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Talbeenah : Benefits & Recipe of Sunnah dish

Talbeenah : Benefits & Recipe of Sunnah dish

(ANTI-DEPRESSANT HOMEMADE MIXTURE FROM THE SUNNAH)

QUESTION:

I heard from some one that talbeenah is very good for sick people. Can you please advise relevant benefit of it and how is it made?

ANSWER:

Talbeenah or Talbeen is a mixture made from either barley, milk, and honey or barley, milk, and dried dates. It can also be made with water. Talbeenah is recommended by Rasulullahﷺ which serves as an anti-depressant and is beneficial to overcome anxiety.

The Hadith on Talbeenah is as follows: Narrated 'Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) that whenever one of her relatives passed away, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She would order that a pot of Talbina be cooked. Then Tharid (a dish prepared from meat and bread) would be prepared and the Talbina would be poured on it. `Aisha would say (to the women),"Eat of it, for I heard Allah's Messengerﷺ saying, 'The Talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness/grief.'

Hafiz Ibn Hajar Rahimahullah has explained the benefits of Talbeenah and its effect on the body and digestive system in his commentary of Bukhari Shareef as follows: Imam Muwaffaq al-Baghdadi Rahimahullah says: If you wish to know about the benefits of talbeenah, then you should understand the benefits of barley juice; especially when it is in the form of bran since it digests very quickly and provides a very light form of nourishment. And when it is consumed while it is hot, then it digests even more easily and it increases the natural heat of the body. 

He further mentions: the meaning of 'fu'aad/heart" in the Hadith is the stomach itself because the heart of a sad person becomes weak when dryness increases in his body parts and [increases] specifically in his stomach due to the lack of nourishment. And the soup/porridge moistens it, nourishes it, and provides it strength. It also has a similar effect on the heart of a sick person. However, the stomach of a sick person is often mixed with bile, mucus, or pus and this soup removes these substances from the stomach.

TALBEENAH RECIPE

Ingredients Methods
1 cup of milk Put the milk in a pot on med heat and throw in the barley flour. Use the finer particles of the flour.
1 & 1/2 tablespoons of barley flour. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Constantly stir to avoid lumpiness.
Honey to sweeten The mixture will thicken a bit.
Extra tips Sweeten with honey and serve.
You can also add elachie powder for taste. Make intention of acting upon a Sunnat.
2-3 chopped dates per cup of milk may be added if you like.  
Raw honey tastes much better than normal honey in talbeena.  

There is always blessings and barakah in following the prescription of Rasulullahﷺ especially in this era of grief and depression. We therefore advise people involved in the food industry to consider manufacturing talbeenah and promoting the prescription of Rasulullahﷺ.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

AbdulMannan Nizami
Student Darul Iftaa
Chicago, IL, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai

 

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