Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam.
Pomegranates are native of Iran and they are also found in India, Afghanistan and Syria. The pomegranate is a highly delicious juicy fruit. It has been used as a medicine since ancient times. Good quality pomegranates were grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and were also known in ancient Egypt. During the time of Prophet Musa (Moses), alaihis salaam, quality pomegranates were in cultivation throughout Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. The city of Rimmon was well known for its quality pomegranates. (The Arabic name for pomegranate is Rumman.)
Pomegranates were introduced into Spain after the Islamic influence reached there. They eventually made their way to England in the thirteenth century. Later, the Spanish took this important fruit plant to the new world, Mexico and Florida. Its cultivation gradually spread to other countries too and now it is grown in almost every tropical and sub-tropical climate. Presently good quality pomegranate comes from Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Morocco and Spain. In India, Sholapur is famous for juicy pomegranate fruit known as Anar. In Turkey pomegranates are served during important feasts.
An average size pomegranate has 65 calories. Its juice is easily digestible and contains about 15% invert sugar. It is a rich source of sodium and a good source of riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous.
Pomegranates have been mentioned in the Quran and the Hadith as follows:
It is HE Who sends down rain from the skies; with it WE produce vegetation of all kinds: from some WE produce green (crops), out of which WE produce grain, heaped up (at harvest); out of the date palm and its sheaths (or spathes) (come) clusters of dates hanging low and near: and (then there are) gardens of grapes, and olives, and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety): when they begin to bear fruit, feast your eyes with the fruit and the ripeness thereof. Behold! in these things there are Signs for people who believe. (Al-Aníaam - 99)
It is HE Who produceth gardens, with trellises and without, and dates, and tilth with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in variety): eat of their fruit in their season, but render the dues that are proper on the day that the harvest is gathered. But waste not by excess: for ALLAH loveth not the wasters. (Al-Aníaam - 141)
In them will be Fruits, and dates, and pomegranates: Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny? (Ar-Rahman - 68-69)
Anas bin Malik, radiya ALLAHu anhu, narrated that the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, said: "There is not a pomegranate which does not have a pip from one of the pomegranates of the Garden (of Jannah) in it."
Ali bin Abi Talib, radiya ALLAHu anhu, narrated that the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, said: "Pomegranate and its rind strengthen digestion (stomach)."
Pomegranate is a good food and a medicine of great value. It is a tonic for heart patients, highly efficacious in the inflammation of the stomach and effective to check heart pain. The juice of the fruit is an excellent cooling beverage and allays thirst. It acts as a good medicine for both diarrhea and dysentery. For many ailments such as colitis, anemia, jaundice, high blood pressure, piles and arthritis, its juice is an effective medicine. When given with honey, it reduces biliousness. Pomegranate fruit is also prescribed in many disorders under the Homeopathic medicine system.
The decoction of the root bark of pomegranate, which contains an alkaloid pellatrierine and tannic acid, is a highly useful medicine for the expulsion of worms, including tapeworms. This decoction is also reported to be effective for tuberculosis.
The rind of the pomegranate fruit is greatly responsible for its good keeping quality. The fruit can be kept for up to six months. The rind also contains a high percentage of tannic acid and is sometimes used for tanning leather. Pomegranate rinds were once used to tan the well-known Moroccan and Spanish leather.
According to Unani medicine, the ideal time to eat pomegranate is after lunch. Take out the seeds, sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper and swallow the juice after chewing the seeds. This way of eating is beneficial in chronic constipation and indigestion. It also soothes the nerves and stimulates the liver. Authorities of Unani medicine also maintain that persons doing tedious mental work should eat the fruit in the late afternoon. Another way of using the fruit advantageously is to press out the juice, add a little sugar and drink it. This produces blood, promotes good health and refreshes the brain.
Pomegranate is useful for the following ailments and conditions:
Itching in the anal region is often the result of parasites in the intestines that go to the anal area to lay their eggs causing local itching. Roast the skin of the pomegranate until it is dark brown and brittle. Crush the powder to a fine texture; mix with a little edible oil and apply over the anus.
Bad Vision or Weakening Eyesight
Fill fresh sweet pomegranate juice in a small bottle; leave in the sun. The juice will thicken in a few days. This is excellent for the eyes. Apply in the eyes. The more mature the juice becomes the more effective it is.
Pound about ten grams of the skin of the sour variety of the fruit. Boil in about 250 ml water. Sweeten with sugar and drink in the morning and evening.
The skin of the fruit is valuable in the treatment of diarrhea. About 20 grams of the skin and 3 grams of cloves or cinnamon should be boiled well in about 250 ml of water. When cool, the patient should drink 30 to 40 ml of the liquid three times a day for a few days.
Digestive and Kidney Disorders, Poor Appetite, and Diminished Sexual Power
Pour about one and half liters of the juice in a bowl until the sediments settle. Separate the juice from the sediments and sieve through a clean cloth. Pour in a bottle so that it fills it to two thirds. Add 250 grams of candy sugar and ten grams of ground fennel. Leave in the sun for a week but shake it a number of times daily. Take 30 - 100 grams once a day.
