The name Kulunji has become quite common to many of us. We Muslims, more especially, attach great importance to the use of this black-seed because of the emphasis Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has placed on it.
The Hadith states, “Hold on to (the essential use of) the ‘black seed’, for certainly in it is a cure for every sickness except (the sickness which Allah has decreed for one’s) death”.
All eminent and famous Hakims of the past and present have written on the medicinal benefits and healing properties of Kulunji. There hasn’t been a period among Muslims of the world when the use of it was ever stopped. At all times the seed was utilised with the belief and faith that benefits will be derived in practising the Holy Prophet’s (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) Sunnah with regard to the use of Kulunji.
Information from the United States data bank states that more than 150 books and articles have been written in recent times by professionals, about the physical and chemical properties of Kulunji. Likewise, extensive research continues in many Universities and health research centres in the Islamic world as well as in Western countries with regard to the many healing qualities of Kulunji.
During the 7th century (AH), ibn Qayyim, a great Islamic scholar, wrote about the healing abilities of Kulunji in his famour book, “al-Tibb al-Nabawi – the Medicines of the Prophet”. He lists as many as 50 ailments for which Kulunji has active and effective healing qualities. He even suggests that the number of ailments which Kulunji is known tocure are far more than double the amount listed by him. We Muslims may not find it difficult to accept what ibn Qayyim has written since we have the Prophet’s (Sallallaahu Alayhi wasallam) Hadith which clearly states that Kulunji is a cure for every ailment.
Some of the ailments for which Kulunji has effective cures, as listed in the book of ibn Qayyim, are: headaches (migraine), stomach disorders, liver disorders, jaundice, bronchial ailments, various skin diseases, cardiac problems, wounds, colds, pimples, etc. Recently, a chemist in Kuwait, Twayyib Abdullah al-Tiyyib, prescribed various Kulunji preparations for treating patients suffering from many different ailments and, by the Grace of Allah, all patients responded well and showed positive results.