Allaah said: "Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in the Meeting with Allaah and the Last Day and remembers Allaah much." (AI-Ahzab [33]: 21 ) The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) was an epitome of healthy living just as he was the. standard bearer in all human endeavours. He would act on things only with the inspiration of His Lord. Allaah says: "Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired." (An-Najm [53]: 4).

Use it but in odd numbers

Included in the inspired lifestyle of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) is the use of the Kohl for the eyes. Abdullah bin Umar (RA) related that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Use ithmid (antimony) because it clears the eye and grows the eyelashes." (Ibn Majah) Also, he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, "Those who use kohl should use it an odd number of times. " (Abu Dawood)

Abdullah bin Abbaas (RA) narrated that "Whenever the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) used to wear kohl, he would use it thrice in the right eye - beginning with it and finishing with it - and twice in the left eye." It is good for the eyesight. Kohl preserves the health of the eye, strengthens and clears the sight and removes harmful substances, along with adding a touch of beauty to the eye. The kohl tends to be cold and dry and it also strengthens the eye nerve. When one uses kohl before going to sleep, it is beneficial for the eye, especially since the eyes wont be moving and thus the kohl will have its most favourable effect.

The lthmid (Antimony) is best

The ithmid type of kohl is the especially effective in clearing eyesight. Ibn Abbaas (RA) also related that he (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "The best of your kohl is the ithmid (antimony), because it clears the sight and causes the eyelashes to grow." (AI-Hakim) The Ithmid (antimony) is the black kohl stone. The best type of Ithmid is found in Is faahan (in Iran), but it is also found in other areas. The best type of Ithmid is that which fragmentize quickly and which has shiny morsels.

Also the interior of the Ithmid is polished and does not contain any impurities. Ithmid is the best type of kohl used for the eye, especially for old people whose eyesight has weakened. In this case, it is better that the kohl is mixed with some musk. Other benefits of Ithmid. Ithmid dissolves excess flesh around ulcers and closes the wound while cleansing the area around them.

Ithmid also relieves headaches when it is blended with pure watery (not thick) honey. When Ithmid is ground and mixed with tender fat and then used as a bandage over fire burns, it prevents blisters from appearing and also helps in curing the skin damage that occurs in cases of burns by fire.

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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