'And when I am sick.
Then He heals me' (TMQ 26,80)
Medicine of the Prophet
Translation from Tibb an-Nabbi
By Jalalu'd-Din 'Abdur-Rahman as-Suyuti
-Edited by Ahmad Thomson
248 pages Paperback A5 ISBN 1 897940 15 7
Published by Taha, London UK
unique edition of this exceptional work by one of the most famous of Muslim
scholars. Originally written in Arabic nearly 500 years ago, this book is packed
with a detailed description of the most common physical and spiritual diseases
experienced by people throughout the ages. Imam Suyuti indicates the remedies
for these by drawing both from the Qur'an and the wisdom of the Prophet
Muhammad, blessings and peace be on him. Doctors and scientists may debate the
effectiveness of traditional medicines, but the positive results and soothing
effects of this medicine have been obvious to millions of people during the last
This unique work gives a clear insight into the causes of illness and
Ali ibn al-Husayn ibn Wafid said
'Allah put all medicine into half an ayah when he
Eat and drink, but not excessively'
Qur'an: 7:31) [Taken from Page 11]
al-Rahman ibn Kamal al-Din Abi Bakr ibn Muhammad ibn Sabiq al-Din, Jalal
al-Din al-Misri al-Suyuti
al-Shafi`i al-Ash`ari, also
known as Ibn al-Asyuti (849-911AH), the mujtahid imam and renewer of the
tenth Islamic century, foremost hadith master, encyclopedist, historian, and
biographer and probably one of the most prolific of all Islamic writers.
There are an enormous number of his essays and treatises preserved today. A
number of his writings concerned scientific topics or issues related to
natural science and food and regimen, amongst other things.
of Imam Suyuti
The History of the Khalifahs who took the Right Way
Tahrik al Khulafah Rashideen
Jalalu'd-Din 'Abd'ur-Rahman as -Suyuti
Translated by 'Abdassamad Clarke.
212 pages Paperback A5 ISBN 1897940 25 4
Taken from Tarikh al-Khulafa’,
this classical work presents authentic hadith about the first four Khalifahs of
Islam: Umar, Abu Bakr, Ithman & Ali (It also Includes a Section On Imam
Husan ) may Allah be pleased with them, illustrating both the integrity and
wisdom that they displayed in governance. This book also highlights their
contributions to that body of practice which is known as the Sunnah.
ibn Kamal al-Din Abi Bakr ibn Muhammad ibn Sabiq al-Din, Jalal al-Din al-Misri
Biography of Imam Suyuti
Clarke is the translator of a number of classical works, Other books
translated or written by Abdassamad include,
"A Madinan View on the Sunnah",
"The Clear Victory", "Year of the Elephant", "Drops from an Ocean" and Ibn
Abi Zayd al-Qayrawâni's manual on Maliki fiqh "Kitâb al-Jâmi'".
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Excerpt From: The History of the Khalifahs who took the Right Way
By Imam Suyuti
His khilafah (Umar Bin Al Khatta)
He took on the khilafah through
the covenant of Abu Bakr in Jumada al-Akhirah in the year 13 A.H.
Az-Zuhri said, ''Umar was
appointed khalifah on the day that Abu Bakr died which was Tuesday eight days
before the end of Jumada al-Akhirah.' He undertook the command most fully, and
there were very many conquests in his days.
In the year 14 A.H., Damascus
was conquered partly both by treaty and force, and Homs (ancient Emessa) and
Baalbek by treaty, and Basrah and Ubullah by force.
'In that year 'Umar united
people in one jama'ah in salat at-tarawih (the optional prayers said at night
in Ramadan),' said al-'Askari in Al-Awa'il (Firsts).
In the year 15 A.H., all of
Jordan was conquered by force except for Tiberias which was by treaty. In this
year were the battles of Yarmuk and Qadisiyyah. Ibn Jarir said: In it Sa'd
founded Kufa, and 'Umar instituted regular wages (for the fighting men),
registers, and gave allowances according to priority.
