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Talbeenah brings comfort to the sick person and it lessens grief.


Talbeenah brings comfort to the sick person and it lessens grief.

If the state of grief worsens and leads to some level of depression, then in addition to this spiritual remedy :

  • Showing patience,
  • Putting one’s trust in Allah and always remembering Him,
  • Medical attention from a knowledgeable and trustworthy specialist is also needed.

The symptoms of depression include the following:

  1. Always feeling sad, anxious and in a bad mood
  2. Loss of interest and lack of enjoyment in activities that people usually enjoy
  3. Constant pessimism and feeling helpless in the face of life’s problems
  4. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and social alienation
  5. Inability to show or express feelings towards others or to accept feelings from others
  6. Trouble sleeping, such as insomnia, sleeping too long or waking up too early
  7. Eating problems (overeating or loss of appetite)
  8. Chronic physical pain from which no remedy brings relief
  9. Weepiness
  10. Getting tense quickly; hyperactivity and not being able to calm down and relax
  11. Constant feelings of tiredness and inability to do any physical activity
  12. Inability to concentrate, remember or take sound decisions

If four or more of the symptoms mentioned above are present, then you should consult a specialist in psychology, as mentioned above.

  • In addition to seeking medical treatment, you should try to keep yourself busy with useful activities, such as reading Qur’an and other books, and engaging in hobbies and so on.
  • Do not forget some natural remedies that will re-energise you and help the brain to regain energy, such as honey and dried fruits.

One of the prescriptions that was often used in the past is talbeenah. 

According to a saheeh report, the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam) said concerning it:

“Talbeenah brings comfort to the sick person and it lessens grief.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5101; Muslim, 2216

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Zaad al-Ma‘aad:

This broth clears that from the stomach and intestines, cleanses it, makes it flow, makes it more liquid, adjusts it, and restores balance.

Thus it gives relief, especially for the one who usually eats barley bread, which was the custom of the people of Madinah at that time; it was their staple food, as wheat was very expensive for them. And Allah knows best.

Talbeenah is a broth made from barley flour with its bran, to which a cup of water is added, and it is heated on a low fire for five minutes, then a cup of milk and a spoonful of honey is added.

Please see also the answers to questions no. 158533 and 45847

And Allah knows best.

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Seeking ruqyah from another person is not haraam, but it is contrary to what is best and most perfect.


The reason why those who ask for ruqyah are not included in the seventy thousand will enter Paradise without being brought to account


Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly: 

Al-Bukhaari (6472) and Muslim (220) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Seventy thousand of my ummah will enter Paradise without being brought to account; they are the ones who did not ask for ruqyah or believe in omens or use cautery and they put their trust in their Lord.”

These people will enter Paradise without being brought to account because of the perfection of their Tawheed, their complete trust in Allah and their independence from people.

The one who asks for ruqyah from others is not included in that seventy thousand who will enter Paradise without being brought to account, due to the shortfall in their trust in Allah, because asking for ruqyah involves a kind of humiliation and need of the raaqi (the one who performs ruqyah), and part of complete trust and Tawheed is that the Muslim should not ask people for anything.

Muslim narrated (1043) that ‘Awf ibn Maalik al-Ashja‘i (may Allah be pleased with him) said: We were with the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), nine or eight or seven (people) and he said: “Will you not swear allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)?” We had only recently sworn our allegiance, so we said: We have sworn our allegiance to you, O Messenger of Allaah. He said: “Will you not swear allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)?’

We said: We have already sworn our allegiance to you, O Messenger of Allaah. Then he said: “Will you not swear allegiance to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)?” We held out our hands and said: We swear our allegiance to you, O Messenger of Allaah.

Tell us on what basis we should swear allegiance to you? He said: “On the basis that you will worship Allaah and not associate anything with Him, and (you will perform) the five daily prayers, and you will obey Allaah – and he whispered – and you will not ask the people for anything.” I saw that some of those people, if they dropped a whip, they would not ask anyone to hand it to them.

Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

That is because these people will enter Paradise without being called to account because of the perfection of their Tawheed, therefore he described them as people who did not ask others to perform ruqyah for them. Hence he said “and they put their trust in their Lord.”

Because of their complete trust in their Lord, their contentment with Him, their faith in Him, their being pleased with Him and their seeking their needs from Him, they do not ask people for anything, be it ruqyah or anything else, and they are not influenced by omens and superstitions that could prevent them from doing what they want to do, because superstition detracts from and weakens Tawheed. End quote.

