The Ahadith of Medicine
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About the Course
The course provides an in-depth conceptual introduction to prophetic traditions related to the subject of medicine. The chosen text is from the Chapter of Medicine from Sahih al-Bukhari (صحيح البخاري), one of the Kutub al-Sittah (six major hadith collections). These prophetic traditions, ahadith, were collected by the great Muslim hadith scholar Muhammad ibn Isma`il al-Bukhari (ra), after being transmitted orally for generations. This collection of ahadith is considered the most authentic book after the Holy Quran.
1. Introduction to the Course and The Basics of Science of Hadith
- Objectives & Learning Outcomes
- The Basics of Science of Hadith
2. The Life of Imam Bukhari (r.a.) and Sahih al-Bukhari
- The Life of Imam Bukhari – An Overview
- Sahih Al Bukhari – An Overview
- Sahih Al Bukhari – Distinctive Features
3. The Islamic Perspective on Disease and Cure
- Chapter 1: There is no disease except its treatment
- Chapter 2: May a man treat a woman or a woman treat a man?
- Chapter 3: There is cure in three things
4. Therapy with Natural Products
- Chapter 4: Treatment with honey
- Chapter 5: To treat with the milk of camels
- Chapter 6: To treat with the urine of camels
- Chapter 7: (To treat with) black cumin (Nigella seeds)
- Chapter 8: At-Talbina prepared for the patient
5. Alternative Therapies and Healing - Part 1
- Chapter 9: Sa’ut
- Chapter 10: To sniff the Indian and sea Qust (kind of incense)
- Chapter 11: What time one should be cupped
- Chapter 12: To be cupped while on a journey or in Ihram
- Chapter 13: To be cupped (as a treatment) for a disease.
- Chapter 14: Cupping on the head
- Chapter 15: Cupping to treat unilateral or bilateral headache
6. Alternative Therapies and Healing - Part 2
- Chapter 16: To get one’s head shaved because of some ailment
- Chapter 17: Branding (cauterizing)
- Chapter 18: To treat opthalmia with antimony or kohl
- Chapter 19: Leprosy
- Chapter 20: Al-Mann heals eye diseases
- Chapter 21: Al-Ladud (the medicine which is poured or inserted into one side of a patients mouth)
7. Some Disease Conditions and Prophetic Traditions
- Chapter 22: Chapter
- Chapter 23: Al-Udhra (throat or tonsil diseases)
- Chapter 24: The treatment for a person suffering from diarrhoea
- Chapter 25: There is no Safar disease that afflicts the abdomen
- Chapter 26: Pleurisy
- Chapter 27: To burn a mat to stop bleeding
- Chapter 28: Fever is from the heat of Hell
8. Islam and Epidemic Diseases
- Chapter 29: Whoever went out of a land because of its climate and water
- Chapter 30: What has been mentioned about the plague
- Chapter 31: The reward of a person who suffers from plague and remains patient
9. Islam and Ruqya - Part 1
- Chapter 32: Ar-Ruqya with the Qur’an and the Mu’awwidhat
- Chapter 33: To do Ruqya by reciting Surat Al-Fatiha
- Chapter 34: Conditions for doing Ruqya with Surat Al-Fatiha
- Chapter 35: Ruqya for an evil eye
- Chapter 36: The effect of an evil eye is a fact
10. Islam and Ruqya - Part 2
- Chapter 37: To treat a snakebite or a scorpion sting with a Ruqya
- Chapter 38: The Ruqya of the Prophet (saw)
- Chapter 39: An-Nafth while treating with a Ruqya
- Chapter 40: Passing right hand on the place of ailment while treating with a Ruqya
- Chapter 41: A woman may treat a man with a Ruqya
- Chapter 42: Whoever does not treat or get treated with a Ruqya
11. Omens and Black Magic
- Chapter 43: At-Tiyara (drawing an evil omen from birds, etc.)
- Chapter 44: Al-Fa’l (good omen)
- Chapter 45: No Hama
- Chapter 46: Foretellers
- Chapter 47: Magic
- Chapter 48: Shirk and witchcraft are from the Mubiqat (great destructive sins)
- Chapter 49: Should a bewitched person be treated?
- Chapter 50: Witchcraft
- Chapter 51: Some eloquent speech is as effective as magic
12. Some Interesting Medical Concepts in Hadith
- Chapter 52: The use of ‘Ajwa dates as medicine for magic
- Chapter 53: No Hama
- Chapter 54: No ‘Adwa (no contagious disease is conveyed without Allahs permission)
- Chapter 55: The poison given to the Prophet (saws)
- Chapter 56: The taking of poison and treating with it
- Chapter 57: The milk of she-asses
- Chapter 58: If a housefly falls in a utensil
13. Importance of Hadith and Important Take-Home Message
Course Aims and Objectives
- To describe the Islamic legal and ethical perspectives to some of the issues mentioned in hadith literature related to medicine and therapy.
- To understand basic principles of the science of hadith as a basis for the practice of medicine in accordance with shari’ah
- To develop a greater understanding of the Islamic rulings related to the hadith literature its spiritual nature and how it can be
- To discuss critical concepts of Islamic theology and doctrinal positions that underpin Islamic moral frameworks.
- To provide a forum and interpersonal contact between Medical Practitioners, Muslim Scholars (Ulamaa) and other academics, in order to build a network of support and resource for the future.
The course aims to provide both theory and case-based practical advice on some of the most interesting and common medical issues for Muslims from the most authentic book after the Holy Quran. It addresses some fundamental questions affecting health care and allied professionals today.
Course Content and Format
The course covers most of the fundamental aspects of prophetic traditions related to the subject of Medicine and relates to contemporary issues. There are 16 live sessions delivered over 3 months. The live online interactive sessions are delivered on Sundays for up to 1.5 to 2 hours.
The whole course is taken online and offers a flexible way to study while maintaining work and personal commitments.
By the end of this unique course, the delegates will:
- Gain knowledge and practical understanding of hadith literature related to the subject of medicine to become better informed
- Understand the different Islamic views relating to the field of medicine as stated in hadith literature and relate to modern context.
- Advise and inform patients and doctors about Islamic rulings relating to contemporary medical issues as stated in hadith literature.
Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Abdullah narrated from his father that:
The Prophet(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “May Allah make a man radiant, the man who hears a Hadith from us and conveys it, for perhaps the one to whom it is conveyed may remember it better than the one who (first) hears it.”
Reference : Sunan Ibn Majah : Book 1, Hadith 238