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Talbina is a meal made from barley flour, formed by adding milk and honey to the dried barley powder. It is called talbina, which comes from the Arabic word laban meaning yogurt (milk/fermented churned milk), because of its resemblance to yogurt, as it is soft and white. [Wikipedia]


`Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) used to recommend talbina for the sick and for the one grieving over a dead person. She ® used to say, “I heard the Messenger (s) saying, ‘The talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.’ ” [Sahih Bukhari (5325)].


`Aisha ® said that whenever one of her relatives died, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She (may Allah be pleased with her) 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 over it. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) would say (to the women),”Eat from it, for I heard the Messenger (s) saying ‘The talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness.’ ” [Sahih Bukhari (5058)].


Hisham’s father (may Allah be pleased with them) said, “`Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) used to recommend Talbina and used to say,’ It is disliked (by the patient) although it is beneficial.” [Sahih Bukhari (5326)].


The Messenger (s) said, “I encourage you to use that which is disliked but beneficial (talbina) for by the One whose hand Muhammad’s soul is in, it cleans the stomach of one of you just as dirt is cleaned from the face with water.” [Mustadrak of Hakim (7455), sahih as Dhahabi mentioned in Talkhis taken from Maktaba Shamilah, See also Mustadrak (8245) whose chain is upon the condition of Bukhari as Dhahabi mentioned].

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Scientific Research



Decreasing the cholesterol level and treating heart diseases:

  New scientific research has proved how important is the wheat in dropping the level of cholesterol in the blood, by provoking many biological processes which are:

The binding of the wheat fibres to the extra cholesterol in the digested food, which decreases its level in the blood.

These fibres in the wheat will proceed to many reactions in the bowel, which produce many acids, absorbed by the bowel, and playing a role in decreasing the level of cholesterol in the blood.

Some of the chemical compositions of the wheat such as: B Glucan, which reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood and increases the immunity effectiveness in the body. Nowadays, the value of any alimentary product is controlled by the presence of B Glucan on it..

The wheat contains products similar to vitamin E called: Tocotrienol, which deactivates the enzymes helping in the production of cholesterol. That is why the vitamin E has a very important role in heart diseases.

  In this way, the Talbina plays an important role in preventing the heart and circulatory system diseases, as it prevents the formation of clots in the arteries, especially the coronary arteries, and therefore avoiding, many heart diseases such as: Angina: chest pain due to low oxygen delivery to the heart muscles “ischemia”, and additionally preventing the heart infarction, which is the death of the heart muscles because of the low blood supply.

  However, for those who already have heart disease, the  Talbina with all the helpful components it contains, can help boost there situation and avoid them reaching a critical stage. And that shows the knowledge of the prophet peace be upon him, when he said that the Talbina helps the heart of the ill people.

A cure for sadness:

  In the past, psychologists used to count on the psychological analysis and its theories in diagnosing the psychological diseases. However, nowadays after the enormous advances in science, neurologists explain sadness by  a chemical failure, as it is proven that some chemical components play an important role in the mood of a human being, such as potassium and magnesium and the antioxidants and others. All these components are present in a wheat grain, and the prophet peace upon him has illustrated this when he said that it takes away the sadness.

  To explain how these components affect the psychological state, we shall mention the most important of these components in the wheat, which are anti sadness:

Metals: both the potassium and the magnesium have an important effect on the nervous connections, which helps smoothing the humour. In the case where the amount of potassium decreases in the body, we will feel unhappy, and this stimulates the stress and nervousness. And as the wheat contains these two important components, it is obvious that the talbina can boost sadness. And we see that these studies use the sentence decreasing the sad feeling, which goes with what the prophet said: go away with your sadness. Which is a proof of how exact were the prophet sayings.

Vitamin B: one of the causes of sadness may be a delay in the physiological process of the transmission of the action potential through the nerves. And this may be due to the lack of vitamin B, that’s why its is usually advised for a person with sorrow, to increase the amount of vitamin B taken from some principle aliments mainly the wheat.

Antioxidants: giving large doses of the talbina, that is rich of antioxidants including Vitamin E and A, helps in curing the cases of sadness in elderly people in a small period of time estimated between one and two months.

Amino acids: the wheat contains the amino acid: tryptophan,   which plays an important role in the formation of the neurotransmitter: Serotonin and this affects very importantly the human temper.

The treatment of Cancer and the delay of aging:

  The wheat grain contains antioxidants, such as vitamin E and A, and studies have shown that antioxidants can repair and prevent any disturbance in the cells, which may provoke a tumour, as it is  very important in protecting the body from the free radicals, which destroy the cell tissues and the DNA, and these free radicals may be considered as the main cause of some cancers and provoke aging.

