*A few precautionary measures against Covid-19 and other sicknesses*.

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 Bismihi Ta`ala

*A few precautionary measures against Covid-19 and other sicknesses*:First of all, know that it is sunnah to take precautions against illnesses and also sunnah to take medecines for treatment. While taking medicines, we put trust in Allah and make duas that Allah Ta`ala give us shifa and health. This is the right tawakkul and trust in Allah. Because medecines are themselves ineffective without the will of Allah Ta`ala.Some medecines are not suitable for certain patients. So one should consult a hakeem/doctor and then see if these sunnah medecines are suitable for us. For example, a diabetic cannot take honey, although honey is generally beneficial for others.Precautionary measures:1. Eat healthy. Do not fill your stomach. Allah Ta`ala has said: ‘’Eat, drink but do not overdo.’’(7:31)حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو سَلَمَةَ الْحِمْصِيُّ وَحَبِيبُ بْنُ صَالِحٍ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ جَابِرٍ الطَّائِيِّ عَنْ مِقْدَامِ بْنِ مَعْدِي كَرِبَ قَالَسَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ مَا مَلَأَ آدَمِيٌّ وِعَاءً شَرًّا مِنْ بَطْنٍ بِحَسْبِ ابْنِ آدَمَ أُكُلَاتٌ يُقِمْنَ صُلْبَهُ فَإِنْ كَانَ لَا مَحَالَةَ فَثُلُثٌ لِطَعَامِهِ وَثُلُثٌ لِشَرَابِهِ وَثُلُثٌ لِنَفَسِهِ ابن ماجةRasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said that: ‘’The worst bag that a human may fill is his stocmach. That amount of food suffice the son of Adam that will give him enough energy to stand. But if feels needed, then keep one third of the stomach for his food, one third for drinks and keep one third empty for air.’’(Tirmizi) A balanced diet keep the body strong against all diseases. Diminish your food table time and has a prolonged healthy life Insha Allah. 2. Drink a lot of water. Our beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to drink water after his wouzus. Wouzou is sunnah sitting but after that he would stand and drink the leftover water in the recipient-Bukhari. This means that water was consumed at tahajjud time and throughout the day. While it is sunnah to sit and drink other than after wouzou and Zamzam.   سمعت النزال بن سبرة يحدث عن علي رضي الله عنه1. أنه صلى الظهر ثم قعد في حوائج الناس في رحبة الكوفة حتى حضرت صلاة العصر ثم أتي بماء فشرب وغسل وجهه ويديه وذكر رأسه ورجليه ثم قام فشرب فضله وهو قائم بخاري2. Honey. There is general cure for people in honey-(Qur-aan 16:69) Honey is good for flu, cough, put it nose for sinus, put it in eyes for eye infection, pass it over skin to treat bruises… Water is of cold nature(So see the suitable dosage for your body). Honey is of hot nature. Our beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to equilibrate his diet. He would accompany date which is hot natured with cucumber or water melon which are cold nature. So easy to skip a lunch and take a fruit platter that would help equilibrate your diet. Doctors are not aware of natures of food. So read from hakeems or traditional sunnah medecines of ancient hakeems like Ibn Seereen r.a.   3. Cleaning the mouth, the throat and the nose more often. Imaam bukhari r.a. mentioned the ahadiths several times whereby Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to blow out water while cleaning his nose during wouzu. Unfortunately, we thought that it is etiquette to take in and out softly. This is against sunnah. Sunnah teaches us to clean properly. Wash the mouth, take time to do miswaak before starting wouzu and while washing the mouth. Clean properly. Clean the tongue also. Then gargle properly 3 times. Then take water in the nose and blow out. All these sunnah helps get rid of the germs and virus that came in through our mouth and nose. By doing this more often then Insha Allah this will wash out germs and virus.Reported in Tabrani and other books that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam would sometimes wake up 4 times during the night to do wouzu and 2 rakaats