Another example of what one might expect to find in an
“old book” that touches upon the subject of health or
medicine is outdated remedies or cures. Various historical
sources state that the Prophet () gave some advice about
health and hygiene, yet most of these pieces of advice are
not contained in the Quran. At first glance, to the non‐
Muslims this appears to be a negligent omission. They
cannot understand why Allah would not “include” such
helpful information in the Quran. Some Muslims attempt
to explain this absence with the following argument:
“Although the Prophet’s advice was sound and applicable
to the time in which he lived, Allah, in His infinite
wisdom, knew that there would come later medical and
scientific advances which would make the Prophet’s
advice appear outdated. When later discoveries occurred,
people might say that such information contradicted that
which the Prophet () had given. Thus, since Allah would
never allow any opportunity for the non‐Muslims to claim
that the Quran contradicts itself or the teachings of the
Prophet (), He only included in the Quran information
and examples which could stand the test of time.”
However, when one examines the true realities of the
Quran in terms of its existence as a divine revelation, the
entire matter is quickly brought into its proper
perspective, and the error in such argumentation becomes
clear and understandable.
It must be understood that the Quran is a divine
revelation, and as such, all information in it is of divine
origin. Allah revealed the Quran from Himself. It is the
words of Allah, which existed before creation, and thus
nothing can be added, subtracted or altered. In essence,
the Quran existed and was complete before the creation of
Prophet Muhammad (), so it could not possibly contain
any of the Prophet’s own words or advice. An inclusion of
such information would clearly contradict the purpose for
which the Quran exists, compromise its authority and
render it inauthentic as a divine revelation.
Consequently, there was no “home remedies” in the
Quran which one could claim to be outdated; nor does it
contain any man’s view about what is beneficial to health,
what food is best to eat, or what will cure this or that
disease. In fact, the Quran only mentions one item dealing
with medical treatment, and it is not in dispute by anyone.
It states that in honey there is healing. And certainly, I do
not think that there is anyone who will argue with that!
It is said in the Qur’an:
And spend out of what We have given you before death comes to any of you, so that he should say: My Lord! why did You not respite me to a near term, so that I should have given alms and been among the doers of good deeds? (Munafiqun, 63/10).
Inspired by this verse, Hadrat Mawlana (Alaihi Rahma) said:
• “Unfortunate souls are like dwellers in a house full of smoke. Give ear to their cries and respond by opening a window for ventilation. That will refine your soul!”
• “What have you got? What have you treasured up? What kind of pearl did you draw from the bottom of the sea? All this will be clear on the day of your death.”
• “Visiting friends without a present is like going to the mill without wheat.”
“One should pay back what one owes before death takes it by force.”
The following couplet by Necip Fazil puts this point elo- quently:
O stingy jeweler, get another purse!
Save up a currency valid in the grave…
Wise advice is fundamental to the revival of hearts. Those who appreciate the treasures of wisdom become wise themselves. Those who follow wisdom rightly will surely perfect faith.
May our Lord give us the opportunity to live in an atmosphere of wisdom and to perceive the mysteries of reality. May He help us to comprehend the meaning of the Qur’an, of the universe, and of being human.
Excerpt from the book, “Such a mercy he is”