Medicine Made Easy
Dr. Mohammed P.B.U.H(Mecca)
Here is the latest Islamic maxim on healthy life style: eat some black seeds and seven dates a day, then relax with a glass of camels’ urine and enjoy the drink!
When asked about the most quoted or the most heralded doctor in the history of mankind, most people will think of names like Hipppocrates or one of the more contemporary names. Surprisingly, searching the Internet reveals a very unlikely name from the heart of Arabia, and that is the name, prophet Mohammed.
If you admire Mohammed’s talent as a prophet and a Muslim leader is well, known to all Muslims and, thanks to his followers’ actions, to non-Muslims all over the world. However, Mohammed’s talent in medicine is known little outside the Muslim communities. More and more Muslims are becoming aware of Mohammed as a medical doctor and tend to follow him blindly, as they have always done. Today, there are more publications about Mohammed’s medical practice and teachings than any other doctor in the world. There are easily thousands of papers and hundreds of conferences and websites dedicated to this interesting branch in Islam called altibb alnabawi or the prophetic medicine.
We all speak about food and drink and health issues in our daily lives, Mohammed must had done so during his twenty-three years of career as a ‘professional’ prophet. When people talk about health issues, they usually reflect their society’s as well as their own understanding of the subject. In Mohammed’s case, things are a little different: every word he muttered was recorded by Muslims and taken as undisputed medical principle.
Nowadays, as Muslims express their keen interest in Islam itself, the so-called prophetic medicine has become a serious issue for discussion, dissemination, and emulation. Thousands of Muslim doctors take Mohammed’s (read Allah’s) recommended medicine more seriously than the prescribed medicine they had learned at their medical schools. This only demonstrates what blind faith can do to the mind of even the most erudite professionals. These doctors’ blind faith makes them turn their backs to their professional responsibility and cheat their scientific backgrounds to forge research and publications in their desperate attempt to prove Mohammed was right.
Let us make a quick tour through the extraordinary teachings of Prophet Mohammed. Most of the quoted hadiths (Mohammed’s sayings) supporting this article are taken from volume 7,chapter 71 of Sahih Bukhari, which is the most trusted book in the hadith field, but they are also mentioned in the other hadith books.
According to Prophet Mohammed’s teachings, it is the heart, not the brain, which is the centre of intellectual functions like decision-making and thinking. The brain does not seem to have any function in Prophet Mohammed’s medical science. According to those who truly believed his expertise on human physiology, the brain is no more than a stuffing for the human skull. The brain is completely ignored in the Quran and ahadith, while the heart is referred to frequently as the centre of intelligence, like this verse from surat Al Hajj: (Q.22: 46. Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts, which are in their breasts) . And this verse from surat Al A’araf (Q22:179. …. They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle.. ) .
Remember, the above verses come from the Quran, which Muslims claim to have scientific miracles!
Rise in body temperature (fever) caused by infection: according to Mohammed, has nothing to do with the body’s response to the disease; it is rather a heat wave from hell!
Number 622: Narrated Rafi … I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “Fever is from the heat of Hell, so abate fever with water.”
Nutrition and prevention of disease
Prophet Mohammed believed that certain types of food provide protection against all types of diseases. This applies in particular to honey; dates as well as black seed, all were his favourite food.
Number 586: Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet used to like sweet edible things and honey.
Number 663: Narrated Saud: The Prophet said, “If somebody takes seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, he will not be effected by poison or magic on that day till night.” .
Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “There is healing in black seed for all diseases except death.”
Certainly, Muslim doctors and researchers will not stop forging papers about the scientific foundations of this claim.
Prophet Mohammed is an advocate of using camels’ urine and milk as medicines! That is true; camels’ urine and milk were prescribed as health drinks. Read this disturbing story:
Volume 8, Book 82, Number 794:
Some people from the tribe of ‘Ukl came to the Prophet and embraced Islam. The climate of Medina did not suit them, so the Prophet ordered them to go to the (herd of milch) camels of charity and to drink, their milk and urine (as a medicine). They did so, and after they had recovered from their ailment (became healthy) they turned renegades (reverted from Islam) and killed the shepherd of the camels and took the camels away. The Prophet sent (some people) in their pursuit and so they were (caught and) brought, and the Prophets ordered that their hands and legs should be cut off and that their eyes should be branded with heated pieces of iron, and that their cut hands and legs should not be cauterized, till they die.
Even more distressing is the discovery of the healing properties of dipping flies in one’s food as described in this hadith:
Number 673: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “If a fly falls in the vessel of any of you, let him dip all of it (into the vessel) and then throw it away, for in one of its wings there is a disease and in the other there is healing (antidote for it) i e. the treatment for that disease.”
It is disturbing to note that many Muslim doctors defend fiercely this claim and they are not ashamed to quote imaginary publications to support their argument!
Prophet Mohammed had an interesting approach to accelerate wound healing: he used to spit on his finger (saliva is full with germs) then dip it in earth (more germs). Here is the hadith on this Islamic method of healing a wound:
Number 642: Narrated ‘Aisha: Allah’s Apostle used to read in his Ruqya, “In the Name of Allah” The earth of our land and the saliva of some of us cure our patient with the permission of our Lord.” with a slight shower of saliva) while treating with a Ruqya.
This is the area where Mohammed’s medicine had its widest application. Muslims believe that invisible creatures called jinn constantly influence our lives. Some jinn are Muslims but others are not. These non-Muslim jinn cause trouble to Muslim humans. The bizarre behaviour of patients with psychiatric disorders is explained by a kafir jinni that rides the human Muslim and influencing his/her behaviour. The Arabic word for a mad man is majnoon which means ridden (or influenced) by a jinn. The treatment now becomes straight forward, just read some verses from the Quran and beat the jinni (by beating the patient) and the jinni will leave!
It is very sad that Psychiatric disorders are still treated in this way in most Islamic countries. This old Bedouin desert culture not fading away. On the contrary, this Islamic mumbo-jumbo is actually on the rise with many publications and television channels dedicated to promote such backwardness.
All societies have their share of eccentric groups with eccentric cults, Muslim societies being no exception. The only difference is that in Islam, sanity is eccentric and madness is the norm.