sneezing and yawning.



The Prophetic Sunnah mentions both sneezing and yawning and emphasises the importance of the sneezer praising Allah. If he/she is heard praising Allah by someone, they should respond with "YarhamukAllah" - May Allah have Mercy on you.

Yawns should be suppressed as best as possible and they should be covered with a hand over the mouth.

Sneezing and Yawning from the authentic narrations;

Allah loves sneezing and dislikes yawning. If someone yawns, he should put his hand over his mouth.


Abu Huraira (radhi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam) said, "Allah loves sneezing but dislikes yawning, so if anyone of you sneezes and then praises Allah, every Muslim who hears him (praising Allah) has to say Tashmit to him (respond with YarhamukAllah). But as regards yawning, it is from satan, so if one of you yawns, he should try his best to suppress it, for when anyone of you yawns, satan laughs at him."
Sahih Al Bukhari Book 78, Hadith 250.

The etiquette between the one who sneezes and his companion.


Abu Huraira (radhi Allahu anhu) reported Allah's Messenger (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam) as saying, "When one of you sneezes, he should say: "Praise be to Allah in every circumstance," and his brother or his companion should say: "May Allah have mercy on you!" And he should then reply: "May Allah guide you and set right your affairs."
Sunan Abi Dawood Book 43, Hadith 261. Sh Al Albaani (rahimullah) classed the isnad as Saheeh.

And also;

Sneezing loudly is not from the Sunnah.


Abu Huraira (radhi Allahu anhu) narrated that when the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam) would sneeze, he would cover his face with his hand or with his garment, and muffle the sound with it.
Jami at Tirmidhi Book 43, Hadith 2969. Graded as Hasan by Darussalam.

And also;

Replying to the one who has sneezed and praised Allah is one of the rights that one Muslim has over another Muslim.


Abu Huraira (radhi Allahu anhu) reported Allah's Messenger (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam) as saying, "Six are the rights of a Muslim over another Muslim." It was said to him: Allah's Messenger, what are these? Thereupon he said, "When you meet him, offer him greetings. When he invites you to a feast, accept it. When he seeks your council, give him, and when he sneezes and says "All praise is due to Allah," you say Yarhamuk Allah (may Allah show mercy to you), and when he fails ill, visit him, and when he dies, follow his bier (funeral procession)."
Sahih Muslim Book 39, Hadith 6.


Monday, 1 September 2014

Pearl Barley and Vegetable Soup Recipe.



Asalaamu alaikum warahmatullaahi wabakatu all,

Barley was the grain most frequently consumed by the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam). It is full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimullah) suggested that the broth in which barley is boiled is more nutritious than its flour. Barley broth helps against coughing and throat roughness, stimulates the body to remove waste, cleanses the stomach, quenches the thirst and extinguishes heat. It also provides comfort and has a decomposing quality.

Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimullah) said regarding making barley water to drink that the barley should be boiled in 5 times its own amount of water in a clean pot. It should be placed on a low heat and cooked until only two fifths of the mixture remains. Then remove the cooked barley grains and use the remaining water as required.

Winter is on its way in many countries so here is my recipe for mixed vegetable soup with pearl barley. This easy to make healthy soup is delicious enjoyed with a slice of homemade bread spread with a small amount of ghee.

1 cup pearl barley, soaked for a minimum of 10 hours in enough clean water to cover, drained.
5 cups of boiling water
4x vegetable stock cubes
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion roughly chopped
3 celery stems, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Mixed vegetables of your choice - I used diced carrots, sliced green beans, sliced celery stalks, peeled potato cut into chunks, sweetcorn and courgette. You can add swiss chard, turnips, swede, cauliflower, spinach, butternut squash chunks etc.
1 carton/tin of chopped tomatoes in their natural juice.
Salt, pepper and spices to your taste.

Firstly heat the oil in a pot, add the onions, garlic and celery. Cook while stirring until the mixture turns translucent. There is no need to brown it.

Then add all the other ingredients. Bring to the boil, then cover the pot with a lid, lower the heat down to minimum and cook for 55 mins to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Simmering soup. The aroma in my kitchen was amazing :)

The barley grains will swell and soak in a lot of the water. Be sure to add more water if the mixture becomes too thick during the cooking process.

Then it is ready to serve. This soup also freezes really well so you can enjoy it anytime.

White-stemmed swiss chard beet is a preferred vegetable to add in barley soup, particularly for the convalescing.


Umm Al-Mundhir (radhi Allahu anha) narrated that "The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam) entered upon me, while 'Ali (radhi Allahu anhu) was accompanying him, and we had a cluster of unripe dates hanging." The Messenger of Allah began eating from them, whilst 'Ali also wanted to eat from them. She said, "The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam) said to 'Ali, 'Stop, stop, for you are still recovering.' So 'Ali sat and the Prophet ate." She said, 'I made some chard and barley [soup] for them, so the Prophet said, 'O 'Ali eat from this, for indeed it will be more suitable for you.'"
Jami at Tirmidhi Book 28, Hadith 2170. The isnad is hasan (Darussalam).

It was also narrated that Sahl Ibn Sa'd (radhi Allahu anhu) said, "We used to be happy on Fridays. We had an old woman who would take the roots of chard beet and put them in her cooking pot, and she would add grains of barley. When we had prayed [Jummu'ah], we would visit her and she would bring it to us and we would be happy on Fridays because of that. We would not eat lunch or take a nap until after Jummu'ah, and, by Allah, there was no fat in it."
Bukhaari and Muslim

Reference to Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam). Darussalam 2003. Page 286.

Further info on Barley's benefits - http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=127


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