  9 from 10 doctors agree that the antioxidants can stop many diseases and protect the cell tissues from damage, and delay the aging process in addition of the delay of the disease called the zehimer.

  Allah has also granted the wheat grain, with the natural safe Melatonin, which is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, situated in the brain behind the eyes, and with aging the secretion of this hormone decreases.

  The  Melatonin is so important, because it is able to prevent heart diseases, and decreasing the level of cholesterol in the blood, additionally it helps dropping the blood pressure and it also may affect many diseases, that affect elderly people.

  The Melatonin as well improves the body immunity, and delays the aging and organise the sleep and the waking up.

Treating diabetes and hypertension:

  The dissolved fibres on the wheat grains, contain pektines that dissolve in water in order to delay the digestion and the absorbance of aliments form the food, and therefore control the amount of these aliments in the blood, especially the glucose and prevent its sudden increase in the blood, due to the digested food rich on it.

  From this useful  effect of wheat on the level of glucose on the blood, it is  clear that in general all the products that contain dissolved or non dissolved fibres, that are poor in fat and calories, have almost the same effect so they should be consumed more than other products.

  And because those who have diabetes, are more in risk to have heart disease, the Talbina is a very good protection, to prevent the worsening of the diabetes and its side effects including heart diseases. So the Talbina is Avery good relief for those who have a high level of glucose in there blood.

  Some studies have also shown that eating products rich in potassium prevent high blood pressures, which is one of the components of wheat, which creates a balance between water and the salts in the cell. Also the wheat increases the discharging of urine, and it is known that the drugs with such effect are those used to treat hypertension.

Smoothing and calming the bowel:

  The wheat grain also contains fibres, that do not dissolve in water in the digestive system, however it absorbs huge quantities of it, and stocks it, which increases the weigh of the rests but keeps them soft. Which facilitated there movement through the bowel. In this way the undissolved fibres in the grains activates the movement inside the intestines and helps the rejection of the rests.

  The dissolved fibres work for the same goal, as inside the bowel the bacteria acts on it which increases the amount of the rests, and activates the bowel and as well facilitates the rejection of the rests.

  Some studies have shown the importance of the wheat, in decreasing the risks for  bowel cancer; as the less rests remaining in the bowel and the intestines, the less probable it is to have a tumour. And this may be   due to the bowel bacteria, which acts on the dissolved fibred and the wheat which is rich in the antioxidants.

  Finally, we say that if today many people change from the modern treatment to the traditional, some of them as well turn to the prophetic medicine, and they don’t see it just as a way to seek cure but a way to gain Allah’s love and an opportunity for there sins to be forgiven.” Ayah

Written by : Dr Sahbae BoundokReferences  :

Organic chemical and technological studies on the wheat grains. 1997

PHD thesis, M. Shar Mostapha Kamel, Agriculture department, the University of Cairo.

The book: zad alad fi hadii khairi alibad written by Ibn Alkaim ALjawzia

The book Shamail Alrassoul written by Ibn Kathir.

The book : tratement by the Talbina written by Abd Alkarim Altajouri

The book: the relative medicine ,treating without drugs, written by: Dr Mohamed Almokhaznji

The book:  the food and its role in intelligence written by : Dr Nabil Salim Ali

The book: the relative medicine written by: Harris Mayloin

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Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimullah) describes Talbina as being made from Sawwiq (wholemeal barley flour) cooked in milk or water, or both, and has the consistency of a thin porridge. Since Talbina is cooked with ground barley, it is highly beneficial and nutritious because it can be digested faster and the nutrients are absorbed into the body more effectively.

It is delicious served hot in the mornings for breakfast with a drizzle of honey, particularly on cold days.

Imam Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimullah) also said that "it [Talbina] has relaxation for the heart of the sick person", and it is assumed that this is because it is nutritious and filling and it warms and soothes the stomach. Sorrow and sadness tends to dry up one’s body, particularly the stomach, and of course, lack of wanted to eat food has much to contribute to that. Barley broths and soups help to moisten this dryness and flush away unnecessary accumulations or toxins related to illness. It soothes the body, comes to its defence, reduces tension, balances the different types of liquids and gasses in the body, lifts the spirit and helps the patient regain his/her poise.
Talbina Recipe.
Talbina is made by adding 1-2 tablespoons of barley flour (must be 100% wholegrain barley flour) to one and a half cups of water or milk, or a mixture of both. Add a few grains of salt, then cook and stir on a low heat for 10-15 minutes until the mixture thickens. It can be sweetened with honey and served with a dollop of quince jam if you like.
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