Senna is regarded as one of the most
beneficial laxative medicines narrated from the
Prophet . If the substance used for witchcraft
is still inside the body, attempts must be made to get
rid of it, either by vomiting, if possible, or if the
patient cannot do that, he should be given a drink of
senna. Many of those who were afflicted with
witchcraft have tried it and it has been of great
benefit by Allaah's Leave.
The virtue of senna is narrated in the Sunnah.
It was narrated from Asma' bint 'Umays that the
Messenger of Allaah asked her: "What do
you use as a laxative?" She said: "Spurge." He said:
"Hot, hot." She said: Then I used senna as a laxative
and the Prophet said: "If there were anything in
which there is a cure for death, it would be senna."
Al-Tirmidhi, 6/254, 256. Al-Albaani said: it is
Da'eef. See Hadith no. 4807 in Da'eef Al-Jaami'
It was narrated that ibn 'Abbaas said:
The Messenger of Allaah said: "The best
medicines which you use are those which are
administered through the side of the mouth, nose drops,
cupping and laxatives."
Narrated and classed as Hasan by Al-Tirmidhi;
narrated and classed as Saheeh by Al-Haakim and by
Abu Na'eem in Tibb Al-Nabawi.
Administering medicine through the side of the
mouth (Ladood): this means inserting the medicine with
finger. The Arabic word Ladood comes from the phrase
Ladeed Al-Waadi (theside of the valley). Nose drops
refers to the medicine that is placed through the nose
or is given by means of inhaling through the mouth.
Laxatives are medicines given to make one defecate.
It was narrated from Asma' bint 'Umays that the
Messenger of Allaah entered upon her one
day and she had some spurge which she was grinding.
He said: "What are you going to make with that?"
She said: "We drink it." He said: "If anything were
to ward off death or be of benefit against death,
it would be senna."
Al-Haakim said: This Hadeeth has a Saheeh Isnaad,
and Al-Dhahabi agreed with him.
Mustadrak Al-Haakim, from the Hadeeth of
'Umar ibn Al-Khattab.
Ibn Maajah narrated in his Sunan, in Kitaab Al-Tibb
(the Book of Medicine) that Ibraaheem ibn Abi 'Ablah
said: I heard Abu Ubayy ibn Umm Haraam, who had prayed
with the Messenger of Allaah facing both
Qiblahs, say: I heard the Messenger of Allaah
say: "You should use senna and sanoot, for in
them there is healing for every disease, except
Al-saam." It was said: "O Messenger of Allaah
, what is Al-saam?" He said: "Death."
Sanoot may refer to dill or honey.
Ibn Maajah, Kitaab Al-Tibb, Hadeeth no. 3457.
How to prepare the drink
The sick person should go and get some senna and
put it in a vessel containing a litre of water.
This should be boiled on the fire, then strained and
left to cool. Then the sick person should drink three
cups of it on an empty stomach. Honey may be added to
sweeten it. After that the sick person will
experience a strong loosening of the bowels. The
effects of the drink should appear within seven hours
and last up to twenty two hours, and may be
accompanied by a mild stomachache, but without any
infection in the intestines. When the senna drink
begins to take effect, he he will void all the dirt
that is in the stomach, and thus the substance used
for witchcraft will be expelled - if Allaah
wills. This has been tried in many cases and has been
beneficial, by the bounty and grace of Allaah .
Dr. Muhammad 'Ali Al-Baar has written a paper on
senna and its virtue according to the Sunnah, and
he spoke a great deal about its medical benefits.
Among other things he said:
Senna is regarded as a gentle stool softener and is not
harmful. It works directly on the colon. It is an
effective laxative and is a good medicine with no side
effects, well balanced and dry. Its beneficial effects
include working against depressing thoughts, cracks in
the feet, tension in the muscles, the spread of hair,
lice, scabies, pustules and itching. If it is cooked
in olive oil and drunk, it expels putrid matter. It is
also effective against pain in the back and hips. One
of the features of senna is that it expels black bile
and phlegm and strengthens the heart. It is also useful
in the case of chronic headaches and epilepsy; it gets
rid of haemorrhoids; it is useful in the case of
constipation as a stool softener and laxative. There is
hardly any stool softener or laxative in the pharmacy
that does not contain senna. There is no doubt that
senna is one of the best stool softeners available.
Al-Senna Wa'l-Sanoot by Dr. Muhammad 'Ali Al-Baar.
Taken from, The Jinn and Human Sickness -
Remedies in the Light of the Qur'aan and Sunnah
by Dr. Abu'l-Mundhir Khaleel ibn Ibraaheem Ameen
Foreword by Waheed ibn 'Abbus Salaam Baali
Translated by Nasiruddin Al-Khattab
Edited by Dr. Abdul Ahad (Alig.)
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