Mix a little honey with a teaspoon of the juice of the fruit. Warm the mixture and administer two to three drops into the affected ear. The ache should disappear.
Hoarseness or Loss of Voice
Boil about 20 grams of the skin and two to three grams of alum in 250 ml water. Use the liquid for gargling.
The root-bark of the pomegranate tree is highly toxic to intestinal worms. Boil the bark of a two-inch long root in a cup of water. Half a cup of the decoction should be given three times a day at intervals of two hours to an adult. Two hours after the last dose he should be given castor oil to purge the system. The dose for children is 1/3 of the adult.
Poor Appetite and Digestive Disorders
Make regular use of the pure juice of the fruit in the case of poor appetite. The juice is also good in simple colitis in which the colon is inflamed, characterised by diarrhea; and mucous colitis in which the mucous membrane of the colon is inflamed, characterised by colicky pain, and constipation or diarrhea. The juice is an excellent remedy in dysentery, inflammation and ulceration of the lower part of the colon, characterised by pain and diarrhea with bloody stools and mucus. For nausea and morning sickness characterised by excessive secretion of bile, a tablespoon of the fresh juice mixed with an equal quantity of honey, is an effective remedy.
Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the fresh seeds and eat.
Teeth and Gum Disorders
Regular use of the toothpowder of the rind helps in preventing and curing tooth decay and gum disease. It cleans the teeth, leaving them sparkling white. To make the powder, dry the rind in the sun until it is brittle. Powder, mix with a little fine black pepper and store in a jar. Use everyday with a toothbrush, or apply and rub with a finger.
This article was contributed by Moulana M. S Navlakhi, Theological Director, SANHA
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US Agriculture Secretary, Ann Veneman has criticized Congress for passing a measure that allows farmers to label their meat organic even if they feed their animals conventional meal when reasonably priced organic grain is not available. Secretary Veneman said: "It is important to maintain a strong organic program that ensures the integrity of the organic label placed on consumer products. The best way to do that is by maintaining the organic standards as we implemented them in October 2002." Those standards require food to be grown by a certified farmer who does not use conventional pesticides and fertilizers, biotechnology, antibiotics or growth hormones. (Reported by www.foodingredientsonline.com on February 26, 2003.)
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Hijama, translated as cupping, literally means to suck. It is practiced by using vacuum cups or other means to suck the skin and the blood out of a part of the human body. The Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, used to have hijama done on him and we are told it is a cure for some aches and ailments. In a Sahih Hadith from Al-Bukhari, Ibn 'Abbas, radiya ALLAHu anhuma, narrated that the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, said: ìHealing is in three things: a drink of honey, a slash with a knife used for cupping and cauterizing by fire, but I forbid my followers from cauterizing by fire." Ibn 'Abbas, radiya ALLAHu anhuma, also narrated that the Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, was cupped while he was in the state of Ihram, and also while he was fasting.
The Chinese, Babylonians and other earlier peoples practiced cupping before the time of Islam. They used metal cups, bamboo shoots and animal horns. A vacuum would be drawn by sucking out the air, thus drawing in the body part to which the apparatus was applied. Later on, glass cups were used.
Cupping is useful when septic blood lies in the skin and causes pain. It can be beneficial against pain in shoulder, throat, head, face, ears, nose, eyes, or other areas.
It is preferred to bathe an hour or two before cupping and to be cupped during the day rather than at night, though the latter is allowed. One should avoid cupping directly after meals or on a full stomach.
Cupping can be practiced in two ways: dry or wet. Dry cupping is administered by cleaning the area to be cupped with an antiseptic agent and placing the vacuum cup directly on the area to be cupped. The vacuum is drawn and the skin is sucked into the cup. This is maintained for the prescribed period of time and then the cup is gently removed.
Wet cupping is administered by making a number of small cuts in the skin in the area to be cupped and then the vacuum cup is placed on the skin and a vacuum is drawn. The skin will be drawn into the cup and blood is sucked out of the area. When done properly, on an area that has septic blood, the blood drawn will be dark. The process is repeated until the blood turns red. Then the cupping should be stopped. The wound should be cleaned and bandaged.
The Prophet, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam, was cupped on the upper back, the two jugular veins, the head and the hip. Cupping may be applied to other areas including the face, legs and feet.
Some days and times are better for cupping than others. The middle of the lunar month, the 17th, 19th and 21st have been mentioned in a Hadith. Also, Thursdays are preferred for cupping and Mondays and Tuesdays are also acceptable while Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays should be avoided. If one is in pain, they may be cupped during these days or any day of the month.
Cupping is a serious remedy that requires knowledge of the areas to apply cupping to and the means of administering the process. It should not be practiced at home unless one has the knowledge and experience to do so. There are professionals that can administer cupping in the proper manner.
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