Tibb al-A’imma

Islamic Medical Wisdom

Author: Unknown
Translator: Batool Ispahany
Credit: al-Islam.org

The Measure of Reward for Each Illness

Abu ‘Atab narrated from Muhammad b. Khalaf — and I think al-Husayn [b. Bistam] also related to us — from al-Washsha’ from ‘Abd Allah b. Sinan from Muhammad b. Sinan from al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: “One night’s sleeplessness during an illness that afflicts a believer is [equal to] a year’s worship.”

From him from Ja’far b. Muhammad (عليه السلام) from ‘Ali b. al-Husayn (عليه السلام) from his father (عليه السلام) who said: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say “One night’s fever expiates a year’s sins.”’

By this chain of transmitters from ‘Abd Allah b. Sinan, who said: I was in Mecca and had kept secret something no one but Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, knew. When I arrived in Medina, I called on Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام). He looked at me, then said: “Ask Allah’s forgiveness for that which you have concealed and do not make known.” I said: “I ask Allah’s forgiveness.” He [‘Abd Allah b. Sinan] said: The medial vein (al-‘irq al-madini) on one of my feet (al-rijl) had become prominent. When I bid him [al-Sadiq] farewell— that was before the vein became prominent— he said to me, “Whosoever suffers and is patient, the decree of Allah credits him with a reward of a thousand martyrs.”

‘Abd Allah b Sinan said: When I reached the second stage [on the return journey] the vein became prominent, and I continued suffering for months. When I performed the Hajj the next year, I called on Abu ‘Abd Allah, peace he upon him, and said to him: “Invoke Allah’s protection for my foot.” I told him that this foot was paining me. He replied: “Never mind this foot. Give me your healthy foot and Allah will heal you.” So I stretched the other foot out before him and he invoked Allah’s protection over it. When I stood up and bid him farewell and reached the second stage, the vein became prominent in the foot. I said: “By Allah, he did not protect it, but only caused an affliction.” I suffered for three nights, then Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, cured me and the invocation benefited me.

The invocation is:

بِسْمِ اَلرَّحْمَنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِاسْمِكَ اَلطَّاهِرِ اَلْمُطَهَّرِ اَلْقُدُّوسِ اَلْمُبَارَك
ِO Allah, I ask You by Your Pure, Immaculate, Most Holy and Blessed Name,
اَلَّذِي مَنْ سَأَلَكَ بِهِ أَعْطَيْتَهُ
by Which whoever asks of You, You grant him,
وَ مَنْ دَعَاكَ بِهِ أَجَبْتَهُ
and by Which whoever calls on You, You answer him,
أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ
to bless Muhammad and his family,
وَ أَنْ تُعَافِيَنِي مِمَّا أَجِدُ فِي رَأْسِي
and to heal the suffering in my head (al-ra’s),
وَ فِي سَمْعِي وَ فِي بَصَرِي وَ فِي بَطْنِي وَ فِي ظَهْرِي وَ فِي يَدَيَّ
my hearing (al-sam’), my sight (al-basar), my belly, my back (al-zahr), my hand (al-yad)
وَ فِي رِجْلَيَّ وَ فِي جَسَدِي وَ فِي جَمِيعِ أَعْضَائِي وَ جَوَارِحِيي
my foot, my body (al-jasad), and in all my organs (al-a’da’) and limbs (al-jawarih).
إِنَّكَ لَطِيفٌ لِمَا تَشَاءُ
Surely You are Gracious to whomsoever You will
وَ أَنْتَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
and You are Powerful over all things.
He said: Al-Khazzaz al-Razi narrated from Faddala, from Aban b. ‘Uthman from Abu Hamza al-Thumali from al-Baqir (عليه السلام) from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) who said: ‘Whosoever is afflicted with a pain in his body, let him invoke protection for himself and say:
أَعُوذُ بِعِزَّةِ اَللَّهِ وَ قُدْرَتِهِ عَلَى اَلْأَشْيَاءِ
I take refuge in the Might of Allah and His Power over things.
أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي بِجَبَّارِ اَلسَّمَاءِ
I seek protection for myself in the Omnipotent of the heavens.
أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي بِمَنْ لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اِسْمِهِ دَاءٌ
I seek protection for myself in the One with Whose Name no disease harms.
أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي بِالَّذِي اِسْمُهُ بَرَكَةٌ وَ شِفَاءٌ
I seek refuge for myself in the One Whose Name is a blessing and a cure.
If he recites that, no pain or illness will afflict him.’

‘Ali b. Ibrahim al-Wasiti narrated from Mahbub from Muhammad b. Sulayman al-Awdi from Abu Jarud from Abu Ishaq from al-Harith al-A’war, who said: I complained to Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) of aches and pains in my body. He said: ‘When anyone of you suffers [from pain], let him recite:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اَللَّهِ وَ آلِهِ
In the Name of Allah and by Allah, and blessings of Allah on the Messenger of Allah and his family
أَعُوذُ بِعِزَّةِ اَللَّهِ وَ قُدْرَتِهِ عَلَى مَا يَشَاءُ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أَجِدُ
I take refuge from the evil that I suffer in the Might of Allah and His Power over what He wills
If he recites that, Allah will turn away the affliction from him, if He, the Exalted, wills.’

For Pain in the Head

Sahl b Ahmad narrated from ‘Ali b. Nu’man from Ibn Muskan from ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Qusayr from Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: ‘Whoever suffers from a complaint of the head, let him put his hand on it and recite seven times:

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ اَلَّذِي سَكَنَ لَهُ مَا فِي اَلْبَرِّ وَ اَلْبَحْرُِ
I take refuge in Allah, in Whose trust is that which is on the land and in the sea
وَ مَا فِي اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضُِ
in the heavens and the earth
وَ هُوَ اَلسَّمِيعُ اَلْعَلِيمُُ
and He is the All-hearing, the All-knowing.
He will be relieved of the pain.’

Hariz Abu Ayyub al-Jurjani narrated from Muhammad b. Abu Nasr from Tha’laba from ‘Amr b. Yazid al-Sayqal from Ja’far b. Muhammad b. ‘Ali b. al-Husayn b. ‘Ali b. Abu Talib (عليه السلام) that he [al-Sayqal] said: I complained to him of a pain in my head, and of my suffering from it night and day.
He [Ja’far b. Muhammad] said: ‘Place your hand on it and say seven times:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ اَلَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اِسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي اَلْأَرْضِ وَ لاٰ فِي اَلسَّمٰاءِ
In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing on the earth or in the heavens causes injury.
وَ هُوَ اَلسَّمِيعُ اَلْعَلِيمُ
He is the All-hearing, the All-knowing.
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَجِيرُ بِكَ مِمَّا اِسْتَجَارَ بِهِ مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ لِنَفْسِهِ
O Allah. I seek refuge in You from that which Muhammad [pbuh] sought refuge for himself.
[The pain] will subside, by the authority of Allah, the Exalted.’

‘Ali b. ‘Urwa al-Ahwazi, a narrator of the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt, peace be upon them, narrated from al-Daylami from Dawud al-Raqqi from Musa b. Ja’far (عليه السلام) that he [Dawud] said: I said to him; “O son of the Messenger of Allah, I suffer constantly from a complaint in my head, and sometimes it keeps me awake at nights and distracts me from performing the night prayer.” He replied: “O Dawud, when you experience any of that [pain], pass your hand over it and say:

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ وَ أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي مِنْ جَمِيعِ مَا اِعْتَرَانِي
I take refuge in Allah, and seek protection for my self from all that afflicts me
بِاسْمِ اَللَّهِ اَلْعَظِيمِ وَ كَلِمَاتِهِ اَلتَّامَّاتِ اَلَّتِي لاَ يُجَاوِزُهُنَّ بَرٌّ وَ لاَ فَاجِرٌ
in the Name of Allah, the Mighty, and His Perfect Words, which neither the righteous nor the ungodly can disregard
أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي بِاللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ بِرَسُولِ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ آلِهِ اَلطَّاهِرِينَ اَلْأَخْيَارِ
I seek protection for myself with Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, and with the Messenger of Allah and his family, the pure, the chosen ones.
اَللَّهُمَّ بِحَقِّهِمْ عَلَيْكَ إِلاَّ أَجَرْتَنِي مِنْ شَكَاتِي
O Allah, by their claim over You, protect me from this suffering of mine.

It will not afflict you again.”

Abu Salt al-Harawi narrated from Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) from his father from al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said; ‘Teach our Shi’a to recite the following for a pain in the head:

يَا طَاهِيُّ يَا ذر يَا طمنة يَا طنات
O Taha, O Dharr, O Tamana, O Tannat

They are Sublime Names and have an authority given by Allah, the Exalted and Sublime. Allah will turn that [pain] away from them.’

‘Abd Allah b. Bistam narrated from Ishaq b. Ibrahim from Abu al-Hasan al-‘Askari (عليه السلام) that he [Ishaq] said: I was with him [al-‘Askari] one day when one of our brothers complained to him, saying: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, my family suffers much from this accursed pain.” He asked: “And what is it?” The man replied: “Pains in the head.” He said: “Take a cup of water and recite over it:

أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا ۖ وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّ ۖ أَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ
Have not the unbelievers then beheld that the heavens and the earth were a mass all sewn up, and then We unstitched them and of water fashioned every living thing? Will they not believe? (21:30).

Then drink it and pain will not afflict them, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

Tamim b. Ahmad al-Sayrafi narrated from Muhammad b. Khalid al-Barqi from ‘Ali b. al-Nu’man from Dawud b. Farqad and Mu’alla b. Khunays, who both said: Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: “Combing the hair on the cheeks strengthens the teeth (al-adras); combing the beard dispels infectious diseases (al-waba’); combing loose locks of hair dispels anxieties in the breast (al-sadr); combing the eyebrows is a safeguard against leprosy (al-judham), and combing the head stops phlegm.”

A Medication for Phlegm

He said: ‘Then he described a medication for phlegm. He said: “Take equal party of Byzantine mastic (‘ilk rumi), frankincense (al-kundur), wild thyme (sa’tar), bishop’s weed (al-nankhwah) and fennel flower (al-shuniz). Grind each of them separately into fine powder. Then sift them, put them together, and pound them until they are well mixed. Add honey to the mixture and take the equivalent of a hazelnut (al-bunduqa) of it every day and at night before sleeping, It will be beneficial, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”’

‘Abd Allah b. Mas’ud al-Yamani narrated from at-Taryani from Khalid al-Qammat that ‘Ali b. Musa Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) dictated these ingredients for phlegm. He said: ‘Take the weight of one mithqal of yellow myrobalan (ihlilaj asfar), two mithqal of mustard (khardal) and one mithqal of pyrethrum (‘aqir qarha), Grind them to a fine powder. Brush your teeth with it on an empty stomach (‘ala al-riq). It will cleanse the phlegm, make the breath fragrant, and strengthen the teeth, Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

An Invocation for Headache

Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan al-Sinani from Yunus b. Zabyan from al-Mufaddal b. ’Umar from Abu ’Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: This is an invocation revealed by Jibra’il (عليه السلام) to the Prophet (عليه السلام) when the latter was suffering from a headache (al-suda’). Jibra’il said: “O Muhammad, take refuge from your headache with this invocation, Allah will relieve you of it.” Then he said: “O Muhammad, whosoever takes refuge with this invocation seven times for any pain that afflicts him, Allah will heal him if He wills.

Pass your hand over the painful area and say:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ رَبِّنَا اَلَّذِي فِي اَلسَّمَاءِ تَقَدَّسَ ذِكْرُهُ
In the Name of Allah, our Lord, Whose mention is glorified in the heavens
رَبِّنَا اَلَّذِي فِي اَلسَّمَاءِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ أَمْرُهُ نَافِذٌ مَاضٍ
our Lord Whose command in the heavens and the earth is executed and performed
كَمَا أَنَّ أَمْرَهُ فِي اَلسَّمَاءِ اِجْعَلْ رَحْمَتَكَ فِي اَلْأَرْضِ وَ اِغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَ خَطَايَانَا
Just as Your command is executed in the heavens, bestow Your Mercy on earth, and forgive us our sins and our faults
يَا رَبَّ اَلطَّيِّبِينَ اَلطَّاهِرِينَ أَنْزِلْ شِفَاءً مِنْ شِفَائِكَ وَ رَحْمَةً مِنْ رَحْمَتِكَ عَلَى فُلاَنِ اِبْنِ فُلاَنَةَ وَ تُسَمِّي اِسْمَهُ
O Lord of the good, the pure ones, bestow a cure, and mercy from Your Mercy, on so-and-so, son of so-and-so (and mention his name)

Another invocation for headache:

يَا مُصَغِّرَ اَلْكُبَرَاءِ وَ يَا مُكَبِّرَ اَلصُّغَرَاءِ
O One Who diminishes the great and magnifies the small
وَ يَا مُذْهِبَ اَلرِّجْسِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ مُطَهِّرَهُمْ تَطْهِيراً
O Remover of uncleanliness from Muhammad and his family, and their complete Purifier
صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ اِمْسَحْ مَا بِي مِنْ صُدَاعٍ وَ شَقِيقَةٍ .
Bless Muhammad and his family. Remove what is in me of headache and migraine (al-shaqiqa)

An Invocation for Migraine

Muhammad b. Ibrahim al-Sarraj narrated from Ibn Mahbub from Hisham b. Salim from Habib al-Sijistani – he was older than Hariz al-Sijistani, though Hariz was superior in knowledge to Habib – who said: I complained to al-Baqir (عليه السلام) of a migraine that afflicted me once or twice every week. Al-Baqir said: ‘Place your hand on the side which pains you and say:

يَا ظَاهِراً مَوْجُوداً وَ يَا بَاطِناً غَيْرَ مَفْقُودٍ
O Apparent, Present, O Hidden, but not absent
اُرْدُدْ عَلَى عَبْدِكَ اَلضَّعِيفِ أَيَادِيَكَ اَلْجَمِيلَةَ عِنْدَهُ
answer Your weak servant with Your Gracious Help
وَ أَذْهِبْ عَنْهُ مَا بِهِ مِنْ أَذًى إِنَّكَ رَحِيمٌ وَدُودٌ قَدِيرٌ
Remove from him his pain. Surely You are Compassionate, Loving, All-powerful.
Recite this three times and you will be relieved of the pain Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

Another invocation for migraine: Al-Sayyari narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Ali from Muhammad b. Muslim from ‘Ali b. Abu Hamza from Abu Basir, who said: ‘I heard Muhammad b. ‘Ali b. al-Husayn (عليه السلام) when visiting one of his followers, mention that he was afflicted with a migraine. He cited an invocation similar to the preceding one.’

Another invocation for migraine: ‘Write the following on a paper and attach it to the part which is suffering:

بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ لَسْتَ بِإِلَهٍ اِسْتَحْدَثْنَاكَ وَ لاَ بِرَبِّ يَبِيدُ ذِكْرُكَ وَ لاَ مَلِيكٍ يَشْرَكُكَ قَوْمٌ يَقْضُونَ مَعَكَ وَ لاَ كَانَ قَبْلَكَ مِنْ إِلَهٍ نَلْجَأُ إِلَيْهِ أَوْ نَتَعَوَّذُ بِهِ وَ نَدْعُوهُ وَ نَدَعُكَ وَ لاَ أَعَانَكَ عَلَى خَلْقِنَا مِنْ أَحَدٍ فَيُسْأَلَ فِيكَ سُبْحَانَكَ وَ بِحَمْدِكَ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ وَ اِشْفِهِ بِشِفَائِكَ عَاجِلاً .
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, I bear witness that You are not a god we have invented, nor a lord whose mention has ceased, nor a king with whom people associate partners, nor was there before You a god in whom we took refuge, or sought protection, or prayed to. We pray to You, and no one assists You in our creation or is responsible for You. Glory be to You and Praise! Bless Muhammad and his family. Cure this quickly with your cure.

An Invocation for Pain in the Eye

Ahmad b. Muhammad Abu Ja’far narrated from Ibn Abu ‘Umayr from Abu Ayyub al-Khazzaz from Muhammad b. Muslim from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) from al-Baqir from ‘Ali b. al-Husayn from his father, who said that ‘Ali b. Abu Talib (عليه السلام) said: ‘When the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah be on him and his family, called me on the day of Khaybar, he was told: “O Messenger of Allah, he has inflammation (al-ramad) of the eyes.” The Messenger of Allah said: “Bring him to me.” So I went to him and said: “O Messenger of Allah, I have inflammation of the eyes and cannot see anything.” The Messenger of Allah said:
“Approach me, O ‘Ali.” I approached him and he passed his hand over my eyes and recited:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ وَ اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اَللَّهِ اَللَّهُمَّ اِكْفِهِ اَلْحَرَّ وَ اَلْبَرْدَ وَ قِهِ اَلْأَذَى وَ اَلْبَلاَءَ
In the Name of Allah, and by Allah, and peace be on the Messenger of Allah. O Allah, protect him from the heat and the cold, and preserve him from harm and affliction.

‘Ali peace be upon him, said: I recovered, and by Him Who honoured him with Prophethood, bestowed on him the Message, and chose him over His servants, I felt neither heat nor cold nor pain in my eyes after that.’

He said: ‘Sometimes ‘Ali (عليه السلام) would go out on a bitterly cold winter’s day with a torn shirt. It would be said: “O Amir al-Mu’minin, are you not affected by the cold?” He would reply: “Neither heat nor cold has affected me since the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, protected me with the invocation.” Sometimes he would come out to us on an extremely hot day in a padded garment, and it would be said to him: “Are you not affected as other people are by this severe heat, so that you wear a padded garment?” He would give them the same reply.’

An Invocation for Pain in the Ear

Khirash b. Zuhayr al-Azdi narrated from Muhammad b. Jamhur al-Qummi from Yunus b. Zabyan from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) that he [Yunus] said: I complained to him of pain in one of my ears (al-udhun). He [Abu ‘Abd Allah] said: ‘Place your hand over it, and say seven times:

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ اَلَّذِي سَكَنَ لَهُ مَا فِي اَلْبَرِّ وَ اَلْبَحْرِ وَ اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ وَ هُوَ اَلسَّمِيعُ اَلْعَلِيمُ
I take refuge in Allah, in Whom trust that which is on the land and in the sea, in the heavens and the earth; and He is All-hearing, All-knowing.” It will be cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing.

Aslam b. ‘Amr al-Nusaybi narrated from ‘Ali b. Ibn Rabbayta from Muhammad b. Salman from his father from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) that he recited an invocation of protection similar to this, for one of his companions who had an earache.

Description of a Medication for Pain in the Ear

Take a handful of unhusked sesame (simsim ghayr muqashshar) and a handful of mustard. Grind each of them separately, then mix them together and extract the oil (duhn). Place the oil in a bottle and put an iron seal on it. Whenever you require, put two drops of it in the ear and bind it with a piece of cotton for three days. It will be cured. Allah, the Exalted, willing.

[An Invocation] For A Pebble in the Ear

It was narrated from Bakr from his uncle Sudayr, who said: ‘I took a pebble and scratched my ear with it. It became embedded in my ear. I made every effort to remove it, but neither I nor the medical practitioners could do it. When I performed the Hajj and met al-Baqir (عليه السلام) I complained to him of the pain I had experienced. He said to al-Sadiq (عليه السلام): “O Ja’far, take him by the hand out into the light and have a look.” Al-Sadiq looked into the ear and said: “I do not see anything.” Al-Baqir said: “Approach me.” I approached him and he said:

اَللَّهُمَّ أَخْرِجْهَا كَمَا أَدْخَلْتَهَا بِلاَ مَؤُنَةٍ وَ لاَ مَشَقَّةٍ
O Allah, remove it as You caused it to enter, without trouble or difficulty

Then he said: “Recite that three times.” I recited it. He said: “Put your finger in.” I put my finger in and brought out the pebble. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds.’

Hannan b Jabir al-Filistini narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Ali from Ibn Sinan from ‘Ammar b. Marwan from al-Munkhal from Jabir from Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. ‘Ali (عليه السلام) who said that a man complained to him of deafness (al-samam). Abu Ja’far said: ‘Pass your hand over him and recite:

لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَـٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّـهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ ﴿٢١﴾
If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain thou wouldst have seen it humbled, split asunder out of the fear of God. And We make these examples for men; haply they will reflect
هُوَ اللَّـهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ ۖ هُوَ الرَّحْمَـٰنُ الرَّحِيمُ ﴿٢٢﴾
He is God; there in god but He. He is the knower of the Unseen and the Visible. He is the All-merciful, the All-compassionate.
هُوَ اللَّـهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّـهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ﴿٢٣﴾
He is God. There is no god but He. He is the King, the All-holy, the All-peaceable, the All-faithful, the All-preserver, the All-mighty, the All-compeller, the All-sublime. Glory be to God, above that they associate!
هُوَ اللَّـهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ ﴿٢٤﴾
He is God, the Creator, the Maker, the Shaper. To Him belong the Names Most Beautiful. All that is in the heavens and the earth magnifies Him; He is the All-mighty, the All-wise. (59:21-24)

An Invocation for Pain Afflicting the Mouth

Hariz b. Ayyub al-Jurjani narrated from Abu Samina from ‘Ali b. Asbat from Abu Hamza from Abu Basir from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) that Abu Basir said: One of his [Abu ‘Abd Allah’s] followers complained to him of pain in his mouth (al-fam). Abu ‘Abd Allah said: ‘When that afflicts you, place your hand over it and say:
بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ اَلَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اِسْمِهِ دَاءٌ أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اَللَّهِ اَلَّتِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَهَا شَيْءٌ قُدُّوساً قُدُّوساً قُدُّوساً بِاسْمِكَ يَا رَبِّ اَلطَّاهِرِ اَلْمُقَدَّسِ اَلْمُبَارَكِ اَلَّذِي مَنْ سَأَلَكَ بِهِ أَعْطَيْتَهُ وَ مَنْ دَعَاكَ بِهِ أَجَبْتَهُ أَسْأَلُكَ يَا اَللَّهُ يَا اَللَّهُ يَا اَللَّهُ أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ اَلنَّبِيِّ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ وَ أَنْ تُعَافِيَنِي مِمَّا أَجِدُ فِي فَمِي وَ فِي رَأْسِي وَ فِي سَمْعِي وَ فِي بَصَرِي وَ فِي بَطْنِي وَ فِي ظَهْرِي وَ فِي يَدَيَّ وَ فِي رِجْلَيَّ وَ فِي جَمِيعِ جَوَارِحِي كُلِّهَا
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name illness causes no harm; I take refuge in the Words of Allah, with Which nothing harms, Most Holy. Most Holy, Most Holy. By Your Name, O Lord, the Pure, the Holy, the Blessed, whoever asks You by it, You grant it to him, and whoever calls on You by it, You answer him. I ask You, O Allah, O Allah, O Allah, to bless Muhammad, the Prophet, and his Ahl al-Bayt, and to heal the suffering in my mouth, my head, my hearing, my sight, my belly, my back, my hand, my foot, and in all my limbs.

Your pain will be relieved. Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

An Invocation for Pain in the Teeth

Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Husayn b. [Ahmad] Muhammad al-Khawatimi narrated from al-Husayn b. ‘Ali b. Yaqtin from Hannan al-Sayqal from Abu Basir from Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) that Abu Basir said: I complained to him of pain in my teeth, and that it kept me awake at nights. Abu Ja’far said: “O Abu Basir, when you experience that, place your hand over it, and recite the Surah al-Hamd (1) and the Surah al-Ikhlas (112), then recite:
وَتَرَى الْجِبَالَ تَحْسَبُهَا جَامِدَةً وَهِيَ تَمُرُّ مَرَّ السَّحَابِ ۚ صُنْعَ اللَّـهِ الَّذِي أَتْقَنَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ ۚ إِنَّهُ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَفْعَلُونَ ﴿٨٨﴾
And thou shalt see the mountains, that thou supposest fixed, passing by like clouds – God’s handiwork, who has created everything very well. He is aware of the things you do. (27:88)

The pain will subside, and will not recur.”

Hamdan b. A’yan al-Razi narrated from Abu Talib from Yunus from Abu Hamza from Sama’a b. Mihran from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) that he [Abu ‘Abd Allah] instructed a man to recite the above invocation and added to it, saying: ‘Recite the Surah al-Qadr (97) once. The pain will subside, and will not reoccur.’

[Also for pain in the teeth,] from Amir al-Mu’minin, peace he upon him, that he said: ‘Whoever complains of pain in the teeth, let him take the object on which he performs his prostration, and rub it on the painful area, and say:
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ اَلشَّافِي اَللَّهُ وَ لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ اَلْعَلِيِّ اَلْعَظِيمِ .
In the Name of Allah, and the Healer, Allah; there is no Might nor Power except in Allah, the Most High, the Mighty.

It is reported from Abu al-Hasan (عليه السلام) that he said: ‘My teeth (al-asnan) were hurting me and I applied Cyperus rotundus (al-su’d) to them.’ He said: ‘Wine vinegar (khall al-khumr) strengthens the gums (al-litha).’ He also said: ‘’Take wheat (al-hinta), husk it, and extract the oil. If the tooth is decayed and rotten, put two drops of the oil in it. Put some oil on a piece of cotton and place it in the ear near the tooth for three nights. It will stop [the decay], Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

The Charm for the Tooth

Ibrahim b. Khalid narrated from Ibrahim b. ‘Abd Rabbihi from Tha’laba from Abu Basir from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: ‘This is a charm for the teeth. It is beneficial and will never fail, Allah, the Exalted, willing. Praise .,. [sic] three leaves of the olive tree (al-zaytun), and write on the face of the leaf:
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ لاَ مَلِكَ أَعْظَمُ مِنَ اَللَّهِ مَلَكٌ وَ أَنْتَ لَهُ اَلْخَلِيفَةُ ياهيا شراهيا أَخْرِجِ اَلدَّاءَ وَ أَنْزِلِ اَلشِّفَاءَ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ سَلَّمَ تَسْلِيماً
In the Name of Allah. There is no sovereign mightier than Allah, the King, and you are his Khalifa. Ya Haya Sharahiyya, remove the illness and send the cure, and may Allah bless Muhammad and his family.

Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: ‘“Ya Haya, Sharahiyya”, are two of the Names of Allah, the Exalted, in Hebrew. Write that on the back of the leaf, and tie it in a clean piece of cloth with a thread spun by a maid servant who has not… [sic] and tie seven knots in it and name each knot with the name of one of the prophets— Adam. Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, Isa, Shuayb – and pray for Muhammad and his family, peace be on him and on them, and attach it to it [the tooth]. It will be cured. Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

Jibra’il al-Husayn b. Ali (عليه السلام) [sic]: ‘How amazing it is that a creature eats the bone (al-‘azm) and leaves the flesh (al-lahm).

أَنَا أُرْقِي وَ اَللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ اَلشَّافِي اَلْكَافِي لاٰ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ اَللّٰهُ وَ اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ اَلْعٰالَمِينَ وَ إِذْ قَتَلْتُمْ نَفْساً فَادّٰارَأْتُمْ فِيهٰا وَ اَللّٰهُ مُخْرِجٌ مٰا كُنْتُمْ تَكْتُمُونَ `فَقُلْنٰا اِضْرِبُوهُ بِبَعْضِهٰا تَضَعُ إِصْبَعَكَ عَلَى اَلضِّرْسِ
I make an invocation by Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, the Healer, the All-sufficient. There is no god but Allah, and praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. And when you killed a living soul, and disputed thereon — and God disclosed what you were hiding – so We said: Smite him with part of it .. (2:72-3).
Place your finger on the tooth, then recite this invocation seven times, on both its sides. It will be cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

A Proven Invocation For The Teeth

Recite the Surah al-Hamd (1) the two Suras of taking refuge (al-Falaq (113) and al-Nas (114)), and the Surah al-Ikhlas (112). Say ‘In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate’ with each Surah. After the Surah al-lkhlas (112), say:
بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate,
وَلَهُ مَا سَكَنَ فِي اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ ۚ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ ﴿١٣﴾
And to Him belongs whatsoever inhabits the night and the day, and He is the All-hearing All-knowing (6:13)
قُلْنَا يَا نَارُ كُونِي بَرْدًا وَسَلَامًا عَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ ﴿٦٩﴾ وَأَرَادُوا بِهِ كَيْدًا فَجَعَلْنَاهُمُ الْأَخْسَرِينَ ﴿٧٠﴾
We said: O fire, be cooled and safe for Ibrahim! They desired to outwit him, so We made them the worse losers (21:69-70)
فَلَمَّا جَاءَهَا نُودِيَ أَن بُورِكَ مَن فِي النَّارِ وَمَنْ حَوْلَهَا وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّـهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ ﴿٨﴾
He was called: Blessed is He who is in the fire, and he who is about it. Glory be to God, the Lord of all Being’ (27:8)

Then say after that:

اَللَّهُمَّ يَا كَافِيَ مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَ لاَ يَكْفِي مِنْكَ شَيْءٌ اِكْفِ عَبْدَكَ وَ اِبْنَ أَمَتِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَخَافُ وَ يَحْذَرُ مِنْ هَذَا اَلْوَجَعِ اَلَّذِي يَشْكُوهُ إِلَيْكَ
O Allah, O One Who protects from every thing, and nothing protects You. Protect Your servant and the son of your bondmaid (al-ima’), from the evil of what he fears and is wary of in this pain of which he complains to You.

