الثفــاء / حــــرف / CRESS / Habb Al Rashaad

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسي ظُلْماً كثيراً ولا يَغْفِر الذُّنُوبَ إلا أنْتَ فاغْفِر ْلي مَغْفِرةً مِنْ عِندِكَ وارْحَمْني إنَّك أنْتَ الغَفُورُ الرَّحيمُ

Hurf (Cress) ~Habb-al-Rashaad

حرف : قال أبو حنيفة الدينوري‏:‏ هذا هو الحب الذي يتداوى به، وهو الثفاء الذي جاء فيه الخبر عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، ونباته يقال له‏:‏ الحرف، وتسميه العامة‏:‏ الرشاد، وقال أبو عبيد‏:‏ الثفاء‏:‏ هو الحرف‏.‏ قلت‏:‏ والحديث الذي أشار إليه، ما رواه أبو عبيد وغيره، من حديث ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال‏:‏ ‏(‏ماذا في الأمرين من الشفاء ‏؟‏ الصبر والثفاء‏)‏ رواه أبو داود في المراسيل‏.‏

Abu Hanifah Ad-Daynoory said, "Cress seeds are used in remedies and are also called Ath-Thuffaa, which Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam has mentioned. Its plant is called Al-­Hurf, while Habb Al Rashad is its popular name among Arabs. Abu Ubayd said that Ath-Thuffaa is the Hurf.


The Hadith that Abu Hanifah referred to is what Abu Ubayd and other scholars have related from Ibn Abbas Radi Allaho Anh that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam was reported to have said:


"What a cure do the two bitter remedies carry, the Thuffaa and Aloe Vera".


Cress is hot and dry in the third degree, and it heats and relaxes the stomach, removes different types of worms, decomposes the spleen tumors, excites the sexual drive and heals the ulcers of mange and herpes.


When the cress (seed) is used as a bandage along with honey, it will decompose spleen tumors. When it is cooked with Henna, it will extract harmful accumulations in the chest; white taking it as a drink helps against venomous bites and stings.


When it is burnt, its smoke repulses venomous beasts and prevents the hair form falling. In addition, when it is mixed with barley Saweeq (Flour) and vinegar and used as a bandage, it helps the patients of Sciatica and decomposes hot tumors.


Further, when it is used as a bandage with water, it brings the pustules to maturity and helps against flabbiness in various organs, strengthens the sexual drive and works as an appetite stimulant. It also helps against Asthma, hard breathing, relieves the thickness in the spleen, purifies the chest and increases the menstrual flow. It also helps against sciatic nerve and the cavity of the hip, due to the extraction power of the cress when one drinks it or is injected with it. Cress seeds purify the chest and lungs from phlegm.


When Cress seeds are crushed and taken in a drink with warm water, they will work as a laxative, decompose flatulence and help against the pain caused by constipation. Cress also helps against leprosy when it is crushed and used in a drink.


When the cress is blended with vinegar and used as an ointment on leprous skin and on white pigmentation disorder, it helps relieve these conditions. It also relieves headaches that are caused by colds and by phlegm accumulation. When it is fried and drunk (with water), it constipates, especially when it is not crushed, as its consistency will be softened when it is fried.


Galinus said that the strength of the cress is similar to the effectiveness of mustard grains. Hence it could be used to heat the pain in the hip (which is known as Iriq-al-Nasa or Sciatica) and headaches, as each of these symptoms requires heat, similar to mustard seed. Sometimes, cress is mixed with other remedies and used to treat Asthma, as it is known that it dissolves thick mixtures, again just as mustard seed does. It is similar to mustard seed in every respect, but more superior because it is praised by our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam.

 

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