The holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) preached a holistic view of life in which physical, spiritual and psychological development the believers were emphasized. In the know of numerous secrets of the earth and heavens, the holy Prophet is reported to have identified numerous plants and herbs for their healing properties. Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Daud and Tirmidhi have recorded about fifty traditions on specific ailments and their cure. In addition, over three hundred traditions have been recorded on’ various aspects of hygiene, purification, cleanliness, habits of eating and drinking. All these traditions, known as Medicines of the Prophet, are recorded in the classical Arabic treatises of Ibn al-Qayyim Al-Jauzi, Abu Bakr Ibn al-Sani, and Abd-al -Rah ran as-Suyuti. The sayings of the holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) propelled great advances in the field of medicine in the Islamic regions during the middle ages. During the pre-Islamic period Arabs depended for cure of diseases on invocation of supernatural and or on the favour of different deities for treatments of their illness. The Apostle of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) laid great stress on the right medicine as a remedy and discouraged superstitious methods of treatment through relics, amulets, etc. The holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) is reported to have said that the use of medicine for curing diseases is sanctioned by Allah and according to a tradition reported by Abu Hurayrah the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) said: God has not created a disease without a remedy for it. Disease is not the wrath of Allah, he is reported to have said, because many Prophets suffered greater pains than ordinary people. According to many traditions, people used to seek the counsel of the holy Prophet for spiritual remedies for curing their sickness and for their kith and kin. The Apostle of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) often suggested herbal remedies such as Talbina, senna, honey, olive, ginger, saffron, Habb al-Sauda (Black Cumin) etc. However, the word of caution by Ibn Khaldun should be kept in mind that the mission of the holy Prophet was to preach the Divine law and not to give instructions in medicine. Prophetic Traditions, nevertheless, remain a great source of knowledge. Inspired by the traditions of the holy Prophet the Arab Muslims raised the dignity of medical profession from that of a menial calling to the rank of the learned profession. Medicine was more of a magic than medicine before the advent of Islam, remarks George Sarton in The History of Science. It was not only medicine but science as such which did not exist before Islam. Robert Brifault in The Making of Humanity conceded that ‘No science existed before Islam. What we call science today arose as a result of new method of experiment, observation and measurement which were introduced into Europe by the Islamic Arabs. Science is the most momentous contribution of Islamic civilization. (Robert Brifault, The Making of Humanity.) The miracle of Habb al-Sauda or Black Cumin was first mentioned by our beloved holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be with him), who, inspired by divine revelations, was in the know of many secrets of the heavens and the earth. The Apostle of Allah is reported to have said that Black Cumin was the cure for all ailments except death. Throughout history humans have used Black Cumin as a nutritive, preventive and curative agent. The healing powers of Black Cumin, the seeds from the plant Nigella Sativa, have been recognized for over three thousand years in the folklore of many cultures. It has been regarded as a ‘Miracle Seed’ for it is known to assist the body in its own natural healing process. It strengthens the immune system and works in varied ways to promote optimum health and well being. Recent researches have proved that Black Cumin contains a complex synergy of over one hundred chemicals that work together to enhance and strengthen the immune system of the human body that no other natural substance has ever been known to do. Nigella Sativa or Black Cumin has medicinal properties of great value. Scholars of Tradition have generally reported that Hubb-al-Sauda, also known as Kammun Aswad (Black Cumin) are black seeds florm the plant of Nigella Sativa. Habb-al-Sauda is also referred to as Habb al-Khizra in old Arabic literature and as Shuniz in old Persian literature. Black Cumin seeds contain an essential oil of high medicinal value useful in cough and bronchial asthma. It is a good remedy in dyspepsia, loss of appetite, diarrhoea and intermittent fevers. Locally used, it removes painful swellings of the hand and the feet. Over the centuries, Black Cumin, popularly known as Black Seed, has acquired many nicknames, that has generated confusion about the herb. The appearance of the plant, the uses of the herb, aroma of the seeds all contribute to the multitude of names. The triangular and thin shape and size of Black Cumin has drawn comparison to the poppy seed, and is therefore sometimes it is called Black Poppy as well. During Biblical times, Black Cumin was often used to spice breads and cakes and throughout Europe baked goods were spiced with Black Cumin. Here it earned the name of Roman Cumin and Black Coriander.
The Miracle of Blessed Seed: Black Seed ( The Herb of Health) – (English) – (PB)
By: Aftab Shahryar
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This book goes through the History, traditions and findings of the recent researchers regarding the healing powers of the miraculous blessed seed of Negilla Sativa. Negilla Sativa also strengthens the immune system and works in varied ways to aid in optimum health and well-being.