What is malaria? Malaria is such fever caused by the bite of a particular kind of female mosquito. This mosquito bites usually in the night and sometimes during the day too and transmits bacteria into the human blood. Symptoms can start showing from 2, 3 days to 3 months after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Risk of malaria increases especially in summer season. Treatment of this disease is possible and easy but it might appear fatal if it gets worse.
Statistics of deaths from malaria
Malaria disease has spread quickly around the world especially in developing countries. Estimated millions of people suffer from malaria each year across the globe including Pakistan and some hundreds of thousands of them die of malaria.
Harms of malaria
Malaria can damage liver, kidneys and brain. If it is not treated in time, one may suffer acute blood deficiency and it may even pose a threat to life. Malaria is more harmful especially for pregnant women and the children.
Precautionary tips for preventing malaria
٭ Keep clean those places inside the house and around the house where mosquitoes can lay eggs.
٭ Get wire mesh installed in your doors and windows for preventing malaria.
٭ Get anti-mosquito fumigation carried out regularly.
٭ Ensure a well-maintained sewage system.
٭ As mosquitoes breed in still water so pour anti-bacterial drugs into the water.
Cautiousness in using anti-mosquito products
It is needful for people to be cautious and moderate when using the products which are used to kill mosquitoes or to ensure protection from them for example lighting mosquito coil when sleeping in a closed room is harmful to health; especially the patients with respiratory diseases should avoid using coils. The better option is that light the coil in a closed room one or two hours before sleeping and then blow it off and open the door when going to bed. People should also follow precautionary tips while using different types of anti-mosquito sprays etc. If there is a need to apply any lotion on body, use a lotion of any good company so that skin remains protected from the harmful effects. The best method to protect oneself from the mosquitoes is to use mosquito net.
Symptoms of malaria
Malaria fever makes one feel cold and shivering initially, and leaves perspiration when it subsides.
Few more symptoms are as follows: Bitter taste in one’s mouth, body weakness, body aches, muscle cramps, digestive problem, vomiting, headache, diarrhoea, cough and muscular pain and nervousness etc.
Miscellaneous Madani pearls
٭ The malaria patients should take plenty of rest.
٭ Fig pulp keeps mouth moist during fever.
٭ Infected blood may transmit this disease to others; so, contact only authorised blood bank for blood if the need arises.
3 Natural cures for malaria
1 Take black salt and black pepper 50 grams, baking soda 50 grams. Mix and grind them into a powder. Consume 1 to 3 Masha (a former weight) [1 Masha = 8 Rattis or 0.97 grams] with water three times a day after meals. This is beneficial for the treatment of malaria and seasonal fever. If the children are given this powder a little from time to time during malaria season, they will remain safe from it, اِنْ شَآءَاللہ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ.
2 Take a spoon of cinnamon powder, a spoon of honey and a pinch of black pepper; dissolve them in a hot water. Drinking this liquid daily is beneficial for treating malaria.
3 Take coriander seeds and dry ginger in equal quantity; swallow it together with water three times daily.
Write ‘یَا غَفُوْرُ’ or get it written three times on a piece of paper, have it plastic coated, sew it into rexine or leather or a piece of cloth and tie it on arm or put it around neck. All kinds of fevers including malaria will be cured, اِنْ شَآءَاللہ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ.
Fever will protect from the fire of the Day of Judgement
Dear Islamic brothers! Malaria does cause physical suffering; but it also contains many Hereafter benefits. So, people should earn reward by showing patience instead of expressing grievances and complaints out of nervousness. Therefore, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ inquired after a sick and stated: Good news for you, undoubtedly, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ says, fever is My fire, I inflict My believing bondsman with it in this world so that it becomes the share of his fire (i.e., compensation) on the Day of Judgement. (Sunan Ibn Majah, vol. 4, pp. 105, Hadees, 3470)
Do not curse fever
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ went to Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Saa`ib رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا and said: You are shivering, what has happened to you? She humbly said: I am suffering from fever. May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ not let it increase. Upon this, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ said: Do not curse fever, for it removes the sins of a man as furnace removes the filth from iron. (Sahih Muslim, pp. 1068, Hadees, 6570)
Commenting on the above-mentioned blessed Hadees, the renowned commentator of Glorious Quran, Hakeem-ul-Ummat, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan Na’eemi رَحْمَۃُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ has stated: Other diseases cause to suffer one or two body parts but fever affects each vein from head to toe. Therefore, it will get all wrongdoings and sins of the body forgiven. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 2, pp. 413)
Yeh tayra jism jo beemar hay, tashweesh na ker
Yeh maraz tayray gunahaun ko mita jata hay
On page 20 of the monthly magazine “Faizan-e-Madinah”, published in March, 2017, some information related to seasonal fever and the virtues of fever is mentioned. Studying this article will also not go without benefiting the readers.
O our Beloved Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! Save us from the destructive harms of all mild and serious diseases including malaria.
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم