“There are two kinds of knowledge: knowledge of religion and knowledge of the body.” ~ Prophet Mohammed (a.s.)
“Knowledge gives life to the soul.” ~ Ali Ibn Talib (a.s)
It is interesting how words are made and how words are lost. It is through the lecture of German science historians such as Arthur Imhof and Robert Jütte that I un-earthed the words Iatro-Science, Iatro-Theology, Iatro-Magic and Theurgian Medicine. They give semantic criteria to various practises that were also part of European healing cultures and traditions but got lost over time.
“It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.” ~ Ibn Arabi
I have started this blog in August 2014 and populated it with varying subjects, ranging from herbal recipes to standard health advise, to historical anecdotes, and complex matters such as the works of Henry Corbin and Shi’i Illumination, and further to mental health issues and questions of natural healing. I have seen through the statistics provided by WordPress that the most popular subjects on this blog are those relating to the occult, and mental health in general and specifically in Islam.
“Allah has put blessings in vinegar (…)” ~ Muhammed (a.s)
The issue of Halal is often raised in relation to vinegar due to the process of making vinegar from ciders and wine. The website “My Halal Kitchen” has looked at the issues closer and has written about the different varities of vinegar and what they mean in a Halal context. http://myhalalkitchen.com/the-vinegar-page/
“The ḥarmal does not grow, whether as a tree, a leaf or a fruit, without there being an angelic guardian spirit attached to it.” ~ Muhammed (a.s)
Throughout history, the burning of natural substances has been used for cleansing, healing and spiritual purposes. The Babylonians used smudge extensively while offering prayers or divining oracles, and so did the old Germans and Norsk tribes, as well as as the First Nations of the Americas and Austral-Asia. Whereever people make their habitat, smuding is part of everyday culture. In the regions of the Himalaya and the Indian sub-continent the incense trade started and via the Spice Route various religious ideas and incense came via Iran to Arabia and Mecca during the days of the prophet (a.s).
“Allah created every [living] creature from water. (…)“ ~ Quran, 24:45
In Islamic medicinal knowledge and spiritual rituals are many transmissions enshrined, that concern bodily and spiritual cleanliness, such as in the book of Taharah. Most popular are the Ghusl (ritual cleansing) and the Woudou before prayer. Water does not only cleanse, it replenishes the mind and the body, and in a bath the water’s spiritual qualities are made optimal use of. Ritual baths (Ghusl) are also given to the dead in Islam.
اقْتَرَبَتِ السَّاعَةُ وَانشَقَّ الْقَمَرُ وَإِن يَرَوْا آيَةً يُعْرِضُوا وَيَقُولُوا سِحْرٌ مُّسْتَمِرٌّ
“The hour drew nigh and the moon did rend asunder. And if they see a miracle they turn aside and say: Transient magic.” ~ Verse 54:1-2 of the Qur’an
“Cupping is most detestable at the beginning of the crescent, but it is curing when the full moon begins to decrease.” ~ Prophet Muhammed (a.s)
“Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and he gives to the mild what he does not give to the harsh.” ~ Mohammed (a.s)
Early Muslims utilized many plants and animal products mentioned in the Holy Quran and in the Hadith of the Prophet for health promotion, for example, dates, black seeds, olive leaf and olive oil, honey, and camel milk. Later on, these products formed the basis for the Prophet’s book on medicine (Al-Tibb al-Nabawi), which includes medical treatments, prescriptions of diseases, prevention, health promotion, and spiritual aspects that were recommended by the Prophet (a.s) to his companions.
“Man is the weakest of creatures because he is empty in himself. The central place of man is his heart. This is in the image of the Supreme Name of God, the hā’ of Allah, which in Arabic script forms a circle. This circle is at once a sign of the capacity of the circle to encompass everything, and also of its essential emptiness.” ~ Paul Ballanfat
“The Scientific Tradition defines truth as measurable and repeatable. The whole is the same as its most active part. Herbs are reduced to standardized extracts; only the active ingredient is important. Healing is fixing. Linear thought, linear time. Good and bad, health and sickness are always at war. (…).” ~ Susun Weed
“Fill a jar with cold water, wrap 1oz of herbs into a moist cotton cloth and submerge into the jar. Close with lid. Leave the jar over night. “