Prophetic Medicine The Prophet’s Knowledge of medicine

(closer to the time of the great Polymath Ibn al Jawzî) 200 years after Ibn Sîna passed away

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(closer to the time of the great Polymath Ibn al Jawzî) 200 years after Ibn Sîna passed away

The Famous notables of Islamic Medicine

  • Smallpox and measles, L. Rhazes/Muhammad Ibn Zakarîya al Razi – died 240AH (925 CE)

  • The Canon of Medicine (Al Qânûn) by Avicenna/Abu Ali Al Husayn Ibn Sîna. d 428AH (1037 CE). Provally the most famous

  • Simplification of Therapeutics and diet by Avenzoar/Abd Al Mâlik Ibn Zuhr. d 557AH (1162 CE)

  • Generalities in Medicine by Averroes/A.M Ibn Rushd d 595AH (1198 CE)

  • A commentary on the analysis of the cannon of Avicenna, by Alî b n al Nafîs.

  • d 607AH (1288 CE)

Notables Islamic Scholars of the middle era

  • At Tibb An Nabawi by ibn Qayyim al Jawziyah – d 751AH(1350 CE)

  • Probably the most famous at present on this subject

  • At Tibb An Nabawi of Imam Dhahabî, d 748 AH (1274 CE).

  • Ordered/stratified his work emulating the work of Avicenna called Al Qanûn, so very comprehensive, teacher of the Polymath, Al Jawzi

  • At Tibb An Nabawi, Imam Suyûti d 911 AH (1505 CE)– Another famous work. He also quotes from Ibn Al Nafîs and Avicenna

Types of medicine

  • There are two types of medicine at present;

  • Allopathic – Linguistically meaning ‘different than the disease’

  • This is to treat a illness with it’s opposite or that which is different (especially concerning modern conventional medicine which is allopathic)

  • Homeopathic - To treat a disease with it’s likeness. That the treatments must be able to produce symptoms that are similar to those of the disease being treated

What type of medicine did The Prophet use?

Prophetic Medicine used practised his own medicine. (from the Qur’ân) However he did demonstrate a mix of medicines

An homeopath example of the Prophet’s Medicine

  • The prophet came upon a young boy whom had been suffering from in an inflammation of his throat and a person was attempting to cure this condition through rubbing the uvula (throat) area with a abrasive type of fabric wrapped around the hand

  • He said in amazement;

  • ‘Do not kill your children.

  • When your child suffers from throat inflammation (uhtraa) or headache, use Costus/Indian Aloe (Qist al Ûd)

  • treated in freshwater and make the child sniff it’

  • This is a example of a hot disease being treated by a hot medicine (here, of the third degree)

An Allopath example of the Prophet’s Medicine

  • Towards the end of the life of the Prophet, he was affected with fever and commented thus upon it’s cure;

  • ‘Whosoever is amongst you is struck with fever, which is a slice of hell-fire, let him extinguish it with cold water’

  • Reported by Rafi’ bin Khadij

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