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Prophetic Medicine – Black Seed

Black Seed or black cumin originates from the western Asia. It is also known as habbatul sawdah (blacks Seed) or habbatul barakaah (blessed seed) in the Arabic language. The black Seed is a natural herb from the Ranunculacea (buttercup) family which comes from Western Asia and has also been cultivated in Africa, Middle East, Far east, Mediterranean basin and parts of Europe.


The plant can grow between 16-24 inches in height and presents white flowers wherein the nigella sativa can be found. These black seeds grow between 3mm in length and are a rectangular shape. When rubbed together they release a strong aromatic scent which resembles that of oregano and the crunchy textured seeds have a strong spicy/peppery flavour with a slight bitterness. 


Allah says in Surah A’raaf verse 57-58

“And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain). Till when they have carried a heavy-laden cloud, We drive it to a land that is dead, then We cause water (rain) to descend thereon. Then We produce every kind of fruit therewith. Similarly, We shall raise up the dead, so that you may remember or take heed”


“The vegetation of a good land comes forth (easily) by the Permission of its Lord, and that which is bad, brings forth nothing but (a little) with difficulty. Thus do We explain variously the Ayat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) for a people who give thanks”


Abu Hurairah narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him say: “In black seed there is healing for every disease, except the Sam.” “Sam means death” {Sunan Ibn Majah}


Black seeds is said to remove leucoderma patches (white spots), clear blockages, dry up soggy stomach, increase the flow of urine, milk and menses, intestinal worms, cure colds, relieve shortness of breath, removes wind, relieves headaches, is good for treating palsies, apoplexy (stroke), amnesia and vertigo, helps in treating bronchitis, aids digestion, relieves colic, soothes whooping cough, asthma and bronchial respiratory complaints, relieves nasal congestion, conjunctivitis and haemorrhoids, helps balance uric acid in blood to relieve gout, dissolves gallstones and kidney stones, heals sores, extracts pus, relieves toothaches and can be used as an insect repellent.


The pure oil should not be taken undiluted as it can cause stomach cramps or irritate the digestive system. One should balance it out with something else to counteract this effect.

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