The Prophet’s Medicine: Preventive Measures

Simplicity and clean habits are a key to preventing disease. When we complicate our life by mixing work with play and leaving out spirituality and our connection with Allah Subhanawataala (Salah & Dhikr) then we are an easy victim of stress and all the related diseases that come with it.

Our etiquette in society also determines the spread of disease both major and minor. In our city which is the Queen of Allergens, it would be important to remember our Prophet’s (pbuh)  medicine.

In my research on the Prophet’s medicine I am finding a lot of basic principles of preventive medicine. Here is a hadith on one of them:


Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that when the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would sneeze, he would cover his face with his hand or with his garment, and muffle the sound with it. (Hasan) [The Chapters on Manners: Jami at-Tirmidhi]

Commentary bu others:

The good habit and example of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) teaches that a person should keep the sound minimal and suppressed whilst sneezing, particularly when he/she is in a gathering. They should cover their face with a hand or a cloth, not only to muffle the sound but also to avoid spraying other people.

The culture of Islam is a culture oriented to the well being of the individual and the society at large. It is a culture that has been washed in the rivers of Paradise. Therefore, to be ignorant of it and thus look elsewhere or leave the culture of Islam for anything else is a loss for us.

So before checking other texts, check out the Original source: the Quran and Hadith and then expand your understanding  with other texts.

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