Forgotten Sunan Related To Health
Early bedtime and early wake up time
Muhammad ﷺ encouraged his companions not to be involved in any activity after Isha prayer (darkness prayer, which is around 1.5-2 hours after sunset). The Prophet ﷺ said, “One should not sleep before the night prayer, nor have discussions after it” [Sahih Bukhari]. Additionally, Muslims are required to wake up for Fajr prayer, which is about one hour before sunrise. The Prophet did not sleep after Fajr prayer. In addition, the Prophet ﷺ told his companions that early morning work is blessed by Allāh.
Many articles available pointing at the benefits of sleeping early in the night and getting up early. Apart from health it is also narated that starting to work early will InshaAllah bring in better results.
In Islamic culture, some sleep positions are encouraged while others are discouraged based on the practice (Sunnah) and recommendations of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Thus, many Muslims sleep on their right side, particularly, in the initial part of sleep. Muhammad ﷺ said, “Whenever you go to bed, perform ablution like that for the prayer, and lie on your right side” [Sahih Muslim 2710). In description of the sleep of the Prophet ﷺ, a Hadith states, “When the Prophet ﷺ wants to go to sleep, he puts his right hand under his cheek” [Sahih Muslim].
Modern scientific studies have suggested a beneficial effect of right lateral decubitus position on the heart. does not let the weight of stomach & intestine to suppress heart, hence blood circulation is not affected.
By sleeping on the right side, the heart remains in the topside, one will not have a deep sleep. A little noise can prepare someone to face any contingency. It also develops the habit of early morning rise.
Sitting & rubbing the eyes for a while after awaking adjusts the heartbeat according to the new posture hence it has positive impact on the heart.
Sleeping on the tummy is discouraged in the Islamic literature, even for infants. The Prophet ﷺ told a man who was lying on his stomach, “Allāh and his Prophet dislike this position” [Sunan Al-Tirmdhi 2768]. Modern medical studies have concluded that infants who sleep in the prone position have a seven-fold increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). This has led to “back to sleep” campaigns in Britain (1991) and in the United States (1994).
Napping after lunch helps to prevent burden on coronary artery. According to cardiologist, having a nap after lunch produce positive effect on heart.
Though we do not find much in Quran about specific exercise, recommendation, the Prophet’s Fife was full of recommendations.
He advised all Muslims to teach their children swimming, archery and horse riding. He, himself used to walk at a fast pace even race with his wife, Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her).
Most importantly, he used to work with his hands whether at home, in the kitchen, or with his companions collecting wood for fire, fighting during wars etc.
It is a pity that Muslim men and women have become sedentary and, because of the excessive consumption of starches, obesity has crept into them. We should keep ourselves fit to go for Jihad and feel healthy in peacetime.
Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,
Hijama helps in detoxifying the blood and stimulating the formation of new blood. We suffer from increased accumulation of toxins as we age that stem from poor diet and our lifestyle as well as pharmaceutical drugs resulting in different diseases. Some conditions in which Hijama was proven as an effective treatment are lower back pain, repetitive strain injury, sports injuries, poor circulation, varicose veins, emotional and psychological disorders like depression, stress and anxiety. Disorders of the bones, muscles, joints and nervous system, such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, neuralgia, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain.
Hijama is a successful treatment for constipation, diarrhea, headache, backache, injuries, depression, skin problems, arthritis, weight loss and much more.
There are many ahadeeth mentioning the importance and virtues of using the siwaak such as the hadeeth of Ibn Abbass that the Prophet ﷺ said : “I was ordered with the siwaak until I thought that something would be revealed in the Qur’aan in regards to it” [Musnad Ahmad no.2125, Ahmad Shaakir graded the isnaad Saheeh]; however the medical benefits are derived from the hadeeth where Aa’ishah reported that the Prophet ﷺ said “The siwaak is purifying for the mouth and pleasing to the Rabb” [Sunan An-Nasaa’ee no.5, Shaykh Al-Albaani graded it saheeh]
When to use Siwak?
Eating Less – The Solution To Many Problems
Abu Juhayfah said:
“A man burped in the presence of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ and he said: “Keep your burps away from us, for the one who eats his fill the most in this world will be hungry for the longest time on the Day of Resurrection.” (al-Tabaraani–Saheeh)
After hearing that Abu Juhayfah RA did not eat his fill until he departed from this world; if he ate breakfast he would not eat dinner and if he ate dinner he would not eat breakfast, and he said: “I have not filled my stomach for thirty years.”
Yet, we force our kids to eat, to finish their plate or just simply stuff themselves until they are full. And we do the same ourselves. What we don’t realize is that, not only is this bad for health, and against the wise teachings of our beloved Prophet ﷺ, but it is this excessive eating that is keeping us away from the sincere and focused worship of Allaah that we are searching for…..that Khushoo’….that Sakeena, the peace that should be there in all our Ibadaat.
This is because eating one’s fill makes the body heavy, which leads to yawning and laziness in worship and work.