An Invocation for Coughing

‘Abd Allah b. Muhammad b. Mihran al-Kufi narrated from Ayyub from ‘Amr b. Shimr from Jabir from Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. ‘Ali b. al-Husayn (عليه السلام) from al-Husayn [sic], who said: Amir al-Mu’minin, peace he upon him, said: ‘Whosoever has a complaint of the throat (al-halq) and excessive coughing (al-su’al) and the desperation of his body increases, let him take refuge with these words, which are called ‘the comprehensive’ (al-jami’a), for all things:
اَللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَجَائِي وَ أَنْتَ ثِقَتِي وَ عِمَادِي وَ غِيَاثِي وَ رِفْعَتِي وَ جَمَالِي وَ أَنْتَ مَفْزَعُ اَلْمَفْزَعِينَ لَيْسَ لِلْهَارِبِينَ مَهْرَبٌ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ وَ لاَ لِلْعَالَمِينَ مُعَوَّلٌ إِلاَّ عَلَيْكَ وَ لاَ لِلرَّاغِبِينَ مُرَغَّبٌ إِلاَّ لَدَيْكَ
O Allah, You are my hope, and You are my Trust, my Support, my Succour, my Exalter, my beauty.
You are the Refuge of those who are afraid.
 There is no sanctuary for those who flee except in You.
There is no one on whom human beings can rely except You.
 There is no wish for those who desire except before You.
وَ لاَ لِلْمَظْلُومِينَ نَاصِرٌ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ وَ لاَ لِذِي اَلْحَوَائِجِ مَقْصَدٌ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ وَ لاَ لِلطَّالِبِينَ عَطَاءٌ إِلاَّ مِنْ لَدَيْكَ وَ لاَ لِلتَائِبِينَ مَتَابٌ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ وَ لَيْسَ اَلرِّزْقُ وَ اَلْخَيْرُ وَ اَلْفَرَجُ إِلاَّ بِيَدِكَ حَزَنَتْنِي اَلْأُمُورُ اَلْفَادِحَةُ وَ أَعْيَتْنِي اَلْمَسَالِكُ اَلضَّيِّقَةُ وَ اِحْتَوَشَتْنِي اَلْأَوْجَاعُ اَلْمُوجِعَةُ
There is no helper for the oppressed but You.
There is no object for the needy except You.
There is nothing to be given for the seekers except from You.
There is no place to turn for the repentant except You,
 sustenance and good and deliverance are only in Your Hand.
Oppressive matters have grieved me, difficult straits have wearied me,
and painful ailments have encompassed me.
وَ لَمْ أَجِدْ فَتْحَ بَابِ اَلْفَرَجِ إِلاَّ بِيَدِكَ فَأَقَمْتُ تِلْقَاءَ وَجْهِكَ وَ اِسْتَفْتَحْتُ عَلَيْكَ بِالدُّعَاءِ إِغْلاَقَهُ فَافْتَحْ يَا رَبِّ لِلْمُسْتَفْتِحِ وَ اِسْتَجِبْ لِلدَّاعِي وَ فَرِّجِ اَلْكَرْبَ وَ اِكْشِفِ اَلضُّرَّ وَ سُدَّ اَلْفَقْرَ وَ أَجْلِ اَلْحُزْنَ وَ اِنْفِ اَلْهَمَّ وَ اِسْتَنْقِذْنِي مِنَ اَلْهَلَكَةِ
I do not find the opening of the door of deliverance open except by Your Hand.
Thus I stand before You and seek help from You, with prayer, against its closing.
Open, O Lord, to the one who asks for help, and answer the one who calls out.
Dispel the grief, remove the harm, fulfil the need, remove the sorrow, banish the anxieties, and save me from destruction, for I am on the brink of it.
فَإِنِّي قَدْ أشقيت[أَشْفَيْتُ]عَلَيْهَا وَ لاَ أَجِدُ لِخَلاَصِي مِنْهَا غَيْرَكَ يَا اَللَّهُ يَا مَنْ يُجِيبُ اَلْمُضْطَرَّ إِذٰا دَعٰاهُ وَ يَكْشِفُ اَلسُّوءَ اِرْحَمْنِي وَ اِكْشِفْ مَا بِي مِنْ غَمٍّ وَ كَرْبٍ وَ وَجَعٍ وَ دَاءٍ رَبِّ إِنْ لَمْ تَفْعَلْ لَمْ أَرْجُ فَرَجِي مِنْ عِنْدِ غَيْرِكَ فَارْحَمْنِي يَا أَرْحَمَ اَلرَّاحِمِينَ
I do not find my salvation from it other than in You.
O Allah, O He who answers the constrained, when he calls
unto Him, and removes the evil (27:62),
have mercy on me and remove what is in me of sorrow and grief and pain and illness.
Lord, if You do not, I do not expect my deliverance from other than You.
Have mercy on me, O Most Merciful of the Merciful.
هَذَا مَكَانُ اَلْبَائِسِ اَلْفَقِيرِ هَذَا مَكَانُ اَلْخَائِفِ اَلْمُسْتَجِيرِ هَذَا مَكَانُ اَلْمُسْتَغِيثِ هَذَا مَكَانُ اَلْمَكْرُوبِ اَلضَّرِيرِ هَذَا مَكَانُ اَلْمَلْهُوفِ اَلْمُسْتَعِيذِ هَذَا مَكَانُ اَلْعَبْدِ اَلْمُشْفِقِ اَلْهَالِكِ اَلْغَرِيقِ اَلْخَائِفِ اَلْوَجِلِ
This is the position of the wretched, the poor.
This is the position of one who is afraid, one seeking refuge.
This is the position of one calling for help.
This is the position of the sorrowful, the hurt.
This is the troubled, the one seeking protection.
This is the position of the servant, apprehensive, dying,
drowning, frightened, fearful.
هَذَا مَكَانُ مَنِ اِنْتَبَهَ مِنْ رَقْدَتِهِ وَ اِسْتَيْقَظَ مِنْ غَفْلَتِهِ وَ أَفْرَقَ مِنْ عِلَّتِهِ وَ شِدَّةِ وَجَعِهِ وَ خَافَ مِنْ خَطِيئَتِهِ وَ اِعْتَرَفَ بِذَنْبِهِ وَ أَخْبَتَ إِلَى رَبِّهِ وَ بَكَى مِنْ حَذَرِهِ وَ اِسْتَغْفَرَ وَ اِسْتَعْبَرَ وَ اِسْتَقَالَ وَ اِسْتَعْفَى وَ اَللَّهِ إِلَى رَبِّهِ
This is the position of one who has awakened from his sleep,
been aroused from his forgetfulness,
 recovered from his illness and the severity of
his pain, and is afraid because of his offences.
He acknowledges his sins, is humble before his Lord,
and weeps in fear of Him.
He asks forgiveness, sheds tears, and seeks pardon,
 by Allah, from his Lord.
وَ رَهِبَ مِنْ سَطْوَتِهِ وَ أَرْسَلَ مِنْ عَبْرَتِهِ وَ رَجَا وَ بَكَى وَ دَعَا وَ نَادَى رَبِّ إِنِّي مَسَّنِيَ اَلضُّرُّ فَتَلاَفَنِي قَدْ تَرَى مَكَانِي وَ تَسْمَعُ كَلاَمِي وَ تَعْلَمُ سَرَائِرِي وَ عَلاَنِيَتِي وَ تَعْلَمُ حَاجَتِي وَ تُحِيطُ بِمَا عِنْدِي وَ لاَ يَخْفَى عَلَيْكَ شَيْءٌ مِنْ أَمْرِي مِنْ عَلاَنِيَتِي وَ سِرِّي وَ مَا أُبْدِي وَ مَا يُكِنُّهُ صَدْرِي
He dreads His Power, sheds his tears, and hopes,
weeps, and prays and calls:
Lord, affliction has visited me (21:83) so set me right.
You see my position. You hear my words. Yon know my secret thoughts and my public affairs.
You know my need and You know me thoroughly.
Nothing in my affairs, whether open or secret, apparent or concealed in my breast, is hidden from You.
فَأَسْأَلُكَ بِأَنَّكَ تَلِي اَلتَّدْبِيرَ وَ تَقْبَلُ اَلْمَعَاذِيرَ وَ تُمْضِي اَلْمَقَادِيرَ بِسُؤَالِ مَنْ أَسَاءَ وَ اِعْتَرَفَ وَ ظَلَمَ نَفْسَهُ وَ اِقْتَرَفَ وَ نَدِمَ عَلَى مَا سَلَفَ وَ أَنَابَ إِلَى رَبِّهِ
So I ask You, since You have authority over regulating [affairs], accepting pleas, and fixing destinies, with the request of one who has done wrong and confessed, wronged his soul, and committed crimes.
He has repented for what is past and turned to his Lord.
وَ أَسِفَ وَ لاَذَ بِفِنَائِهِ وَ عَكَفَ وَ أَنَاخَ رَجَاهُ وَ عَطَفَ وَ تَبَتَّلَ إِلَى مُقِيلِ عَثْرَتِهِ[وَ]قَابِلِ تَوْبَتِهِ وَ غَافِرِ حَوْبَتِهِ وَ رَاحِمِ غُرْبَتِهِ وَ كَاشِفِ كُرْبَتِهِ وَ شَافِي عِلَّتِهِ أَنْ تَرْحَمَ تَجَاوُزِي بِكَ وَ تَضَرُّعِي إِلَيْكَ وَ تَغْفِرَ لِي جَمِيعَ مَا أَخْطَأْتُهُ مِنْ كِتَابِكَ وَ أَحْصَاهُ كِتَابُكَ
He has regretted and taken refuge in His courtyard, held back and restrained his desire, and devoted himself to the Revoker of his lapses, the Acceptor of his repentance, the Forgiver of his sins, the One Who has mercy on his state of exile, the Remover of his distress and the Healer of his illness.
Have mercy on my transgressions and my entreaties to You.
Forgive me all my deviations from Your Book which have been counted in Your record.
وَ مَا مَضَى مِنْ عِلْمِكَ مِنْ ذُنُوبِي وَ خَطَايَايَ وَ جَرَائِرِي فِي خَلَوَاتِي وَ فَجَرَاتِي وَ سَيِّئَاتِي وَ هَفَوَاتِي وَ هَنَاتِي وَ جَمِيعِ مَا تَشْهَدُ بِهِ حَفَظَتُكَ وَ كَتَبَتْهُ مَلاَئِكَتُكَ فِي اَلصِّغَرِ وَ بَعْدَ اَلْبُلُوغِ وَ اَلشَّيْبِ وَ اَلشَّبَابِ وَ بِاللَّيْلِ وَ اَلنَّهَارِ وَ اَلْغُدُوِّ وَ اَلْآصَالِ وَ بِالْعَشِيِّ وَ اَلْأَبْكَارِ وَ اَلضُّحَى وَ اَلْأَسْحَارِ وَ فِي اَلْحَضَرِ وَ فِي اَلسَّفَرِ وَ فِي اَلْخَلاَءِ وَ اَلْمَلَإِ وَ أَنْ تَجَاوَزَ عَنْ سَيِّئَاتِي فِي أَصْحٰابِ اَلْجَنَّةِ وَعْدَ اَلصِّدْقِ اَلَّذِي كٰانُوا يُوعَدُونَ
Your past knowledge of my sins, faults, and offences in privacy, my immorality, my evil deeds, my lapses, and all that Your recording angels witness and have written down during childhood and after puberty, in old age and youth, by night and day, early morning and evening, late evening and daybreak, forenoon and dawn, and at home and in travels, in solitude and in public. Overlook my evil deeds among the inhabitants of Paradise the promise of the very truth, which they were promised (46:16).
اَللَّهُمَّ بِحَقِّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ أَنْ تَكْشِفَ عَنِّي اَلْعِلَلَ اَلْغَاشِيَةَ فِي جِسْمِي وَ فِي شَعْرِي وَ بَشَرِي وَ عُرُوقِي وَ عَصَبِي وَ جَوَارِحِي فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ لاَ يَكْشِفُهَا غَيْرُكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ اَلرَّاحِمِينَ وَ يَا مُجِيبَ دَعْوَةِ اَلْمُضْطَرِّينَ
O Allah, by the right of Muhammad and his family, remove from mc the overwhelming illnesses in my body (jismi), my hair (sha’ri), my skin (bashari), my blood vessels (‘uruqi), my nerves (‘asabi), and my limbs, for no one will remove that other than You, O Most Merciful of the Merciful, O Answerer of the call of the distressed.

An Invocation for Anxieties in the Breast

Abu al-Qasim al-Taflisi narrated from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Hariz b. ‘Abd Allah al-Sijistani from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that Hariz said: I said “O son of the Messenger of Allah, I experience anxieties (al-balabil) in my breast and temptations (al-wasawis) in my heart (al-fu’ad) so that I sometimes break off my prayer and become confused in my recitation.” Abu ‘Abd Allah said: “And what about the invocation of Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام)?” I replied: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, teach [it to] me.”
He said: “When you experience something of this, place your hand on it and say:
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ اَللَّهُمَّ مَنَنْتَ عَلَيَّ بِالْإِيمَانِ وَ أَوْدَعْتَنِي اَلْقُرْآنَ وَ رَزَقْتَنِي صِيَامَ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ فَامْنُنْ عَلَيَّ بِالرَّحْمَةِ وَ اَلرِّضْوَانِ وَ اَلرَّأْفَةِ وَ اَلْغُفْرَانِ وَ تَمَامِ مَا أَوْلَيْتَنِي مِنَ اَلنِّعَمِ وَ اَلْإِحْسَانِ يَا حَنَّانُ يَا مَنَّانُ يَا دَائِمُ يَا رَحْمَانُ سُبْحَانَكَ وَ لَيْسَ لِي أَحَدٌ سِوَاكَ سُبْحَانَكَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ بَعْدَ هَذِهِ اَلْكَرَامَاتِ مِنَ اَلْهَوَانِ وَ أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تُجْلِيَ عَنْ قَلْبِي اَلْأَحْزَانَ
In the Name of Allah and by Allah. O Allah, You have blessed me with faith, and entrusted me with the Qur’an, and bestowed on me fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Grant me mercy and acceptance and compassion and forgiveness and all that You have conferred on me of blessings and beneficence.
O Compassionate. O Benefactor, O Everlasting, O Merciful, Glory be to You. I have no one but You, Glory be to You. I take refuge in You, after these expressions of esteem, from abasement. I ask You to remove the sorrows from my heart.

Repeat this three times and you will be cured of it, with the help of Allah, the Exalted. Then bless the Prophet, blessings of Allah upon him, and mercy and blessings upon his family.”

An Invocation for a Pain in the Belly

Al-Husayn b. Bistam narrated from Muhammad b. Khalaf from al-Washsha’ from ‘Abd Allah b. Sinan from Ja’far b. Muhammad (عليه السلام) from his grandfather (عليه السلام) who said: A man complained to the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him and his family, and said: “O Messenger of Allah, I have a brother who has a complaint of the belly.” The Prophet replied: “Tell your brother to take a drink of honey with hot water.” The man returned to him the next day and said: “O Messenger of Allah, I gave him the drink but he did not benefit from it.” The Messenger of Allah said: “Allah has said the truth, and the belly of your brother has lied. Go, and give your brother the drink of honey and invoke for him the Surah al-Fatiha (1) seven times.” When the man left, the Prophet said: “O ‘Ali, the brother of this man is a hypocrite. Whosoever is such, the drink will not benefit him.”

A man complained to Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) of pain in the belly. He instructed him to drink hot water and say:

يَا اَللَّهُ يَا اَللَّهُ يَا اَللَّهُ يَا رَحْمَانُ يَا رَحِيمُ يَا رَبَّ اَلْأَرْبَابِ يَا إِلَهَ اَلْآلِهَةِ يَا مَلِكَ اَلْمُلُوكِ يَا سَيِّدَ اَلسَّادَاتِ اِشْفِنِي بِشِفَائِكَ مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ وَ سُقْمٍ فَإِنِّي عَبْدُكَ وَ اِبْنُ عَبْدِكَ أَتَقَلَّبُ فِي قَبْضَتِكَ .
O Allah, O Allah, O Allah, O Merciful, O Compassionate, O Lord of the lords. O God of the gods, O King of the kings, O Master of the masters. Heal me with Your cures from every disease and illness, for I am Your servant and the son of Your servant; I turn about in Your grasp.

Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Khawatimi narrated from Ibn Yaqtin from Hassan al-Sayqal from Abu Basir, who said: A man complained to Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) of pain of the navel (al-surra). Al-Sadiq told him: “Go, and put your hand on the painful area and say three times:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِالذِّكْرِ لَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ ۖ وَإِنَّهُ لَكِتَابٌ عَزِيزٌ ﴿٤١﴾ لَّا يَأْتِيهِ الْبَاطِلُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَلَا مِنْ خَلْفِهِ ۖ تَنزِيلٌ مِّنْ حَكِيمٍ حَمِيدٍ ﴿٤٢﴾
Surely it is a Book Sublime. Falsehood comes not to it from before it nor from behind it. A revelation from One All-wise, All-Praiseworthy (41:41-2)

You will be cured, Allah willing.”

Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: “There is not one among the believers who complains of any illness and recites with sincere intention, while passing his hand over the area of the illness:

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۙ وَلَا يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا خَسَارًا ﴿٨٢﴾
We send down of the Qu’ran that which is a cure and a mercy to the believers. The unbelievers it increases not except in loss (17:82)

but that he is cured of that illness, whatever it may be. The truth of that is confirmed in the verse, where it says, a cure and a mercy to the believers.”

An Invocation and Medication for Pain of the Waist

Hariz b. Ayyub narrated from Abu Samina from ‘Ali b. Asbat from Abu Hamza from Hamran b. A’yan, who said: A man questioned Muhammad b. ‘Ali al-Baqir (عليه السلام) saying: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, I suffer from severe pain in the waist (al-khasira) and have treated it with many remedies, but it has not been cured.”
Al-Baqir said: “What about the invocation of Amir al-Mu’minin?” The man replied: “And what is that, O son of the Messenger of Allah?” He said: “When you complete your prayers, put your hand on the place of prostration, stroke it, and say:
أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثًا وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لَا تُرْجَعُونَ ﴿١١٥﴾ فَتَعَالَى اللَّـهُ الْمَلِكُ الْحَقُّ ۖ لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ ﴿١١٦﴾ وَمَن يَدْعُ مَعَ اللَّـهِ إِلَـٰهًا آخَرَ لَا بُرْهَانَ لَهُ بِهِ فَإِنَّمَا حِسَابُهُ عِندَ رَبِّهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُفْلِحُ الْكَافِرُونَ ﴿١١٧﴾ وَقُل رَّبِّ اغْفِرْ وَارْحَمْ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ ﴿١١٨﴾
What, did you think that We created you only for sport, and that you would not be returned to Us? Then high exalted be God, the King, the True! There is no god but He, the Lord of the noble Throne. Whosoever calls upon another god with God, whereof he has no proof, his reckoning is with his Lord. Surely the unbelievers shall not prosper. And say: My Lord, forgive and have mercy, for Thou art the best of the merciful (23:115-18)

The man said: “I did that and the pain subsided, praise be to Allah, the Exalted.”

Muhammad b. Ja’ far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: ‘The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Drink lovage (al-kashim), for it is good for pain of the waist.”’
Also from him from Muhammad b. Yahya from Yunus b. Zabyan from Jabir from Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام) who said Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said: “Whoever wishes that food may not harm him, let him not eat until he is hungry and his abdomen (al-ma’ida) is cleansed. When he eats, let him take the Name of Allah and chew well and let him stop eating while he still has an appetite for it [food] and wants it.”
‘Abd Allah b. Bistam narrated from Muhammad b. Razin from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Hariz from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) who said: “Whoever wishes for the eternal life in the next world, and not for permanence in this world, let him wear light clothes, eat early, and have intercourse (al-mujami’a) with women less frequently.”

An Invocation for Pain of the Spleen

Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah b. Mihran al-Kufi narrated from Ayyub from Umar b. Shimr from Jabir from Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام) who said: A man from Khurasan came to ‘Ali b. al-Husayn (عليه السلام) and said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, I performed the Hajj and resolved to call on you upon my departure, for I have a pain in the spleen (al-tihal). Pray for me to be relieved of it.”
‘Ali b. al-Husayn replied: “Allah has protected you from that, praise be to Him. When you experience the pain, write this verse with saffron (al-za’faran) mixed with the water of [the] Zamzam [spring in Mecca], and drink it. Allah, the Exalted, will drive away that pain from you:
قُلِ ادْعُوا اللَّـهَ أَوِ ادْعُوا الرَّحْمَـٰنَ ۖ أَيًّا مَّا تَدْعُوا فَلَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ وَلَا تَجْهَرْ بِصَلَاتِكَ وَلَا تُخَافِتْ بِهَا وَابْتَغِ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ سَبِيلًا ﴿١١٠﴾ وَقُلِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ الَّذِي لَمْ يَتَّخِذْ وَلَدًا وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ شَرِيكٌ فِي الْمُلْكِ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ وَلِيٌّ مِّنَ الذُّلِّ ۖ وَكَبِّرْهُ تَكْبِيرًا ﴿١١١﴾
Say: Call upon God, or call upon the Merciful whichsoever you call upon, to Him belong the Names Most Beautiful. And be thou not loud in thy prayer, nor hushed therein, but seek thou for a way between that. And say: Praise belongs to God, who has not taken to Him a son, and who has not any associate in the Kingdom, nor any protector out of humbleness. And proclaim His greatness magnifying (Him). (17:110-11)

Write the following on the parchment of a gazelle (ghazal) and attach it to your left arm (al-‘adud) for seven days and the pain will abate: . . .”

لا س س س ح ح دم كرم ل له ومحي حح لله صر ه
ر ححب سي حجحت عشره به هك ان عنها ح حل
يصر س هو بوا اميوا مسعوف

Ahmad b. Yazid narrated from al-Sahhaf al-Kufi from Musa b. Ja’far (عليه السلام) from al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) from al-Baqir (عليه السلام) that he said: ‘One of his followers complained to al-Baqir of pain in the spleen. He had treated it with every remedy but its evil increased every day until he was on the threshold of death. Al-Baqir said to him: “Buy a piece of leek (al-kurrath) and fry it well in Arab clarified butter (saman ‘arabi). Give it for three days to the one who has this pain. If that is done, he will be cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”’

An Invocation for Pain in the Bladder

Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan al-Sinani from al-Mufaddal b. ‘Umar from Muhammad b. Isma’il from Abu Zaynab, who said: One of our brothers complained to Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) of pain in the bladder (al-mathana). Al-Sadiq said: “Seek protection for it with these verses three times before you sleep, and once when you awaken, and you will not experience the pain after that:
مَا نَنسَخْ مِنْ آيَةٍ أَوْ نُنسِهَا نَأْتِ بِخَيْرٍ مِّنْهَا أَوْ مِثْلِهَا ۗ أَلَمْ تَعْلَمْ أَنَّ اللَّـهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ ﴿١٠٦﴾ أَلَمْ تَعْلَمْ أَنَّ اللَّـهَ لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۗ وَمَا لَكُم مِّن دُونِ اللَّـهِ مِن وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ ﴿١٠٧﴾
Knowest thou not that God is powerful over everything? Knowest thou not that to God belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and that you have none, apart from God, neither protector nor helper?” (2:106-7)

The man said: “I did that and did not experience the pain again.”

An Invocation for Pain in the Back

Al-Khidr b Muhammad narrated from al-Hawarini from Faddala from Aban b. ’Uthman from lbn Abu Hamza al-Thumali from Abu Ja’far Muhammad al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: ‘A man from Hamdan complained to Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) of a pain in the back and that he had sleepless nights [because of it]. He said: “Put your hand on the area that pains you and recite three times:
وَمَا كَانَ لِنَفْسٍ أَن تَمُوتَ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّـهِ كِتَابًا مُّؤَجَّلًا ۗ وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الدُّنْيَا نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا وَمَن يُرِدْ ثَوَابَ الْآخِرَةِ نُؤْتِهِ مِنْهَا ۚ وَسَنَجْزِي الشَّاكِرِينَ ﴿١٤٥﴾
It is not given to any soul to die save by the leave of God, at an appointed time. Whoever desires the reward of this world, We will give him of this. Whosoever desires the reward of the other world, We will give him of that. We will recompense the thankful (3:145)

Then recite the Sura al-Qadr (97) seven times and you will be cured of it, if Allah, the Exalted, wills.”’

An Invocation for Pain of the Thighs

Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Katib narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah al-Za’farani from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Amir a-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) who said: ‘When one of you suffers from pain of the thighs (al-fakhdhan), let him sit in a large vessel or basin of heated water and place his hand there [on his thighs] and recite:
أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا ۖ وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّ ۖ أَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ ﴿٣٠﴾
Have not the unbelievers then beheld that the heavens and earth were a mass all sewn up, and then We unstitched them and of water fashioned every living thing? Will they not believe? (21:30)

An Invocation for Pain of the Genitals

With this chain of transmitters (al-isnad) from Hariz al-Sijistani, who said: I performed the Hajj and called on Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) in Medina, and al-Mu’alla b. Khunays, may Allah have mercy on him, was complaining to him of pain in the genitals (al-farj). Al-Sadiq said to him: “You exposed your privy parts (al- ‘aura) on some occasion and Allah has punished you with this pain. But seek protection for it with the invocation which Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) gave Abu Wa’ila, after which it [the pain] did not recur.” Al-Mu’alla asked; “O son of the Messenger of Allah, what is the invocation?” He replied: “Put your left hand on them and say three times:
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ بَلىٰ مَنْ أَسْلَمَ وَجْهَهُ لِلّٰهِ وَ هُوَ مُحْسِنٌ فَلَهُ أَجْرُهُ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِ وَ لاٰ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَ لاٰ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْلَمْتُ وَجْهِي إِلَيْكَ وَ فَوَّضْتُ أَمْرِي إِلَيْكَ لاَ مَلْجَأَ وَ لاَ مَنْجَى مِنْكَ إِلاَّ إِلَيْكَ
In the name of Allah, and by Allah,
Nay, but whosoever submits his will to God, being a good-doer, his wage is with his Lord, and no fear shall be on them, neither shall they sorrow (2:112).
O Allah, I have submitted myself to You and entrusted my affairs to You. There is no refuge or security from You except in You.

You will be cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

An Invocation for Pain of the Legs

Khaddash b. Sabra narrated from Muhammad b. Jamhur from Safwan Bayya’ al-Sabiri from Salim b. Muhammad, who said: I complained to al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) of pain in my legs (al-saqayn) and that it had prevented me from pursuing my affairs and earning my living. He said: “Recite an invocation of protection over them.” I asked: “With what, O son of the Messenger of Allah?” He said: “With this verse. Recite it seven times and you will be cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing:
وَاتْلُ مَا أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ مِن كِتَابِ رَبِّكَ ۖ لَا مُبَدِّلَ لِكَلِمَاتِهِ وَلَن تَجِدَ مِن دُونِهِ مُلْتَحَدًا ﴿٢٧﴾
Recite what has been revealed to thee of the Book of thy Lord; no man can change His words. Apart from Him, thou wilt find no refuge. (18:27)

He said: I recited the invocation over them seven times, as he had instructed me, and I never experienced the pain again.

