Tibb-E-Nabwi Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet ﷺ

Aween Nazir

Tibb-E-Nabwi Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet


“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 mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.” Prophet Muhammad

Defining Prophetic Medicine

Prophetic medicine includes actions or words of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) which addresses one’s spiritual as well as physical health in the treatment of specific illnesses or diseases.  In his renowned book The Prophetic Medicine”, Ibn Qayyim describes Prophetic medicine:


 “Prophetic medicine deals with the overall principles, while scientific [and Islamic] medicine fills in the details”.


In the above context, Prophetic Medicine refers to the actions performed, beliefs and the thought said by the Prophet Muhammad with regards to sickness, disease, treatment, nutrition, and hygiene. Prophet Muhammad   had a firm belief in the existence of a root cause and a cure for every illness or disease and that was mentioned in many prophetic hadiths such as narrated by Abu Dawud:

“Make use of medical treatment, for Allah has not made a disease without appointing a remedy for it, with the exception of one disease, namely old age.”

In Prophetic medicine, everyday food and drink items were consumed as medicine. The most commonly documented Prophetic Medicine are as follows:

1. Barley-Jau

Names in other languages

  1. In Hadis, Arabic and Persian it is called as Shaeer.
  2. In English it is called as Barley.
  3. In Hindi and Urdu it is called as Jau.
  4. In Latin it’s called as Hordeum vulgare.

The Prophet Muhammad consumed barley as bread, talbina (Dalia of barley) and sattu (powdered barley). It is one of the important ingredient in many of Tibb-e-Nabawi blessed foods.

Nutritional Profile of Barley

Proteins, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, Choline, vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, zinc, selenium, Niacin, dietary fibers, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, saturated fat.

Scientific Benefits of Barely

  1. Prevents constipation.
  2. Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
  3. Improve lipid metabolism.
  4. Reduce post-prandial glycemic response.
  5. Promotes feeling of fullness.
  6. Improve immune system.
  7. Aids in weight loss.
  8. Has wound healing properties.
  9. Helps Maintaining healthy bones and teeth.
  10. Barley juice helps prevent osteoporosis.
  11. Prevent the formation of gallstones and occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.
  12. Helps cure anemia as it is an excellent source of iron.
  13. Prevents Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).
  14. Improves skin elasticity and brighten skin tone.
  15. Has anti-inflammatory properties.

2. Dates Khajoor

Names in other languages

  1. In English it is called dates.
  2. In Urdu and Hindi it is called khajur.
  3. In Latin it is called Phoenix dactylifera Linn.

There are 20 references of it in Quran, by the names of Nakhl or Nakhil (plural) & Nakhlat (singular). They are 8 times mentioned alone, and 12 times mentioned with other fruits like pomegranate, grapes, and olives. The names mentioned in Hadis are different stages & different varieties of dates.


Nutritional Profile of dates

Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose,  Protein, Potassium, Phosphorus, calcium Iron, Fiber, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin K, Fluorine. Copper, Selenium, Zinc

Scientific Benefits of Date

  1. Acts as an antioxidant.
  2. Boosts Immune system.
  3. Promotes regular bowel movements preventing diarrhea and constipation.
  4. Protect against oxidative stress.
  5. Control blood sugar levels.
  6. Cure night blindness.
  7. Keeps Bones and teeth healthy and Prevents osteoporosis.
  8. Lowers the risk of stroke and prevents atherosclerosis.
  9. Reduce cholesterol levels.
  10. Help lower blood pressure.
  11. Aids in weight gain
  12. Keep skin smooth and healthy.
  13. Prevent inflammation.
  14. It has anti-aging properties.
  15. Aids in blood clotting.
  16. Increase Hemoglobin levels thus cures anemia.
  17. Prevent the development of cancer, heart diseases, cancer, Alzheimer and diabetes.
  18. Ease natural labor for pregnant women. It should be eaten at the time of childbirth.
  19. Prevent hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

3. Figs-Anjeer

Names in Other Languages


  1. In Quran, Hadis and Arabic it is called Teen.
  2. In English it is called Fig.
  3. In Persian, Hindi and Urdu it is called as Anjeer.
  4. In Latin it is called Ficus carica Linn.


(In Sura Teen) chapter no. 95. Verse no. 1, 2, 4. Allah took oath of Teen (Anjeer), olive and Mount Sinai, this is regarding that human has been created in the best form.

 The Prophet Muhammad said regarding figs that,

“If I had to mention a fruit that descended from paradise I would say this is it because the paradisiacal fruits do not have pit, eat from these fruits for they prevent hemorrhoids, prevent piles and help gout”.

Nutritional Profile of Anjeer

Protein, Phosphorus, Glucose, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K,  Copper, Fiber, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese

Scientific Benefits of Figs

  1. Helps cure Acne, Blemishes and minor zits.
  2. A natural laxative that helps prevent constipation.
  3. Helps to prevent Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  4. Acts as an antioxidant preventing heart disease as well as kidney stones. .
  5. Helps strengthen bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  6. Eating Anjeer on regular basis can help reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  7. Help boost fertility and reproductive health.
  8. Cures Hypertension.
  9. Help relieve throat pain, whooping cough and asthma. 
  10. Improve eye vision and reduce the risk for macular degeneration. 
  11. Controls blood sugar levels.
  12. Increase hemoglobin levels thus cures anemia.
  13. Helpful in menstrual irregularities.
  14. Helps prevent hemorrhoids and colon cancer.

4. Honey-Shahad

Names in other Language

  1. In Quran and Hadis it is called asA’sal.
  2. In English it is called as Honey.
  3. In Hindi it is called as Madh.
  4. In Urdu it is called as Shahad.

