(Continuation from part three, on the scientific findings and preparation method of a prophetic cure – Talbeenah.)
Method of preparation: Talbeenah is a broth or porridge made from whole barley grains. These are inexpensive and can be found at any spice shop or even at supermarkets if you ask around. Many people grind the raw whole grain into a fine powder to make preparation easier. However, it would be easier to grind if boiled and cooked whole and thereafter ground or liquidated into a porridge-like consistency.
My mother – may Allāh bless her – boils a larger amount of the whole grain with water for almost an hour or until it has softened or swelled a little. For easy preparation, she freezes little, individual amounts and when she needs to prepare the actual porridge, she allows it to defrost, adds milk and even ground almonds for additional nutrition, sweetened with honey or sugar, allows it to cook and voila!
Consuming such a porridge for Sehri would also be extremely beneficial Bi-idnillāh. It would adequately substitute your daily nutritional smoothies and cereals altogether.
Dr Sahba' Bunduq, a medical professional and researcher, has confirmed the medical benefits in the consumption of talbeenah after noting the benefits of talbeenah mentioned by Ibne Al Qayyīm and Hāfidh Ibne Hajar رحمهما الله. He also mentioned that it can play an important role in preventing their symptoms from worsening. Reiterating; he mentioned the following diseases; angina, reduction of blood supply and cardiac infection and vascular diseases.
In Fathul Bāri – 9/550, Haafidh Ibn Hajar said, describing talbeenah, ” it is a kind of food that is made from barley flour or bran, to which honey may be added. It is called so because it resembles milk in its whiteness and consistency. (Those of you who are acquainted with Arabic etymology will understand that التلبينة is derived from the word لبن which means milk.) Its advantage is that it is soft and well cooked, not hard and raw.”
Ibne Al Qayyīm, a reputable scholar رحمه الله, has stated: ” If you know the virtue of talbeenah, then think of virtues of barley water, for it is a barley water for them. It is a broth made made from barley flour. The difference between them is that the latter is made from whole grains whereas talbeenah itself is made from its flour, which is additionally beneficial as the properties of barley are released through grinding…” (Zād-al Ma`ād, 4/120)
Those of you that don't know where to purchase the prepared powder or whole grain, inbox me and I'll help you find where it could possibly be found in your locality inshāAllāh.