On the Black Seed: Let’s Tread Gently

On the Black Seed :Let’s Tread Gently

I posted a translation of the statement of sheikh al-Albāni on the hadith of al-Habbat as-sawdā,u where the sheikh somehow tilted towards the position of those who believe in the general curative ability of the seed with the permission of Allah, although the sheikh clearly said he would not use it unless it was recommended with a prescribed dose i.e by an expert.

However, it is disheartening that a brother who happens to be a pharmacist commented on this post copied by another brother. In his comment he submitted that the sheikh’s position was wrong and that the correct position is that the seed can not be a cure for all diseases as it is not possible medically for any plant to posses this quality; to buttress his argument he also quoted al- Khattābi ( died 388 Hijra) as having said this. Yes, al-Khattābi and some others such as at-Tībi restricted the general implication of the hadith by interpreting it as having the ability to cure only those illnesses that can be cured by herbs that fall in its category. They justified their interpretation with verse such as:
“وأوتيت” من كل شيء” “تدمر كل شيء بأمر ربها “
Ibn Hajar having quoted al- Khattābi and the other , finally submitted to the general implication of the hadith which is that the seed can cure all illnesses but this is subject to different applications of it such as grinding, mixing it with another thing, extracting the oil etc. This is also the favoured opinion of al-Mubaarakphuri who strongly knocked the submission of al-Khattābi and others as contained in his explanation on Jāmi’u at-Tirmidhi
As for Ibn al-Qayyim, he also supported the restriction of the meaning of the hadith, however, he established the possibility of the general implication.

From the forgoing, it is clear that the scholars in the field of the Shariah have differed on the implication of the hadith whether it is general or specific.

Nevertheless, what is not clear to me from the comments of the brother is, is he saying the seed cannot cure all diseases even when mixed with other things contrary to the submission of Ibn Hajar and which Ibn al-Qayyim did not rule out completely ? Or he is saying the seed has not been proven to be a cure for Covid-19, hence we should not believe in any person that says it cures it.

I think it is established that the seed contains thymonoquinone that boosts immunity and this can assist in fighting viral infections one of which is Covid-19.

Several researches have been carried out by some Muslim doctors in side the Arab countries and in the West on the efficacy of al-habbat as-sawdā,u; one of such doctors is doctor Ahmad al-Qādi (an Egyptian who lived in the U.S for years before his death). He carried out many experiments on the usefulness of this seed.

Sumarrily, we should not because we want to defend the orthodox medicine redicule the ahadith of the Prophet, sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallam, or the scholars of Sunnah that have passed. Researches in the different fields of science are still on going and the experts in those fields have not ceased to refute one another. For instance, Charles Darwin believed humans evolved from apes and Richard Dawkins ( the renowned evolutionist) till now still tenaciously defends this. While a lot of biologists see this as nonsense. There are so many examples on the disagreements of the experts themselves even on this coronavirus. So let’s respect the verses of the Qur,an, the authentic traditions of the Prophet, sallaa alayhi wa sallam, and the scholars of Sunnah over ages.
People like Adnan Ibrahim, , Muhammad Shahrur, Waseem Yusuf, Islam Buhayri and many others have transgressed on the Qur,an and Sunnah all in the name of defending science which is also subject to much difference of opinions ( although those with larger money to spend or government support defeat and silence the others at the end of the day and it is their works that receive publicity and publication).

Written by: Sheikh ‘AbdulGaniy Juma’h, Hafidhahullah.