An Invocation and Medications for Hemorrhoids

Al-Hawarini al-Razi narrated from Safwan b. Yahya al-Sabiri – and he is not Safwan al-Jammal – from Ya’qub b. Shu’ayb from Aban b. Taghlab from ‘Abd al-‘Ala’ from Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) who said: ‘Whosoever seeks protection from haemorrhoids with this invocation will be protected from its evil, Allah, the Exalted willing. It is:
يَا جَوَادُ يَا مَاجِدُ يَا رَحِيمُ يَا قَرِيبُ يَا مُجِيبُ يَا بَارِئُ يَا رَاحِمُ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ وَ اُرْدُدْ عَلَيَّ نِعْمَتَكَ وَ اِكْفِنِي أَمْرَ وَجَعِي
O Magnanimous, O Exalted, O Compassionate, O Near, O Responder, O Creator, O Merciful, bless Muhammad and his family, and bestow on me Your blessing, and protect me from my pain.

He will be cured of it, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing.’

Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah b. Mihran al-Kufi narrated from Isma’il b. Yazid from ‘Amr b. Yazid al-Sayqal, who said: I called on Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) and asked him about a man who had severe haemorrhoids. He had been prescribed a bowl of strong wine (al-nabidh) and he did not want to take it for the enjoyment of it but as a medication.
Abu ‘Abd Allah said: “No, not a mouthful.” I asked: “Why?” He replied: “It is forbidden. Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, does not create a medication or cure in anything He has forbidden.
“Take a white leek and cut off its white head. Do not wash it or cut it up into small pieces Take fat from the hump of the camel (al-sinam), melt it, and pour it over the leek. Take ten walnuts (jawzat) shell them, and grind them with the weight of ten dirhams of Persian cheese (jibn farsi). Put the leek on the fire. When it is well cooked, add the walnuts and cheese to it and remove it from the fire. Eat it on an empty stomach with bread, for three days or seven days, and abstain from other food. After it, take a little roasted savin (abhal) with bread and shelled walnuts. After the fat of the camel’s hump and the leek, take, in the Name of Allah, half an awqiya of sesame oil (shiraj) on an empty stomach, and an awqiya of [the resin of the] male storax [tree] (kundur dhakar). Grind and drink it. After that take another half awqiya of sesame oil. Take it for three days and delay your eating until after noon. You will be cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

An Invocation For Pain Of The Feet

Hannan b. Jabir narrated from Muhammad b ‘Ali al-Sayrafi from at-Husayn al-Ashqar from ‘Amr b. Abu al-Miqdam from Muhammad al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: ‘I was with al-Husayn b. ‘Ali (عليه السلام) when one of our Shi’a from the Bani Umayya came to him and said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, I was hardly able to walk to you because of the pain in my feet.” He said: “What about the invocation of al-Husayn b. ‘Ali?” The man said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, and what is that?” He replied: “The verses are:
إِنَّا فَتَحْنَا لَكَ فَتْحًا مُّبِينًا ﴿١﴾
Surely We have given thee a manifest victory
لِّيَغْفِرَ لَكَ اللَّـهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِن ذَنبِكَ وَمَا تَأَخَّرَ وَيُتِمَّ نِعْمَتَهُ عَلَيْكَ وَيَهْدِيَكَ صِرَاطًا مُّسْتَقِيمًا ﴿٢﴾
that God may forgive thee thy former and thy latter sins, and complete His blessing upon thee, and guide thee on a straight path,
وَيَنصُرَكَ اللَّـهُ نَصْرًا عَزِيزًا ﴿٣﴾
and that God may help thee with mighty help.
قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ لِيَزْدَادُوا إِيمَانًا مَّعَ إِيمَانِهِمْ ۗ وَلِلَّـهِ جُنُودُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّـهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا ﴿٤﴾
It is He who sent down the tranquility into the hearts of the believers, that, they might add faith to their faith — to God belong the hosts of the heavens and the earth; God is All-knowing, All-wise —
لِّيُدْخِلَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا وَيُكَفِّرَ عَنْهُمْ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ ۚ وَكَانَ ذَٰلِكَ عِندَ اللَّـهِ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا ﴿٥﴾
and that He may admit the believers, men and women and women alike, into gardens underneath which rivers flow, therein to dwell forever, and acquit them of their evil deeds. That is in God’s sight a mighty triumph
وَيُعَذِّبَ الْمُنَافِقِينَ وَالْمُنَافِقَاتِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ وَالْمُشْرِكَاتِ الظَّانِّينَ بِاللَّـهِ ظَنَّ السَّوْءِ ۚ عَلَيْهِمْ دَائِرَةُ السَّوْءِ ۖ وَغَضِبَ اللَّـهُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَنَهُمْ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا ﴿٦﴾
that He may chastise the hypocrites, men and women alike, and the idolaters, men and women alike, and those who think evil thoughts of God. Against them shall be the evil turn of fortune. God is wroth with them, and has cursed them, and has prepared for them Hell – -an evil homecoming!
وَلِلَّـهِ جُنُودُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّـهُ عَزِيزًا حَكِيمًا ﴿٧﴾
To God belong the hosts of the heavens and the earth; God is All-mighty, All-Wise (48:1-7)

The man said: “I did as he instructed and did not experience any of the pain after that, with the help of Allah, the Exalted.”’

An Invocation for the Hamstring and the Sole of the Foot

Abu ‘Atab ‘Abd Allah b. Bistam narrated from Ibrahim b. Muhammad al-Awdi from Safwan al-Jammal from Ja’far b. Muhammad from his father from ‘Ali b. al-Husayn (عليه السلام) who said: A man complained to Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Husayn b. ‘Ali, peace he upon him, and said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, I suffer from pain in my hamstring (al-urqub) which prevents me from standing up for prayer.” He said: “What prevents you from [reciting] the invocation?” He replied: “I do not know it.”
He said: “When you experience the pain, place your hand there and say: ‘In the Name of Allah, and by Allah, and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family.’ Then recite over it:
وَمَا قَدَرُوا اللَّـهَ حَقَّ قَدْرِهِ وَالْأَرْضُ جَمِيعًا قَبْضَتُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَالسَّمَاوَاتُ مَطْوِيَّاتٌ بِيَمِينِهِ ۚ سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ﴿٦٧﴾
They measure not God with His true measure. The earth altogether shall be His handful on the Day of Resurrection, and the heavens shall he rolled up in His right hand. Glory be to Him! High be He exalted above that they associate! (39:67)

The man did that and Allah, the Exalted, healed him.

An Invocation for Swelling in all the Joints

Al-Hasan b. Salih al-Mahmudi narrated from Abu ‘Amr b. Shimr from Jabir b. Yazid al-Ju’fi from Muhammad b. ‘Ali b. al-Husayn (عليه السلام) who said: “O Jabir.” I [Jabir] replied: “At your service, O son of the Messenger of Allah.” He said: “Recite over every swelling (al-waram) the end of the Surah al-Hashr:
لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَـٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّـهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ ﴿٢١﴾
If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, thou wouldst have seen it humbled, split asunder out of the fear of God. And those similitudes — We strike them for men; haply they will reflect.
هُوَ اللَّـهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ ۖ هُوَ الرَّحْمَـٰنُ الرَّحِيمُ ﴿٢٢﴾
He is God, there is no god but He. He is the knower of the Unseen and the Seen; He is the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate.
هُوَ اللَّـهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّـهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ﴿٢٣﴾
He is God; there is no god but He. He is the King, the All-holy, the All-peaceable, the All-faithful, the All-preserver, the All-mighty, the All-compeller, the All-sublime. Glory be to God, above, that they associate!
هُوَ اللَّـهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ ﴿٢٤﴾
He is God, the Creator, the Maker, the Shaper. To Him belong the Names Most Beautiful All that is in the heavens and the earth magnifies Him. He is the All-mighty, the All-wise (59:21-24)

Recite it three times over the swelling, and it will subside, Allah, the Exalted, willing.

“Take a knife and pass it over the swelling and say:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ أَرْقِيكَ مِنَ الجد[اَلْحَدِّ]وَ اَلْحَدِيدِ وَ مِنْ أمر[أَثَرِ] اَلْعُودِ وَ مِنَ اَلْحَجَرِ اَلْمَلْبُودِ وَ مِنْ عِرْقِ اَلْعَاقِرِ وَ مِنْ وَرَمِ الآخر[اَلْآجَرِ]وَ مِنَ اَلطَّعَامِ وَ عَقْدِهِ وَ مِنَ اَلشَّرَابِ وَ بَرْدِهِ اِمْضِ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ إِلَى أَجَلٍ مُسَمًّى فِي اَلْإِنْسِ وَ اَلْأَنْعَامِ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ فَتَحْتُ وَ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ خَتَمْتُ
In the Name of Allah, I charm you from affliction and iron and an affair of recurring grief and from the matted stone and from the root of a barren tree (‘irq al-‘aqir), and from another swelling, and from food and its ganglia (al-‘aqd), and from drink and its coldness. Pass, with the will of Allah, for a time to humans and cattle, In the Name of Allah I begin, and in the Name of Allah I end.

Then drive the knife into the earth.”

An Invocation to Neutralize Spells

‘Abd Allah b. al-‘Ala al-Qazwini narrated from Ibrahim b. Muhammad from Hammad b. ‘Isa b. Ya’qub from Imran b.Maytham from Ubaya b Rab’i al-Asadi, that he heard Amir al-Mu’minin, blessings of Allah be on him, instruct one of his companions, when the latter complained of spells (al-sihr). He said: ‘Write [the following] on the parchment of a gazelle and fasten it to yourself. The spell will not harm you and its strategems will not affect you.
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ مَا شَاءَ اَللَّهُ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ
In the Name of Allah, and by Allah; in the Name of Allah, and what Allah wills. In the Name of Allah, there is neither might nor power except with Allah.
فَلَمَّا أَلْقَوْا قَالَ مُوسَىٰ مَا جِئْتُم بِهِ السِّحْرُ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ سَيُبْطِلُهُ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يُصْلِحُ عَمَلَ الْمُفْسِدِينَ ﴿٨١﴾
Musa said, What you have brought is spells. God will assuredly bring it to naught. God sets not right the work of those who do corruption (10:81)
فَوَقَعَ الْحَقُّ وَبَطَلَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ ﴿١١٨﴾ فَغُلِبُوا هُنَالِكَ وَانقَلَبُوا صَاغِرِينَ ﴿١١٩﴾
So the truth came to pass, and false was proved what they were doing. So they were vanquished there, and they turned about, humbled (7:118-19)

Muhammad b. Musa al-Rab’i narrated from Muhammad b. Mahbub from ‘Abd Allah b. Ghalib from Sa’d b. Zarif from al-Asbagh b. Nubata from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) that al-Asbagh said: I took this invocation from him. He said to me: ‘O Asbagh, this is an invocation for spells and fear (al-khauf) of the ruler (al-sultan). Recite it seven times:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ سَنَشُدُّ عَضُدَكَ بِأَخِيكَ وَ نَجْعَلُ لَكُمٰا سُلْطٰاناً فَلاٰ يَصِلُونَ إِلَيْكُمٰا بِآيٰاتِنٰا أَنْتُمٰا وَ مَنِ اِتَّبَعَكُمَا اَلْغٰالِبُونَ
In the Name of Allah, and by Allah. We will strengthen thy arm by means of thy brother, and We shall appoint to you an authority, so that they shall not reach you because of Our signs; you and whoso follows you, shall be the victors (28:35)

Recite it seven times over water when you have completed the night prayer (salat al-layl) and before you begin the morning prayer (salat al-nahar). It [spells] will not harm you, Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

An Invocation for a Woman Experiencing Difficulty in Childbirth

Al-Khawatimi narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Ali al-Sayrafi from Muhammad b. Aslam from al-Hasan b. Muhammad al-Hashimi from Aban b. Abu al-‘Ayyash from Salim b. Qays al-Hilali from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) who said: ‘I know of two verses in the revealed Book of Allah, prescribed for a woman experiencing difficulty (al-‘usr) in childbirth (al-wilada). Write them on the parchment of a gazelle and fasten it to her groin (al-haqw). Write seven times:
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّ مَعَ اَلْعُسْرِ يُسْراً إِنَّ مَعَ اَلْعُسْرِ يُسْراً
In the Name of Allah, and by Allah, Truly with hardship comes ease, truly with hardship comes ease (94.5-6)

‘Write once:

يٰا أَيُّهَا اَلنّٰاسُ اِتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّ زَلْزَلَةَ اَلسّٰاعَةِ شَيْءٌ عَظِيمٌ `يَوْمَ تَرَوْنَهٰا تَذْهَلُ كُلُّ مُرْضِعَةٍ عَمّٰا أَرْضَعَتْ وَ تَضَعُ كُلُّ ذٰاتِ حَمْلٍ حَمْلَهٰا وَ تَرَى اَلنّٰاسَ سُكٰارىٰ وَ مٰا هُمْ بِسُكٰارىٰ وَ لٰكِنَّ عَذٰابَ اَللّٰهِ شَدِيدٌ
O men, fear your Lord! Surely the earthquake of the Hour is a mighty thing. On the day when you behold it, every suckling woman shall neglect the child she has suckled, and every pregnant woman shall deposit her burden, and thou shalt see mankind drunk, yet they are not drunk, but God’s chastisement is terrible (22:1-2)

‘Write [the following] on a paper and tie it with an untwisted fibre of flax (kattan) and fasten it on to her left thigh. When she has given birth, cut it off at once and do not delay in doing it.

Write:

حين[حَنَّى]وَلَدَتْ مَرْيَمَ وَ مَرْيَمُ وَلَدَتْ حي[حَيّاً]يَا حَيُّ اِهْبِطْ إِلَى اَلْأَرْضِ اَلسَّاعَةَ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ تَعَالَى .
At the time when Maryam gave birth, Maryam brought forth a living [being]. O living [being], come down to the earth immediately, by the will of Allah, the Exalted.

An Invocation for a Child Who Cries Often, for One Afraid of the Night, And for a Woman Sleepless From Pain

فَضَرَبْنَا عَلَىٰ آذَانِهِمْ فِي الْكَهْفِ سِنِينَ عَدَدًا ﴿١١﴾ ثُمَّ بَعَثْنَاهُمْ لِنَعْلَمَ أَيُّ الْحِزْبَيْنِ أَحْصَىٰ لِمَا لَبِثُوا أَمَدًا ﴿١٢﴾
Then We smote their ears many years in the Cave. Afterwards We raised them up again, that We might know which of the two parties would better calculate the while they had tarried (18:11-12)

Abu al-Mu’izz al-Wasiti narrated from Muhammad b. Sulayman from Marwan b. al-Jahm from Muhammad b. Muslim from Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام) from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) that he said that.

An Invocation for a Stubborn Beast

Hatim b. ‘Abd Allah al-Azdi narrated from Abu Ja’far al-Maqri, the Imam of the mosque of al-Kufa, from Jabir b. Rashid from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he [Jabir] said: While we were on a journey, al-Sadiq noticed a man looking gloomy and dejected. He asked him: “What is wrong with you?” He replied: “My beast (al-dabba) is stubborn (harun).” He [al-Sadiq] said: “Woe be to you, recite this verse in her ear:
أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا أَنَّا خَلَقْنَا لَهُم مِّمَّا عَمِلَتْ أَيْدِينَا أَنْعَامًا فَهُمْ لَهَا مَالِكُونَ ﴿٧١﴾ وَذَلَّلْنَاهَا لَهُمْ فَمِنْهَا رَكُوبُهُمْ وَمِنْهَا يَأْكُلُونَ ﴿٧٢﴾
Have they not seen how that We have created for them of that Our hands wrought of cattle that they own? We have subdued them to them, and some of them they ride, and some they eat (36:71-2)

An Invocation for a Journey

‘Ali b. ‘Urwa al-Ahwazi narrated from al-Daylami from Dawud al-Raqqi, from Musa b. Ja’far, peace he upon him, who said: “Whoever is on a journey (al-safar) and fears thieves (al-lusus) and predatory animals (al-sab’) let him write on the mane (al-‘urf) of his beast:
لَّا تَخَافُ دَرَكًا وَلَا تَخْشَىٰ ﴿٧٧﴾
Fearing not overtaking, neither afraid (20:77)

He will be safe, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing.”

Dawud al-Raqqi said: I performed the Hajj, and when we were in the desert, a group of Bedouins waylaid the caravan in which I was. I wrote on the mane of my camel (al-jamal):

لَّا تَخَافُ دَرَكًا وَلَا تَخْشَىٰ ﴿٧٧﴾
Fearing not overtaking, neither afraid (20:77)

By Him Who sent Muhammad, blessings of Allah on him and his family, with the Prophethood, bestowed on him the Message, and honoured Amir al-Mu’minin with the Imamate, not one of them challenged me and Allah made them blind (a’ma) to me.

An Invocation for all Illnesses

‘Ali b. Ishaq al-Basri narrated from Zakariya b. Adam al-Maqri, who used to serve Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) in Khurasan. He said: One day Al-Ridha’ said to me: ‘O Zakariya.’ I answered: ‘At your service, O son of the Messenger of Allah.’ He said: ‘Recite for all illnesses:
يَا مُنْزِلَ اَلشِّفَاءِ وَ مُذْهِبَ اَلدَّاءِ أَنْزِلْ عَلَى وَجَعِيَ اَلشِّفَاءَ
O Bestower of healing and Remover of illness, send down healing for my ailment.

You will be restored to health, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing.’

An Invocation for Sciatica

Mu’alla b. Ibrahim al-Wasiti narrated from Ibn Mahbub from Muhriz b. Sulayman al-Azraq, from Abu al-Jarud from Abu Ishaq from al-Harith al-A’war al-Hamdani from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) that one of his companions had complained to him of sciatica (‘irq al-nisa’). He [Amir al-Mu’minin] replied: ‘When yon experience it place your hand on it and say:
بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ اَلْكَبِيرِ وَ أَعُوذُ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ اَلْعَظِيمِ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ عِرْقٍ نَقَّارٍ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ حَرِّ اَلنَّارِ
In the Name of the Merciful, the Compassionate. In the Name of Allah, and by Allah, I take refuge in the Name of Allah, the Great, and I take refuge in the Name of Allah, the Mighty, from the evil of every throbbing blood vessel (‘irq nuqqar), and from the evil of the heat of the fire.

You will be cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing.’ The man said: ‘I recited that only three times, and Allah removed my suffering and I was cured of it.’

An Invocation for Consumption

Muhammad b. Kathir al-Dimashqi narrated from al-Hasan b. ‘Ali b. Yaqtin from Al-Ridha’ ‘Ali b. Musa (عليه السلام) who said: ‘This is an invocation for our Shi’a for consumption (al-sill):
يَا اَللَّهُ يَا رَبَّ اَلْأَرْبَابِ وَ يَا سَيِّدَ اَلسَّادَاتِ وَ يَا إِلَهَ اَلْآلِهَةِ وَ يَا مَلِكَ اَلْمُلُوكِ وَ يَا جَبَّارَ اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ اِشْفِنِي وَ عَافِنِي مِنْ دَائِي هَذَا فَإِنِّي عَبْدُكَ وَ اِبْنُ عَبْدِكَ أَتَقَلَّبُ فِي قَبْضَتِكَ وَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ
O Allah, O Lord of the lords, O Master of the masters, O God of the gods, O King of the kings, O Omnipotent of the heavens and the earth. Heal me and cure me of this disease of mine, for I am Your servant and the son of Your servant. I turn about in Your grasp and my forelock is in Your Hand.

Say it three times; and Allah, the Mighty and Sublime will protect you with His Might and Power, If He, the Exalted, wills.’

An Invocation for Pustules

‘Ali b. al-‘Abbas narrated from Muhammad b. Ibrahim al-‘Alawi from ‘Ali b Musa from his father from Ja’far b. Muhammad al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: ‘When you feel a pustule (al-bathr) [appearing] put your index finger (al-sabbaba) on it and circle it and say seven times:
لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ اَلْحَلِيمُ اَلْكَرِيمِ
There is no god but Allah, the Clement, the Noble.

The seventh time, strike it and press on it with your finger.’

An Invocation for Colic

Al-Darari narrated from Musa b. ‘Umar b. Yazid from Abu ‘Umar b. Yazid al-Sayqal from al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he [al-Sayqal] said that one of his followers had complained of colic (al-qawlanj). He [al-Sadiq] told him:
‘Write for him the the Surah al-Fatiha (1), the Surah al-Ikhlas (112), and the two Surahs of seeking protection (al-Falaq (113) and al-Nas (114)). Then write under that:
أَعُوذُ بِوَجْهِ اَللَّهِ اَلْعَظِيمِ وَ بِعِزَّتِهِ اَلَّتِي لاَ تُرَامُ وَ بِقُدْرَتِهِ اَلَّتِي لاَ يَمْتَنِعُ مِنْهَا شَيْءٌ مِنْ شَرِّ هَذَا اَلْوَجَعِ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا فِيهِ
I take refuge in the Face of Allah, the Mighty, and in His Might, which is unceasing, and in His Power, which nothing can resist, from the evil of this pain, and the evil within it

Then drink it [sic] with rainwater (ma’ al-matar) on an empty stomach. You will be cured of it, Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

An Invocation for Fever and For the Fever of the Messenger of Allah

Ahmad b. Muhammad Abu Ja’far narrated from Abu Muhammad b. Khalid from Bakr b. Khalid from Muhammad b. Sinan from ‘Abd Allah b. ‘Ammar al-Duhni from his father from ‘Amr Dhi Far and Taghlaba al-Jammali who both said: We heard Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) say: ‘The Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him, had a severe fever (al-humma). Jibra’il, blessings of Allah on him, came to him and recited an invocation of protection over him. He said:
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ أَرْقِيكَ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ أَشْفِيكَ مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ يُؤْذِيكَ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ اَللَّهُ شَافِيكَ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ خُذْهَا فَلْتَهْنِيكَ بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ فَلاٰ أُقْسِمُ بِمَوٰاقِعِ اَلنُّجُومِ `وَ إِنَّهُ لَقَسَمٌ لَوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عَظِيمٌ
In the Name of Allah, I invoke you. In the Name of Allah, I cure you of every illness that troubles, you. In the Name of Allah, and Allah is your Healer. In the Name of Allah, take it and may it be good for you. In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate,
No! I swear by the fallings of the stars, and that is indeed a mighty oath, did you but know it! (56:75-6)

You will surely be restored to health, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing.”
The Prophet, blessings be on him, undid his headband and said: “O Jibra’il, this is an eloquent invocation.” Jibra’il replied: “It is from the treasury of the seventh heaven.”’

Ahmad b. Salama narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Isa from Hariz b. ‘Abd Allah al-Sijistani from Ahmad b. Hamza from Aban b. ‘Uthman from al-Fudayl b. Yasar from Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام) who said: ‘When a man falls ill and you wish to invoke protection for him say:

اُخْرُجْ عَلَيْكَ يَا عِرْقُ أَوْ يَا عَيْنَ اَلْجِنِّ أَوْ يَا عَيْنَ اَلْإِنْسِ أَوْ يَا وَجَعُ بِفُلاَنِ اِبْنِ فُلاَنٍ اُخْرُجْ عَلَيْكَ بِاللَّهِ اَلَّذِي كَلَّمَ مُوسَى تَكْلِيماً وَ اِتَّخَذَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ صَلَوَاتُ اَللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ خَلِيلاً وَ رَبِّ عِيسَى اِبْنِ مَرْيَمَ رُوحِ اَللَّهِ وَ كَلِمَتِهِ وَ رَبِّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ اَلْهُدَاةِ وَ طَفِئْتِ كَمَا طَفِئَتْ نَارُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ اَلْخَلِيلِ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ .
Out with you, O blood vessel, or O eye of jinn, or O eye of man, or O pain, from so-and-so, son of so-and-so. Out with you, by Allah, Who addressed Musa and spoke to him, and took Ibrahim, blessings of Allah on him, as a friend, the Lord of ‘Isa b. Maryam, the spirit of Allah and His Word, the Lord of Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, the guides. I put you out as the fire of Ibrahim, the friend [as] was put out.

Ahmad b. Abu Ziyad narrated from Faddala b. Ayyub from lsma’il b. Ziyad from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: ‘When the Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, felt sluggish (al-kasal), or when the evil eye (al-‘ayn) fell on him, or when he had a headache, he would stretch out his hands and recite the opening of the Book (the Surah al-Fatiha {1}) and the two Surahs of taking refuge (al-Falaq (113) and al-Nas (114)). Then he would pass his hands over his face (al-wajh) and whatever he would be suffering would be removed from him.’

Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan from Salama b. Muhriz, who said: 1 heard Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) say: “Whosoever is not cured by the Surah al-Hamd (1) and the Surah al-lkhlas (112) will not be cured by anything. All illnesses are cured by these two Suras.”

Muhammad b. Yazid narrated from Ziyad b. Muhammad from his father from Hisham b. Ahmar from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: ‘Whoever says:

لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ اَلْعَظِيمِ
There is no might nor power except with Allah, the Mighty

Allah will drive away from him seventy-three kinds of affliction, the least of which is madness (al-junun).’

‘Ali b. Abu Talib (عليه السلام) said: The Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, said: “O ‘Ali, shall I show you one of the treasures of Paradise?” I replied: “Yes indeed, O Messenger of Allah.” He said:

لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ
There is no Power or Might except with Allah.

Muhammad b. Ibrahim al-Sarraj narrated from Faddala and al-Qasim both from Aban b. ‘Uthman from Abu Hamza al-Thumali from Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: ‘When one of you suffers from something, let him recite:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اَللَّهِ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ أَعُوذُ بِعِزَّةِ اَللَّهِ وَ قُدْرَتِهِ عَلَى مَا يَشَاءُ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أَجِدُ .
In the Name of Allah, and blessings of Allah on the Messenger of Allah and his Ahl al-Bayt, I take refuge in the Might of Allah and His Power over what He wills, from the evil of what I suffer.

Ahmad b. Salih al-Nisaburi narrated from Jamil b. Salih from Dharih, who said: I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) invoke protection from wind for one of his followers and say:

عَزَمْتُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَجَعُ بِالْعَزِيمَةِ اَلَّتِي عَزَمَ بِهَا عَلِيُّ بْنُ أَبِي طَالِبٍ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ رَسُولُ[رَسُولِ ]اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ عَلَى جِنِّ وَادِي اَلصَّبْرَةِ فَأَطَاعُوا وَ أَجَابُوا لَمَّا أَطَعْتَ وَ أَجَبْتَ وَ خَرَجْتَ عَنْ فُلاَنِ اِبْنِ فُلاَنٍ اَلسَّاعَةَ اَلسَّاعَةَ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ تَعَالَى بِأَمْرِ اَللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ بِقُدْرَةِ اَللَّهِ بِسُلْطَانِ اَللَّهِ بِجَلاَلِ اَللَّهِ بِكِبْرِيَاءِ اَللَّهِ بِعَظَمَةِ اَللَّهِ بِوَجْهِ اَللَّهِ بِجَمَالِ اَللَّهِ بِبَهَاءِ اَللَّهِ بِنُورِ اَللَّهِ
I adjure you, O ailment, with the invocation by which ‘Ali b. Abu Talib [as] and the Messenger of Allah [pbuh] called on the jinn of the valley of al-Sabra and they obeyed and answered, that you obey and answer and get out of so-and-so, son of so-and-so, at once, at once, by the will of Allah, the Exalted, by the command of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, by the Power of Allah, by the Sovereignty of Allah, by the Majesty of Allah, by the Grandeur of Allah, by the Greatness of Allah, by the Face of Allah, by the Beauty of Allah, by the Magnificence of Allah, by the Light of Allah.

It was not long before it was expelled.