In the year 16 A.H., Ahwaz and
Mada'in were conquered, and in the latter Sa'd established the jumu'ah in the
great hall of Khosrau, and this was the first jumu'ah to be held in Iraq. That
was in the month of Safar. In it, was the battle of Jalula in which Yezdajird
the son of Khosrau was defeated and he retreated back to Rai. In it, Takrit
was taken, 'Umar travelled and took Al-Bait al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) and gave his
famous khutbah in al-Jabiyyah. Kinnasrin, Aleppo, and Antioch were taken by
force, Manbij by treaty, and Saruj by force. In that year, Qirqisiya' was
taken by treaty. In Rabi' al-Awwal, dating was begun from the Hijrah on the
advice of 'Ali.
In the year 17 A.H., 'Umar
increased the size of the Prophet's Mosque. In it there was drought and famine
in the Hijaz and it was called the Year of Destruction, and 'Umar prayed for
rain for people by means of al-'Abbas.
Niyar al-Aslami narrated that 'Umar,
when he came out to pray for rain, came out with the cloak of the Prophet, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace, upon him.
Ibn 'Aun said: 'Umar took hold
of the hand of al-'Abbas and raised it up, saying, 'O Allah, we approach You
by means of the uncle of Your Prophet (asking) that You drive away from us the
drought, and that You give us to drink from the rain,' and they didn't leave
before they were given to drink. The sky poured down upon them for days. In
that year Ahwaz was taken by treaty.
In the year 18 A.H., Jundaysabur was taken by
treaty, and Hulwan by force. In it, was the plague of Emaus; Urfa (Edessa) and
Sumaysat were taken by force; Harran, Nasibin and a part of Mesopotamia by
force, and it has been said, by treaty; and Mosul and its environs by force.
In the year 19 A.H., Cćsarea was taken by
force. In the year 20 A.H., Egypt was conquered by force. It is also said that
all of Egypt was taken by treaty except for Alexandria which was taken by
force. 'Ali ibn Rabah said, 'The whole of the Maghrib (north-western Africa)
was taken by force.' In that year Tustar was taken, Caesar (Heraclius), the
great man of the Byzantines, died. In it also, 'Umar expelled the Jews from
Khaybar and Najran, and he apportioned Khaybar and Wadi'l-Qurra' (between
those who had been present there at the original battles of the Prophet, may
Allah bless him and grant him peace).
In the year 21 A.H., Alexandria was taken by
force, and Nahawand, after which the Persians could not muster an army, and
Barqah and other places.
In the year 22 A.H., Azerbaijan was taken by
force, and it has been said, by treaty, and Dinaur by force, Masabdhan and
Hamadan by force, and Tripoli of North Africa, Rai, 'Askar and Qumas.
In the year 23 A.H., there were the conquests
of Kirman, Sijistan, Makran in the mountainous lands, and also Isfahan and its
In the end of this year there was the death
of Sayyiduna 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, after his return from the
Hajj; he was killed as a martyr.
Sa'id ibn al-Musayyab said: When 'Umar
returned from Mina (to Makkah), he made his camel kneel down in the
watercourse, then he threw himself down, raised his hands to the sky and said,
'O Allah! I am advanced in years, my strength has weakened, and my subjects
have increased, so take me to You without (my) being wasteful or falling
short.' Dhu'l-Hijjah had not gone before he was killed.
Abu Salih as-Saman said: Ka'b al-Ahbar said
to 'Umar, 'I find you in the Tawrah killed as a martyr.' He said, 'How can I
be a martyr when I am in the peninsula of the Arabs?'
Aslam said: 'Umar said, 'O Allah provide me
with martyrdom in Your way, and make my death to be in the city of Your
Messenger.' Ma'dan ibn Abi Talhah: 'Umar gave a khutbah and said, 'I saw (in a
dream) as if a cock pecked at me once or twice, and I can only believe that it
means that my term has come. There are people who tell me to appoint a
successor, and Allah will not cause His deen to go to waste nor His khilafah.
