The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

فِي الْحَبَّةِ السَّوْدَاءِ شِفَاءٌ مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ إِلاَّ السَّامَ ‏

“There is healing in black cumin for all diseases except death.”

[Saheeh Bukhari and others]

Imam Muqbil رحمه الله said:

“Thus it’s befitting to know the explanations of this narration, regarding that which is in this black seed (of benefits) about which the people and society have become ignorant

These hospitals, perhaps you have experienced them, one of us goes whilst he has a cold, and he doesn’t know except that he has been given pills and needles for other sicknesses.

Some of those whom are contemporary have authored books [on the subject] and I have been informed that in Europe they study the Arab medicine. Yes, they study the Arab medicine, whilst you Oh Muslims go from this Dajjaal, to that sorcerer, from this astronomer to that Jew!

Medicine, Oh Muslims, is something important. A man may be afflicted by epilepsy or a sickness from the sicknesses, and then after that the doctor is able to cheat him in regards to his Aqeedah (beliefs) and this is [something] known.

Thus, it is upon us, Oh Muslims, to be foremost in every good.

If a sick one would come to our Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم , as in the narration of Aisha Radiallahu Anhaa, then the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم would say:

اللهم رب الناس، مذهب البأس، اشف أنت الشافي، لا شافي إلا أنت، شفاءً لا يغادر سقماً”

[O Allah! the Rubb of mankind! Take away this disease and cure (him or her). You are the Curer. There is no cure except through You. Cure (him or her), a cure that leaves no disease]

Like this Oh Muslims, the heart of the sick one is made attached to Allah Aza Wa Jal, not to a doctor, a sorcerer/fortune teller, nor an astronomer.

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy upon him) said and how great is what he said:

“Relying upon the means is Shirk, and leaving off the means is an insult against the legislation (of Islam)”

Their is no problem with seeking a cure even if that be with a Christian (doctor) due to a necessity which is a must. We don’t prohibit upon the people that which Allah has made permissible for them, but rather we call them to that which is more beneficial for them!

[The prophetic medicine Pages 8-9]

Translated by

Majid Jawed Al-Afghanee
Abu Layl