اَلْحَمْدُلـِلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ! The blessed month of Eid-ul-Adha, once again, is drawing closer each day. In this blessed month, Muslims not only perform the worship of sacrificing the animals but also eat their meat themselves and distribute it also amongst the relatives and poor people. Unfortunately immoderate eating and drinking (water etc.) during Eid-ul-Adha days brings about different stomach diseases.
Importance of stomach in human body
Stomach is extremely an important part of human body. Everything that we eat and drink, gathers in the stomach. Moreover, the stomach functions to digest food too. ‘Stomach disorder’ can affect the whole immune system so it is necessary to keep it healthy and to know about its precautions.
Stomach disorder and different diseases
There are many diseases usually triggered by vomiting, chest burning, stomach acidity, chest pain, bitter taste in mouth, stomach ulcer etc., if not treated properly may ultimately lead to cancer.
Stomach pain and heartburn etc., usually occurs mostly during night. In case of no other illness, excessive eating during the late-night hours and sleeping soon after, could be its cause. People suffer it mostly in the events like wedding, parties etc. Wearing tight-fitting clothing is also one of its causes.
Further causes include smoking, chewing betel leaf and Gutkha (areca nut), drinking soft drinks, eating spicy foods and drinking water less than required etc.
Monitor your food intake
Those Islamic brothers who suffer stomach disorder from time to time should monitor their food intake and avoid the food items which cause them trouble.
Those people who suffer stomach disorder should avoid the spicy food items; moreover, they should avoid using fried food items. The vegetables which cause gas and take enough time to digest, such as cauliflower, potato, arum, brinjal, gram lentils, Kaleji (mutton/beef liver), Paaye (sheep’s/cow’s trotters,) etc., should be avoided.
Use boiled vegetables, Kichree (dish made of pulse and rice boiled together) and porridge with little black pepper.
Avoid putting additional burden on your stomach
Dear Islamic brothers! There is a capacity of the stomach digestive system. If, the food is eaten without chewing it properly or eating excessive food then how will it digest various kinds of food items? So, at the end of the day, it will lead to disorder of digestive system and upset the stomach, and resultantly it will start affecting the whole body as it is stated by the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, ‘Stomach is like a pond in the body. Tubes (of the body i.e., veins) come towards the stomach; if the stomach is healthy then they [veins] return with health, and if the stomach is upset, the veins return with disease’. (Shu’ab-ul-Iman, vol. 5, pp. 66, Hadees 5796)
Use adequate amount of water
In case of stomach acidity etc., it is beneficial to use plain water abundantly. In normal condition, the working people should use 10 to 12 glasses of water whereas during heat and under working conditions that cause perspiration, the intake of water should be increased. Cold milk is also beneficial during acidity. If the burning sensation is due to gastric ulcer then avoid milk.
Chew your food properly instead of overburdening the stomach
One needs to be careful to keep one’s stomach healthy, so, take a small morsel and chew it properly without making smacking noise until it become thin; in this way, digestive saliva will also moisten it well. If, it is eaten without chewing properly, stomach will suffer a lot and as a result it will lead to various kinds of diseases. So chew your food properly instead of overburdening the stomach. (Purasrar Khazanah, pp. 20)
The genuine treatment of gastric ulcer
Qufl-e-Madinah of stomach i.e., ‘to eat simple diet less than one’s appetite’ is the genuine treatment of gastric ulcer. Read two chapters of volume 1 (Excellence of Hunger and Manners of Eating) of Faizan-e-Sunnat (Blessings of Sunnah) and practically apply the Madani pearls on you, اِنْ شَــآءَ الـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ, you will get rid of many diseases including the gastric ulcer.
Gastric pain and the use of fenugreek
٭ The use of fenugreek is beneficial in stomach ulcers, swelling and infection of intestines.
٭ Cough syrups usually upset the stomach; therefore it is very difficult for the patients of a chronic cough to prevent diseases of indigestion and stomach inflammation. Usage of fenugreek not only relieves a cough but also improves the function of the stomach.
٭ Fenugreek Qahwa (decoction) cleans wastes from the stomach and intestines and helps pass the excessive and harmful secretions from the digestive system. (Maythee kay 50 Madani Phool, pp. 3, 4, 8)
Miscellaneous Madani pearls
٭ A human body requires protein, vitamins etc., in adequate amount so do eat pulses, vegetables, rice, meat and fruits appropriately. Eating few of them regularly and leaving others is not a good practice.
٭ As overeating is harmful to the digestive system, similarly, unusually keeping the stomach empty for a long time is also harmful.
٭ Considering tea, coffee, soft drink, biscuit etc., sufficient and giving it a name of prevention is a stupidity too as these are more harmful to stomach.
٭ Those who use the medicine for arthritis may suffer gastric ulcer so it is suggested not to use such medicines especially, without the recommendation of the physicians.
٭ Fast food, junk food, cold drink etc., are like a deadly poison for stomach.
Two home remedies for gastric ulcer
1 Drink a glass of cabbage juice 3 times a day till 2 weeks as well as eat the cabbage gravy too. اِنْ شَــآءَ الـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ, this home remedy will cure the gastric ulcer. (Gharaylu ‘Ilaj, pp. 55) Using cabbage as a salad is also very beneficial.
2 Take ‘Raal Safed’ (Vateria indica): 5 Tola and ‘Mulethi Muqashshar’ (Peeled Liquorice): 5 Tola. Peel the Mulethi, grind both items well and store this medicine at a safe place. Drink half tea spoon of it every morning and evening on empty stomach with half cup of fennel seed extract until it is cured. اِنْ شَــآءَ الـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ, it is beneficial for every kind of stomach ulcer.
For all kinds of stomach and liver diseases
بِسۡمِ اللّٰہِ الرَّ حۡمٰنِ الرَّحِیۡمِ
قُلْ لَّوْ كَانَ الْبَحْرُ مِدَادًا لِّكَلِمٰتِ رَبِّیْ
(Part 16, Surah Al-Kahf, Ayah 109)
Write the above-mentioned blessed Ayah on three ceramic plates or waxed paper with yellowish-orange colour after Fajr Salah, (no need to add diacritical marks however keep the circles open of the letters having circles) and drink the water of each plate three times a day (morning, noon and night) after washing them. (Treatment duration: 40 days).
Apart from it, write the blessed Ayah with same colour and prepare an amulet encasing it in a rexine or leather covering. Islamic sisters should wear it around their neck whereas Islamic brothers should tie it on their right arm.
In addition to liver and stomach, this is beneficial for kidney pain as well. Whenever there is a need to wear the amulet, it should be used by sealing it in a wax paper or any plastic coating. (Gharaylu ‘Ilaj, pp. 56)
O our Beloved Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! Grant us Taufeeq (ability) to observe Qufl-e-Madinah i.e., to eat even Halal food less than our appetite, and protect us from all diseases of ulcer by the blessings of it.
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
 Pour the water into the plate and shake till the written letters get melted.