If the matter is hastened for me, then the khilafah is a matter of
consultation between these six whom the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless
him and grant him peace, was pleased with when he died.' Az-Zuhri said: 'Umar
would not permit a captive who had reached the age of puberty to enter Madinah
until al-Mughirah ibn Shu'bah wrote to himand he was the governor of Al-Kufahmentioning
to him a slave who had a number of crafts and asking permission that he enter
Madinah, saying, 'He has many trades which are useful to people. He is a
blacksmith, engraver and carpenter.' He gave permission to him to send him to
Madinah. Al-Mughirah put a demand for revenue on him (the slave) of one
hundred dirhams per month, so the slave came to 'Umar to complain of the
severity of that imposition. He said, 'Your demand for revenue is not that
much,' and he turned away in anger and threateningly. 'Umar waited some days
and then he called him and said, 'Have I not been informed that you say,
"If I wished, I could make a mill which will grind by means of the
wind."' Then he turned his face to 'Umar with a frown and said, 'I will
make for you a mill which people will talk about.' When he turned away, 'Umar
said to his companions, 'The slave threatened me just now.' After a while Abu
Lu'lu'ah wrapped his garments around a dagger with two heads (to the blade)
whose handle was in the middle of it, hid in one of the corners of the mosque
in the darkness of the last part of the night, and there he waited until 'Umar
came out waking people up for the prayer. When he drew near to him, he stabbed
him three times.
'Amr ibn Maymun al-Ansari said: Abu Lu'lu'ah,
the slave of al-Mughirah, stabbed 'Umar with a dagger which had two heads, and
he stabbed, along with him, twelve other men of whom six died, then a man from
Iraq threw over him a robe. When he became tangled up in it, he killed
Abu Rafi' said: Abu Lu'lu'ah, the slave of
al-Mughirah, used to make mills. Al-Mughirah used to demand as revenue from
him four dirhams a day. He met 'Umar and said, 'Amir al-Muminin, al-Mughirah
is being very heavy on me, so speak to him.' He said, 'Behave well towards
your master,'and 'Umar's intention was to speak to al-Mughirah about itso he
(the slave) became angry and said, 'His justice encompasses all of the people
except for me,' and he secretly decided to kill him. He took a dagger,
sharpened it and poisoned it. 'Umar used to say, 'Straighten your ranks,'
before he pronounced the takbir. He came and stood opposite him in the rank,
stabbed him in his shoulder and side, and 'Umar fell. Then he stabbed thirteen
other men with him, of whom six died. 'Umar was carried to his family. The sun
was about to rise so 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn 'Auf led the people in prayer with the
two shortest surahs. 'Umar was brought some nabidh (a drink made from dates
left to soak in water) and he drank it and it came out of his wound, but it
wasn't yet distinct (from the blood). So they gave him some milk to drink, and
it came out of his wound and they said, 'There's no great harm with you.' He
said, 'If there is any harm in killing, then I have been killed.' People began
to praise him, saying, 'You were such and such and you were such and such.' He
said, 'By Allah, I wish that I had gone out of it, independent of others, with
nothing against me and nothing for me, and that the companionship of the
Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and his family and grant them peace,
was secure for me.' Ibn 'Abbas praised him, so he said, 'Even if I had that
gold which would fill the earth, I would ransom myself by it from the terror
of the rising. I have made it (the khilafah) a matter of consultation between
'Uthman, 'Ali, Talhah, az-Zubayr, 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn 'Auf and Sa'd.' He
ordered Suhayb to lead people in prayer, and gave the six a period of three
(days in which to decide).
Ibn 'Abbas said: Abu Lu'lu'ah was a Magian.
'Amr ibn Maimun said: 'Umar said, 'Praise be
to Allah Who did not make my decree of death to be at the hands of a man who
claimed Islam.' Then he said to his son, ''Abdullah, look and see what debts I
have.' They calculated it and found it to be eighty-six thousand or
thereabouts. He said, 'If the wealth of the family of 'Umar is enough, then
pay it. If it is not, then ask among Bani 'Adi, and if their wealth is not
enough, then ask among Quraysh. Go to the Mother of the Believers, 'A'ishah,
and say, "'Umar asks permission to be buried with his two
companions."' He went to her and she said, 'I wanted itmeaning the burial
plotfor myself, but I will definitely prefer him over myself, today.'
