Barley Water – Tibb-e-Nabawi

Barley Water


اللَّهُمَّ ثَبِّتْنِي أنْ أزِلَّ، وأهْدِني أنْ أضِلَّ

Barley Water

Praised by Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam, Barley is a miracle of my Allah’s creations.

As explained by Ibn al Qayyam, barley water is good for cough, roughness in throat, cleanses the stomach & it is a beautiful Diuretic, excellent for patients with kidney stones, Dropsy & water retention. Barley water is made by boiling the grains with water, but we tried it with barley’s Saweeq (Sattu) which is more easier.

After Isha prayer, add 4 ~ 5 tablespoons of Saweeq (Sattu) in a flask with 1 liter boiling water & close the lid. After Fajar, take out the water slowly without shaking the flask, by handling the flask carefully, you can avoid filtration, when it cools down, refrigerate & drink it throughout the day.

A surprise was Saweeq’s pulp at the bottom of flask, during 6 ~ 8 hours, it was well cooked by the hot water, making it thick like Talbinah, I poured it out in a dish & it was still hot, with some honey, it was so delicious & it served as a full breakfast. It is a blessing that should never be wasted.

شعير
روى ابن ماجه من حديث عائشة، قالت‏:‏ كان رسول الله ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ إذا أخذ أحدًا من أهله الوعك، أمر بالحساء من الشعير، فصنع، ثم أمرهم فحسوا منه، ثم يقول‏:‏ ‏(‏إنه ليرتو فؤاد الحزين ويسرو فؤاد السقيم كما تسروا إحداكن الوسخ بالماء عن وجهها‏)‏‏.‏ ومعنى يرتوه يشده ويقويه‏.‏ ويسرو، يكشف، ويزيل‏.‏ وقد تقدم أن هذا هو ماء الشعير المغلي، وهو أكثر غذاء من سويقه، وهو نافع للسعال، وخشونة الحلق، صالح لقمع حدة الفضول، مدر للبول، جلاء لما في المعدة، قاطع للعطس، مطفئ للحرارة، وفيه قوة يجلو بها ويلطف ويحلل‏.‏ وصفته أن يؤخذ من الشعير الجيد المرضوض مقدار، ومن الماء الصافي العذب خمسة أمثاله، ويلقى في قدر نظيف، ويطبخ بنار معتدلة إلى أن يبقى منه خمساه، ويصفى، ويستعمل منه مقدار الحاجة محلًا‏.

Barley Water

Ibn-e-Majah narrated that Aishah Radi Allaho Anha said: “When a member of the family of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) would fall sick, he would order that barley soup is made and then the ill person would be commanded to have some of it. He used to say, lit strengthens the heart of the sad person and relieves the heart of the ill person, just as one of you would wash the dirt off of her face with water“.

The remedy mentioned in this Hadith entails boiled barley water which is more nutritious than its flour. Barley water helps against coughing and throat roughness, relieves the irritant excess excrement, produces more urine, cleanses the stomach, quenches the thirst and extinguishes heat. It also provides comfort and has a decomposing quality.

This remedy entails preparing a portion of a good type of barley and water as 5 times the weight of barley; placing them in a clean pot, and cooking under moderate temperature until only fifth of the water remains in the pot (example can be 1 kg of barley cooked with 5 liters of water till the water reduces to 1 liter only). It is then purified (barley grains separated with a sieve) and used as much as needed.