The Prophet ﷺ said, “A believer eats in one intestine, and a kafir (unbeliever) or a hypocrite eats in seven intestines.” (Bukhaari)
That means; a believer is satisfied with a little food, while an unbeliever or a hypocrite eats too much to satisfy himself.
The Prophet ﷺ also said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few morsels to keep him alive. If he must fill it, then one-third for his food, one-third for his drink, and one-third for air.” (al-Tirmidhi –saheeh by al-Albaani)
Eating too much also makes the heart hard and heedless of Allaah. And that is why the Prophet ﷺ and his companions used to go hungry quite frequently, even in the presence of abundant food.
Some people argue that as long as what they are eating is Halaal, they can eat whatever they want, whenever they want and in whatever quantity they want. But Allaah condemns everyone who is extravagant, even in things that are permissible.
Umar (RA) said: By Allaah, if I wanted I could wear the finest clothes among you, and eat the best food, and have the most luxurious life. But I heard that Allaah will condemn people for some of their actions and said:
“You received your good things in the life of the world, and you took your pleasure therein. Now this Day you shall be recompensed with a torment of humiliation, because you were arrogant in the land without a right, and because you used to rebel against Allaah’s Command (disobey Allaah)” [al-Ahqaaf 46:20]
Ibrahim ibn Adham said: “Any one who controls his stomach is in control of his deen, and anyone who controls his hunger is in control of good behavior. Disobedience towards Allah is nearest to a person who is satiated with a full stomach, and furthest away from a person who is hungry.”
The Ulama enumerate multiple benefits of eating in moderation. Eating less keeps the body healthy and light, keeps the heart soft, increases memory, weakens desires, and disciplines the soul while excessive eating brings about the opposite of these praiseworthy qualities..
The best and most perfect diet is to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ. For, indeed, it is only his way that is the best and his guidance that is perfect.
HEALTHY FOOD AND BENEFITS FROM SUNNAH
“And a tree (olive) that springs forth from Mount Sinai, that grows oil, and (it is a) relish for the eaters.” [23:20]
From Abu Hurayrah from the Prophet that he said:
“Eat the olive and anoint (yourselves) with it, for indeed it is from a blessed tree.” [Tirmidhi 1853, Ahmed 497/3]. This hadeeth has also been recorded by Haakim hadeeth #122/4 and Ibn Maajah hadeeth #3319].
QURAN: “There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think. [16:69]
It is reported that the Prophet (upon be salah and salah) said: “Cure is in three (things): a drink of honey, a slash of the knife used in Hijaamah and branding (cauterizing) by fire. And I prohibit my nation from cauterizing.” [Bukhaaree (5356)]
In another hadeeth, it states: “Upon you is the two cures: the honey and the Qur’aan” [Ibn Maajah (3452), Shaykh al-Albani graded this hadeeth weak and said that it is authentic as a statement of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood]
Sometimes honey can be contaminated with the spores of bacteria that can cause Infant Botulism (a very rare but fatal infection where the spores produce toxins in the intestines, after the age of one, children develop a defence against the spores). It is advised that children under the age of 12 months should not be given honey. Other than this, honey has no known side effects
Umm Salma (May Allah be pleased with her) said: “Allah’s Messenger ﷺ , never suffered from a wound or a thorn without applying henna to it.” [Reported by Imam Trimidi (with a hasan isnaad) and Imam al Baihaqi in their sahih]
“Whenever somebody came to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ with complaints of headache, he directed him to undergo cupping and whosoever complained of pain in the legs, was advised to apply Henna.” (Narrated in Sunan Abee Dawud)
On the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Prophet said “Use the black seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment except death.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim, At-Tirmidhi and others)
The black seed can be used in various medical formulas to cure numerous ailments. From its usage is a list below of simple remedies for common nuisances and illnesses, bear in mind that an alternative formula can be used to achieve similar results (as are found in various books on the black seed).
“A household which has vinegar will never suffer from poverty”. (Narrated by Umm, Tirmidhi, Baihaqi)
“Vinegar is a comfort for man” Narrated by Muslim.
“Allah has put blessing in vinegar, for truly it was used by the Prophets before me.” Narrated by Muslim and Ibn Maja.
Narrated by Saud; the Messenger ﷺ said, “If Somebody takes seven ‘ajwa dates in the morning, neither magic nor poison will hurt him that day.” [Sahih Bukhari, Book #71, Hadith #664 (also 663, 672)
The Messenger ﷺ said, “Ajwa dates are from paradise.” [Tirmidhi (2068) he said hasan Saheeh and it was authenticated by Shaikh al-Albaani]
Referring to eating seven Ajwa dates, the Messenger ﷺ said, “He will not be harmed by anything until he reaches the evening.” [Sahih Muslim (2047)]
A’isha reported Allah’s Messenger ﷺ as saying: “The ‘ajwa’ dates of ‘Aliya’ contain heating effects and these are antidote in the early morning.” [Sahih Muslim, Book #023, Hadith #5083]
Ajwa is good to use for following