Y.A. Jameel Scientific Chair of Prophetic Medical Applications


What we mean by Prophetic Medicine?

In the Islamic religion, Prophetic medicine (Arabic: الطب النبوي‎, 'Al-Tibb al-nabawī) is comprised of the recommendations practiced by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to protect humans from sickness and disease and to improve the quality of life. Prophetic medicine also includes advice regarding practices as proactive measures to prevent disease and improve health and quality. It is based on what has been reported in the Holy Quran and Hadith, Sunnah (traditions) as documented by the writings undertaken and documented primarily by scholars.

This massive knowledge has been documented around 1,400 years ago and was concerned with reconciling Sunnah. In narrated Hadith, for example the use of Honey and Hijama (wet Cupping Therapy) for healing was recommended. Other remedies advised for the prevention or alleviation of different diseases or disorders include: Palm dates (Ajwa), olive oil, Camel products, Miswak, Nigella sativa (black seed), its oils, Pomegranate and others.

Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘There is a remedy for every illness and when the remedy is applied to the disease, it is cured’- there is no disease for which there is no remedy. These sayings and practices of our Prophet (peace be upon him) made it the duty to conduct research and find out the remedy for diseases that afflict human beings. Islam thus encourages the search for treatments to alleviate and cure disease. ‏"‏ مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ دَاءً إِلاَّ أَنْزَلَ لَهُ شِفَاءً ‏"Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is believed to have expressed that there is a cause and a remedy for every disease, except death. Thus, researching disease and potential treatments is an imperative on all communities. This imperative has lead Muslims to engage in medical research and seek out cures for varies diseases with the ultimate goal of alleviating human suffering and enhancing quality of life.

Prophetic medicine deals with the overall aspects of human health starting with food consumption, prevention of disease, prevention of environment contamination and pollutions. Protection against many emerging ailments including obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Over the past three decades a great deal of research has been conducted unveiling, uncovering, confirming and expanding on the benefits of mankind and to enlighten us about what was stated in the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah, but a great deal of efforts remain to continue to be researched and to make available Prophetic medicines as an effective measure to alleviate human suffering, prevent disease and improve quality of life.

Evidence-Based Medicine is not new, 865-925 Al Razi and 981-1037 Ibn Sina

Chair, Center of Excellence in Prophetic Medicine Applications at KAU

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