The Invocation of Al-Ridha’ for Every Illness and Fear

Muhammad b. Kathir at-Dimashqi narrated from al-Hasan b. ‘Ali b. Yaqtin from Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) that he [al-Hasan] said: I took this invocation from Al-Ridha’. He mentioned that it was a comprehensive preventative and a safeguard and protection from every illness and fear:
بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ اِخْسَؤُا فِيهٰا وَ لاٰ تُكَلِّمُونِ أَعُوذُ بِالرَّحْمٰنِ مِنْكَ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَقِيًّا وَ غَيْرَ تَقِيٍّ أَخَذْتُ بِسَمْعِ اَللَّهِ وَ بَصَرِهِ عَلَى أَسْمَاعِكُمْ وَ أَبْصَارِكُمْ وَ بِقُوَّةِ اَللَّهِ عَلَى قُوَّتِكُمْ لاَ سُلْطَانَ لَكُمْ عَلَى فُلاَنِ اِبْنِ فُلاَنٍ وَ لاَ عَلَى ذُرِّيَّتِهِ وَ لاَ عَلَى مَالِهِ وَ لاَ عَلَى أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ سَتَرْتُ بَيْنَكُمْ وَ بَيْنَهُ بِسِتْرِ اَلنُّبُوَّةِ اَلَّتِي اِسْتَتَرُوا بِهَا مِنْ سَطَوَاتِ اَلْفَرَاعِنَةِ جَبْرَئِيلُ عَنْ أَيْمَانِكُمْ وَ مِيكَائِيلُ عَنْ يَسَارِكُمْ وَ مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ أَهْلُ بَيْتِهِ أَمَامَكُمْ وَ اَللَّهُ تَعَالَى مُظِلٌّ عَلَيْكُمْ يَمْنَعُهُ اَللَّهُ وَ ذُرِّيَّتَهُ وَ مَالَهُ وَ أَهْلَ بَيْتِهِ مِنْكُمْ مِنَ اَلشَّيَاطِينِ مَا شَاءَ اَللَّهُ لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ اَلْعَلِيِّ اَلْعَظِيمِ اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّهُ لاَ يَبْلُغُ حِلْمُهُ أَنَاتَكَ مَا لاَ يَبْلُغُهُ مَجْهُودُ نَفْسِكَ فَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَ أَنْتَ نِعْمَ اَلْمَوْلىٰ وَ نِعْمَ اَلنَّصِيرُ حَرَسَكَ اَللَّهُ وَ ذُرِّيَّتَكَ يَا فُلاَنُ بِمَا حَرَسَ اَللَّهُ بِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَهُ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, In the Name of Allah, slink you into it, and do not speak to me (23:108). I take refuge in the All-merciful from thee if thou fearest God (19:18) or do not fear God. I take hold, with the Hearing of Allah and His Sight, over your hearing and sight, and with the Might of Allah over your might. No authority have you over so-and-so, son of so-and-so, or over his progeny, or his wealth, or his family. I draw down between you and him the veil of Prophethood, by which they concealed themselves from the assault of the Pharoahs, with Jibra’il on your right, and Mika’il on your left, and Muhammad, blessings be on him and his Ahl al-Bayt before you, with Allah, the Exalted, overshadowing you. Allah guards him, his progeny, his wealth, and his family from the demons (al-shayatin). Whatever Allah has willed, there is no might or power except with Allah, the Most High, the Mighty. O Allah, his clemency will not attain Your patience as long as it does not attain the utmost degree of Your Power. You are the most excellent Master and the most excellent Helper. Allah guard you and your progeny, O so-and-so, by that with which He guarded his friends, blessings of Allah on Mohammad and his Ahl al-Bayt.

‘Write the verse of the Throne (2:255) up to: And He is the Most High, the Mighty. Then write:

لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ اَلْعَلِيِّ اَلْعَظِيمِ لاَ مَلْجَأَ مِنَ اَللَّهِ إِلاَّ إِلَيْهِ حَسْبُنَا اَللّٰهُ وَ نِعْمَ اَلْوَكِيلُ
There is no might or power except with Allah, the Most High, the Mighty. There is no refuge from Allah except with him. Sufficient for us is Allah, the most excellent protector.

An Invocation for Every Ache

Muhammad b. Hamid narrated from Khalaf b. Hammad from Khalid al-‘Abasi, who said: ‘Ali b. Musa (عليه السلام) taught me this invocation and said: ‘Teach it to your brothers among the believers, for it is for every ache:
أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي بِرَبِّ اَلْأَرْضِ وَ رَبِّ اَلسَّمَاءِ أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي بِالَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اِسْمِهِ دَاءٌ أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي بِالَّذِي اِسْمُهُ بَرَكَةٌ وَ شِفَاءٌ .
I seek protection for myself in the Lord of the earth and the Lord of the heavens. I seek protection for myself in Him with Whose Name no disease causes harm. I seek protection for myself in Him Whose Name is a blessing and a healing.

Invocation for Days Of The Week

From al-Sadiq (عليه السلام).

Invocation For Saturday

بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي أَوْ فُلاَنَ بْنَ فُلاَنَةَ بِاللَّهِ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ رَبِّ اَلْعَالَمِينَ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ إِلَى مٰالِكِ يَوْمِ اَلدِّينِ `إِيّٰاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَ إِيّٰاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ `اِهْدِنَا اَلصِّرٰاطَ اَلْمُسْتَقِيمَ `صِرٰاطَ اَلَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ اَلْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَ لاَ اَلضّٰالِّينَ
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, I seek protection for myself — or for so-and-so, son of so-and-so — in Allah. There is no God but Him. He is the Lord of all Being, the All-merciful, the All-compassionate, the Master of the Day of Doom. Thee only we serve. To Thee alone we pray for succour. Guide us in the straight path, the path of those whom Thou hast blessed, not of those against whom Thou art wrathful, nor of those who are astray (1:2-7).
وَ بِرَبِّ اَلْفَلَقِ وَ بِرَبِّ اَلنّٰاسِ `مَلِكِ اَلنّٰاسِ إِلَى آخِرِ اَلسُّورَةِ وَ رَبِّ اَلْغَاسِقِ إِذَا وَقَبَ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ مٰا خَلَقَ … وَ مِنْ شَرِّ اَلنَّفّٰاثٰاتِ فِي اَلْعُقَدِ `وَ مِنْ شَرِّ حٰاسِدٍ إِذٰا حَسَدَ
I seek protection in the Lord of the Daybreak (113:1), and Lord in the of men, the King of men (114:1-2), and the Lord of the dusk when it darkens, from the evil of what He has created, and from the evil of the women who blow on knots, and from the evil of an envier when he envies (113:2-5),
اَللَّهِ اَلْأَحَدِ اَلصَّمَدِ `لَمْ يَلِدْ وَ لَمْ يُولَدْ `وَ لَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُواً أَحَدٌ نُورِ اَلنُّورِ وَ مُدَبِّرِ اَلْأُمُورِ نُورُ اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكٰاةٍ فِيهٰا مِصْبٰاحٌ اَلْمِصْبٰاحُ فِي زُجٰاجَةٍ اَلزُّجٰاجَةُ كَأَنَّهٰا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِنْ شَجَرَةٍ مُبٰارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لاٰ شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَ لاٰ غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكٰادُ زَيْتُهٰا يُضِيءُ وَ لَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نٰارٌ نُورٌ عَلىٰ نُورٍ يَهْدِي اَللّٰهُ لِنُورِهِ مَنْ يَشٰاءُ وَ يَضْرِبُ اَللّٰهُ اَلْأَمْثٰالَ لِلنّٰاسِ وَ اَللّٰهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ اَلَّذِي خَلَقَ اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضَ بِالْحَقِّ
Allah, the One, the Refuge, Who has not begotten, and has not been begotten, and equal to Him is not any one (112:3-4), Light of the light and Regulator of affairs, the Light of the heavens and the earth. The likeness of His Light is as a niche wherein is a lamp, the lamp in a glass, the glass as it were a glittering star kindled from a Blessed Tree, an olive that is neither of the East nor of the West, whose, oil wellnigh would shine, even if no fire touched it. Light upon Light. God guides to His Light whom He will. And God strikes similitudes for men, and God has knowledge of everything (24:35). It is He who created the heavens and the earth in truth
… قَوْلُهُ اَلْحَقُّ وَ لَهُ اَلْمُلْكُ يَوْمَ يُنْفَخُ فِي اَلصُّورِ عٰالِمُ اَلْغَيْبِ وَ اَلشَّهٰادَةِ وَ هُوَ اَلْحَكِيمُ اَلْخَبِيرُ اَللّٰهُ اَلَّذِي خَلَقَ سَبْعَ سَمٰاوٰاتٍ وَ مِنَ اَلْأَرْضِ مِثْلَهُنَّ يَتَنَزَّلُ اَلْأَمْرُ بَيْنَهُنَّ لِتَعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اَللّٰهَ عَلىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ وَ أَنَّ اَللّٰهَ قَدْ أَحٰاطَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عِلْماً وَ أَحْصىٰ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ عَدَداً
…His saying is true, and His is the Kingdom the day the Trumpet is blown. He is Knower of the Unseen and the visible. He is the All-wise, the All-aware (6:73). God who created the seven heavens, and of earth their like, between them the Command descending, that you may know that God is powerful over everything and that God encompasses everything in knowledge (65:12) He has numbered everything in numbers (72:28).
مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ ذِي شَرِّ يُعْلِنُ بِهِ أَوْ يُسِرُّ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ اَلْجِنَّةِ وَ اَلْبَشَرِ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَطِيرُ بِاللَّيْلِ وَ يَسْكُنُ بِالنَّهَارِ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ طَوَارِقِ اَللَّيْلِ وَ اَلنَّهَارِ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَسْكُنُ اَلْحَمَّامَاتِ وَ الوحوش[اَلْحُشُوشِ]وَ اَلْخَرَابَاتِ وَ اَلْأَوْدِيَةِ وَ اَلْبَرَارِي وَ اَلغِيَاضِ وَ اَلْأَشْجَارِ مِمَّا يَكُونُ فِي اَلْأَنْهَارِ
[I seek protection] from the evil of everything possessed of evil, whether openly or secretly, from the evil of jinn and man, and from the evil of what flies at night and rests during the day, and from the evil of the calamities of the night and the day, and from the evil of that which lives in pigeons and wild beasts, ruins, valleys, open country, jungles and trees, and from that which is in rivers.
وَ أُعِيذُهُ بِاللَّهِ مَالِكِ اَلْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي اَلْمُلْكَ مَنْ تَشٰاءُ وَ تَنْزِعُ اَلْمُلْكَ مِمَّنْ تَشٰاءُ وَ تُعِزُّ مَنْ تَشٰاءُ وَ تُذِلُّ مَنْ تَشٰاءُ بِيَدِكَ اَلْخَيْرُ إِنَّكَ عَلىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ `تُولِجُ اَللَّيْلَ فِي اَلنَّهٰارِ وَ تُولِجُ اَلنَّهٰارَ فِي اَللَّيْلِ وَ تُخْرِجُ اَلْحَيَّ مِنَ اَلْمَيِّتِ وَ تُخْرِجُ اَلْمَيِّتَ مِنَ اَلْحَيِّ وَ تَرْزُقُ مَنْ تَشٰاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسٰابٍ لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَيْءٌ وَ هُوَ اَلسَّمِيعُ اَلْبَصِيرُ `لَهُ مَقٰالِيدُ اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ يَبْسُطُ اَلرِّزْقَ لِمَنْ يَشٰاءُ وَ يَقْدِرُ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
I seek the protection of Allah. Master of the Kingdom, Thou givest the kingdom to whom Thou wilt, and seizest the Kingdom from whom Thou wilt. Thou exaltest whom Thou wilt, and Thou abasest whom Thou wilt. In Thy hand is the good. Thou art powerful over everything. Thou makest the night to enter into the day and Thou makest the day to enter into the night. Thou bringest forth the living from the dead and Thou bringest forth the dead from the living, and Thou providest whomsoever Thou wilt without reckoning (3:26-7). Like Him there is nothing. He is the All-hearing, the All-seeing. To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth. He stretches out His provision to whom He will. Surely He has knowledge of everything (42:11-12).
وَ أُعِيذُهُ بِالَّذِي خَلَقَ اَلْأَرْضَ وَ اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ اَلْعُلىٰ `اَلرَّحْمٰنُ عَلَى اَلْعَرْشِ اِسْتَوىٰ `لَهُ مٰا فِي اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ مٰا فِي اَلْأَرْضِ وَ مٰا بَيْنَهُمٰا وَ مٰا تَحْتَ اَلثَّرىٰ `وَ إِنْ تَجْهَرْ بِالْقَوْلِ فَإِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ اَلسِّرَّ وَ أَخْفىٰ `اَللّٰهُ لاٰ إِلٰهَ إِلاّٰ هُوَ لَهُ اَلْأَسْمٰاءُ اَلْحُسْنىٰ أَلاٰ لَهُ اَلْخَلْقُ وَ اَلْأَمْرُ تَبٰارَكَ اَللّٰهُ رَبُّ اَلْعٰالَمِينَ `اُدْعُوا رَبَّكُمْ تَضَرُّعاً وَ خُفْيَةً إِنَّهُ لاٰ يُحِبُّ اَلْمُعْتَدِينَ `وَ لاٰ تُفْسِدُوا فِي اَلْأَرْضِ بَعْدَ إِصْلاٰحِهٰا وَ اُدْعُوهُ خَوْفاً وَ طَمَعاً إِنَّ رَحْمَتَ اَللّٰهِ قَرِيبٌ مِنَ اَلْمُحْسِنِينَ
I seek the protection for him in the One Who created the earth and the high heavens. The All-compassionate sat himself upon the Throne. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and all that is underneath the soil. Be thou loud in thy speech, yet surely He knows the secret and that still more hidden. Allah – there is no god but He. To Him belong the Names Most Beautiful (20:4-8). Verily, His are the creation and the command. Blessed be God, the Lord of all Being. Call on your Lord, humbly and secretly. He loves not the transgressors. Do not corrupt the land after it has been set right. Call on Him fearfully, eagerly. Surely the mercy of God is nigh to those who do good (7:54-6).
وَ أُعِيذُهُ بِمَنْزِلِ اَلتَّوْرَاةِ وَ اَلْإِنْجِيلِ وَ اَلزَّبُورِ وَ اَلْفُرْقَانِ اَلْعَظِيمِ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ طَاغٍ وَ بَاغٍ وَ شَيْطَانٍ وَ سُلْطَانٍ وَ سَاحِرٍ وَ كَاهِنٍ وَ نَاظِرٍ وَ طَارِقٍ وَ مُتَحَرِّكٍ وَ سَاكِنٍ وَ صَامِتٍ وَ مُتَخَيِّلٍ وَ مُتَمَثِّلٍ وَ مُتَلَوِّنٍ وَ مُخْتَلِفٍ سُبْحَانَ اَللَّهِ حِرْزُكَ وَ نَاصِرُكَ وَ مُؤْنِسُكَ وَ هُوَ يَدْفَعُ عَنْكَ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَ لاَ مُعِزَّ لِمَنْ أَذَلَّ وَ لاَ مُذِلَّ لِمَنْ أَعَزُّ وَ هُوَ اَلْوٰاحِدُ اَلْقَهّٰارُ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَلَّمَ .
I seek protection for him in the Revealer of the Torah, the Gospels (al-Injil), the Zabur, and the Mighty Furqan, from the evil of every tyrant and oppressor, demon, ruler, enchanter (sahir), soothsayer (kahin), watcher, nocturnal visitor, every thing moving or still, silent, imagined, apparent, changeable, or varying. Glory be to Allah, your Protector and Your Helper and Your Solace. He will defend you. He has no partner. There is no one to elevate the one He abases nor any one to abase the one He elevates. He is the One, the Subduer, and Allah bless Muhammad and his family.

Invocation for Sunday

بِسْمِ اَلرَّحْمَنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ اَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اِسْتَوَى اَلرَّبُّ عَلَى اَلْعَرْشِ وَ قَامَتِ اَلسَّمَاوَاتُ وَ اَلْأَرْضُ بِحُكْمِهِ وَ هَدَأَتِ اَلنُّجُومُ وَ رَسَتِ اَلْجِبَالُ بِإِذْنِهِ لاَ يُجَاوِزُ اِسْمُهُ مَنْ فِي اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَ مَنْ فِي اَلْأَرْضِ اَلَّذِي دَانَتْ لَهُ اَلْجِبَالُ وَ هِيَ طَائِعَةٌ وَ اِنْبَعَثَتْ لَهُ اَلْأَجْسَادُ وَ هِيَ بَالِيَةٌ
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Allah is the most Great, Allah is the most Great, Allah is the most Great. The Lord sat on the Throne, and the heavens and the earth were established by His Command. The stars were stilled, and the mountains were fixed firmly by His permission. His Name does not pass by those in the heavens and in the earth. The mountains draw near to Him, obedient, and the bodies are resurrected for Him when they are rotten.
اُحْجُبْ كُلَّ ضَارٍّ وَ حَاسِدٍ بِبَأْسِ اَللَّهِ عَنْ فُلاَنِ بْنِ فُلاَنَةَ وَ بِمَنْ جَعَلَ بَيْنَ اَلْبَحْرَيْنِ حٰاجِزاً
Veil every harmful thing and envious one by the Might of Allah from so-and-so, son of so-and-so, and by the One who placed a partition between the two seas (27:61);
وَ جَعَلَ فِي اَلسَّمٰاءِ بُرُوجاً وَ جَعَلَ فِيهٰا سِرٰاجاً وَ قَمَراً مُنِيراً
and set in heaven constellations, and set among them a lamp, and an illuminating moon (25:61).
وَ أُعِيذُهُ بِمَنْ زَيَّنَهَا لِلنَّاظِرِينَ وَ حَفِظَهَا مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطٰانٍ رَجِيمٍ
I seek protection for him in the One who decked them out fair to the beholders, and guarded them from every accursed demon (15:16-17).
وَ أُعِيذُهُ بِمَنْ جَعَلَ فِي اَلْأَرْضِ رَوَاسِيَ جِبِالاً وَ أَوْتَاداً أَنْ يُوصَلَ إِلَيْهِ بِسُوءٍ أَوْ فَاحِشَةٍ أَوْ بَلِيَّةٍ
I seek protection for him in the One who set on the earth firm mountains (21:31) and pegs (78:7), lest evil or indecency or affliction should get to him.
حم حم حم `عسق `كَذٰلِكَ يُوحِي إِلَيْكَ وَ إِلَى اَلَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ اَللّٰهُ اَلْعَزِيزُ اَلْحَكِيمُ
Ha Mim. ‘Ain Sin Qaf. So reveals to thee, and to those before thee, God, the All-mighty, the All-wise (42:1-3).
حم حم حم `تَنْزِيلٌ مِنَ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ اَلنَّبِيِّ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَلَّمَ تَسْلِيماً
Ha Mim. A sending down from the Merciful, the Compassionate (41:1-2). The blessings of Allah on Muhammad, the Prophet, and his family.

Invocation for Monday

بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ أُعِيذُ نَفْسَ فُلاَنِ بْنِ فُلاَنَةَ بِرَبِّيَ اَلْأَكْبَرِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَفِيَ وَ ظَهَرَ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ أُنْثَى وَ ذَكَرٍ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا رَأَتِ اَلشَّمْسُ وَ اَلْقَمَرُ قُدُّوسٌ قُدُّوسٌ رَبُّ اَلْمَلاَئِكَةِ وَ اَلرُّوحِ أَدْعُوكُمْ أَيُّهَا اَلْجِنُّ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ سَامِعِينَ مُطِيعِينَ وَ أَدْعُوكُمْ أَيُّهَا اَلْإِنْسُ إِلَى اَللَّطِيفِ اَلْخَبِيرِ وَ أَدْعُوكُمْ أَيُّهَا اَلْإِنْسُ وَ اَلْجِنُّ إِلَى اَلَّذِي دَانَتْ لَهُ اَلْخَلاَئِقُ أَجْمَعِينَ خَتَمْتُهُ بِخَاتَمِ رَبِّ اَلْعَالَمِينَ وَ خَاتَمِ جَبْرَئِيلَ وَ مِيكَائِيلَ وَ إِسْرَافِيلَ وَ خَاتَمِ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ دَاوُدَ وَ خَاتَمِ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ سَيِّدِ اَلنَّبِيِّينَ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ اَلطَّيِّبِينَ اَلطَّاهِرِينَ أَخَذْتُ عَنْ فُلاَنِ بْنِ فُلاَنَةَ كُلَّ تَابِعَةٍ ذِي رُوحٍ مَرِيدٍ جِنِّيٍّ أَوْ عِفْرِيتٍ أَوْ سَاحِرٍ مَرِيدٍ أَوْ سُلْطَانٍ عَنِيدٍ أَوْ شَيْطَانٍ رَجِيمٍ أَخَذْتُ عَنْ فُلاَنِ بْنِ فُلاَنَةَ مَا يُرَى وَ مَا لاَ يُرَى وَ مَا رَأَتْ عَيْنُ نَائِمٍ أَوْ يَقْظَانَ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ اَللَّطِيفِ اَلْخَبِيرِ لاَ سَبِيلَ لَكُمْ عَلَيْهِ وَ لاَ عَلَى مَا يُخَافُ عَلَيْهِ اَللَّهَ اَللَّهَ اَللَّهَ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ .
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. I seek protection for the soul of so-and-so, son of so-and-so, in my Lord, the most Great, from the evil of what is hidden and apparent, and from the evil of every female and male, and from the evil of what the sun and the moon behold. Most Holy, Most Holy, Lord of the angels and the Spirit.
I call on you, O jinn, if you are hearing, obedient, and I call you, O mankind, to the Gracious, the All-knowing. I call you, O mankind and jinn, to Him Who is obeyed by all creation stamped with the seal of the Lord of the Worlds, and the seal of Jibra’ il, Mika’il, and Israfil, and the seal of Sulayman b. Dawud, and the seal of Muhammad, blessings of Allah on him and his family, the chief of the Prophets, blessings of Allah on Muhammad and his Ahl al-Bayt, the good, the pure.
Remove from so-and-so, son of so-and-so, every female jinn with a rebellious spirit, a jinn or demon or rebellious enchanter, or obstinate ruler or accursed devil. Remove from so-and-so, son of so-and-so, that which is seen and that which is unseen, and that which is seen by an eye, sleeping or awake, by the will of Allah, the Gracious, the All-knowing. There is no way for you over him, nor over what is feared for him. Allah, Allah, Allah, no partner has He, and Allah bless Muhammad and his Ahl al-Bayt.

Invocation for Tuesday

بِسْمِ اَلرَّحْمَنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي بِاللَّهِ اَلْأَكْبَرِ رَبِّ اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ اَلْقَائِمَاتِ وَ بِالَّذِي خَلَقَهَا فِي يَوْمَيْنِ وَ قَضَى فِي كُلِّ سَمٰاءٍ أَمْرَهٰا وَ خَلَقَ اَلْأَرْضَ وَ قَدَّرَ فِيهٰا أَقْوٰاتَهٰا وَ جَعَلَ فِيهَا جِبِالاً وَ جَعَلَهَا فِجٰاجاً سُبُلاً وَ أَنْشَأَ اَلسَّحٰابَ اَلثِّقٰالَ وَ سَخَّرَهُ وَ أَجْرَى اَلْفَلَكَ وَ سَخَّرَ اَلْبَحْرَ وَ جَعَلَ فِي اَلْأَرْضِ رَوٰاسِيَ وَ أَنْهٰاراً وَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا يَكُونُ فِي اَللَّيْلِ وَ اَلنَّهَارِ وَ يَعْقِدُ عَلَى اَلْقُلُوبِ وَ تَرَاهُ اَلْعُيُونُ مِنَ اَلْجِنِّ وَ اَلْإِنْسِ كَفَانَا اَللَّهُ كَفَانَا اَللَّهُ كَفَانَا اَللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَلَّمَ تَسْلِيماً
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. I seek protection for myself in Allah, the Great, the Lord of the upright heavens, and in Him Who created them in two days and determined affairs throughout all of heaven, created the earth and determined in it its sustenance, made in it mountains and set in it ravines to serve as ways (21:31), produced the heavy clouds (13:12 ), made it subservient, made the ships sail, made subservient the sea, and made in the earth mountains and rivers, from the evil of what is in the night and the day and entangles the hearts, and which the eyes of jinn and mankind see. Allah protect us, Allah protect us, Allah protect us, there is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah be on him and his family.

Invocation For Wednesday

: بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ أُعِيذُكَ يَا فُلاَنَ بْنَ فُلاَنَةَ بِالْأَحَدِ اَلصَّمَدِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا نَفَثَ وَ عَقَدَ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ أَبِي مُرَّةَ وَ مَا وَلَدَ أُعِيذُكَ بِالْوَاحِدِ اَلْأَعْلَى مِمَّا رَأَتْ عَيْنٌ وَ مَا لَمْ تَرَ وَ أُعِيذُكَ بِالْفَرْدِ اَلْكَبِيرِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أَرَادَكَ [بِأَمْرِ اَلْمَلِكِ] عَسِيرٍ أَنْتَ يَا فُلاَنَ بْنِ فُلاَنَةَ فِي جِوَارِ اَللَّهِ اَلْعَزِيزِ اَلْجَبَّارِ اَلْمَلِكِ اَلْقُدُّوسِ اَلْقَهَّارِ اَلسَّلاَمِ اَلْمُؤْمِنِ اَلْمُهَيْمِنِ اَلْعَزِيزِ اَلْغَفَّارِ عٰالِمُ اَلْغَيْبِ وَ اَلشَّهٰادَةِ اَلْكَبِيرُ اَلْمُتَعٰالِ هُوَ اَللَّهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَلَّمَ وَ عَلَيْهِمُ اَلسَّلاَمُ وَ رَحْمَةُ اَللَّهِ وَ بَرَكَاتُهُ .
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, I seek protection for you, O so-and-so, son of so-and-so, in the One, the Refuge, from the evil of what is blown on and knotted, and from the evil of Abu Murra [Satan] and what he has begotten. I seek protection for you in the One, the Most High, from that which the eye sees and does not see. I seek protection for you in the Unequalled, the Great, from the evil of what it intends for you [by the decree of the Sovereign]. Go, O so-and-so, son of so-and-so, to the protection of Allah, the Mighty, the Omnipotent, the King, the Most Holy, the Subduer, the Perfect, the Faithful, the Guardian, the Mighty, the All-forgiving, the Knower of the unseen and the apparent, the Great, the Most High. He is Allah, no partner has He, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, blessings and mercy of Allah be on him and his family.

Invocation for Thursday

بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ أُعِيذُ نَفْسِي أَوْ فُلاَنَ بْنَ فُلاَنَةَ بِرَبِّ اَلْمَشٰارِقِ وَ اَلْمَغٰارِبِ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ شَيْطٰانٍ مٰارِدٍ وَ قَائِمٍ وَ قَاعِدٍ وَ حَاسِدٍ وَ مُعَانِدٍ وَ يُنَزِّلُ عَلَيْكُمْ مِنَ اَلسَّمٰاءِ مٰاءً لِيُطَهِّرَكُمْ بِهِ وَ يُذْهِبَ عَنْكُمْ رِجْزَ اَلشَّيْطٰانِ وَ لِيَرْبِطَ عَلىٰ قُلُوبِكُمْ وَ يُثَبِّتَ بِهِ اَلْأَقْدٰامَ اُرْكُضْ بِرِجْلِكَ هٰذٰا مُغْتَسَلٌ بٰارِدٌ وَ شَرٰابٌ وَ أَنْزَلْنٰا مِنَ اَلسَّمٰاءِ مٰاءً طَهُوراً `لِنُحْيِيَ بِهِ بَلْدَةً مَيْتاً وَ نُسْقِيَهُ مِمّٰا خَلَقْنٰا أَنْعٰاماً وَ أَنٰاسِيَّ كَثِيراً اَلْآنَ خَفَّفَ اَللّٰهُ عَنْكُمْ ذٰلِكَ تَخْفِيفٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ وَ رَحْمَةٌ يُرِيدُ اَللّٰهُ أَنْ يُخَفِّفَ عَنْكُمْ فَسَيَكْفِيكَهُمُ اَللّٰهُ وَ هُوَ اَلسَّمِيعُ اَلْعَلِيمُ وَ لاٰ قُوَّةَ إِلاّٰ بِاللّٰهِ لاَ غَالِبَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ وَ اَللّٰهُ غٰالِبٌ عَلىٰ أَمْرِهِ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَلَّمَ تَسْلِيماً .
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, I seek protection for myself — or for so-and-so, son of so-and-so — in the Lord of the East and the West, from the evil of every rebellious, standing, sitting envious, and refractory demon, and We send down on you water from heaven, to purify you thereby, to put away from you the defilement of Satan and to strengthen your hearts, and to make firm your feet (8:11). Stamp thy foot! This is a washing-place cool for drinking (38:42). And We sent down from heaven pure water to revive a dead land, and give to drink of it what We created, many cattle and men (25:48). Now God has lightened it for you (8:66). That is a lightening granted you by your Lord, and a mercy (2:178). God desires to lighten things for you … (4: 28). God will suffice you for them (2:137). He is the All-hearer and the All-knower. There is no power except with Allah, no conqueror except Allah. God prevails in His purpose (12:21). There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah be on him and his family.