'Abdullah came and said, 'She has given permission,' so he praised Allah.
Someone said to him, 'Make bequest, Amir al-Muminin, and appoint a successor.'
He said, 'I see no-one with more right to this command than these six with
whom the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was pleased when he
died,' and he named the six, and said, ''Abdullah ibn 'Umar will be present
with them but he has no part in the command. If the office should fall to Sa'd,
then he it is, and if not, then let whoever of you is appointed seek help from
him, for I did not remove him (from his office) because of any incapacity or
treachery.' Then he said, 'I counsel the khalifah after me to have fearful
obedience of Allah; I counsel him to pay particular care to the Muhajirun and
the Ansar, and I counsel him to treat the people of the provinces well,' and
other similar counsels. When he died, we went walking with him, 'Abdullah ibn
'Umar called out the greeting and said, ''Umar seeks permission to enter.' 'A'ishah
said, 'Bring him in.' He was brought in and placed there with his two
When they finished burying him and had
returned, that group gathered and 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn 'Auf said, 'Delegate your
authority to three among you.' Az-Zubayr said, 'I delegate my authority to
'Ali.' Sa'd said, 'I delegate my authority to 'Abd ar-Rahman.' Talhah said, 'I
delegate my authority to 'Uthman.' He continued: so there remained these
three. 'Abd ar-Rahman said, 'I don't want it. Which of you two will be quit of
this matter and we will entrust it to him (the remaining one)? And Allah is
his witness and Islam, let him consider in himself who is the best of them and
let him be eager for the benefit of the ummah.' The two Shaykhs, 'Ali and 'Uthman
were silent. 'Abd ar-Rahman said, 'Delegate me and, Allah is my witness, I
will not fail you in choosing the best of you.' They said, 'Yes.' Then he went
apart with 'Ali and said, 'You have that precedence in Islam and kinship with
the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, which you know. Allah is
your witness; if I give you authority, will you be just, and if I give
authority (to 'Uthman) over you, will you hear and obey?' He said, 'Yes.' Then
he went apart with the other and said to him the same thing. When he had their
agreement, he pledged allegiance to 'Uthman and 'Ali pledged allegiance to
'Umar said: If my term overtakes me, and Abu
'Ubaydah al-Jarrah is still alive, then I would appoint him as khalifah. If my
Lord asked me, I would say, 'I heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and
grant him peace, saying, "Every Prophet has a trustworthy (companion),
and my trustworthy (companion) is Abu 'Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah."' If my
term overtakes me, and Abu 'Ubaydah al-Jarrah has died, I would appoint Mu'adh
ibn Jabal as khalifah. If my Lord asked me, 'Why did you appoint him as
khalifah?' I would say, 'I heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant
him peace, saying, "He will be raised up on the Day of Resurrection a
distance in front of the men of knowledge."' They had both died during
Abu Rafi' narrated that someone
spoke to 'Umar at his death about the appointment of a khalifah, so he said,
'I have seen among my companions an unfortunate eagerness. If one of two men
had reached me, and then I had entrusted this command to him, I would have
been sure of him: Salim the freed slave of Abu Hudhayfah and Abu 'Ubaydah ibn
al-Jarrah.' 'Umar was struck on the Wednesday, four days before the end of
Dhu'l-Hijjah, and he was buried on Sunday, the day of the new moon of al-Muharram,
the Sacred (month). He was sixty-three years old. It has also been said that
he was sixty-six, sixty-one, sixty (which al-Waqidi preferred). It has been
said that he was fifty-nine, fifty-five and fifty-four. Suhayb performed the
(funeral) prayer over him in the mosque.
In the Tahdhib of al-Mazini, there is that
the engraving on the seal-ring of 'Umar was, 'Death is enough of an
admonisher, 'Umar.' Tariq ibn Shihab said: Umm Ayman said, on the day 'Umar
was killed, 'Today Islam has been rent.' 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn Yasar said, 'I
witnessed the death of 'Umar ibn al-Khattab and the sun was eclipsed on that
day.' The men who transmitted (this hadith) were trustworthy.