Come September 19th is one of Italyâ€™s most celebrated and looked-forward-to festival of Saint Januarius, in which the blood of the saint that has been stored in a vial is kissed by devoted Neapolitans.
A woman called Eusebia â€“ who soaked up his blood with a sponge and preserved it in a glass vial â€“ when pagan Romans killed the saint, saved the sample of blood.
The public gathers to watch the blood liquefy, twice a year. It is considered a miracle, even though scientific studies has proved that the vial contains a chemical, thixotropic gel, that increases the viscosity of the blood if left unstirred and decreases if stirred or moved.
This year Neapolitans will be disappointed and not allowed to kiss the vial. The fear of Swine flu virus has prompted officials to take this initiative. Last week, Italyâ€™s first resident died of the virus.
Swine flu, that began in Mexico, is the latest of the deadliest outbreaks that has taken thousands of lives. The flu is said to affect children and the elderly the most. Basically, anyone with a weaker immunity is susceptible to the disease. The vaccine for the H1N1 virus is still undergoing feasibility tests. On the brighter side, it has been confirmed that until now the virus has not changed its form.
Some of the other threats that mankind has faced and is facing are:
6. HEPATITIS B AND C
7. DENGUE FEVER
8. YELLOW FEVER
10. AFRICAN TRYPANOSOMIASIS (SLEEPING SICKNESS)
11. MARBURG HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER
The weaker the immunity the higher is the chances in almost all of these diseases.
Many medicines and treatments have been discovered and propounded by inferring facts from the Holy Qurâ€™an and Sunnah.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: â€œAllah has not sent down any disease but He has also sent down a cure for it.â€
It must be clearly understood that the Qurâ€™an is not a book of medicine or geology etc. It is a book of guidance for mankind. It is articulate and contains ideas and concepts about a variety of matter that are part of our lives.
It has supreme healing powers, be it spiritual or mental. Allah SWT also guides us and informs us how to preserve and protect our health.
â€œAnd We send down of the Qurâ€™an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe.â€ [Qurâ€™aan, Surah al-Israâ€™ :82]
The Qurâ€™an contains the treatment for hearts and souls, and as such it is a means of expelling all sicknesses from the body. An experiment was conducted where Muslims and non-Muslims were asked to say â€˜Allaahâ€™ (completely proper pronunciation). It was noted that as soon as they said the Name of the Creator their body relaxed, blood pressure leveled, many said that they felt much calmness.
Surah al-Faatihah itself has many virtues one of it being that it is a ruqyah for healing.
The Qurâ€™an mentions the principle of maintaining good health, which are: prevention, maintaining good health, and removing harmful substances from the body.
Honey is mentioned in the Qurâ€™an as a healing for mankind.
Allah SWT says: â€œThere comes forth from their [beesâ€™] bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for menâ€ [Qurâ€™an, Surah al-Nahl :69]
Black Seeds that are abundantly found in India, is said to be the cure of all diseases.
Both Sahihs have reported the hadith narrated by Abu Salamah on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Use this black seed regularly, because it has a ‘shifaa’ (cure) for every disease, except death.” [al-Bukhaari]
Another remedy that has been mentioned in Ahadith is Talbeenah.
â€œTalbeenah soothes the heart of the sick person, and it takes away some of the grief.â€ [al-Bukhaari]
To sum it up, if one follows the guidelines Allah SWT has set for us, insha’Allah, they will be safe from harm.