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Volume 7, Book 71, Number 592:


Narrated Abu Huraira:


I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "There is healing in black cumin for all diseases except death."

Does anyone use this? Does it work/help?

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Assalamu Alaikum wr wb Peace,

It is true! I use it and it most certainly helps.

For more details about my experience, see the Allergy topic under this same section (Islam & Your Health).



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Assalamu Alaikum


I just read your story about it curing cancer, Alhamdullilah! Im going to use this as much as I can to maintain a healtier body. JazaakAllah for the info. I think you should post your info/research on this thread seeing as its relevant to the topic.

Is it better to take the oil or capsules or does it not matter?

From these sites, which one/s would you recommend I should buy?


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Assalamu alaikum Peace,

Sorry about a very late response to your post!

I viewed both sites that you had hyperlinked and I have not purchased black seeds or black seed oil from either. So I'm not sure which is best. I have been buying my black seed oil from the www.amazingherbs(contact admin if its a beneficial link) website. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia in the US.


Because the hadith on the black seed specifically mentions the seed, "The black seed is a remedy for all illnesses... except for old age or death" (meaning when it's your time, it's your time, nothing will help then!), I recommend that you take the seed itself.


I use the oil too and it's excellent especially when used topically. It seems to resolve ANY skin issues!


InshaAllah you have already purchased it.


Regarding the black seed, if you are not buying the seed online,

make sure to take a good look at it as sometimes it's not clean. Be careful not to buy black seed that's full of dust. A good sign that the seed is clean is that it's usually pitch black in color. Older seed is not so black. Another thing to keep in mind, if it is not kept in a glass or tightly sealed container, I've seen at times worms in it! So keep it in a good container so that no flies or anything get to it! Gross, I know ... but I thought I'd share some of my experience!


Peace to ya!

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Salaam Alaikum


JazakAllah for the info and advice. I will look around to see if I can buy the actual seed. Anyway here's an interesting article I found from a NON muslim source:

The treasure of Black Cumin - One of Life's Tiny Treasures

Packed with health and flavor, black cumin's small, triangular seed graces the garden with vivid blossoms.


By Rachel Albert-Matesz


Perhaps you've enjoyed its flowers in the garden, but have you indulged in its flavor in the kitchen or realized the potential health benefits of black seed or black cumin? This annual herb is cultivated in India, Bangladesh, Turkey, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean basin and has been used through the ages for culinary and medicinal purposes. For centuries, black seed has been used in the Middle East and Asia for its medicinal properties, but its use isn't limited to that area. You'll find references to it in the Bible, and the seeds used ground as a seasoning like pepper in many culinary creations. Now scientists have isolated some of its compounds and are gaining a better understanding of these traditional uses.

Identity Crisis


The angular seeds look like kissing cousins of onion seeds and black poppy because of their color and similar fruit capsule. Black cumin also has been mistaken for the umbellifers caraway, fennel and coriander because of its leaf shape, and it also resembles common or Indian cumin (Cuminum nigrum and C. cyminu). Botanically, however, black cumin, a member of the buttercup family, Ranunculus, is unrelated to these plants.


The Nigella Family


The three most important varieties of black cumin are:


1) Nigella sativa, true black cumin, grows to a height of 6 to 12 inches; bears milky white apical blossoms that turn bluish-green near the tip, containing a coarse ball-like fruit capsule that develops after the plant blossoms; and a crown of five protruding beak-like spikes.


Ground nigella seeds emit a fragrance vaguely similar to fennel, anise or nutmeg, which some compare to camphor or cajaput. They taste slightly bitter, spicy and piquant and have been used as a substitute for caraway and black pepper in bread making and at the table.


2) N. damascena, Turkish black cumin, garden black cumin or Damask fennel, is an ornamental that grows to a height of 21/2 feet with an upright stem and dark-green, finely slit leaves with long, thin tips reminiscent of dill leaves. The blossoms are surrounded by five similarly slit leaves.


The plant's black, triangular, horizontally wrinkled seeds resemble N. sativa but taste milder and smell more pleasant. Some liken the flavor to nutmeg. These seeds make a better seasoning for sweet baked goods, fruit salad or an ingredient in snuff.


3) N. arvensis, field black cumin (also known as wild black cumin, oat or horse black cumin), grows just 8 inches tall. Its upright, hairless stem boasts bush-like branches with alternating lacinated leaves and apical blossoms bearing a light-blue five-leaved flower cup rimmed with greenish strips. Unlike the other two species, the three to five leaves of the seed capsule reach only halfway up the stem and are neither coarse nor puffed into a ball, but are long with little horns.


Similar in taste to N. sativa, the seeds of this species are used as a peppery spice, as a medicine and as a fumigant to ward off creeping vermin, poisonous insects and snakes.


Where Black Seed Blooms


Native to western Asia, southeastern Europe and the Middle East, N. sativa is cultivated around the world and grows well in most gardens but doesn't sustain frost well.