Invocation for Friday

بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ اَلْعَلِيِّ اَلْعَظِيمِ اَللَّهُ رَبُّ اَلْمَلاَئِكَةِ وَ اَلرُّوحِ وَ اَلنَّبِيِّينَ وَ اَلْمُرْسَلِينَ وَ قَاهِرُ مَنْ فِي اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَ اَلْأَرَضِيينَ وَ خَالِقُ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَ مَالِكُهُ اِكْفِنِي بَأْسَهُمْ وَ أَعْمِ أَبْصَارَهُمْ وَ قُلُوبَهُمْ وَ اِجْعَلْ بَيْنَنَا وَ بَيْنَهُمْ حَرَساً وَ حُجَّاباً وَ مَدْفَعاً إِنَّكَ رَبُّنَا لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِكَ عَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْنٰا وَ إِلَيْكَ أَنَبْنٰا وَ أَنْتَ اَلْعَزِيزُ اَلْحَكِيمُ عَافِ فُلاَنَ بْنَ فُلاَنَةَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ دَابَّةٍ أَنْتَ آخِذٌ بِنٰاصِيَتِهٰا وَ مِنْ شَرِّ مٰا سَكَنَ فِي اَللَّيْلِ وَ اَلنَّهٰارِ وَ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ سُوءٍ آمِينَ يَا رَبَّ اَلْعَالَمِينَ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ نَبِيِّ اَلرَّحْمَةِ وَ آلِهِ اَلطَّاهِرِينَ .
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. There is no might or power except with Allah, the Most High, the Mighty. Allah, the Lord of the angels and the Spirit, the Prophets and the Messengers, Subduer of those in the heavens and the earth. Creator of all things, and their King. Protect me from their might, and blind their sight and their hearts and make between us and them a guard, and a barrier and a defence. Surely You are our Lord. There is no might nor power except with You. In You we trust, and to You we turn. You are the Mighty, the Wise. Protect so-and-so, son of so-and-so, from the evil of every creature You have taken by the forelock, and from the evil of what inhabits the night and day, and from the evil of every evil thing. Amen, O Lord of the Worlds, and bless Muhammad, the Prophet of mercy and his pure family.

Invocation for the Ensnared and Bewitched

Ahmad b. Badr narrated from Ishaq al-Sahhaf from Musa b. Ja’far (عليه السلام) that he said: ‘O Sahhaf.’ I replied: ‘At your service, O son of the Messenger of Allah’. He said: ‘You have been ensnared (ma’khudh) from your wife.’ I said: ‘Yes indeed, O son of the Messenger of Allah, For three years I have used every remedy but, by Allah, they have not benefited me.’ He said: ‘O Sahhaf, you did not tell me.’ I said: ‘O son of the Messenger of Allah, by Allah, I know that with you is deliverance from everything but I was ashamed before you.’ He said: ‘Woe be to you, what is shame in a man bewitched [and] ensnared? I wanted to speak to you about that.

بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ أذرئكم[أَدْرَؤُكُمْ]أَيُّهَا اَلسَّحَرَةُ عَنْ فُلاَنِ بْنِ فُلاَنَةَ بِاللَّهِ اَلَّذِي قَالَ لِإِبْلِيسَ اُخْرُجْ مِنْهٰا مَذْؤُماً مَدْحُوراً اُخْرُجْ مِنْهٰا فَمٰا يَكُونُ لَكَ أَنْ تَتَكَبَّرَ فِيهٰا فَاخْرُجْ إِنَّكَ مِنَ اَلصّٰاغِرِينَ
Say: “In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, I remove you, O enchanters, from so-and-so, son of so-and-so, with Allah, who said to Satan: Go thou forth from it, despised and banished (7:18). Get thee down out of it. It is not for thee to wax proud here. So go thou forth. Surely thou art among the humbled (7:13).
أَبْطَلْتُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَ رَدَدْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَ نَقَضْتُهُ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ اَلْعَلِيِّ اَلْأَعْلَى اَلْأَعْظَمِ اَلْقُدُّوسِ اَلْعَزِيزِ اَلْعَلِيمِ اَلْقَدِيمِ رَجَعَ سِحْرُكُمْ كَمَا لاٰ يَحِيقُ اَلْمَكْرُ اَلسَّيِّئُ إِلاّٰ بِأَهْلِهِ كَمَا بَطَلَ كَيْدُ اَلسَّحَرَةِ حِينَ قَالَ اَللَّهُ تَعَالَى لِمُوسَى صَلَوَاتُ اَللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ أَلْقِ عَصٰاكَ فَإِذٰا هِيَ تَلْقَفُ مٰا يَأْفِكُونَ `فَوَقَعَ اَلْحَقُّ وَ بَطَلَ مٰا كٰانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ أَبْطَلَ سَحَرَةَ فِرْعَوْنَ
I neutralize your action and drive it back to you and nullify it by the will of Allah, the Most High, the Mightiest, the Most Holy, the Exalted, the All-knowing, the Eternal. Your enchantment is reverted just as evil devising encompasses only those who do it (35:43), as the plot of the magicians was neutralized when Allah, the Exalted said: Cast thy staff. And lo, it forthwith swallowed up their lying invention. So the truth came to pass, and false was proved what they were doing (7:117). By the will of Allah, the Pharoah’s magicians were thwarted.
أَبْطَلْتُ عَمَلَكُمْ أَيُّهَا اَلسَّحَرَةُ وَ نَقَضْتُهُ عَلَيْكُمْ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ اَلَّذِي أَنْزَلَ وَ لاٰ تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ نَسُوا اَللّٰهَ فَأَنْسٰاهُمْ أَنْفُسَهُمْ وَ بِالَّذِي قَالَ وَ لَوْ نَزَّلْنٰا عَلَيْكَ كِتٰاباً فِي قِرْطٰاسٍ فَلَمَسُوهُ بِأَيْدِيهِمْ لَقٰالَ اَلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِنْ هٰذٰا إِلاّٰ سِحْرٌ مُبِينٌ `وَ قٰالُوا لَوْ لاٰ أُنْزِلَ عَلَيْهِ مَلَكٌ وَ لَوْ أَنْزَلْنٰا مَلَكاً لَقُضِيَ اَلْأَمْرُ ثُمَّ لاٰ يُنْظَرُونَ `وَ لَوْ جَعَلْنٰاهُ مَلَكاً لَجَعَلْنٰاهُ رَجُلاً وَ لَلَبَسْنٰا عَلَيْهِمْ مٰا يَلْبِسُونَ وَ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ اَلَّذِي أَنْزَلَ فَأَكَلاٰ مِنْهٰا فَبَدَتْ لَهُمٰا سَوْآتُهُمٰا فَأَنْتُمْ مُتَحَيِّرُونَ وَ لاَ تَتَوَجَّهُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِمَّا كُنْتُمْ فِيهِ وَ لاَ تَرْجِعُونَ إِلَى شَيْءٍ مِنْهُ أَبَداً
I neutralize your action, O magicians, and nullify it by the will of Allah, Who revealed: Be not as those who forgot God, and so He caused them to forget their souls (59:19); and by Him Who said: Had We sent down on thee a Book on parchment and so they touched it with their hands, yet the unbelievers would have said, This is naught but manifest spells. Why has an angel not been sent down on him? Then say: Yet had We sent down an angel, the matter would have been determined, and then no respite would he given them. And had We made him an angel, yet assuredly We would have made him a man, and confused for them the thing which they themselves are confusing (6:7-9); by the will of Allah. Who revealed: So the two of them ate of it, and their shameful parts were revealed to them (20:121). You are confused and not accomplishing any of your affairs. You will never return to it.
قَدْ بَطَلَ بِحَمْدِ اَللَّهِ عَمَلُكُمْ وَ خَابَ سَعْيُكُمْ وَ وَهَنَ كَيْدُكُمْ مَعَ مَنْ كَانَ ذَلِكَ مِنَ اَلشَّيَاطِينِ إِنَّ كَيْدَ اَلشَّيْطٰانِ كٰانَ ضَعِيفاً غَلَبْتُكُمْ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ وَ هَزَمْتُ كَثْرَتَكُمْ بِجُنُودِ اَللَّهِ وَ كَسَرْتُ قُوَّتَكُمْ بِسُلْطَانِ اَللَّهِ وَ سَلَّطْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ عَزَائِمَ اَللَّهِ عَمِيَ بَصَرُكُمْ وَ ضَعُفَتْ قُوَّتُكُمْ وَ اِنْقَطَعَتْ أَسْبَابُكُمْ وَ تَبَرَّأَ اَلشَّيْطَانُ مِنْكُمْ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ اَلَّذِي أَنْزَلَ كَمَثَلِ اَلشَّيْطٰانِ إِذْ قٰالَ لِلْإِنْسٰانِ اُكْفُرْ فَلَمّٰا كَفَرَ قٰالَ إِنِّي بَرِيءٌ مِنْكَ إِنِّي أَخٰافُ اَللّٰهَ رَبَّ اَلْعٰالَمِينَ `فَكٰانَ عٰاقِبَتَهُمٰا أَنَّهُمٰا فِي اَلنّٰارِ خٰالِدَيْنِ فِيهٰا وَ ذٰلِكَ جَزٰاءُ اَلظّٰالِمِينَ
Praise be to Allah, your action has been neutralized, your effort has failed and your plot has weakened, along with the demons who were part of it – Surely the guile of Satan is ever feeble (4:76). I have overcome you by the will of Allah, defeated your multitude with the armies of Allah, shattered your strength with the Sovereignty of Allah, and set up over you the decree of Allah. Your sight has been blinded, your strength has been weakened, your ties have been broken, and Satan has absolved himself of you, by the will of Allah, Who revealed: Like Satan, when he said to man, Disbelieve, then, when he disbelieved, he said, Surely I am free of you. Surely I fear God, the Lord of all Being. Their end is that both are in the Fire, there dwelling forever. That is the recompense, of the evildoers (59:16-17).
وَ أَنْزَلَ إِذْ تَبَرَّأَ اَلَّذِينَ اُتُّبِعُوا مِنَ اَلَّذِينَ اِتَّبَعُوا وَ رَأَوُا اَلْعَذٰابَ وَ تَقَطَّعَتْ بِهِمُ اَلْأَسْبٰابُ `وَ قٰالَ اَلَّذِينَ اِتَّبَعُوا لَوْ أَنَّ لَنٰا كَرَّةً فَنَتَبَرَّأَ مِنْهُمْ كَمٰا تَبَرَّؤُا مِنّٰا كَذٰلِكَ يُرِيهِمُ اَللّٰهُ أَعْمٰالَهُمْ حَسَرٰاتٍ عَلَيْهِمْ وَ مٰا هُمْ بِخٰارِجِينَ مِنَ اَلنّٰارِ
And He revealed: When those that were followed disown their followers, and they see the chastisement, and their cords are cut asunder, and those that followed say, O if only we might return again and disown them, as they have disowned us! Even so God shall show them their works. O bitter regrets for them! Never shall they issue from the Fire (2:166-7).
بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ اَلَّذِي لاٰ إِلٰهَ إِلاّٰ هُوَ اَلْحَيُّ اَلْقَيُّومُ لاٰ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَ لاٰ نَوْمٌ لَهُ مٰا فِي اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ مٰا فِي اَلْأَرْضِ إِلَى وَ هُوَ اَلْعَلِيُّ اَلْعَظِيمُ إِنَّ إِلٰهَكُمْ لَوٰاحِدٌ `رَبُّ اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ وَ مٰا بَيْنَهُمٰا وَ رَبُّ اَلْمَشٰارِقِ `إِنّٰا زَيَّنَّا اَلسَّمٰاءَ اَلدُّنْيٰا بِزِينَةٍ اَلْكَوٰاكِبِ `وَ حِفْظاً مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْطٰانٍ مٰارِدٍ `لاٰ يَسَّمَّعُونَ إِلَى اَلْمَلَإِ اَلْأَعْلىٰ وَ يُقْذَفُونَ مِنْ كُلِّ جٰانِبٍ `دُحُوراً وَ لَهُمْ عَذٰابٌ وٰاصِبٌ `إِلاّٰ مَنْ خَطِفَ اَلْخَطْفَةَ فَأَتْبَعَهُ شِهٰابٌ ثٰاقِبٌ
By the will of Allah there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not, neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. … He is the All-high, the All-glorious (2:255). Surely your God is One, Lord of the heavens and the earth, and of what between them is, and Lord of the Easts. We have adorned the lower heaven with the adornment of the stars and to preserve against every rebel demon. They listen not to the High Council for they are pelted from every side, rejected. Theirs is an everlasting chastisement, except such as snatches a fragment, and he is pursued by a piercing flame (37:4-10).
إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ وَ اِخْتِلاٰفِ اَللَّيْلِ وَ اَلنَّهٰارِ لَآيٰاتٍ لِأُولِي اَلْأَلْبٰابِ وَ مٰا أَنْزَلَ اَللّٰهُ مِنَ اَلسَّمٰاءِ مِنْ مٰاءٍ اَلْآيَةَ إِلَى قَوْلِهِ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ
Surely in the creation of the heavens and earth and in the alternation of the night and day there are signs for men possessed of minds (3:190). And the water God sends down from heaven therewith reviving the earth after it is dead and His scattering abroad in it all manner of crawling thing, and the turning about of the winds and the clouds compelled between heaven and earth—surely there are signs for a people having understanding . . (2:164).
فَأَحْيٰا بِهِ اَلْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهٰا وَ بَثَّ فِيهٰا مِنْ كُلِّ دَابَّةٍ وَ تَصْرِيفِ اَلرِّيٰاحِ وَ اَلسَّحٰابِ اَلْمُسَخَّرِ بَيْنَ اَلسَّمٰاءِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ إِلَى آخِرِ اَلسُّورَةِ إِنَّ رَبَّكُمُ اَللّٰهُ اَلَّذِي خَلَقَ اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيّٰامٍ ثُمَّ اِسْتَوىٰ عَلَى اَلْعَرْشِ يُغْشِي اَللَّيْلَ اَلنَّهٰارَ يَطْلُبُهُ حَثِيثاً وَ اَلشَّمْسَ وَ اَلْقَمَرَ وَ اَلنُّجُومَ مُسَخَّرٰاتٍ بِأَمْرِهِ أَلاٰ لَهُ اَلْخَلْقُ وَ اَلْأَمْرُ تَبٰارَكَ اَللّٰهُ رَبُّ اَلْعٰالَمِينَ هُوَ اَللّٰهُ اَلَّذِي لاٰ إِلٰهَ إِلاّٰ هُوَ عٰالِمُ اَلْغَيْبِ وَ اَلشَّهٰادَةِ هُوَ اَلرَّحْمٰنُ اَلرَّحِيمُ `هُوَ اَللّٰهُ اَلَّذِي لاٰ إِلٰهَ إِلاّٰ هُوَ اَلْمَلِكُ اَلْقُدُّوسُ اَلسَّلاٰمُ اَلْمُؤْمِنُ اَلْمُهَيْمِنُ اَلْعَزِيزُ اَلْجَبّٰارُ اَلْمُتَكَبِّرُ سُبْحٰانَ اَللّٰهِ عَمّٰا يُشْرِكُونَ `هُوَ اَللّٰهُ اَلْخٰالِقُ اَلْبٰارِئُ اَلْمُصَوِّرُ لَهُ اَلْأَسْمٰاءُ اَلْحُسْنىٰ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مٰا فِي اَلسَّمٰاوٰاتِ وَ اَلْأَرْضِ وَ هُوَ اَلْعَزِيزُ اَلْحَكِيمُ
Surely your Lord is God, who treated the heavens and the earth in six days— then sat Himself upon the Throne, covering the day with the night it pursues urgently — and the sun, and the moon, and the stars subservient, by His command. Verily, His are the creation and the command. Blessed be God, the Lord of all Being (7:54). He is God; there is no god but He. He is the knower of the Unseen and the Visible: He is the All-merciful the All-compassionate. He is God; there is no god but He. He is the King, the All-holy, the All-peaceable, the All-faithful, the All-preserver, the All-mighty, the All-compeller, the All-sublime. Glory be to God, above that they associate! He is God, the Creator, the Maker, the Shaper. To Him belong the Names Most Beautiful. All that is in the heavens and the earth magnifies Him; He is the All-mighty, the All-wise (59:22-24).
مَنْ أَرَادَ فُلاَنَ بْنَ فُلاَنَةَ بِسُوءٍ مِنَ اَلْجِنِّ وَ اَلْإِنْسِ أَوْ غَيْرِهِمْ بَعْدَ هَذِهِ اَلْعُوذَةِ جَعَلَ اَللَّهُ مِمَّنْ وَصَفَهُمْ فَقَالَ أُولٰئِكَ اَلَّذِينَ اِشْتَرَوُا اَلضَّلاٰلَةَ بِالْهُدىٰ فَمٰا رَبِحَتْ تِجٰارَتُهُمْ وَ مٰا كٰانُوا مُهْتَدِينَ `مَثَلُهُمْ كَمَثَلِ اَلَّذِي اِسْتَوْقَدَ نٰاراً فَلَمّٰا أَضٰاءَتْ مٰا حَوْلَهُ ذَهَبَ اَللّٰهُ بِنُورِهِمْ وَ تَرَكَهُمْ فِي ظُلُمٰاتٍ لاٰ يُبْصِرُونَ `صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْيٌ فَهُمْ لاٰ يَرْجِعُونَ
Whoever of the jinn or men or any others wish evil for so-and-so, son of so-and-so, after this invocation, Allah has made him of those about whom He said: They are those who have purchased error at the price of guidance. Their commerce has not profited them, and they are not right-guided. The likeness of them is as the likeness of a man who kindled a fire, and when it lit all about him Allah took away their light, and left them in darkness, unseeing, deaf, blind— so they shall not return (2:16-18)
جَعَلَهُ اَللَّهُ مِمَّنْ قَالَ وَ مَثَلُ اَلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا كَمَثَلِ اَلَّذِي يَنْعِقُ بِمٰا لاٰ يَسْمَعُ إِلاّٰ دُعٰاءً وَ نِدٰاءً صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْيٌ فَهُمْ لاٰ يَعْقِلُونَ جَعَلَهُ اَللَّهُ مِمَّنْ قَالَ وَ مَنْ يُشْرِكْ بِاللّٰهِ فَكَأَنَّمٰا خَرَّ مِنَ اَلسَّمٰاءِ فَتَخْطَفُهُ اَلطَّيْرُ أَوْ تَهْوِي بِهِ اَلرِّيحُ فِي مَكٰانٍ سَحِيقٍ جَعَلَهُ اَللَّهُ مِمَّنْ قَالَ مَثَلُ مٰا يُنْفِقُونَ فِي هٰذِهِ اَلْحَيٰاةِ اَلدُّنْيٰا كَمَثَلِ رِيحٍ فِيهٰا صِرٌّ أَصٰابَتْ حَرْثَ قَوْمٍ ظَلَمُوا أَنْفُسَهُمْ فَأَهْلَكَتْهُ وَ مٰا ظَلَمَهُمُ اَللّٰهُ وَ لٰكِنْ أَنْفُسَهُمْ يَظْلِمُونَ
Allah has made him of those of whom He said: The likeness of those who disbelieve is as the likeness of one who shouts to that which hears nothing, save a call and a cry; deaf and blind — they do not understand (2:171). Allah has made him of those of whom He said: Whosoever associates with Allah anything, it is as though he has fallen from heaven and the birds snatch him away, or the wind sweeps him headlong into a place far away (22:31). Allah has made him of those of whom He said: The likeness of what they expend in this present life is as the likeness of a freezing blast that smites the tillage of a people who wronged themselves, and it destroyed that. Allah wronged them not, but themselves they wronged (3:117).
جَعَلَهُ اَللَّهُ مِمَّنْ قَالَ كَمَثَلِ صَفْوٰانٍ عَلَيْهِ تُرٰابٌ فَأَصٰابَهُ وٰابِلٌ فَتَرَكَهُ صَلْداً لاٰ يَقْدِرُونَ عَلىٰ شَيْءٍ مِمّٰا كَسَبُوا وَ اَللّٰهُ لاٰ يَهْدِي اَلْقَوْمَ اَلْكٰافِرِينَ جَعَلَهُ اَللَّهُ مِمَّنْ قَالَ وَ مَثَلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ اُجْتُثَّتْ مِنْ فَوْقِ اَلْأَرْضِ مٰا لَهٰا مِنْ قَرٰارٍ `يُثَبِّتُ اَللّٰهُ اَلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِالْقَوْلِ اَلثّٰابِتِ فِي اَلْحَيٰاةِ اَلدُّنْيٰا وَ فِي اَلْآخِرَةِ وَ يُضِلُّ اَللّٰهُ اَلظّٰالِمِينَ وَ يَفْعَلُ اَللّٰهُ مٰا يَشٰاءُ `أَ لَمْ تَرَ إِلَى اَلَّذِينَ بَدَّلُوا نِعْمَتَ اَللّٰهِ كُفْراً وَ أَحَلُّوا قَوْمَهُمْ دٰارَ اَلْبَوٰارِ `جَهَنَّمَ يَصْلَوْنَهٰا وَ بِئْسَ اَلْقَرٰارُ
Allah has made him of those about whom He said: ..the likeness of a smooth rock on which is soil, and a torrent smites it, and leaves it barren. They have no power over anything that they have earned. Allah guides not the people of the unbelievers (2:264). Allah has made him of those of whom He said: The likeness of a corrupt word is as a corrupt tree— uprooted from the earth, having no establishment. Allah confirms those who believe with the firm word, in the present life and in the world to come. Allah leads astray the oppressors. Allah does what He will. Hast thou not seen those who exchanged the bounty of Allah with unthankfulness, and caused their people to dwell in the abode of ruin? – Hell, wherein they are roasted: an evil establishment! (14:26-29).
جَعَلَهُ اَللَّهُ مِمَّنْ قَالَ مَثَلُ اَلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَعْمٰالُهُمْ كَسَرٰابٍ بِقِيعَةٍ يَحْسَبُهُ اَلظَّمْآنُ مٰاءً حَتّٰى إِذٰا جٰاءَهُ لَمْ يَجِدْهُ شَيْئاً وَ وَجَدَ اَللّٰهَ عِنْدَهُ فَوَفّٰاهُ حِسٰابَهُ وَ اَللّٰهُ سَرِيعُ اَلْحِسٰابِ `أَوْ كَظُلُمٰاتٍ فِي بَحْرٍ لُجِّيٍّ يَغْشٰاهُ مَوْجٌ مِنْ فَوْقِهِ مَوْجٌ مِنْ فَوْقِهِ سَحٰابٌ ظُلُمٰاتٌ بَعْضُهٰا فَوْقَ بَعْضٍ إِذٰا أَخْرَجَ يَدَهُ لَمْ يَكَدْ يَرٰاهٰا وَ مَنْ لَمْ يَجْعَلِ اَللّٰهُ لَهُ نُوراً فَمٰا لَهُ مِنْ نُورٍ
Allah has made him of those of whom He said: And as for the unbelievers, their works are as a mirage in a spacious plain, which the thirsty man supposes to be water, until, when he comes to it, he finds it is nothing. There indeed he finds God, and He pays him his account in full and God is swift at the reckoning. Or, they are as shadows upon a sea obscure covered by a billow above which is a billow, above which are clouds, shadows piled one upon another. When he puts forth his hand, wellnigh he cannot see it. To whomsoever God assigns no light, no light has he (24:39-40).
اَللَّهُمَّ فَأَسْأَلُكَ بِصِدْقِكَ وَ عِلْمِكَ وَ حُسْنِ أَمْثَالِكَ وَ بِحَقِّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ مَنْ أَرَادَ فُلاَناً بِسُوءٍ أَنْ تَرُدَّ كَيْدَهُ فِي نَحْرِهِ وَ تَجْعَلَ خَدَّهُ اَلْأَسْفَلَ وَ تَرْكَسَهُ لِأُمٍّ رَأْسِهِ فِي حُفْرَةٍ إِنَّكَ عَلىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ وَ ذَلِكَ عَلَيْكَ يَسِيرٌ وَ مَا كَانَ ذٰلِكَ عَلَى اَللّٰهِ بِعَزِيزٍ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَلَّمَ وَ اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَ رَحْمَةُ اَللَّهِ وَ بَرَكَاتُهُ
O Allah, so I ask You by Your Truth and Your Knowledge and the excellence of Your examples, and by the right of Muhammad and his family, for whoever wishes evil on so-and-so, that You revert his plot back on to him, and make him low, and turn him over on his head in a pit. Surely You are Powerful over all things, and that is easy for You; and that is surely no great matter for Allah (14:20). There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah be on him and his family.

Then recite the following over the soil (al-tin) of the grave and seal and fasten it on to the enchanted person:

هُوَ اَللَّهُ اَلَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدىٰ وَ دِينِ اَلْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى اَلدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَ لَوْ كَرِهَ اَلْمُشْرِكُونَ وَ كَفىٰ بِاللّٰهِ شَهِيداً وَ بَطَلَ مٰا كٰانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ فَغُلِبُوا هُنٰالِكَ وَ اِنْقَلَبُوا صٰاغِرِينَ .
He is Allah who has sent His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may uplift it above every religion, though the unbelievers be averse (9:33). And God suffices as a witness (48:28). False was proved what they were doing. So they were vanquished there and they turned about, humbled (7:118-19).

Permissible Invocations, Charms and Spells

Ibrahim b. Ma’mun narrated from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Shu’ayb al-Aqrqufi from Abu Basir from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “There is no objection to charms for the evil eye, for fever, for the teeth (al-daras), and [for] every serious illness accompanied by a fever. When a person is aware of what he says, nothing unknown enters his invocations.”

Muhammad b. Yazid b. Salim al-Kufi narrated from al-Nadr b. Suwayd from ‘Abd Allah b. Sinan from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) that he [‘Abd Allah b. Sinan] said: ‘I asked him [Abu ‘Abd Allah] about the charm for the scorpion (al-‘aqrab) and the snake (al-hayya), and the spell (al-nashra) and charm for the insane (al-majnun) and the enchanted who is in torment.

He replied: “O Ibn Sinan, there is no objection to the charm and invocation and spell if they are taken from the Qur’an. Whosoever the Qur’an does not cure, Allah does not cure him. Is there anything more effective in these matters than the Qur’an? Did not Allah, Sublime is His Majesty, say: We send down, of the Qur’an, that which is a cure and a mercy to the believers? (17:82). Did He not, Exalted be His Mention and Sublime be His Praise, say: If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, thou would at have seen it humbled, split asunder out of the fear of God (59:21). Ask us, we will teach you and acquaint you with the verses of the Qur’an for every illness.”

Certain Charms Are Traps

Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Muslim said: I asked Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) “Should I seek protection by using some of these charms?” He replied: “Only those from the Qur’an, for ‘Ali, peace he upon him, would say that many of the charms and amulets (al-tama’im) are traps (al-ashrak).

Ja’far b. ‘Abd Allah b. Maymun al-Sa’di narrated from Nasr b. Yazid from al-Qasim that Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said that many amulets are traps.

Permissible Invocations

Ishaq b. Yusuf al-Makki narrated from Faddala from Aban b. ‘Uthman from Zarara b. A’yan, who said: I asked Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) about a patient — should an invocation or some verses from the Qur’an be fastened to him. He replied: “Yes, there is no objection to it. The verses of the Qur’an are beneficial, so make use of them.”

Ishaq b. Yusuf narrated from Faddala from Aban b. ‘Uthman from Ishaq b. ‘Ammar from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who was asked regarding a man who might have an illness, and whether it was permissible to write [verses of] the Quran and fasten [them] to him, or to write verses for him, wash them out and give him its water to drink. He [al-Sadiq] said: “There is no objection to all of that.”

‘Allan b. Muhammad narrated from Safwan b. Yahya from Mansur b. Hazim from ‘Anbasa b. Mas’ab from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “There is no objection to an invocation (al-ta’widh) being fastened to a child or a woman.”

‘Umar b. ‘Abd Allah narrated from ‘Umar al-Tamimi from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Shu’ayb al-Aqrqufi from al-Halabi, who said: I asked Ja’far b. Muhammad al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) “O son of the Messenger of Allah, shall we fasten some of the Qur’an and charms on to our children and women?” He replied: “Yes, if it is of leather (al-adim), the menstruating woman (al-ha’id) can wear it. If it is not of leather, a woman cannot wear it.”