Honey bee in Quran is called as NAHL and a whole chapter (sura) is named on honey bee, the chapter no. 16 Al Nahl. (The honey bee). Allah said in the Holy Quran (Surah al Nahl, verse 68 and 69), which means.

“ALLAH has sent a Holy Message to bees to make use of the mountains, trees and spreading fruits and go through all the routes that ALLAH has facilitated out of their bellies a syrup (honey) in different colors, it gives cure to people”.

The Prophet Muhammad said:

“Honey is the remedy for every illness and Quran is the remedy for all illness of mind, therefore I recommended to you both remedies, the Quran and the Honey” (Sunaan Tirmidhi: 1196)

Nutritional Profile of Honey

Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, dextrose, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, sulphur, chlorine, Amino acids. Different honey from different regions has variation in nutritive value.

Scientific Benefits of Honey

  1. Helps relieving constipation and bloating.
  2. Has antioxidant properties.
  3. Treat respiratory tract infections.
  4. Decreases the risk of developing cancer.
  5. Decreases cholesterol level.
  6. Reduces secretion of hydrochloric acid thus reduces acidity.
  7. It is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic.
  8. Cures typhoid fever, dysentery, internal & external ulcers & lesions, peptic ulcers, gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers.
  9. Increases Hemoglobin thus cures anemia.
  10. Effective in burns when applied on burn lesions.
  11. Relaxes the smooth muscles.
  12. Effective for measles, fever, congestion in brain, brain tumors, angina, rickets, bedwetting.
  13. Increases complexion, treats roughness of skin, cracks of lips, infection of lips, spots on skin, gum infection.

5. Olive and Olive Oil-Zaitun

Names in Other Languages


  1. In Quran, Hadis and Arabic it is called as Zaitun.
  2. In Hadis, its oil is called as Zait.
  3. In English it is called as Olive.
  4. In Persain, Hindi and Urdu it is called as Zaitun.
  5. In Latin it is called as Olea europaea Linn.

In Quran, olive is mentioned 7 times (6 times directly mentioned by the name of Zaitun & 1 time in chapter Mu-minun in indirect reference as:

“A tree springing out of Mount Sinai, which produces oil & benefits to those who use it as food”.

Amongst the 6 direct reference in Quran, 2 times it is mentioned alone & 4 times with other fruits like Dates, Pomegranate, Grapes & figs.

The Prophet Muhammad said:

“Eat olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it is from a blessed tree.” (Tirmidhi At’ima, 43)


“Eat olive oil with your bread, and oil yourselves with it, for it is from a blessed tree.” (Ibn Maja, At’ima, 34)

Nutritional Profile of Olive

Calcium, sodium, potassium, copper, iron, Fiber, manganese, selenium, zinc, Vitamin A, vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B-complex, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, Oleic acid, linoleic acid, Polyphenols

Scientific Benefit of Olives

  1. Acts as an antioxidant
  2. Help fight infections and reduce oxidative damage.
  3. Prevent cancers such as breast cancers, stomach cancers, colon cancers, uterus cancer, ovarian cancers, skin cancers 
  4. Reduce the risk of bone loss and prevents osteoporosis
  5. Contain anti-inflammatory agents.
  6. Has antimicrobial properties
  7. Reduces cholesterol levels.
  8. Lowers Blood Pressure
  9. Prevent atherosclerosis
  10. Aids in wound healing
  11. Aids in blood coagulation
  12. Improves eye health
  13. Keeps skin healthy and fresh.

6. Vinegar

Names in other languages

  1. In Hadis it is called as Khal.
  2. In English it is called as Vinegar.
  3. In Hindi and Urdu it is called as Sirka.

Vinegar is a liquid which consist mainly of Acetic acid, water, volatile substances and organic matters. The acetic acid in it is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by yeast.

Other food sources from which vinegar can be produced

It can also be made from juices of grapes, oranges, beetroot, melons, apples, berries, honey, barley, coconut, dates, rice, wheat, sugar cane, tomato, jamun, kiwifruit, malt, palm & etc.

Types of Vinegar

It is of two types:

  1. Natural Vinegar
  2. Synthetic Vinegar (it is prepared commercially by chemicals)

The Prophet Muhammad exclaimed:

 “How good a condiment is vinegar”1 He also said: “O Allah, bless vinegar. No house will be destitute where there is vinegar.”He also stated that “Vinegar is a comfort for man.”3 He is also said that “Allah has put blessings in vinegar, for truly it was the seasoning used by the prophets before Me.” al-‘inab, khal al-khamr.

Nutritional Profile of Vinegar

Acetic Acid, Water, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, polyphenols, Chlorogenic Acid


Scientific Benefits of Natural Vinegar

  1. Acts as an antiseptic for wounds
  2. Acts as an antioxidant.
  3. Defend against oxidative stress
  4. Helps Control Blood Glucose Levels
  5. Vinegar (apple cider vinegar) increases satiety levels and thus aids in weight loss.
  6. Increase serum HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) levels.
  7. Decrease Triglyceridesand LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins)
  8. Inhibits Tumor Growth and May Prevent Cancer.
  9. Reduce renin- angiotensin activity thus reducing Blood pressure
  10. Has Antimicrobial properties thus Prevents Infections
  11. Helps with heartburn acid reflux as well as aids the process of digestion.
  12. Prevents the formation of kidney stones.
  13. Maintain Skin elasticity and delay early-aging.

And the earth hath He appointed for his creatures

Wherein are fruit and sheathed palm trees,

Husked grain and scented herb.

Which is it of these favors of your Lord

That ye deny?

Qur’an 55:10-3

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