tahajjud. He would wake up during the night and do wouzu and pray 2 rakaats. Then he would sleep. Then he would rewake up again still during the night and redo wouzu and redo 2 rakaats Tahajjud. Then he would sleep. Then he would rewake up… up to 4 times during the night before Fajr. Each time he would do wouzu. Although Rasouloullah SAW, as a prophet, his sleep would not break his wouzu, and yet he would redo these wouzus.Well, the experience of my elders and mine shows that when a flu announce its entry and you feel your throat sores, then if you clean your throat more often during the day and night, then Insha Allah it will go without making you sick. فقلت : لأنظرن صلاة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم الليلة ، فنام حتى سمعت غطيطة) ، ثم استيقظ فرمى ببصره إلى السماء وتلا هذه الآيات التي في سورة آل عمران : ( إن في خلق السموات والأرض () ) الآيات الخمس ، حتى انتهى إلى ( إنك لا تخلف الميعاد () ) . ثم قال : « اللهم اجعل في سمعي نورا ، وفي بصري نورا ، ومن فوقي نورا ، ومن تحتي نورا ، وعن يميني نورا ، وعن شمالي نورا ، واجعل لي عندك نورا » وإلى جانبه مخضب ) من برام) مطبق عليه سواك ، فاستن () ، ثم توضأ ، ثم ركع ركعتين ، ثم عاد فنام أيضا حتى سمعت غطيطه ، ثم استيقظ فتلا الآيات ودعا بالدعوة ، ثم استن ، ثم توضأ ثم ركع ركعتين ، ثم نام حتى سمعت غطيطه ، ثم استيقظ فتلا الآيات ، ثم دعا بالدعوة ، ثم استن ، ثم توضأ ، ثم ركع ركعتين ، ثم نام حتى سمعت غطيطه ، ثم استيقظ فتلا الآيات ودعا بالدعوة ، ثم استن ، ثم توضأ ، ثم صلى صلاة عرفت أنه يوتر فيها ، ثم قال : « أنام الغلام ؟ » فقلت : لا . فقمت فتوضأت ، ثم أقبلت فجئت إلى ركنه الأيسر ، فأخذ بأصبعيه في أذني ، فأدارني حتى أقامني إلى ركنه الأيمن ، ثم ركع ركعتي الفجر ، ثم خرج إلى الصلاةالطبراني4. Sleeping early after Esha and waking up Tahajjud keeps your brain and your body healthy. Take a small nap of about 30 minutes before Zohr is sunnah. The Qur-aan mentions 3 times of sleep: Before Fajr, Nap time before Zohr and after Esha.(24:58)ثَلَاثَ مَرَّاتٍ مِنْ قَبْلِ صَلَاةِ الْفَجْرِ وَحِينَ تَضَعُونَ ثِيَابَكُمْ مِنَ الظَّهِيرَةِ وَمِنْ بَعْدِ صَلَاةِ الْعِشَاءِ ثَلَاثُ عَوْرَاتٍ لَكُمْ Well, the sleep after Fajr is not mentioned here. Some ulamas have mentioned that it is makrooh to sleep before Ishraaq-Shami:وَيُكْرَهُ النَّوْمُ قَبْلَ الْعِشَاءِ وَالْكَلَامُ الْمُبَاحُ بَعْدَهَا وَبَعْدَ طُلُوعِ الْفَجْرِ إلَى أَدَائِهِ ، ثُمَّ لَا بَأْسَ بِمَشْيِهِ لِحَاجَتِهِ ، وَقِيلَ يُكْرَهُ إلَى طُلُوعِ ذُكَاءَ ، وَقِيلَ إلَى ارْتِفَاعِهَا فَيْضٌشاميThere is no khair and no barkah in the sleep after Fajr. Because it is a time of barkah not to be wasted. But rather to be invested in our deen or our dunya. Because Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam made this duas: ‘’O Allah! Put barkah in the morning of my Ummah.’’Tirmizi.حَدَّثَنَا يَعْلَى بْنُ عَطَاءٍ عَنْ عُمَارَةَ بْنِ حَدِيدٍ عَنْ صَخْرٍ الْغَامِدِيِّ قَالَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لِأُمَّتِي فِي بُكُورِهَا قَالَ وَكَانَ إِذَا بَعَثَ سَرِيَّةً أَوْ جَيْشًا بَعَثَهُمْ أَوَّلَ النَّهَارِ وَكَانَ صَخْرٌ رَجُلًا تَاجِرًا وَكَانَ إِذَا بَعَثَ تِجَارَةً بَعَثَهُمْ أَوَّلَ النَّهَارِ فَأَثْرَى وَكَثُرَ مَالُهُترمذيMatinale or early starters businessmen like the Sahabah Sakhr r.a. mentioned here become rich very quick. My teacher, Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Ali r.a. said that the morning barkah is benefitted even by non muslim businessmen and workers. After I saw university life, I saw Darul Uloom life. Well, the difference is that life was at climax in early morning in Darul Uloom. Early breakfast after Fajr. Lunch before Mid day. A nap. And stand as from Zohr till you can can at night. Mowlana Shabbir Saloojee d.b. curtailed the schedule of the madrassah according to sunnah. May Allah Ta`ala give him health, wealth and long breath well after us. Ameen. 5. Deep breath. My mentor, Hazrat Mufti Meerun r.a. used to tell us to inspire and respire deeply as a healthy exercise. Hold the breath for about 7 to 10 seconds. 