Shu’ayb b. Zurayq narrated from Faddala and al-Qasim both from Aban b. ‘Uthman from ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Abu ‘Abd Allah— and he is Ibn Salim— who said: I asked Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) about a patient, and whether some [verses] of the Qur’an or an invocation could be fastened to him. He replied: “There is no objection”. I said: “Sometimes we may be in a state of al-janaba [impurity due to intercourse]”. He replied: “A believer is not impure, but a woman should not wear it unless it is of leather. As for men and children, there is no objection.”

Ahmad b. al-Marzuban b. Ahmad narrated from Ahmad b. Khalid al-Ash’ari from ‘Abd Allah b. Bukayr, who said: I was with Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) when he had fever. A bondmaid of his entered and said: “How do you find yourself?” She asked him about his condition. There was on him a threadbare garment he had thrown over his thighs. She said to him: “If you wrap yourself up so that you perspire, your body will drive out the wind.” He replied: “O Allah, curse them for opposing Your Prophet, blessings of Allah be on him and his family. The Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, said: ‘Fever is from the severity of the heat of Hell’, and sometimes he said: ‘from the boiling of Hell, so allay it with cold water’”.

Al-Khusayb b. al-Marzuban al-‘Attar narrated from Safwan h. Yahya Bayya’ al-Sabiri and Faddala b. Ayyub from ‘Ala’ b. Razin from Muhammad b. Muslim from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “Fever is from the severity (al-fayah) of the heat of Hell, so allay it with cold water.”

Abu Ghassan ‘Abd Allah b. Khalid b. Najih narrated from Hammad b. ‘Isa from al-Husayn b. al-Mukhtar from Muhammad b. Muslim from Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام) that when he [Abu Ja’far] had fever, he would moisten two garments and put on one of them. When it dried, he would put on the other.

Muhammad b. Muslim said: I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) say: “We have not found [a cure] for fever like cold water and prayer.”

On Fever And The Manner Of Its Treatment

‘Awn b. Muhammad b. al-Qasim narrated from Hammad b. ‘Isa from al-Husayn b. al-Mukhtar from Usama al-Shahham, who said: ‘I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) say: “Our grandfather, blessings of Allah be on him, did not take anything for fever except ten dirhams weight of sugar (al-sukkar) with cold water on an empty stomach.”’

‘Awn narrated from Abu ‘Isa from al-Husayn from Abu Usama, who said: ‘I heard al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) say that there is twice as much fever among the descendants of the Prophets, peace he upon them.’

Al-Qasari b. Ahmad b. al-Qasari narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya from Muhammad b. Sinan from Yunus b. Zabyan from Muhammed b. Isma’il b. Abu Zaynab, who said: I heard al-Baqir, peace he upon him, say: “Fever is expelled in three things: vomit, sweat (al-‘araq) and diarrhea.”

Al-Sirri b. Ahmad b. al-Sirri narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan from Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) who said: ‘Musa b. Ja’far (عليه السلام) was ill and the learned came to him with medications, that is the physicians, and they began prescribing marvelous things. I heard him say: “The idea of it! Confine yourselves to the chief of these medicines— myrobalan (al-ihlilaj), fennel (al-raziyanaj), and sugar. [Take it] at the beginning of the summer for three mouths, three times a month, and at the beginning of the winter for three months, three days a month, three times. Let the place of the fennel be from near the gummastic (mastaka) and one will not fall ill except for the illness of death.”

Quartan Fever And The Method Of Its Treatment

‘Abd Allah b. Bistam narrated from Kamil from Muhammad b. Ibrahim al-Ju’fi from his father that he said: I called on Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) and he said: “I see you looking pale.” I replied: “I have the quartan fever (humma al-rib’).” He said: “What about the blessed, the good [remedy]. Grind sugar and add it to water. Drink it on an empty stomach whenever you want a drink of water.” He [al-Ju’fi’s father] said: I did that and the fever did not recur.

An Invocation For Quartan Fever

‘Abd Allah narrated from Abu Zakariyya Yahya b. Abu Bakr from al-Hadrami that Abu al-Hasan the first [i.e. Musa al-Kazim] (عليه السلام) wrote the following for him when his son was suffering from quartan fever. He instructed him to write:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ جَبْرَئِيلُ وَ عَلَى يَدِهِ اَلْيُسْرَى بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ مِيكَائِيلُ وَ عَلَى رِجْلِهِ اَلْيُمْنَى بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ إِسْرَافِيلُ وَ عَلَى رِجْلِهِ اَلْيُسْرَى بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ لاٰ يَرَوْنَ فِيهٰا شَمْساً وَ لاٰ زَمْهَرِيراً وَ بَيْنَ كَتِفَيْهِ بِسْمِ اَلْعَزِيزِ اَلْجَبَّارِ
‘In the Name of Allah, Jibra’il’, on his right hand; ‘In the Name of Allah. Mika’il’, on his left hand; ‘In the Name of Allah, Israfil’, on his right foot; ‘In the Name of Allah, therein they shall see neither sun nor bitter cold (76:13)’, on his left foot; and, ‘In the Name of Allah, the Mighty, the Omnipotent’, between his shoulders.

He [Abu al-Hasan] said: “Whosoever has doubts, it will not benefit him.”

On Various Remedies Described By The Imams, On Them Be Peace

Al-Hasan b. Shadhan narrated from Abu Ja’far from Abu al-Hasan (عليه السلام) who, when asked about tertian fever (al-humma al-ghabb al-ghaliba) said: ‘Take three spoonfuls of honey and fennel flower and the fever will be uprooted, for they are both blessed. Allah, the Exalted, has said of honey:
خْرُجُ مِن بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاءٌ لِّلنَّاسِ ۗ
Then comes there forth out of their bellies a drink of diverse hues wherein is healing for men (16:69)

The Messenger of Allah, blessings on him, said: “In black cumin (al-habba a-sauda’) is a healing from every illness except the poison (al-samm).” It was said: “O Messenger of Allah, what is the poison?’ He replied: “Death.” Then he said: “These two [honey and black cumin] are not predisposed to the heat or the cold, or to natural constituents, but are both a healing wherever they are.”

Al-Hasan b. Shadhan narrated from Abu Ja’far from Abu al-Hasan the third [the tenth Imam, ‘Ali b. Muhammad al-Hadi (d. 254/ 868)] (عليه السلام) who said: “The best thing for quartan fever is to eat sweet flummery (al-faludhaj) [made of honey] and a lot of saffron on the day the fever occurs, and not to eat anything else on that day.”

Water From The Well Of Zamzam

Al-Jarud b. Ahmad narrated from Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Ja’fari from Muhammad b. Sinan from Isma’il b. Jabir, who said: I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) say: “The water of the Zamzam is a healing for every illness”, and I think he said: “whatever it may be, for the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him, would recommend the water of the Zamzam whenever he drank it.”

On The Soil of the Grave of Al-Husayn, Peace Be Upon Him

Al-Jarud b. Ahmad narrated from al-Ja’fari from Muhammad b. Sinan from al-Mufaddal b. ’Umar al-Ju’fi from Muharnmad b. Isma’il b. Abu Zaynab from Jabir b. Yazid al-Ju’fi, who said:
I heard Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. ‘Ali (عليه السلام) say: “The soil of the grave of al-Husayn (عليه السلام) is a healing for every illness and a protection from every fear, when it is taken.”

Adhan And Iqama On The Shirt Of One Suffering From Fever

Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sinan from Yunus b. Zabyan from al-Mufaddal b. ’Umar from Ja’far b. Muhammad al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that one of his clients who was unwell called on him. He [al-Sadiq] said to him: “Why is it that I see your colour has changed?” He replied: “May I be your sacrifice, I have been feeling very unwell for a month. The fever has not subsided and I have treated myself with all the remedies prescribed by the learned, but have not benefited from any of that.” Al-Sadiq said to him: “Undo the buttons of your shirt and put your head in it.
Recite the adhan [the call to prayer) and the iqama [the introduction to prayer], and recite the Surah al-Hamd (1) seven times.” The man said: I did that and recovered as quickly as a camel loosened from its cord.

On Apples

Al-Husayn b. Bistam narrated from Muhammad b. Khalaf from al-Washsha’ a-Husayn b. ‘Ali b. ‘Abd Allah b. Sinan that Ja’far b. Muhammad (عليه السلام) said: “If people knew what was in apples (al-tuffah), they would treat their illnesses only with them.”
Al-Khidr b. Muhammad narrated from al-Hawarini from Muhammad b. al-Abbas from ‘Abd Allah b. al-Fadl al-Nawfali that one of the Imams (عليه السلام) said: “I have not read the Surah al-Hamd (1) seventy times without [the illness] abating. So try it and you will not suffer.”

On Scattering Wheat For Fever

Al-Fayd b. al-Mubarak al-Asadi narrated from ‘Abd al-Aziz from Yunus from Dawud al-Raqqi, who said: I was severely ill in Medina and news of that reached Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام). He wrote to me: ‘News of your illness has reached me. Buy [the measure of] a sa’ of wheat (al-burr), lie down on your back (al-qafa’), and scatter it in any way whatever on your chest and say:
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِاسْمِكَ اَلَّذِي إِذَا سَأَلَكَ بِهِ اَلْمُضْطَرُّ كُشِفَ مَا بِهِ مِنْ ضُرٍّ وَ مَكَّنْتَ لَهُ فِي اَلْأَرْضِ وَ جَعَلْتَهُ خَلِيفَتَكَ عَلَى خَلْقِكَ أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ وَ أَنْ تُعَافِيَنِي مِنْ عِلَّتِي هَذِهِ
O Allah, I ask You by Your Name by Which, if the distressed asks You, his trouble is removed, and You have established him on the earth and made him Your vicegerent over Your creation, to bless Muhammad and his family and to cure me of this illness of mine.

Then sit up, gather the wheat from around you, and recite the same prayer. Then divide the wheat, giving [the measure of] a madd to each beggar and recite the name prayer again.’ Dawud said: I did as he instructed and recovered as quickly as a camel loosened from its cord. More than one person used this remedy and benefited from it.

Abu Ghassan ‘Abd Allah b. Khalid h. Najih narrated from Ibn Mas’ud Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah b. Abu Ahmad from ‘Abd al-Rahman Abu Najran from Yunus b Ya’qub that he said: I was with Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) while he was teaching one of his followers the charm for fever, so I copied it from the man.
He said: ‘Recite the opening of the Book (al-Fatiha (1)), the Surah al-Ikhlas (112), the Surah al-Qadr (97), and the verse of the Throne (2:255). Then write with your index finger on the feverish side:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِرْحَمْ جِلْدَهُ اَلرَّقِيقَ وَ عَظْمَهُ اَلدَّقِيقَ مِنْ سَوْرَةِ اَلْحَرِيقِ يَا أُمَّ مِلْدَمٍ إِنْ كُنْتَ آمَنْتَ بِاللَّهِ وَ اَلْيَوْمِ اَلْآخِرِ فَلاَ تَأْكُلِي اَللَّحْمَ وَ لاَ تَشْرَبِي اَلدَّمَ وَ لاَ تَنْهَكِي اَلْجِسْمَ وَ لاَ تَصْدَعِي اَلرَّأْسَ وَ اِنْتَقِلِي عَنْ فُلاَنِ بْنِ فُلاَنَةَ إِلَى مَنْ يَجْعَلُ مَعَ اَللّٰهِ إِلٰهاً آخَرَ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ تَعٰالَى اَللّٰهُ عَمّٰا يُشْرِكُونَ عُلُوّاً كَبِيراً .
O Allah, spare his tender skin (al-jild) and fragile bones from the violence of the fire. O Umm Muladdim, if you believe in Allah and the Day of Judgement, then do not eat the flesh, or drink the blood, or weaken the body, or cause aches in the head. Depart from so-and-so, son of so-and-so, to one who ascribes other gods with Allah. There is no god but Allah, Exalted is Allah over those who associated partners with Him, Sublime, Great.

On Cauterization and Clysters

Muhammad b. Ibrahim al-‘Alawi al-Musawi narrated from Ibrahim b. Muhammad [that is, his father] from Abu al-Hasan al-‘Askari (عليه السلام) who said: I heard Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) speak of his father. He said: ‘Yunus b. Ya’qub, a follower of al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, a man is cauterized with fire and sometimes is killed and sometimes survives.” He [al-Sadiq] said: “One of the companions of the Messenger of Allah was cauterized during the time of the Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, while the latter was standing at his head.”’
Ja’far b. ‘Abd al-Wahid narrated from al-Nadr b. Suwayd from ‘Asim b. Hamid from Muhammad b. Muslim, who said: I asked Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام): “Can cauterization be used as a treatment?’ He replied: “Yes. Allah, the Exalted, made in the remedy a blessing and a cure and much good. What if someone is treated in this way? There is no objection to it.”
lbn Masha’Allah Abu ‘Abd Allah narrated from al-Mubarak b. Hammad from Zur’a from Sama’a, who said: I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) say; “The clyster is one of the remedies. They claim it strengthens the belly. Righteous people used it.”

Cupping, Inhaling [Medications], Steam Baths, and Clysters

Hafs b. ‘Umar narrated from al-Qasim b. Muhammad from Isma’il b. Abu al-Hasan from Hafs b. ‘Umar — and he is Bayya’ al-Sabiri— who said: Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: “The best ways in which you treat yourselves are through cupping, inhaling medications, steam baths, and clysters.”

Al-Mundhir b. ‘Abd Allah narrated from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Hariz b. ‘Abd Allah al-Sijistani from Ja’far b Muhammad (عليه السلام) who said: “The medications are of four kinds: cupping, daubing (al-taly) [of oil, tar, clay, mud, etc.] vomiting, and clysters.”

Ibrahim b. ‘Abd al-Rahman narrated from Ishaq b. Hassan from ’Isa b. Bashir al-Wasiti from Ibn Muskan and Zarara, who both said: Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام) said: “The medicine of the Arabs is of three kinds: cupping, clysters, and, the final remedy, cauterization.”

From Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “The medicine of the Arabs is of five kinds: cupping, clysters, inhaling medications, vomiting, steam baths, and the final remedy is cauterization.”

From Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) “The medicine of the Arabs is of seven kinds: cupping, clysters, steam baths, inhaling medications, vomiting, taking honey. The final remedy is cauterization, and sometimes added to that is [the application of] lime.”

On Signs of Disturbance in the Blood

‘Abd Allah b. ‘Ubayda narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Isa from Maysar from Ibn Sinan, who said: Al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said: “Disturbance (al-hayajan) in the blood has three signs: [emitting an] odour (al-nashr), itching (al-hakka), and the [sensation of] crawling creatures (dabib al-dawabb).”

An Invocation During Cupping

Muhammad b. al-Qasim b. Munjib narrated from Khalaf b. Hammad from ‘Abd Allah b. Muskan from Jabir b. Yazid al-Ju’ fi, who said: Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) said to one of his companions: ‘When you wish to perform cupping and the blood comes out into your cupping-glass, recite before you finish and while the blood is still flowing:

بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ اَلْكَرِيمِ مِنَ اَلْعَيْنِ فِي اَلدَّمِ وَ مِنْ كُلِّ سُوءٍ فِي حِجَامَتِي هَذِهِ
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, I take refuge in Allah, the Noble, from the evil eye in the blood and from every evil in this cupping of mine.

Then he said: ‘Did you know that when you say this, you have combined together [the following]: Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, says in His Book: Had I knowledge of the Unseen I would have acquired much good, and evil would not have touched me (7:188), that is, poverty.
Then He, Sublime be His Majesty, said: For she desired him, and he would have taken her, but that he saw the proof of his Lord. So was it that We might turn away from him evil and abomination (12:24). Evil here means adultery.
He, the Mighty and Sublime, said in the story of Musa (عليه السلام): Thrust thy hand in thy bosom and it will come forth white without evil (27:12) — that is, without illness. Combine together all this in your cupping and the blood will flow with this aforementioned invocation.’

Chooosing Days for Cupping

Muhammad b. Yahya al- Bursi narrated from Muhammad b Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan from al-Mufaddal b. ‘Umar al-Ju’fi, who said: Talha b. Zayd asked Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) about cupping on Saturday and Wednesday. He mentioned the hadith narrated by the Sunnis from the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family. He [Abu ‘Abd Allah] rejected it and said: ‘The authentic report on the authority of the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him, is: “When the blood is inflamed in one of you then perform the cupping; it will not be fatal.”’ Then he said: ‘I do not know any of my Ahl al-Bayt who had any objection to it.’
It is also related from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام): “Cupping on the first Tuesday of the Greek month of Azar [March] promotes health for a year, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”
It is also related from the Imams, peace be upon them: “Cupping on Tuesday up to the 17th of the lunar month promotes health for a year.”
Al-Sijistani narrated from Ja’far b. Muhammad (عليه السلام) who said: “Travel any day you wish and give alms (al-sadaqa).”

The Benefits of Cupping

Muhammad b. al-Husayn narrated from Faddala b. Ayyub from Isma’il from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) from al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said; “The Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be on him, never complained of any pain without taking recourse to cupping.” Abu Tiba said: ‘I cupped the Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, and he gave me a dinar. I drank his blood. The Messenger of Allah asked: “Did you drink it?” I replied: “Yes.” He said: “And what made you do that?” I replied: “I am blessed by it.” He said: “You have taken protection from pains and illnesses, poverty and want. By Allah, Hell will never touch you.”’

Al-Zubayr b. Bakkar narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, from Muhammad b. Ishaq from Ammar from al-Fadl al-Rassan, who said: “Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: “Among the medical treatments of the Prophets are cupping, lime and inhaling medications.”

The Various Times for Cupping

Ahmad b. ‘Abd Allah b. Zurayq said Ja’far b. Muhammad (عليه السلام) passed by some people performing cupping. He said: “Where was the harm if you had delayed it until Sunday evening, for he would have been cured of the illness.”
The Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him, said: “Perform the cupping when there is a disturbance of the blood in you. Sometimes it becomes inflamed in a person and kills him.”
From al-Baqir (عليه السلام) “The best remedies you treat yourselves with are clysters, inhaling medications, cupping, and steam baths.”

Cupping In Various Parts Of The Body

Ahmad b. Muhammad narrated from Abu Muhammad b. Khalld from ‘Abd Allah b. Bukayr from Zarara b. A’yan who said: I heard Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) say: ‘The Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, said: “Cupping in the head is a healing for every illness except the poison.”’
Al-Hadr b. Muhammad narrated from al-Hawarini from Abu Muhammad al-Bardha’i from Safwan from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “The Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, would be cupped in three places: one of them in the head, which he called the al-mutaqaddima; one between the shoulders, called al-nafi’a; and one between the hips, called al-mu’ayyana.”

Looking at the Flow Of Blood

‘Abd Allah b. Musa al-Tabari narrated from Ishaq b. Abu al-Hasan from his mother Umm Muhammad, who said: My master (عليه السلام) said: “Whoever looks at the first cupping-glass of his blood will be safe from al-wahiya until his next cupping.” I asked my master: “What is al-wahiya?” He replied: “Pain of the neck (al-‘unq).”
Ibrahim b. ‘Abd Allah al-Khuzami narrated from al-Husayn b. Yusuf b. ‘Urnar from his brother from ‘Umar b. Shimr from Jabir b. Yazid al-Ju’fi from Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. ‘Ali (عليه السلام) who said: “Whoever is cupped and looks at the first of his blood will be protected from inflammation until his next cupping.”
Abu Zakariyya Yahya b. Adam narrated from Safwan b. Yahya al-Sabiri from ‘Abd Allah b. Bukayr from Shu’ayb al-‘Aqrqufi from Abu Ishaq al-Azdi from Abu Ishaq al-Sabi’i from one who said to him that Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) used to bathe himself after the cupping and steam bath. Shu’ayb said: I mentioned this to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “When the Prophet, blessings of Allah on him and his family, would be cupped, blood would be stirred up and inflamed, so he would bathe in cold water to abate the heat of the blood. When Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) entered the steam bath, the heat of the blood would rise in him and he would pour cold water on himself to cool it down.”

Cupping At The Base Of The Neck

Al-Harith, the son of al-Harith al-A’war al-Hamdani, narrated from Sa’id b. Muhammad from Abu Basir, who said: Abu ‘Abd Allah, peace he upon him, said: “The Prophet, blessings on him, would be cupped in the lateral parts of the neck (al-akhda’an) so Jibra’il (عليه السلام) brought him [the message] from Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, regarding cupping at the base of the neck (al-kahil).”
Dawud b. Sulayman al-Basri al-Jawhari narrated from Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Abu Nasr from his father from Abu Basir, who said: “I asked al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) about cupping on Wednesday. He disagreed with the people who regard it as an evil omen [and said that] it was a cure from every disease and protection from every calamity.”
Ibrahim b. Sinan narrated from Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Darimi from Zarara b. A’yan from Abu ‘Abd Allah Ja’far al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he was cupped and said: “O maid, bring three darnel grasses (sakkarat). After cupping, it will bring out pure blood and will put an end to the heat.”
From Abu al-Hasan al-Askari (عليه السلام) “After cupping, eat a sweet pomegranate (al-rumman), for it calms the blood and purifies it in the chest (jawf).”

On Abstaining From Certain Foods

Ishaq b. Yusuf narrated from Muhammad b. al-‘Ays that he said to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام): “May I be your sacrifice, someone among us is ill and the medical practitioners instruct him to abstain from certain foods.” He [Abu ‘Abd Allah] said: “We Ahl al-Bayt do not abstain except from dates (al-tamr) and we cure ourselves with apples and cold water.” He [Muhammad] said: “Why do you abstain from dates?” He said: “Because the Prophet, blessings on him, made ‘Ali peace be upon him abstain from eating them when he was ill.”
And he said: “The patient is not harmed by the food from which he abstains.”
Ahmad b. Muhammad narrated from al-Hasan b. Mahbub from ‘Ali b. Ri’ab from al-Halabi who said: I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) say: “Abstaining from food is not beneficial after seven days.”
Al-Hasan b. Raja’ narrated from Ya’qub b. Yazid from one of his associates from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “Abstaining from food is for eleven mornings, then there is no abstaining [from it].”

On Indigestion

Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah al-Asqalani narrated from al-Nadr b. Suwayd from ‘Ali b. Abu Salb, the son of my brother Shihab, [that he said:] I complained to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) of pains and indigestion [al-tukham]. He said to me: “Eat the morning meal and the evening meal, and do not eat anything in between, for in it is corruption of the body. Did you not hear Allah, the Exalted, say: There they shall have their provision at dawn and evening (19:62)?”

Muhammad b. Bukayr al-Musaffi narrated from Faddala b. Ayyub from Dawud b. Farqad from one who mentioned it from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) [that] he said: “I fully guarantee that one who eats food and says Allah, the Exalted’s, Name, will not be harmed by it.” A man from among the people stood up and said: “O Amir al-Mu’minin, I ate food yesterday and pronounced Allah’s name over it, but it harmed me.” He replied: “You ate various kinds [of food] and pronounced Allah’s Name over some and did not do so over others.” The man laughed and said: “You have spoken truly, Amir al-Mu’minin.” He said: ‘That [harm] is only from [the food] over which you did not pronounce Allah’s Name, foolish man.”

For Pain In The Waist

Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) that the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him, said: “Drink lovage, for it is good for pain of the waist.”

Al-Bursi [narrated] from Muhammad b. Yahya from Sinan from Yunus b. Zabyan from Ja’far from Jabir from Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام) who said that Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said: ‘Whosoever wishes that food not harm him should not eat until he is hungry. When he eats, let him say:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ
In the Name of Allah, and by Allah

Let him chew his food well and stop eating while he still has an appetite for it and desires it.’

‘Abd Allah b. Bistam narrated from Muhammad b. Zurayq from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Hariz from Abu ‘Abd Allah from al-Husayn b. ‘Ali (عليه السلام) who said that Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said: “Whoever wishes for the eternal life and not for permanence [in this world], let him wear light clothes, eat early, and have less frequent sexual intercourse with women.”

Salih b. Muhammad al-‘Anbari narrated from al-Nadr b. Suwayd from ‘Abd Allah b. Sinan from ‘Awn b ‘Abd Allah that Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: ‘Pass your hand over the warts (al-thu’alil) and say:

بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ لاَ حَوْلَ وَ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ اَلْعَلِيِّ اَلْعَظِيمِ اَللَّهُمَّ اُمْحُ عَنِّي مَا أَجِدُ
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. In the Name of Allah, and by Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family. There is no power nor might except with Allah, the Most High, the Mighty, O Allah, remove from me my suffering.

Description of a Drink

‘Abd Allah b. Bistam narrated from Muhammad b. Isma’il b. Hatim at-Tamimi from ‘Umar b. Abu Khalid from Ishaq b.’Ammar, who complained to Ja’far b. Muhammad al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) of a pain and said to him that a physician had suggested for him a drink and said that it was beneficial for this illness. Al-Sadiq said: ‘And what did the physician suggest for you?’ He said; ‘Take raisins (al-zabib) and pour water over them. Then pour honey over it and cook it until two-thirds of it evaporates and one-third is left.’ He [al-Sadiq] said: ‘Is it sweet?’ He replied: ‘Yes indeed, O son of the Messenger of Allah.’ He said: ‘Drink the sweet when you experience it [the pain] and when you are afflicted with it.’ He did not tell [Ishaq] any more than this.

Disapproval of Taking Medications except When Required

Al-Muzaffar b. ‘Abd Allah al-Yamani narrated from Muhammad b. Yazid al-Ashhali from Salim b Abu Khaythama from al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: ‘He whose good health overcomes his illness and then drinks medications has helped [his health to work] against itself.’
Ayyub b. Hariz narrated from Abu Hariz b. Abu al-Ward from Zur’a from Muhammad al-Hadrami and from Sama’a b. Mihran, who said: Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said to me concerning a man who had an illness and was instructed to drink urine (al-bawl). ‘He should not drink it.’ I said: ‘He is compelled to drink it.’ He [al-Sadiq] replied: ‘If he is compelled to drink it and finds no medicine for his illness, then let him drink his urine. As for the urine of others, no.’

Wine Used In Medications

Hatim b. Isma’il narrated from al-Nadr b. Suwayd from al-Husayn b. ‘Abd Allah al-Arjani from Malik b. Musamma’ al-Musamma’i from Qa’id b. Talha, who said: 1 asked Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) about wine used in medications. He said: “It is not proper for anyone to seek a cure in what is forbidden.”
Ibrahim b. Muhammad narrated from Faddala b. Ayyub from Isma’il b, Muhammad from Ja’far b. Muhammad (عليه السلام) who said: “The Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, forbad that one should be treated with impure (khabitha) medications.”
From ‘Abd al-Hamid b. ‘Umar b. al-Hurr who said: I called on Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) when he arrived from Iraq. He said: “Go to [my son] Isma’il b Ja’far, for he is ill. See what ails him.” He said: I left al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) and went to him [Isma’il] and asked him about the pain which he suffered. He told me of it and I described for him a medication which contained wine. He told me: “O Isma’il b. Hurr [sic], wine is forbidden and we Ahl al-Bayt do not seek a cure in the forbidden.”

Medications Prepared With Wine And Pig Fat

‘Abd Allah b. Ja’far narrated from Safwan b. Yahya al-Bayya’ from ‘Abd Allah b. Muskan from al-Halabi, who said: I asked Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) about a medication prepared with wine (al-khamr). It could not be prepared without it and was only a necessity. He said: “No, by Allah, it is not permissible for a Muslim to look at it, so how can he be treated with it? It is merely the same as the fat (shahm) of a pig (al-khinzir) used in such-and-such a medication which is not complete without it. Allah does not heal anyone with a medication of wine and the fat of a pig.”

On The Urine of Cattle and Sheep

Ahmad b. al-Fadl al-Damighani narrated from Muhammad from Isma’il b. ‘Abd Allah from Zur’a from Sama’a b. Mihran, who said: I asked Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) about a person drinking the urine of camels, cattle, and sheep, suggested to him for pain, and if it were permissible to drink it. He replied: “Yes, there is no objection to it.”
Ibrahim b. Riyah narrated from Faddala b. Ayyub from al-‘Ala’ b. Abu. Ya’qub, who said: I asked Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) about a person drinking the milk (alban) of she-asses (al-utun) as a medication. He replied: “There is no objection to it.”

On The Medications Of Jews, Christians, And Magians

Marzuq b. Muhammad al-Ta’i narrated from Faddala b. Ayyub from al-‘Ala’ from Muhammad b. Muslim from Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) about a man being treated by Christians and Jews and taking medications frum them. He [al-Baqir] replied: “There is no objection to that. Healing is only in the Hand of Allah, the Exalted.”
Ibrahim b. Muslim narrated from ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Abu Najran from Yunus b. Ya’qub, who said: I asked Abu ‘Abd Allah, peace be upon hirn, about a man taking medications which sometimes kill and sometimes cure, those who are cured being more numerous. He replied: “Allah has sent down the illness and the cure. He has not created an illness without making a cure for it. So take it, and take the Name of Allah, the Exalted.”

