by Dr. Summia Naz, founder/CEO of Maya’s Organic World
Allopathy is widely known as western, evidence based medicine. Whilst there is a necessity for allopathic medicine, many diseases/conditions such as: Alzheimer’s, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, and autoimmune diseases can be controlled and managed through prophetic medicine.
Prophetic medicine is a collection of authentic hadith and instructions narrated by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It is medicine that is unlike the medicine of physicians known today, and unlike the pharmacopoeia drugs they prescribe.
It is all encompassing, absolute and conclusive, where many elements contribute to cure and prevention, such as: remedies, recipes, housing, marriage, problem solving, stress management, etiquettes and manners (1).
There is growing evidence where type 2 diabetes can be controlled and managed through dietary changes and prophetic medicine.
Many diseases originate from the stomach and digestion. When the body digests and breaks down food, glucose is released; the hormone insulin facilitates glucose absorption so the body can use it as a source of energy.
Diabetes occurs when the body no longer produces insulin or the body no longer uses insulin effectively (2).
The American Diabetes Association (ADA), reported, in 2012, 86 million Americans age 20+ had pre-diabetes. Diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in America (2010) (3).
There are many, complicated clinical risk factors associated with diabetes: neuropathy, retinopathy, stroke and arthrosclerosis (4).
Statistics demonstrate the need to control and manage diabetes.
Nigella Sativa also known as the blackseed has many therapeutic benefits: antibacterial, renal protective, anti-parasitic, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, hepato-protective (5).
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “In the blackseed is healing for every disease except death”. Narrated by al-Bukhari, 5364; Muslim, 2215.
Studies have, illustrated that Nigella Sativa significantly lowers glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), postprandial blood glucose (PPBG) levels, fasting blood glucose (FBG) after 8 weeks (6).
Olive (Zait in Arabic) possesses many medicinal properties. At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah narrated that Abdullah bin Umar (radiyallaho anhu) related from the prophet (pbuh) that he said “Eat the zait and use it as an ointment, because it is produced by a blessed tree”.
Oleanic acid (OA), a natural component found in the olive possesses many therapeutic properties. OA exerts beneficial effects against metabolic syndrome and diabetes, it improves insulin response, preserves β-cells, and protects against complications associated with diabetes.
Several studies have reported the different therapeutic effects of OA; antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiulcerogenic (7).
Honey is known for its various therapeutic benefits: antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and soothing properties.
Allah swt says in the quran “And your lord inspired the bees, saying: Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect.”
“Then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your lord made easy (for you). There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this indeed a sign for people who think.”
Studies have shown natural honey lowers plasma glucose, active C-reactive protein, homocysteine in healthy, diabetic and hyperlipidemic subjects, in comparison with sucrose and dextrose (8).
Prophetic medicine is vast, and as evidence shows, we can find great benefit from the knowledge that has been imbued unto us by the Prophet of Islam, peace and blessings be upon him.
1. S.Y. Bassem, The role of prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus: A review of literature, Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences, Vol 11, 4, 2016
3. F. Csssidy, E. Ahearn, J. Carroll, Elevated frequency of diabetes Mellitus in hospitalized manic-depressive patients, The American Journal of Psychiatry, 156, 9, 1999.
5. A.H. Rahmani, M.A. Alzohairy, M. A. Khan, S. M. Aly, Therapeutic Implications of Black Seed and Its Constituent Thymoquinone in the Prevention of Cancer through Inactivation and Activation of Molecular Pathways, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014.
A. Najmi, M. Nasiruddin, R. Khan, S.F. Haque, Therapeutic effect of Nigella Sativa in patients of poor glycemic control, Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, 5, 2012.
6. J.M. Castellano, A. Guinda, T. Telgado, M. Rada, J.A. Cayuela, Biochemical basis of the anti-diabetic activity of oleanolic acid and related pentacyclic triterpenes, Diabetes, 62, 2013.
7. O.H. Lee, B.Y. Lee, Antioxidant and Antimicrobial activities of individual and combined phenolics in Olea europaea leaf extract, Bio resource Technology, 101, 10, 2010.6.
8. N.S. Al-Waili, Natural honey lowers plasma glucose, C-reactive protein and blood lipids in healthy, diabetic, hyperlipidemic subjects: comparison with dextrose and sucrose, Journal of Medicinal Food, 7, 2004