Lesson no. 28 Guidance during illness: -

Introduction

While we are recovering from illness, our body is working extra hard to repair & rebuild itself. Any type of illness can cause a loss of appetite, leading to deplete nutrients & weight loss. Energy levels can fall dramatically during illness, so maintaining your carbohydrate intake as energy foods, this will help provide the body with the fuel it needs to function efficiently & recover quickly. (During recovery period)
So eat carbohydrate rich food such as bread, rice or pasta with each meal to supply extra energy to your body.
'It is especially important to eat plenty of carbohydrates when you are ill because it will not only boost your energy levels but also help prevent depression or feelings of lethargy,' 'This is because your brain needs glucose to function efficiently & prevent it from becoming lethargic & depressed.'
Carbohydrates are an important source of glucose & if your carbohydrate levels are low, your body & brain will lack energy & may take longer to recover from illness. From the below Hadees you will come to know that Nabi ﷺ stopped Ali رضي الله عنه from eating more dates & advised to eat Barely chapatti & Sareed (a thin soup like gravy) by this we come to know how well versed was Nabi ﷺ about what to be eaten during recovery period because barely & sareed have more carbohydrate & calories.

Nabi ﷺ’s guidance about illness:-

Guidance about dates during illness & after illness: -

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1. Hazrat Umme Munzir رضي الله عنها says that, Rasoolullah ﷺ & Hazrat Ali  both came home, she had Dawaal (دوال) (bunches of dates), she served Dawaal (دوال) to both, both started to eat the dates, but when Hazrat Ali رضي الله عنه had eaten 7 dates (approximately) he was stopped by Rasoolullah ﷺ from eating more, & He ﷺ said to Hazrat Ali  that you were ill last days & now you are weak, so do not eat more, Hearing to this Hazrat Umme Munzir رضي الله عنها prepared Sareed (ثريد) (thin gravy) of meat, beet root & chapatti (خبز) from Jaw (الشعير) (barely flour) & served to both, on this Rasoolullah  said to Hazrat Ali  eat this dish, this is beneficial for you.
[Tirmizi: 2170; Book. 28; English vol. 4, Book. 2, Hadees. 2036]

Guidance during eye pain: -

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2. Hazrat Suhaib رضي الله عنه reports that his right eye was paining & he was eating dates (تمر) looking to this; Rasoolullah ﷺ said that, you are eating Tamar (تمر) (dates) in spite of eye pain, On this Hazrat Suhaib رضي الله عنه said that I am eating from left side & my right eye is paining.
[Baihaqi: 20047]

Do not force sick to eat: -

3. Narrated Uqbah Bin Aamir Al Juhani رضي الله عنه says that Nabi ﷺ said: “Do not force your sick to eat, for indeed Allah provides them food & drink.
[Tirmizi: 2175; Book. 28; English vol. 4; Book. 2, Hadees. 2040]
The detail given below is according to Ulama & Islamic Scholars & not from Hadees.

Quranic verse to restoration of health: -

Surah Al- Room: 30 سورة الروم: ٣٠

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا ۚ فِطْرَتَ اللَّـهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا ۚ لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّـهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ﴿٣٠

Translation: “So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.”
[Surah-Al-Room-30:30]
Recite the above verse of Chapter 30 (Surah) Al-Room verse no. 30 for 21 times every day after Dawn & Asr prayer).