On Theriac

Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah al-Ajlah narrated from Safwan b. Yahya al-Bayya’ from ‘Abd al-Rahman b. al-Hajjaj, who said: A man asked Abu al-Hasan (عليه السلام) about theriac (al-tiryaq). He replied: “There is no objection to it.” He said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, it contains the flesh of vipers (al-afa’i).” He [Abu al-Hasan] replied: “It has no power over us.”

On Apples

Ibrahim b. Muhammad narrated from Zur’a from Sama’a, who said: I asked Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) about a patient who craved apples but was forbidden to eat them. He replied: “Give apples to those among you who have fever, for there is nothing more beneficial.”

On The Continuous Flowing Of Blood

Al-Mas’udi narrated from al-Hasan b. Khalid, who said: A woman wrote to Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) complaining of a continuous flow of blood (dawam al-dam). He wrote to her: “Take, Allah willing, one handful of coriander (kuzbara) and one of sumac (summaq), and soak them for a night outdoors. Then boil them in a clay pot and drink a saucer of it. It will stop the blood flow except during the time of menstruation.”

On The Weakness Of The Body

Muhammad b. Musa al-Sudayfi narrated from Ibn Mahbub and Harun b. Abu al-Jahm from Isma’il b. Muslim al-Sakuni from Abu ‘Abd Allah from Muhammad b. ‘Ali al-Baqir (عليه السلام) that the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, said: ‘Nuh (عليه السلام) complained to his Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, of weakness (al-du’f) of his body, Allah, the Exalted, revealed to him: “Cook meat (al-lahm) with milk and eat it, for I have created strength and blessing in both.”’

Ibrahim b. Hizam al-Hariz narrated from Muhammad b. Abu Nasr from Taghlaba from ‘Abd al-Rahman b. ‘Abd al-Majid al-Qusayr from Ja’far b. Muhammad al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: ‘Whosoever is afflicted with weakness in his heart or his body, let him eat mutton (lahm al-da’n) with milk. It will expel from his limbs every illness and danger, and will strengthen his body and harden his gums.

Let him say:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ يُحْيِي وَ يُمِيتُ وَ يُمِيتُ وَ يُحْيِي وَ هُوَ حَيٌّ لاَ يَمُوتُ يُرَدِّدُهَا
There is no god but Allah, the One. No partner has He. He gives life, and makes to die (7:158), and makes die and gives life. He is the Living, the Undying.

Repeat it ten times before sleep, glorify Allah with the tasbih of Fatima, peace be upon her. And recite the verse of the Throne (2:255) and the Surah al-Ikhlas (112).’

On The Common Cold

Sa’id b. Mansur narrated from Zakariyya b, Yahya al-Muzni from Ibrahim b. Abu Yahya from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) that Ibrahim said: I complained to him of a common cold (al-zukam). He said: “[It is] one of the workings of Allah and one of the armies of Allah. Allah has sent it to an illness in your body to remove it. When it has been removed, you must take one daniq weight of fennel flower, and half a daniq weight of sneeze wort (kundus). Grind it and inhale it all. It will get rid of the cold. If it possible that you not treat it with something else, then do that, for it [the cold] has many benefits.”

For Al-Kham, Cold In The Belly, And Colic

Harun b. Shu’ayb narrated from Dawud b. ‘Abd Allah from Ibrahim b. Abu Yahya from Muhammad b. Isma’il b. Abu Zaynab from al-Ju’fi from Jabir from Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. ‘Ali (عليه السلام) [that Jabir] said: A man complained to him [Abu Ja’far] of al-kham, cold in the belly, and wind of colic. He [Abu Ja’far] said: ‘As for the colic, write for it the first Surah of the Qur’an (al-Fatiha (1)), the two Surahs of taking refuge (al-Falaq (113) and al-Nas (114)), and the Surah al-Ikhlas (112). Write below that:
أَعُوذُ بِوَجْهِ اَللَّهِ اَلْعَظِيمِ وَ بِقُوَّتِهِ اَلَّتِي لاَ تُرَامُ وَ بِقُدْرَتِهِ اَلَّتِي لاَ يَمْتَنِعُ مِنْهَا شَيْءٌ مِنْ شَرِّ هَذَا اَلْوَجَعِ وَ شَرِّ مَا فِيهِ وَ شَرِّ مَا أَحْذَرُ مِنْهُ
I take refuge in the Face of Allah, the Mighty, and in His Strength, which is unceasing, and in His Power, which nothing can resist, from the evil of this pain, and the evil of what is in it, and the evil of what I fear from it.

Write this on a shoulder-blade (al-katif), tablet, or cup, with musk (misk) and saffron. Then wash it out with rainwater and drink it before breakfast (‘ala al-riq) or before bed.’

Al-Hasan b. ‘Abd Allah narrated from Faddala b. Ayyub from Muhammad b. Muslim b. Yazid al-Sakuni from Abu ‘Abd Allah from his father from ‘Ali b. Abu Taib (عليه السلام) “Whosoever eats ‘ajwa [a variety of dates from Medina] seven times before sleeping will kill the worms (al-dud) in his belly.”

From him, that he said: “Give him wine vinegar to drink, for it kills the creatures in the belly (dawwab al-butn).”

From Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام): “Eat ‘ajwa, for the dried date of the ‘ajwa will cause them to die – and eat it on an empty stomach.”

On Looseness Of The Bowels

Bishr b. ‘Abd al-Hamid al-Ansari narrated from al-Washsha’ from Muhammad b. Fudayl from Abu Hamza b. al-Thumali from Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. ‘Ali al-Baqir, peace he upon him, that a man complained to him of looseness of the bowels (al-zahir). He [al-Baqir] said to him: “Take some Armenian clay (al-tin al-Armani). Turn it over on a low fire, then eat some of it. It will cease.”

From him (عليه السلام) that he said concerning looseness of the bowels: “Take one part of white clay (khazaf abyad) one part of fleawort (bizr qutuniya) seeds, one part of gum Arabic (samgh ‘arabi), and one part of Armenian clay. Boil over a low fire and eat of it.”

On Phlegm and its Treatment

Hariz b. Ayyub al-Jurjani narrated from Muhammad b. Abu Nusayr from Muhammad b. Ishaq from ‘Ammar al-Nawfali from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who attributed it to Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) who said: “Recitation of the Qur’an, al-siwak [twig of a particular tree used for cleansing of teeth], and storax (al-luban) are purifiers of phlegm.”

From al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he said: “Whoever enters a steam bath on an empty stomach purifies the phlegm. Whoever enters it after eating, purifies the bile. If you wish to put on weight, enter the bath when you are full: and if you wish to lose weight, enter it on an empty stomach.”

On Dampness

Salim b. Ibrahim narrated from al-Daylami from Dawud al-Raqqi, who said: ‘A man complained to Musa b. Ja’far (عليه السلام) of dampness (al-rutuba). He instructed him to eat barni dates on an empty stomach and not to drink water. He did that and the dampness left him and he became excessively dry (al-yubs). So he complained of that to Musa b. Ja’far, who instructed him to eat barni dates on an empty stomach and to drink water after it. He did that and his balance was restored.’

Muhammad b. al-Sirraj narrated from Faddala b. Isma’il from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq from his father from ‘Ali b. Abu Talib (عليه السلام) that he said: “Three things take away the phlegm, reciting the Qur’an, storax, and honey.”

From Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) that he said: “Much carding (al-tumushshut) takes away the phlegm, and combing the head (tasrih al-ra’s) cuts the phlegm and takes it away at its root.”

The Excellence of Lump Sugar

Hamdan b. A’yan al-Razi narrated from Safwan b.Yahya from Jamil b. Darraj from Zarara, who said: I related to Abu Ja’far, peare be upon him, the statement of Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) “I am the divider of the fire (qasim al-nar) for me and for you.” He said: “Yes, Amir al-Mu’minin said that before the people.”
From Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: “Woe be to you, O Zarara, what makes people heedless of the excellence of lump sugar (al-sukkar al-tabarzad) when it is beneficial for seventy illnesses and it devours phlegm completely and uproots it?”

On Drinking Sawiq

Salih b. Ibrahim al-Misri narrated from Faddala b. Abu Bakr from Abu Ya’fur, from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: “When dry sawiq [meal of parched barley] is taken on an empty stomach, it allays the heat and calms the bile; when it is crushed and then drunk, it does not do that.”
From Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: “How great is the blessing of sawiq. lf a person drinks it when he is full, it is wholesome for him and digests the food. If he drinks it when he is hungry, it fills him. The most excellent provision on a journey and at home is sawiq.”

On Vomiting

Ja’far b. Mansur al-Wida’i narrated from al-Husayn b. ‘Ali b. Yaqtin from Muhammad b. Fadl from Hamza al-Thumali from Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: “Whoever is made to vomit before he vomits, it is better for him than seventy kinds of medications. In this way vomit expels every disease and illness.”

On Wild Rue

Ibrahim b. Khalid narrated from Abu Ishaq b. Ibrahim b. ‘Abd Rabbihi from ‘Abd al-Wahid b. Maymun from Abu Khalid al-Wasiti from Zayd b. ‘Ali [Zayn al-‘Abidin, the fourth Imam (d.122/740)] who attributed it to his forefathers, peace be upon them, that [one of them] said: ‘The Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, said: “The wild rue (al-harmal) does not grow a tree, or a leaf, or a fruit, but that it has an angel in charge of it until it reaches the one who comes to it, or until it becomes debris. In its root and branches is a secret, and in its seed is healing from seventy-two illnesses. So treat yourselves with it and with frankincense.”’

From Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he was asked about wild rue and storax. He said: “As for wild rue, neither its root in the earth nor its branch in the sky is shaken without there being an angel in charge of it until it becomes debris and becomes what it becomes. For Satan avoids seventy houses before the house in which it is, and it is a healing for seventy illnesses, the least of which is leprosy. So do not be heedless of it.”

On Fennel Flower (Al-Shuniz) and its Benefits

Al-Qasim b. Ahmad b. Ja’far narrated from al-Qasim b. Muhammad from Abu Ja’far from Muhammad b. Ya’la Abu ‘Amr from Dharih, who said: I said to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام). “I suffer from rumbling (al-qaraqir) and pain in my belly.” He replied: “What prevents you from [taking] black cumin? It is a cure for every illness except the poison.”

From Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: ‘The Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, said concerning this black cumin that in it is a cure for every illness except the poison. It was said: “O Messenger of Allah, what is the poison?” He replied: “Death.”’

From Zarara b. A’yan, who said: I heard Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) when asked about the statement of the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, about black cumin, say: ‘Yes, the Messenger of Allah said that and made an exception in it, for he said: “except the poison”. But shall I show you what is more effective than it, and about which the Prophet (ﷺ) has not made an exception?’ I said: ‘Yes indeed, O son of the Messenger of Allah.’ He said: ‘Prayer repels destiny (al-qada’) and that has been decided conclusively, and alms extinguish anger,’ and he brought his fingers together.

On Dripping Urine

Muhammad b. Ibrahim al-‘Alawi narrated from Faddala from Muhammad b. Abu Basir from his father, who said: Amr al-Afraq complained to al-Baqir (عليه السلام) of dripping urine (taqtir al-bawl). He [al-Baqir] said: “Take wild rue and wash it six times in cold water and once in hot water. Then dry it in the shade and mix it with pure and clear oil. Eat it on an empty stomach and it will stop the dripping, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

Gripes

Hamid b. ‘Abd Allah al-Madani narrated from Ishaq b. Muhammad, companion of Abu al-Hasan, from ‘Ali b. Sindi from Sa’d b. Sa’d from Musa b. Ja’far, peace he upon him, who said to one of his companions who was complaining of gripes (al-alwa’): ‘Take water and read over it this invocation three times, and do not pour oil over it.
يُرِيدُ اَللّٰهُ بِكُمُ اَلْيُسْرَ وَ لاٰ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ اَلْعُسْرَ
Allah wishes for you ease, and He does not wish for you hardship

Then recite:

أَوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا ۖ وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّ ۖ أَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ ﴿٣٠﴾
Have not the unbelievers then beheld that the heavens and the earth were a mass all sewn up, and then We unstitched them and of water fashioned every living thing? Will they not believe? (21:30)

Then drink it and pass your hand over your belly and you will be cured. Allah, the Exalted, willing.’

For Severe Labour Pains and Difficulty in Childbirth

Salih b. Ibrahim al-Misri narrated from Ibn Faddala from Muhammad b. al-Jahm from al-Munkhal from Jabir b. Yazid al-Ju’fi that a man came to Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) and said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, help me!” He [al-Baqir] said: “What is it?” He replied: “My wife in on the threshold of death from the severity of labour pains (al-talq).” He said: “Go and read over her:
فَأَجَاءَهَا الْمَخَاضُ إِلَىٰ جِذْعِ النَّخْلَةِ قَالَتْ يَا لَيْتَنِي مِتُّ قَبْلَ هَـٰذَا وَكُنتُ نَسْيًا مَّنسِيًّا ﴿٢٣﴾ فَنَادَاهَا مِن تَحْتِهَا أَلَّا تَحْزَنِي قَدْ جَعَلَ رَبُّكِ تَحْتَكِ سَرِيًّا ﴿٢٤﴾ وَهُزِّي إِلَيْكِ بِجِذْعِ النَّخْلَةِ تُسَاقِطْ عَلَيْكِ رُطَبًا جَنِيًّا ﴿٢٥﴾
And the birthpangs surprised her by the trunk of the palm tree (al-nakhla). She said. Would I had died ere this, and became a thing forgotten! But the one that was below her called to her: Nay, do not sorrow. See, thy Lord has set below thee a rivulet. Shake also to thee, the palm trunk, and there shall come tumbling upon thee dates fresh and ripe (19:23-25).

Then raise your voice with this verse:

وَ اَللّٰهُ أَخْرَجَكُمْ مِنْ بُطُونِ أُمَّهٰاتِكُمْ لاٰ تَعْلَمُونَ شَيْئاً وَ جَعَلَ لَكُمُ اَلسَّمْعَ وَ اَلْأَبْصٰارَ وَ اَلْأَفْئِدَةَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ كَذَلِكَ اُخْرُجْ أَيُّهَا اَلطَّلْقُ اُخْرُجْ بِإِذْنِ اَللَّهِ
And it is God who brought you forth from your mother’s abdomen not knowing anything. He appointed for you hearing, and sight, and hearts, that haply so you will be thankful (16:78). Thus come out, O labour pains, Allah, the Exalted, willing.

She will recover immediately, with Allah the Exalted’s help.”

On Blood Vessels Throbbing in the Joints

Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Yunus b. Zabyan from Abu Zaynab, who said: While I was with Ja’far b. Muhammad (عليه السلام) there came to him Sinan b. Sulama looking pale-faced. He [Ja’far b Muhammad] asked him: ‘What is the matter with you?’ He described to him the severe throbbing (al-darban) that he suffered from in his joints (al-mafasil). He [Ja’far b. Muhammad] said to him: ‘Woe be to you, say:
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِأَسْمَائِكَ وَ بَرَكَاتِكَ وَ دَعْوَةِ نَبِيِّكَ اَلطَّيِّبِ اَلْمُبَارَكِ اَلْمَكِينِ عِنْدَكَ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ وَ بِحَقِّهِ وَ بِحَقِّ اِبْنَتِهِ فَاطِمَةَ اَلْمُبَارَكَةِ وَ بِحَقِّ وَصِيِّهِ أَمِيرِ اَلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَ حَقِّ سَيِّدَيْ شَبَابِ أَهْلِ اَلْجَنَّةِ إِلاَّ أَذْهَبْتَ عَنِّي شَرَّ مَا أَجِدُ بِحَقِّهِمْ بِحَقِّهِمْ بِحَقِّهِمْ بِحَقِّكَ يَا إِلَهَ اَلْعَالَمِينَ
O Allah, I ask You by Your Names and Your Blessings, and the call of Your noble, blessed Prophet, who has influence with You, and by his right and the right of his daughter Fatima, the blessed, and by the right of his trustee (wasi), Amir al-Mu’minin, and the right of the Chiefs of the Youth of the people of Paradise [al-Hasan and al-Husayn], to remove from me the evil of what I suffer; by their right, by their right, by their right. By Your Right, O God of all the worlds.

By Allah, he had not risen from his seat when his suffering abated.

On Penetrating Winds

Ja’far b. Jabir al-Ta’i narrated from Musa b. Imran b. Yazid al-Sayqal from ‘Umar b. Yazid, who said Jabir b. Hassan al-Sufi wrote to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام): ‘O son of the Messenger of Allah, I have been detained by a wind penetrating (rih shabika) me from my head to my feet, so pray to Allah for me.’ Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) prayed for him and wrote to him: ‘Inhale ambergris (al-‘anbar) and mercury (al-zaybaq) on an empty stomach and you will be cured of it, Allah, the Exalted, willing.’ He did that and recovered as quickly as a camel loosed from its cord.

On The Evil Wind Which Strikes The Face

Ahmad b. Ibrahim b. Riyah narrated from al-Sabbah b. Muharib, who said: I was with Abu Ja’far b. Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام). He mentioned that Shabib b. Jabir was struck by the evil wind (al-rih al-khabitha), which had pulled down his face and eyes [to one side]. He [Abu Ja’far] said: “Take five mithqal of cloves (al-qaranful) and put it in a dry bottle. Close the lid tightly and coat it with clay and place it in the sun for one day in the summer or two days in the winter. Then take out the cloves and grind it until fine. Mix it with rainwater until it becomes a thick liquid. Let him lie on his back and coat the ground clove on the side of the face that is pulled down. Let him remain lying down until the clove mixture dries. When it dries, Allah will remove it from him and restore him to his best condition, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

He [al-Sabbah] said: Our companions hastened to him and gave him the good news of that. He treated himself as the Imam (عليه السلام) had instructed, and was restored to the best condition, with the help of Allah, the Exalted.

On Leprosy and Vitiligo

‘Abd Allah and al-Husayn, the sons of Bistam, narrated from Muhammad b. Khalaf from Muhammad al-Washsha’ from ‘Abd Allah b. Sinan that he said; A man complained to Abu
‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) of vitiligo (al-wadah) and leprosy (al-bahaq). He [Abu ‘Abd Allah] said: “Enter the steam hath and mix henna (al-hinna’) with lime and coat your body with it. You will not be cured by anything else after that.” The man said; “By Allah, I did that only once and Allah cured me, and it did not recur after that.”

On A Pain in the Head

Salim b. Ibrahim narrated from al-Daylami from Dawud al-Raqqi, who said: I was with Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) when a man from Khurasan who had performed the Hajj entered. He greeted him and questioned him on some point of religion. Al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) began to explain it to him. Then the man said to him: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, since I left my house I have been suffering from a pain in the head.” He [al-Sadiq] said to him: “Go at once, enter the steam bath and do not do anything until you pour over your head seven handfuls of hot water. Say Allah’s Name each time, and you will not suffer [from it] after that, Allah, the Exalted, wiling.”

For Pain, Cold, And Weakness in the Abdomen

He said: “Take the quantity of one ratl of Cassia fistula (khiyar shanbar) and clean it. Pound it and steep it in a ratl of water for a day and a night. Then strain it and throw away the residue.
Mix with the clear liquid one ratl of honey, two ratl of the juice (afshuraj) of quince (al-safarjal) and forty mithqal of the oil of roses (duhn al-ward). Cook on a low fire until it thickens. Then take the pan off the fire and leave it until cool. When it cools, add three mithqal each of Cassia tona (al-qilqil), long pepper (dar filfil), cinnamon (qirfa al-qaranfal), cardamom (qaqula), ginger (zanjabil), Chinese cinnamon (dar sini) and nutmeg (juzbawwa), all ground and sieved. Mix these well and put the mixture in a green earthenware jar. Drink two mithqal of it on an empty stomach at one time. It will warm the abdomen, digest the food and expel the wind from all the joints, if Allah, the Exalted, wills.”

On Stones in the Waist

Al-Khidr b Muhammad narrated from al-Kharrazi that he said: I called on one of them [the Imams (عليه السلام)]. I greeted him and asked him to pray for my brother, who was suffering from stones (al-hasah) and could not sleep. He said to me: “Return and take some black myrobalan (al-ihlilaj al-aswad), beleric myrobalan (al-balilaj), and emblic myrobalan (al-amlaj). Take equal parts of blue bdellium (al-kur), pepper (al-filfil), long pepper, Chinese cinnamon, ginger, secacul (shaqaqul), sweet flag (wajj), anise (anisun), and galangal (khulanjan). Grind and sieve them and mix with the clarified butter from a cow (samn baqr). Then mix all of that with twice its weight of honey which has had its froth (al-rughwa) removed. Drink of it the equivalent of a hazelnut or a gallnut (afsa’).”

The Medication for Jaundice

Hammad b. Mihran al-Balkhi said: We frequently visited Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) in Khurasan. One day a youth among us complained of jaundice (al-yaraqan). He [Al-Ridha’] said: “Take cucumber (khiyar) and peel it. Cook the peel in water and drink one ratl of it every day for three days, on an empty stomach.” The youth informed us later that he treated a friend of his twice with the remedy and he recovered, by the will of Allah, the Exalted.

An Invocation for One Who Has a Burning in the Head

Hatim b. ‘Abd Allah narrated from Ibrahim b. ‘Abd Allah al-Sai’gh from Hammad b. Zayd al-Shahham from Abu Usama, who said: Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: ‘Do the following for every pain and burning in the head.
Draw a square and write in it:
Burn this drawing in the fire, then say:
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَى اَلنَّبِيِّ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَلَّمَ
In the Name of Allah, and blessings of Allah and peace be on the Prophet and his family.

Write the adhan and the iqama on a piece of paper and tie it to the person. The burning and the pain will subside immediately, Allah, the Mighty and Exalted, willing.’

An Excellent and Tried Medication for a Throbbing Ear

Take rue (al-sadhab) and cook it with olive oil (al-zayt). Put a few drops into the ear and it [the pain] will subside, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing.
‘Abd Allah b. al-Ajlah narrated from Ibrahim b. Muhammad al-Mutatabbib that he said: One of the followers complained to one of them [the Imams (عليه السلام)] of a pain in the ear and of blood and pus (al-qaih) coming out of his ear. He [the Imam] said to him: “Take matured cheese (jibn ‘atiq) as mature as possible, and grind it finely. Then mix it with the milk of a woman and warm it on a low fire. Put a few drops of it into the ear from which the blond flows. It will be healed, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing.”

Medication for Anxiety, Excessive Thirst and Dryness of the Mouth

Ibrahim b. ‘Abd Allah narrated from Hammad b. ‘Isa from al-Mukhtar from Isma’il b. Jabir, who said: One of our brothers complained to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) of excessive thirst (al-‘atash) and of dryness of the mouth and saliva (al-riq). He [Abu ‘Abd Allah] instructed him to take two mithqal each of scammony (soghmuniya), cardamom, Indian nard (sunbula), secacul, the branches and seed of balm (al-balasan), Cassia spuria (narmishk) cinnamon (silikha) with its bark removed, Byzantine mastic, pyrethrum, and Chinese cinnamon. Grind and sieve them all except the scammony which is ground separately and not sieved. Then mix them together. Take eighty-five mithqal of Sajzi fanidh [sweet made of sugar candy and starch], and melt it in two pans on a low fire. Pour it over the rest of the ingredients, then mix it all with honey which has had its froth removed. Put it in a bottle or green earthenware jar. Whenever required, take two mithqal of it with whatever drink you wish, before breakfast or before bed.

On The Evil Eye and Ailments of the Belly

‘Abd Allah b. Musa al-Tabari narrated from Muhammad b. Isma’il b. Muhammad b. Khalid al-Barqi from Muhammad b. Sinan al-Sinani from al-Mufaddal b. ‘Umar, who said: One of our brothers complained to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) of his wife who was afflicted with the evil eye (al-nazar wa al-‘ayn), ailments of the belly and navel, pain in the head, and migraine. The man said: ‘O son of the Messenger of Allah, she is still sleepless, and cries out all night. I am in distress from her crying and shrieking, so favour us and her with an invocation.’ Al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said: ‘When you have performed the obligatory prayer, stretch out your hands together to the heavens and say humbly and submissively:
أَعُوذُ بِجَلاَلِكَ وَ قُدْرَتِكَ وَ بَهَائِكَ وَ سُلْطَانِكَ مِمَّا أَجِدُ يَا غَوْثِي يَا اَللَّهُ يَا غَوْثِي يَا رَسُولَ اَللَّهِ يَا غَوْثِي يَا أَمِيرَ اَلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَا غَوْثِي يَا فَاطِمَةُ بِنْتَ رَسُولِ اَللَّهِ أَغِثْنِي أَغِثْنِي
I take refuge in Your Sublimity, Your Power, Your Magnificence, and Your Sovereignty, from what I suffer. O my Succour, O Allah, O my succour, O Messenger of Allah, O my succour, O Amir al-Mu’minin, O my succour, O Fatima, daughter of the Messenger of Allah, help me.

Then pass your right hand over your head (al-hama) and say:

يَا مَنْ سَكَنَ لَهُ مَا فِي اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَ مَا فِي اَلْأَرْضِ سَكِّنْ مَا بِي بِقُوَّتِكَ وَ قُدْرَتِكَ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَكِّنْ مَا بِي .
O He in Whose trust is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, calm what is in me by Your Strength and Your Power; bless Muhammad and his family and calm what is in me.

On Headaches

Muhammad b. Isma’il narrated from Muhammad b. Khalid from Ya’qub al-Zayyat from Mu’awiya from ‘Ammar al-Duhni, who said: I complained to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) of that [headache] and he said: ‘When you complete your obligatory prayer, place your right index finger on your eyes and say seven times while passing your finger over your right eyebrow (al-hajib):
يَا حَنَّانُ اِشْفِنِي
O Compassionate, heal me.

Then pass it seven times over your left eyebrow and say:

يَا مَنَّانُ اِشْفِنِي
O Bountiful, heal me.

Then place your right palm (al-raha) on your head and say:

يَا مَنْ سَكَنَ لَهُ مَا فِي اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ وَ مَا [هُوَ] فِي اَلْأَرْضِ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهِ وَ سَكِّنْ مَا بِي
O He in Whose trust is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, bless Muhammad and his family and calm what is in me.

Then rise for the supererogatory prayer.’

An Invocation for All Illnesses

Mohammad b. Isma’il narrated from Muhammad b. Khalid Abu ‘Abd Allah from Sa’dan b. Muslim from Sa’d al-Mawla, who said: Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) dictated to us the invocation called ‘the comprehensive’. [It is]:
بِسْمِ اَللّٰهِ اَلرَّحْمٰنِ اَلرَّحِيمِ بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ اَلَّذِي لاَ يَضُرُّ مَعَ اِسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي اَلْأَرْضِ وَ لاٰ فِي اَلسَّمٰاءِ اَللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِاسْمِكَ اَلطَّاهِرِ اَلطُّهْرِ اَلْمُطَهَّرِ اَلْمُقَدَّسِ اَلسَّلاَمِ اَلْمُؤْمِنِ اَلْمُهَيْمِنِ اَلْمُبَارَكِ اَلَّذِي مَنْ سَأَلَكَ بِهِ أَعْطَيْتَهُ وَ مَنْ دَعَاكَ بِهِ أَجَبْتَهُ أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَنْ تُعَافِيَنِي مِمَّا أَجِدُ فِي سَمْعِي وَ بَصَرِي وَ فِي يَدِي وَ رِجْلَيَّ وَ فِي شَعْرِي وَ بَشَرِي وَ فِي بَطْنِي إِنَّكَ لَطِيفٌ لِمَا تَشَاءُ وَ أَنْتَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ .
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. In the Name of Allah with Whose Name nothing in the earth or in the heavens causes harm. O Allah, I ask you by Your Pure, Chaste, Immaculate, Holy, Perfect, Preserving, Protective, and Blessed Name, by Which whoever asks, You grant him, and by Which whoever calls You, You answer him, to bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad and to cure me of what I suffer in my hearing and my sight, my hand and my foot, my hair and my skin (al-bashari), and my belly. Surely You are Gracious to whomsoever You will, and You are Powerful over all things.