6. Walk. During these lockdowns, since you cannot go out, walk inside the house. My mentor r.a. would walk daily. When unable outside, then he would walk over his balcony or his terrace. Else, in normal times, do walk daily outside. Better after Fajr. These are some preventive measures against sicknesses including Covid-19.Now let`s see the remedies or cures that the sunnah instructed us:1. First take black seed. 7 grains ok in the morning or a pinch also ok if you are not acidic.Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam said that there is cure for all sickness in black seed except death-Bukhari. So if death is not decreed to you in this sickness, then Insha Allah black seed will definitely cure you. قال أخبرني أبو سلمة وسعيد بن المسيب أن أبا هريرة أخبرهما أنهسمع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول في الحبة السوداء شفاء من كل داء إلا السام قال ابن شهاب والسام الموت بخاري2. Hijaamah. Cupping. Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said that ‘’The best medecine is cupping.’’(Bukhari)   عن أنس رضي الله عنهأنه سئل عن أجر الحجام فقال احتجم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم حجمه أبو طيبة وأعطاه صاعين من طعام وكلم مواليه فخففوا عنه وقال إن أمثل ما تداويتم به الحجامة والقسط البحري وقال لا تعذبوا صبيانكم بالغمز من العذرة وعليكم بالقسط بخاريThis year, the 27th of Rajab just went by silently. Although famous as the Mi`raaj date, well this time, we were all down to earth locked inside and could not go talk on mi`raaj on the sky. Well, let me cover up a bit. Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam said that during the night of Isra/Mi`raaj, every group of angels that he met would advise him to tell his ummah to hold properly upon cupping.(Tirmizi/Ibn Majah). This is a neglected sunnah to be revived. عَنْ الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ هُوَ ابْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ قَالَحَدَّثَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ لَيْلَةِ أُسْرِيَ بِهِ أَنَّهُ لَمْ يَمُرَّ عَلَى مَلَإٍ مِنْ الْمَلَائِكَةِ إِلَّا أَمَرُوهُ أَنْ مُرْ أُمَّتَكَ بِالْحِجَامَةِ ترمذي3. The Oud stick. Burn the Oud stick in the room. Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam said: ‘’Keep using this wood of Oud(to treat tonsils(l`amygdale) for children). For there is shifa for 7 sicknesses in there. Amongst them pleurisy(lung inflamation)-Bukhariأخت عكاشة أخبرته أنها أتت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بابن لها قد أعلقت عليه من العذرة فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم على ما تدغرن أولادكن بهذا العلاق عليكم بهذا العود الهندي فإن فيه سبعة أشفية منها ذات الجنب بخاريOver here the sunnah teaches us that burning Oud wood cure lung inflammations. The sunnah instruct women also to use it after menses by the intimacy. The sunnah instruct us to burn it in the house and masjids every Jum`ah. 4. ZamZam water. Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam told us that whatever intention you would drink ZamZam, you will receive its effect-Haakim. So when ZamZam is used as a medecine, Insha Allah, it cures.5. Ajwas/Shifas dates from Madinah Munawwarah. These dates contain shifa under sunnah prescription. Heart disease may crush seven ajwah dates with its pits to make a paste and then mix it to drink daily-Abu Dawood. 6. Soups. Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to prescribe a light soup meal for the sickly.7. Mehendi. Reported in Ibn Majah that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to take mehendi and put it on bruises/cuts.Surma or kohl for eyes health.8. Qur-aan. Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam said that the best medicine is to read the Qur-aan-Ibn Maajah. So cure our sick with reading Surah Fatihah and the 3 last surahs and blowing over them.Finally, do take medicines that a good doctor gives you. Because Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam encouraged us to see a good doctor and that it is not against shariah or tawakkul.Rasouloullah Swalallahou Alaihi Wasallam also told us to cure our sick with Sadaqah and duas. 
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