Zaad al-Ma‘aad, 1/475

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas said: 

What is meant is that they do not ask others to perform ruqyah for them or cauterize them; rather they put their trust in Allah and rely on Him to relieve what they are suffering and to ward off what would harm them and to bring that which would benefit them. End quote.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 24/397

Secondly: 

Seeking ruqyah from another person is not haraam, but it is contrary to what is best and most perfect.

The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas said: 

Asking others to offer du‘aa’ for one and asking them to perform ruqyah are permissible, but not doing them and doing without people and doing these things for oneself is better.

End quote.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 24/261

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

This hadeeth indicates that not asking is better, just as not using cautery is better, but when there is a need for it, there is nothing wrong with asking for ruqyah or using cautery, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) told ‘Aa’ishah to ask for ruqyah for an illness that had befallen her, and he told the mother of the children of Ja‘far ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him), whose name was Asma’ bint ‘Umays (may Allah be pleased with her), to seek ruqyah for them.

This indicates that there is nothing wrong with that when there is a need to ask for ruqyah. End quote.

Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn Baaz, 25/118-119

Thirdly:

With regard to your saying “I do not have the patience or skill to do ruqyah for myself,” asking for ruqyah is permissible, as stated above, although ruqyah does not require any skill; rather it is of the same status as supplication (du‘aa’), and anyone can call upon his Lord for healing; that is not difficult. So a person can perform ruqyah for himself by reciting Soorat al-Faatihah, or any other passage of the Holy Qur’aan, or supplications that are proven to be from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), such as:

“Allaahumma Rabb an-naas, mudhhib al-ba’s ishfi anta al-Shaafi, laa shaafiya illa anta, shifaa’an laa yughaadir saqaman (O Allaah, Lord of mankind, the One Who relieves hardship, grant healing, for there is no healer but You, a healing that leaves no trace of sickness).”  Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5750) and Muslim (2191).

“A’oodhu bi kalimaat Allaah al-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every bad eye).” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3371).

Muslim (2202) and al-Tirmidhi (2080) narrated from ‘Uthmaan ibn Abi’l-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) that he complained to the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) about some pain that he had felt in his body since he became Muslim.

The Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said to him: “Put your hand on the part of your body that hurts and say: ‘Bismillaah (in the name of Allaah)’ three times, then say seven times: ‘A’oodhu bi ‘izzat-illaah wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajid wa uhaadhir  (I seek refuge in Allaah and His Power from the evil of what I find and I fear).’”.

Al-Tirmidhi added: He said: I did that and Allah took away what I was suffering, and I still tell my family and others to do that.

We ask Allah to heal you, a healing that leaves no trace of sickness.

And Allah knows best.

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How to deal with a headache ‘fast’


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People suffering from headaches or migraine before Ramadan are at greater risk of having headache while fasting but it can happen to anyone.

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Fasting during Ramadan can sometimes trigger headaches and while they, most often, occur during the first few days of Ramadan, for some, the pain continues throughout the month. One study — on fasting patients — reported 41 per cent suffered from headaches and the frequency of the headaches increased with the duration of the fast. The type of headache is very similar to the headache you get when you get stressed or take tension. It is a non-pulsating pain of mild or moderate intensity. People suffering from headaches or migraine before Ramadan are at greater risk but it can happen to anyone.

What can trigger headaches

As of today, researchers are still trying to pinpoint exactly what causes headaches during fasting, however, there are most probably multiple factors involved including Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), Caffeine withdrawal (caffeine has a well-known analgesic effect in headaches), dehydration, changes in daily habits (fasting and Ramadan routine in a highly productive and competitive work environment like Dubai can lead to additional stress) and lack of sleep.

Treatment

According to Dr. med Derk Krieger, neurologist at German Neuroscience Centre in Dubai, the best therapeutic approach is always to remove the underlying cause of the disorder. However, as this is not possible during Ramadan the following is advised:

After breaking the fast, complex carbohydrates (i.e. whole grains) with a low glycemic index will boost blood glucose levels and provide the longest-lasting energy. By avoiding simple carbohydrates like pure sugar, you avoid a rapid rise in blood sugar levels followed by a fast drop that may trigger a headache.

A cup of strong coffee before the start of the fast will reduce the risk of caffeine withdrawal.

Dehydration during the fast should be prevented by sufficient fluid intake during the meals.

Keep a steady Ramadan routine, avoid going to bed too late and lack of sleep.

In case you cannot control the headaches with preventative measures, medication may be indicated and certain types have shown to be particularly effective e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) taken in the morning before starting the fast. If the headaches get uncontrollable or reach a severe intensity, it is advisable to seek specialist medical advice to exclude other causes. People suffering from migraine may also require other treatment during Ramadan.

reporters@khaleejtimes.com

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