Medications For The Aforementioned Illnesses

‘Abd Allah and al-Husayn, the sons of Bistam, narrated from Ahmad b. Ribah al-Mutabbib, who cited these medications and said that they were shown to the Imam (عليه السلام) and he approved of them. He [Ahmad] said: ‘They will be beneficial, if Allah, the Exalted, wills, for black and for yellow bile, for phlegm, pain in the belly, vomiting. fever, pleurisy (al-birsam), chapping of hands and feet, suppression of urine (al-usr), looseness of the bowels, pain in the belly and in the liver, and heat in the head. It is necessary to abstain from dried dates, fish, vinegar (khall) and legumes (al-baql), and the person who drinks it should eat zirabaja [a dish of sugar, almonds, and vinegar] with sesame oil. He should drink it for three days, two mithqal a day. I would give him one mithqal to drink but the Imam (عليه السلام) said: “Two mithqal”, and said that the Prophets had apportioned it for our Prophet, blessings be on him and his family.’
‘Take one ratl of cleansed Cassia fistula and steep it in a ratl of water for a day and a night. Then strain it, taking the clear liquid and throwing away the residue. Add to the clear liquid one ratl of honey, one ratl of the juice of quince, and forty mithqal of the oil of roses. Cook it on a low fire until it thickens. Then remove it from the fire and leave to cool. When cooled, add three mithqal each of pepper, long pepper, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, ginger, Chinese cinnamon, and nutmeg, all ground and sieved. Mix it well and put in a green earthenware jar or in a bottle. Drink two mithqal of it on an empty stomach and it will be beneficial, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing. It is beneficial for what has been mentioned, and for jaundice and severe, continuous fever from which there is a fear of the person getting pleurisy, and for a high temperature.’

[Pain Of The Bladder And Urethra]

He said: “Take cucumber and peel it. Cook its peel in water with the roots of endive (al-hindiba’). Then strain it and pour lump sugar over it. Drink one ratl of it every day before breakfast for three days. It is good, tried, and beneficial, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

On Pain in the Waist

He said: “Take four mithqal of pepper, and a similar quantity of ginger, long pepper, rice (birinj), mace (basbasa), and Chinese cinnamon, each of them the same quantity, that is, four mithqal. Take forty-five mithqal of good, pure, fresh butter (al-zibd), and forty-six mithqal of white sugar. Grind them all and sieve them in a cloth or fine sieve. Add twice its total weight of honey which has had its foam removed. Whoever drinks it for the waist, let him take the weight of three mithqal; whoever drinks it as a laxative (al-mashw), let him take the weight of seven mithqal or eight with tepid water. It will remove every illness, Allah, the Exalted, willing, and with this medication there is no need for any other. It compensates and is a substitute for all medication. When it is taken as a laxative and the bowels have stopped moving, then let it be taken with honey, for it is good and tried.”

The Medication for Sciatica

He said: “Take the nail parings (qulama zufur) of one who has sciatica and tie them on to the place of the vessel, for it is beneficial, Allah, the Exalted, willing. If it overcomes the person and his throbbing increases in severity, take two pillows and tie them on to the thigh which is affected by sciatica from the hip (al-wark) to the foot (al-qadam) as tightly as possible until he almost faints. Do that while he is standing, then press on the arch of the foot (batin hadr al-qadam) which is painful and squeeze it hard. It will bring out black blood. Then apply salt (milh) and olive oil and it will be cured, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing.”

Medications For Heart Flutter, Strengthening The Abdomen, Pain In The Waist, Increasing Brightness Of The Face, And Removing The Yellowness

Take seventy-two mithqal of dry ginger, forty of long pepper, and four each of heelweed (shina), cinnamon leaves (sadhaj), pepper, black myrobalan, preserved cardamom (qaqula murabban), walnut, bishop’s weed, sweet-pomegranate (al-rumman al-hulw) seeds, fennel flower and Kirmani cumin (kammun). Grind and sieve them all. Then take six hundred mithqal of good fanidh and put it into a clay vessel and pour some water over it. Light a low fire under it so the fanidh melts. Then put it in a clean container and add to it the ground ingredients. Mix them well, then put it away in a bottle or green jar. Drink of it the equivalent of a walnut and it will not disagree [with you], Allah, the Exalted, willing.

A Marvellous Remedy For Swelling Of The Belly, Pain Of The Abdomen, Stopping Phlegm, Melting Stones In The Bladder, And For Pains In The Waist

Take equal parts ol black myrobalan, beleric myrobalan, emblic myrobalan, blue bdellium, pepper, long pepper, Chinese cinnamon, ginger, seeacul, wash, asarawan, and galanga. Grind and sieve them and add the clarified butter from a cow. Mix all that with twice its weight of honey which has had its froth removed, or with good quality fanidh. Drink the equivalent of a hazelnut or gallnut.

A Medicine to Increase Intercourse, Etc.

He said: “This is a marvellous [remedy]. It warms the kidneys (al-kulyatan) increases intercourse (al-jima’) for the person who takes it, and removes al-barun [sic] from all the joints. It is beneficial for pains of the waist and the belly, for wind (al-riyah) in the belly and in the joints, for one who experiences difficulty in passing urine, for one not able to control his urine, for heart palpitations (darban al-fu’ad), difficulty in breathing, flatulence (al-nifkha), indigestion, and worms in the belly. It clears the heart, arouses an appetite for food, allays pain in the breast, yellowness of the eyes (sufra al-‘ayn) and yellowness of the colour, jaundice, and excessive thirst. It is for one who complains of his eyes, for pain in the head, deficiency in the brain (al-dimagh) degenerative fever, and for every illness, old and new. It is good, has been tried, and will never disagree. Drink two mithqal of it — it was one mithqal among us, but the Imam (عليه السلام) changed it.
“Take six mithqal each of black myrobalan, yellow myrobalan and scammony; four mithqal each of pepper, long pepper, dry ginger, bishop’s weed, red-poppy seeds (khishkhash ahmar), and Indian salt (milh hindi), two mithqal each of Cassia spuria, cardamom, Indian nard, secacul, balm branches, balm seeds, cinnamon (silikha) with its bark removed, Byzantine mastic, pyrethrum, and Chinese cinnamon. Grind all these ingredients and mix after having sieved them all, except the scammony, which is ground separately and not sieved. Mix them all together and take eighty-five mithqal of good quality Sajzi fanidh, and melt it in two pans on a low fire Add the other ingredients to it and mix all that with honey which has had its froth removed. Put it away in a bottle or green earthenware jar. Whenever required, take two mithqal of it before breakfast, and before sleeping, with whatever drink you wish. It is marvellous for all that we have described, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

A Medication for Pain of the Belly and the Back

Take ten mithqal each of dry storax and the roots of sweet asa (al-anjudan) and two mithqal of dodder (al-afitimun). Grind each of them separately and sieve them in a piece of silk or a fine cloth, all except the dodder, which does not need to be sieved but only ground finely. Mix them all with honey which has had its froth removed, and drink two mithqal of it with tepid water when you go to bed.
Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah, of the family of al-Mu’alla b. Khunays, narrated from Ya’qub b. Abu Ya’qub al-Zayyat from Muhammad b. Ibrahim from al-Husayn b. Mukhtar from al-Mu’alla b. Abu ‘Abd Allah from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he [al-Mu’alla] said: We were with him on a journey, and Isma’il b. al-Sadiq was with him. He complained to him [al-Sadiq] of pain in his belly and his back. He [al-Sadiq] dismounted and made him lie down and said:
بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ وَ بِاللَّهِ وَ بِصُنْعِ اَللّٰهِ اَلَّذِي أَتْقَنَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ إِنَّهُ خَبِيرٌ بِمٰا تَفْعَلُونَ اُسْكُنْ يَا رِيحُ بِالَّذِي سَكَنَ لَهُ مَا فِي اَللَّيْلِ وَ اَلنَّهٰارِ وَ هُوَ اَلسَّمِيعُ اَلْعَلِيمُ .
In the Name of Allah, and by Allah, and by the handiwork of God, who has created everything very well. He is aware of the things you do (27:88). Subside, O wind, by Him in Whose trust is what is in the night and the day, and He is All-hearing, All-knowing.

On The Severe Agony of Death

Al-Khidr b. Muhammad narrated from al-‘Abbas b. Muhammad from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Hariz al-Sijistani, who said: We were with Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) when a man came to him and said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, my brother has been suffering from the agony of death (al-naz’) for three days and it has increased in severity, so pray to Allah.” He [Abu ‘Abd Allah] said: “O Allah, ease for him the agonies of death.” Then he told the man: “Move his mattress to the place in which he prayed, and his suffering will be eased for him, if there is a delay in his appointed time of death. If his time has come, then it will be made easy for him. Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

On Instructions for the Dying

Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad b. Sinan al-Zahiri al-Sinani from al-Mufaddal b. ‘Umar and Fadl Allah from Muhammad b. Abu Zaynab, who said: Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: “When you are present before a dying person, instruct him on this matter, that is [recitation of] the declaration of unity (kalima al-tawhid) of Allah. It strikes terror into their hearts. If he has adhered to the truth, he will be saved.”
Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Massisi narrated from al-Qaddah from Ja’far b. Muhammad from his father (عليه السلام) who said: When ‘Ali b. Abu Talib was with any member of his family at their death, he would say to him: ‘Say:
لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ اَلْعَلِيُّ اَلْعَظِيمُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ اَلْحَلِيمُ اَلْكَرِيمُ سُبْحَانَ اَللَّهِ رَبِّ اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ اَلسَّبْعِ وَ رَبِّ اَلْأَرَضِينَ اَلسَّبْعِ وَ مَا بَيْنَهُمَا وَ مَا فِيهِنَّ وَ مَا بَيْنَهُنَّ وَ مَا تَحْتَهُنَّ وَ رَبِّ اَلْعَرْشِ اَلْعَظِيمِ وَ اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ اَلْعٰالَمِينَ
There is no god but Allah, the Most High, the Mighty. There is no god but Allah the Clement, the Noble. Glory be to Allah, the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the seven earths, and what is between the two, and what is in them, and what is between them, and what is under them, and the Lord of the Mighty Throne. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

When the patient had said that, he [‘Ali] would say: “Go, there is no fear for you.”

Ahmad b. Yusuf narrated from al-Nadr b. Suwayd from Abu al-Ash’ath al-Khuza’i from Jabir from Abu Ja’far from his grandfather (عليه السلام) that the Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, was with a man who was in the agony of death and said: ‘Say:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِغْفِرْ لِيَ اَلْكَبِيرَ مِنْ مَعْصِيَتِكَ وَ اِقْبَلْ مِنِّي اَلْيَسِيرَ مِنْ طَاعَتِكَ .
O Allah, forgive me the greatness of my disobedience to You, and accept from me the insignificance of my obedience to You.

The Condition of a Dying Person

Muhammad b. al-Ash’ath, one of the offspring of al-Ash’ath b. Qays al-Kindi, narrated from ‘Ali b. al-Hakam from ‘Abd Allah b. Bukayr from Zarara b A’yan, who said: A son of Ja’far b. Muhammad al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) was ill during the lifetime of Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام). Ja’far was sitting in a corner of the room and the boy was in the agony of death. Whenever anyone came close to him [the boy], he said: “Do not touch him, for his weakness will increase. A patient is at his weakest when he is in this condition, so whoever touches him makes him weaker.” When the boy died, he gave instructions about bim and the boy’s eyes were closed. Then he said to us: “Sadness and distress and grief are only as long as Allah’s command has not been revealed. When Allah’s command is revealed, then there is nothing but submission and acceptance.”
Then he called for oil and anointed himself and applied al-kuhl around his eyes. He called for food, and he and those with him ate together. Then he said: “This is the sweet patience (12:18) in which we were promised excellence. Allah, the Exalted, has said: Upon those rest blessings and mercy from their Lord, and those— they are the truly guided (2:157). Then he gave orders concerning him (the boy] and he was bathed. He [al-Sadiq] dressed in his finest clothes and went out to pray over him.”

From Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he said; ‘There is not one who is about to die but that Satan assigns to him one of his demons to call him to disbelief and make him doubt his charge and his religion until his soul departs. He [the demon] will not have any power over whoever is an enlightened believer, declaring the unity of Allah. He will make whoever is weak in his religion doubt his condition and his religion. So, when you are present with those about to die instruct them to recite the declaration of sincerity, and it is:

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ اَلْعَلِيُّ اَلْعَظِيمُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اَللَّهُ اَلْحَلِيمُ اَلْكَرِيمُ سُبْحَانَ اَللَّهِ رَبِّ اَلسَّمَاوَاتِ اَلسَّبْعِ وَ رَبِّ اَلْأَرَضِينَ اَلسَّبْعِ وَ مَا فِيهِنَّ وَ مَا بَيْنَهُنَّ وَ مَا تَحْتَهُنَّ وَ رَبِّ اَلْعَرْشِ اَلْعَظِيمِ وَ اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ رَبِّ اَلْعٰالَمِينَ .
There is no god but Allah, the Most High, the Mighty. There is no god but Allah, the Clement, the Noble. Glory be to Allah, the Lord of the seven heavens and the Lord of the seven earths, and what is in them, and what is between them, and what is under them, and the Lord of the Mighty Throne. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

He said: Al-Mu’alla narrated from Ahmad b. ‘Isa from Ibrahim b Muhammad from Ahmad b. Yusof from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he said: ‘When a believer who is a stranger is about to die, he turns to the right and the left and, seeing no one, raises his head to the heavens. Then Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, says, “My servant and my friend, to whom do you turn? Do you seek a friend or a relative closer to you than Me? By My Power and My Majesty, if I loosen your bond, I will surely cause you to worship Me, and if I hold you to Me, I will surely bring you to my Magnanimity and into the proximity of your friends and loved ones.”’

On A Change In Colour

Ahmad b. Ishaq narrated from ‘Abd Allah b. ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Abu Najran from Abu Muhammad al-Thumali from Ishaq al-Jariri, who said: ‘Al-Baqir (عليه السلام) said: “O Jariri, I see you have become pale. Do you have haemorrhoids?” I replied: “Yes, O son of the Messenger of Allah, and I ask Allah, the Mighty and Sublime not to deny me the reward.” He said: “Shall I suggest a medication for you?” I replied: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, by Allah, I have treated it with more than a thousand remedies, but have not benefited from any and my hemorrhoids are bleeding.” He said; “Woe be to you, Jariri. I am the physician of physicians, the leader of the scholars and the sages, the treasure-house of the religious scholars, and the chief of the progeny of the Prophets on the earth.” I said: “It is so, my lord and master.”
He said: “Your haemorrhoids are female (inath), they pour out blood.” I said: “You are right, O son of the Messenger of Allah.” He said: “You must take beeswax (sham’), the oil of jasmine (duhn zanbaq), storax (lubna ‘asal), sumac, sar and flax. Put them together on a ladle over the fire. When they are mixed together, take a quantity equal to a chick-pea and smear it on your buttocks (al-maq’ad). You will be cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing”.’
Al-Jariri said: ‘By Allah, there is no god but Him, I did that only once and I was cured of what was in me I did not experience any bleeding or pain after that.’

Al-Jariri said: ‘I waylaid him [al-Baqir] the next time and he said to me: “O Abu Ishaq, you have been cured, praise be to Allah.” I replied: “May I be your sacrifice [blank in the original].” Then he said: “As for Shu’ayb b. Ishaq, his hemorrhoids are not as they were with you. They are masculine (dhukran).” Then he said: “Tell him to take abradhar and divide it into three parts. Let him dig a hole, then pierce a baked brick, and make a hole in it. Then put that abradhar on the fire, place the brick over it, and sit on it. Let the hole on the brick be opposite the buttocks. When the fumes rise from it, its heat will reach him. Let him prolong [his sitting] as long as possible, perhaps five to seven nathalil [sic]. If it is successful let him remove it and throw it away. If not, let him put the second third of abradhar on it and it will remove it completely.
Then let him apply the ointment (al-marham) of beeswax, oil of jasmine, storax, sar, and flax.” He said; This is for the masculine hemorrhoids, so let him prepare it as I have prescribed and coat the buttocks with it with only a single coating”. I returned and prescribed that to him [Shu’ayb]. He did it and was cured, by the will of Allah, the Exalted.
‘When I performed the Hajj next time, he [al-Baqir] said to me: “O Abu Ishaq, tell rne the news of Shu’ayb.” I said to him: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, by Him Who chose you over mankind and made you a proof (hujja) on earth, he only applied one coating of it.”’

Excessive Dirt

Ibn Jariri narrated from Muhammad b. Isma’il from al-Walid b. Aban from al-Nu’man b. Ya’la from Jabir al-Ju’fi, who said: I complained to Abu Ja’far (عليه السلام) of excessive dirt (wasakh kathir) making my garment filthy. He said: “Grind myrtle and extract its water. Whisk it vigorously with the best wine vinegar available until it becomes foamy. Then wash your head and beard with it as vigorously as possible; after that, oil it with fresh sesame oil. It will remove it [the dirt], Allah, the Exalted, willing”.

On Truffles, Manna, And ‘Ajwa Dates

Ahmad b. Muhammad narrated from his father from Muhammad b. Sinan from Yunus b. Zabyan from Jabir b. Yazid al-Ju’ fi from Muhammad b. ‘Ali b. al-Husayn (عليه السلام) from his grandfather, that the Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, said: “Truffles (al-kama’) are from manna (al-mann) and manna is from Paradise. Its water is a healing for the eyes. The ‘ajwa dates are from Paradise arid in them is a healing from poison (al-samm).”

Antimony

Jabir b. Ayyub al-Jurjani narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Isa from Ibn al-Mufaddal from ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Yazid from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: A Bedouin called Fulayt came to the Prophet, blessings of Allah on him and his family, and he had watery eyes (ratb al-‘ayn). The Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, said to him: “I see your eyes are watery, O Fulayt.” He replied: “Yes, O Messenger of Allah, as you see they are weak.” He [the Prophet] said: “You must use antimony (al-ithmid) for it is manure (al-sirjin) for the eyes.”
Mansur b. Muhammad narrated from his father from Abu Salih al-Ahwal from ‘Ali b. Musa Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) who said: “Whoever is afflicted with weakness in his sight should apply seven strokes of antimony before sleeping.”

An Invocation For Inflammation Of The Eyes

From Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he [the narrator] said: A man complained about his eyes. He [al-Sadiq] said: “What about the three ingredients?” The man said to him: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, what are the three ingredients, may my father and mother be your sacrifice?” He replied: “Aloe (al-sabir), myrrh (al-murr), and camphor (al-kafur).”
Muhammad b. al-Muthanna narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Isa from ‘Amr b. Abu al-Miqdam from Jabir from al-Baqir (عليه السلام) who said: ‘When the Prophet, blessings of Allah on him and his family, or one of his family, or one of his companions suffered from inflammation of the eyes, he prayed this prayer: “O Allah, grant me my hearing and my sight and make them my heirs, and help me against the one who oppresses me, and give me my revenge of him.”’
From Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that he said: “[Applying] kohl (al-kuhl) at night makes the mouth fragrant.”
From Jabir b. Khaddash from ‘Abd Allah b. Maymun al-Qaddah from Abu ‘Abd Allah from his father (عليه السلام) who said: “The Prophet, blessings of Allah on him and his family, had a container of kohl, and he would apply three strokes of kohl from it on each eye every night before sleeping.”

On Fish

Ahmad b. al-Jarud al-‘Abdi narrated from the son of al-Hakam b. al-Mundhir from ‘Uthman b. ‘Isa from Maysar al-Halabi from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “Fish liquifies the fat of the eye.”
From him (عليه السلام) that he said: ‘Al-Baqir (عليه السلام) said: “This fish damages the covering of the eye (ghiswa al-‘ayn). Fresh flesh produces flesh.”
Al-Husayn b. Bistam narrated from ‘Abd Allah b. Musa from al-Mutallib b. Ziyad al-Radi’i from al-Halabi from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “Al-haff [sic] is beneficial for the sight.”

On Clipping the Nails

Ahmad b. ‘Abd Allah narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Isa from Muhammad b. Abu al-Hasan from Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) who said: “Whoever clips his nails every Thursday will never have inflammation of the eyes. Whoever clips them on Friday removes from under each nail an illness.” He said: “Kohl increases the light of the eyes and causes eyelashes (al-ashfar) to grow.’
From him, that he would clip his nails every Thursday beginning with the right little finger (al-khinsir), then beginning with the left. He said: “Whoever does that has taken protection from inflammation of the eyes.”

An Invocation for Inflammation of the Eyes

Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah al-Za’farani narrated from ‘Umar b. ‘Abd al-Aziz from ‘Isa b. Sulayman, who said: I went to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) one day and saw him with his eyes somewhat inflamed and I was grieved for him. I visited him the next day and he no longer had any inflammation. I asked him about that and he said: ‘I treated it with something. It is an invocation I have, in which I took refuge.’ He [‘Isa] said: He informed me of it and this is the copy of it:
أَعُوذُ بِعِزَّةِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِقُدْرَةِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِعَظَمَةِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِجَلاَلِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِجَمَالِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِبَهَاءِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِغُفْرَانِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِحِلْمِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِذِكْرِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِرَسُولِ اَللَّهِ أَعُوذُ بِآلِ رَسُولِ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ عَلَى مَا أَحْذَرُ وَ أَخَافُ عَلَى عَيْنِي وَ أَجِدُهُ مِنْ وَجَعِ عَيْنِي وَ مَا أَخَافُ مِنْهَا وَ مَا أَحْذَرُ اَللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ اَلطَّيِّبِ أَذْهِبْ ذَلِكَ عَنِّي بِحَوْلِكَ وَ قُدْرَتِكَ .
I take refuge in the Might of Allah. I take refuge in the Power of Allah. I take refuge in the Exaltedness of Allah. I take refuge in the Majesty of Allah. I take refuge in the Beauty of Allah. I take refuge in the Magnificence of Allah. I take refuge in the Forgiveness of Allah. I take refuge in the Clemency of Allah. I take refuge in the remembrance of Allah. I take refuge in the Messenger of Allah. I take refuge in the family of the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and on them, from what I am wary of and fear for my eyes, and the pain that I suffer in my eyes and what I fear from it and am wary of. O Allah, Lord of the Good, remove that from me by Your Might and Your Power.

For Inflammation Of The Eyes

Ahmad b. Bashir narrated from Ja’far b. Muhammad b. ‘Abd Allah al-Jammal attributing the hadith to Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) that he said: ‘Salman and Abu Dharr, may Allah be pleased with them, complained of an ailment of the eyes. The Prophet, blessings of Allah on him and his family, came to visit them. When he saw them, he said to each one: “Do not sleep on your left side as long as your eyes are suffering, and avoid dates until Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, cures you.”’

On Consumption

Ja’far b. Muhammad b. Ibrahim narrated from Ahmad b. Bashara that he said: When I went to perform the Hajj, I went to Medina. I entered the mosque of the Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, and there was Abu Ibrahim sitting by the side of the minbar. I approached him and kissed his head and hands and greeted him. He returned my greeting and said: “How is your illness?” I replied: “I am still suffering from it.” I had consumption. He said: “Take this medication in Medina before you leave for Mecca and you will be restored to health, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”
I brought out an ink-well and paper and he dictated to us: “Take equal parts of Indian nard, cardamom, saffron, pyrethrum, henbane (al-banj), white hellebore (kharbaq abyad), and two parts of abarfiyun. Grind and sieve them in a piece of silk, and mix with honey which has had its froth removed. Give the person afflicted with consumption the equivalent of a chick-pea with warm water to take before sleeping. You will not drink that for three nights without being cured, Allah, the Exalted, willing.” I did that and Allah removed it from me and I was cured by the will of Allah, the Exalted.

On Coughing

Ahmad b. Salih narrated from Muhammad b. ‘Abd al-Salam, who said: I visited Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) with a group of people from Khurasan. We greeted him and he responded. He asked each of us our request and fulfilled it. Then he looked at me and said: “And you, make your request.” I said: “O son of the Messenger of Allah, blessings of Allah on him and his family, I complain to you of a severe coughing.” He asked: “Is it recent (hadith) or chronic (‘atiq)?” I replied: “Both.” He said: “Take one part of white pepper (al-filfil al-abyad), two parts of abarfiyun, and one part each of white hellebore, Indian nard, cardamom, saffron, and henbane. Sieve with a piece of silk and mix with an equal weight of honey which has had its froth removed. Take one grain (habba) with fennel water before sleeping, for chronic and recent coughs. Let the water be tepid and not cold. It will remove it [the cough] completely.”

Jasmine Oil

Ahmad b. Talib al-Hamdani narrated from ‘Urnar b. Ishaq from Muhammad b. Salih b. ‘Abd Allah b. Ziyad from al-Dahhak from Ibn ‘Abbas, who said: ‘The Messenger of Allah, blessings be on him, said: “There is nothing better for the body than al-raziqi.” I asked: “And what is al-raziqi?” He replied: “Jasmine (al-zanbaq).”
Al-Hasan b. al-Fadl narrated from Hammad b. ‘Isa from Hariz from Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) who said: “Jasmine (al-raziqi) is the most excellent thing with which you oil your body.”

Myrobalan

From al-Musayyib b. Wadih, who served al-‘Askari (عليه السلام) from his father from his grandfather from Ja’far b. Muhammad from his father from al-Husayn b. ‘Ali b. Abu Talib (عليه السلام) who said: “If people knew what was in yellow myrobalan (al-halilaj al-asfar), they would buy it by its weight in gold.” He said to one of his companions: “Take one grain of yellow myrobalan and seven grains of pepper. Grind and sieve them and use as kuhl around the eyes.”

For Whiteness in the Eyes and Pain in the Teeth

Abu ‘Atab and al-Husayn, the sons of Bistam, narrated from Muhammad b. Khalaf from ‘Umar b. Thuwayh from his father from al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that a man complained to him [al-Sadiq] of whiteness in the eyes (bayad al-‘ayn), pain in his teeth, and wind in his joints. He instructed him to take the weight of two dirhams each of white pepper and long pepper and the weight of one dirham of good, pure salammoniac (nushadir). Grind and sieve them, and apply three strokes around the edges of each eye. Keep it on for an hour. It will put an end to the whiteness, purify the white of the eye, and ease the pain, Allah, the Exalted, willing. Then wash the eyes with cold water and apply antimony.
Ahmad h. Habib narrated from al -Nadr b. Suwayd from Jamil b. Salih from Dharih, who said: A man complained to Abu Ja’far al-Baqir (عليه السلام) of whiteness in the eyes. He [al-Baqir] said: “Take one part each of impure oxide of zinc, (tutiya hindi), scoria of gold (iqlimiya al-dhahab), good quality antimony, yellow myrobalan, and andarani salt [salt evaporated from sea water]. Grind each one separately with rainwater. Then grind them together and apply around the eyes. It will put an end to the whiteness, clear the white of the eye, and purify it of every illness, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, willing.”
Al-Hasan b. Aruma narrated from ‘Abd Allah b. al-Mughira from Buzigh al-Mu’adhdhin, who said: I said to Abu ‘Abd Allah (عليه السلام) “I wish to remove my cataract.” He said: “Ask Allah and do it.” I said: “They claim that the person should sleep on his back in such-and-such a way, and should not pray sitting down.” He said: “Do that.”

On Cold In The Head

‘Ali b. al-Husayn al-Hannat narrated from ‘Ali b. Yaqtin that he said: I wrote to Abu al-Hasan, Al-Ridha’ (عليه السلام) “I suffer from severe cold in my head so that when the wind blows I almost faint.” He wrote to me: “You must inhale ambergris and jasmine (al-zanbaq) after eating. You will be cured of it, Allah, the Sublime and Majestic, willing.”

Flatulence

‘Abd Allah b. Zuhayr al-‘Abid, one of the Shi’a ascetics, narrated from ‘Abd Allah al-Mufaddal al-Nawfali, from his father, who said: “A man complained to Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) and said: “I have a son who is sometimes seized by the winds of flatulence (rih umm al-sibyan), and I give up all hope for him because of the severity of what seizes him. If you think it proper, O son of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) pray to Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, that he be cured.” He [the narrator] said: He [al-Sadiq] prayed for him and said: “Write the Surah al-Hamd (1) for him in saffron and musk seven times. Then wash it out with water and let him drink of it for one month. He will be cured of it.” He [the man] said: We did that for one night and it did not recur. He was calm and we rested.”
From him [al-Sadiq (عليه السلام)], that he said: “The Surah al-Hamd (1) is not read over any pain seventy times without it subsiding, Allah, the Exalted, willing.”

For The Newborn Baby Suffering From Moisture and Weakness