In the time of the Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) , it was customary to fumigate houses by burning frankincense and thyme. Thyme is cold and dry in the third degree. An excellent digective aid to heavy foods, thyme beautifies the complexion, annuls intestinal gas, and benefits coldness of the stomach and liver. When drunk as an infusion, it is said to kill tapeworms
The Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) was reported to have once remarked that vinegar was the seasoning of all the prophets who came before him. Vinegar is both cold and hot, nearly balancing between the two. Mixed it with rose water, it is an excellent remedy for toothache and headache. Vinegar dissolves phlegm. Another Hadith states that a house containing vinegar will never suffer from poverty.
Sweet pomegranate are preferred over the sour. The juice stems coughs. All kinds of pomegranate settle palpitations of the heart. Hazrat Ali (r.a.) said that the light of ALLAH is in the heart of whoever eats pomegranate. It is also reported that one who eats three pomegranate in the course of a year will be inoculated against ophthalmia for that year. Said the Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) : Pomegranate “cleanses you of Satan and from evil aspirations for forty days.”
The Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) is reported to have said, “The citron is like a true believer : good to taste and good to smell.” Citron strengthens the heart, dispels sadness, removes freckles, satisfies hunger, and slows the flow of bile. The wife of the Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) used to treat blind persons with citron dipped in honey. Citron is best taken about ten minutes after conclusion of meals.
Melon ( battikh )
Said the Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) : “Whenever you eat fruit, eat melon, because it is the fruit of Paradise and contains a thousand blessings and a thousand mercies. The eating of it cures every diseases. None of your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance and good in character.” The Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) took melons with fresh dates.
ALLAH has said, “There comes forth, from within [the bee], a beverage of many colors in which there is a healing for you.” Mixed with warm water, and taken in several small doses, honey is considered the best remedy for diarrhea. The Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) once said, “By HIM in whose hand is my soul, eat honey. For there is no house in which honey is kept for the angels will not ask for mercy. If a person eats honey, a thousand remedies enter his stomach and a million diseases will come out. If a man dies and honey is found within him, fire [burning of hell] will not touch his body.” The Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) himself used to drink a glass of honey and water each morning on an empty stomach
One Hadith reports that nothing is dearer to ALLAH than Henna. The holy Prophet (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) recommended it for many conditions : bruises, pain in the legs, infection of nails, burns, and to beautify the hair. Henna is noted for its great heat and its ability to excite the passion of love. The perfume made from Henna flowers is considered to be one of the finest in the world. The dyeing of hands, nails, and feet is a common practice in the East, especially for weddings and feasts.
Coriander ( habb al-suda )
The most respected book of traditions state that the Prophet Muhammad (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam) said, “ Make yours the seed of coriander, for it is a cure of all diseases except swelling [cancer], and that is a fatal disease.” It is also reported ALLAH informed the Prophet, “ She has been given everything.” And then ALLAH revealed that “she” is coriander. Coriander alleviates flatulence and resolves fevers. It is effective in the treatment of leukoderma, and it opens the subtlest networks of the veins. Excess moisture in the body is dried up by the coriander, and it increases milk flow, urine, and menses. It is particularly useful when a person has cold. The oil of coriander is a treatment for baldness and scalp problems, and prevents grey hair. The smoke of the burning seeds is an insect repellent.
Fenugreek ( hulbah ) it is reported that Prophet Muhammad (Salla’Allahu alaihi wa’sallam)once said “If my people knew what there is in Fenugreek, the would have bought and paid it weight in gold.” Fenugreek seeds are also known for their anti-diabetic property. They are also considered excellent to treat arthritis and to reduce blood cholesterol. They also increase breast milk production in breastfeeding mothers. Fenugreek contains natural expectorant properties and is considered ideal for treating sinus and lung congestion. It also helps in loosening and removing excess mucus and phlegm. The mucilage content of the seeds help to cure external boils, burns and ulcers.
The term “scampi” is used for different things:
(a) in America (and sometimes elsewhere), “scampi” refers to a shrimp dish made with garlic butter. Given the permissibility of shrimp, according to the sounder position in the Hanafi school, this dish would be permitted. [ Please search SunniPath Answers (http://qa.sunnipath.com) for related answers on shrimp or prawn. ]
(b) in much of Europe, “scampi” is used to refer to a type of lobster dish. Given the impermissibility of lobsters in the Hanafi school, this “scampi” would be impermissible.
However, the following important details:
“… but here in the US, especially in the popular Red Lobster seafood restaurants, shrimp scampi is made with garlic butter and white wine.
“Although Red Lobster’s website doesn’t mention it, if you go into the actual restaurant, the menu will tell you that the shrimp scampi is made with white wine.
“I’ve included a couple websites that feature shrimp scampi. Please note the use of white wine.
Generally, when dining out, it pays for people to ask the food server what’s in the recipe. You’d be amazed at the number of dishes that contain alcohol or pork, the latter being very prevalent here in the South.” [End of Ustadha Zaynab’s words]
And Allah alone gives success.