All of the nigellas grow well in Zones 3 through 10. To add this annual to your garden, sprinkle seeds thinly in late spring over a prepared bed of light garden loam in a sunny spot. Pat the seeds in gently and keep moist but not wet.


Although they're more successful sown in the ground, you may want to start black seed indoors and transplant when threat of frost has passed. To do so, sow seeds in a container of moistened soilless mix, such as perlite or vermiculite, in early spring. Barely cover the seeds with the mix. Cover the container with plastic wrap and store at 65 to 70 degrees. When you begin to see growth, move the container to a sunny window, pot plants up as they grow, gradually getting them accustomed to being outside, and then transplant them in the garden.


You may see flowers as early as June or July, and the plants should flower until late summer. The blossoms are long-lasting, so use them in cut flower arrangements. When the pale blue flowers have passed, deadhead to encourage blooming all summer or leave them on to see the striped fruit, or seed heads. These also supply an interesting garden accent and can be used in dried flower arrangements.


Historical Uses


Cultivation of black seed has been traced back more than 3,000 years to the kingdom of the Assyrians and ancient Egyptians. A bottle of black cumin oil was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, perhaps to protect the ruler in the afterlife.


Black cumin was a vital ingredient in many Egyptian dishes. Physicians of the pharaohs used the seeds as a digestive aid after opulent feasts and as a remedy for colds, headaches, toothaches, infections, inflammatory disorders and allergies. Black seed oil has been a beauty secret of women since ancient times. Queen Nefertiti, praised for her exquisite complexion, was an avid user of black seed oil.


Pliny the Elder crushed black seeds, mixed them with vinegar and honey, and applied the paste to snake bites and scorpion stings.


Black cumin and its oil have been used to purge parasites and worms, detoxify, ameliorate amoebic dysentery, shigellosis, abscesses, old tumors, ulcers of the mouth and rhinitis. Recent research confirms these uses for humans, dogs, cats and horses.


Modern Research


More than 200 university studies conducted since 1959 attest to the effectiveness of traditional uses of black seed. The essential oil of N. sativa seeds is antimicrobial and successful in the ratification of intestinal worms. In vitro studies in Jordan and the United States have shown its volatile oil to be anti-leukemic. Other studies suggest this same active ingredient may serve as an immune-system booster and is proven effective in treating asthma and whooping cough.


Black seed is a complex substance of more than 100 compounds, some of which have not yet been identified or studied. A combination of fatty acids, volatile oils and trace elements are believed to contribute to its effectiveness. As for all the benefits packed into this tiny seed waiting to be discovered, ongoing research will have to judge.

Applying the Oil


Numerous external and internal applications exist (consult a medicinal herb reference book or an herbalist for specifics). Black seed is included in recipes for everything from teas, cough syrups and wound salves to compresses, massage oil combinations and products for internal use. Topical black seed preparations, such as soaps, lotions, shampoo, scalp treatments, acne gels and bath salts, are available for those who do not wish to make them (see source list to right).


Because the oil has a strong flavor, it is best mixed with honey. Herbal teas also help dilute its strength. Black seed honey mixtures also may be purchased and used to make instant tea.


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Thanks for the post! I'm going to buy this as soon as I can :D Since it says it can cure all diseases...I wonder if Muslim Doctors are researching on it to cure diseases like Leprosy and Spinocerebellar ... I wish it could cure height too :D

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I know of researches conducted by an Egyptian Muslim doctor showing it cures cancer!



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Thanks for the post! I'm going to buy this as soon as I can :D Since it says it can cure all diseases...I wonder if Muslim Doctors are researching on it to cure diseases like Leprosy and Spinocerebellar ... I wish it could cure height too :D


Salaams again Maysoon,

There is great deal of research conducted on the black seed, by many doctors and researchers around the world. To find a wealth of information on the nte, I suggest you do a google search. You can search by using key words, Black Seed research, Nigella Sativa Research, habbat albaraka, kalonji... those are all names used for the black seed.



There has been numerous on going research on the effects of Black seed since 1959. Research carried out at major international universities and articles published in various scientific journals documenting the astonishing results of the Black seed. In 1960, Egyptian researchers confirmed that Nigellone was responsible for Black seeds broncho-dilating effect. Scientists in Germany have confirmed the anti-bacterial and antimycotic effects of black seed oil. Scientists at the Cancer and Immuno-Biological Laboratory have found that Black seed stimulates bone marrow and immune cells and raises the interferon production, protects normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, destroys tumor cells and raises the number of anti-bodies producing B cells. U.S researchers have written the world wide first on the anti-tumor affects of Black seed oil. Its title "Study of the Effects of Nigella sativa on Humans".

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Another excerpt:

Great research has been done on Nigella Sativa in regards to it's anti-cancer properties, especially breast cancer with promising results. , one of the largest experimental studies so far proved that Nigella Sativa oil had enormous success in tumour therapy without the negative side effects of common chemo-therapy. They found that it increased the growth rate of bone marrow cells by a staggering 250% and it inhibited tumour growth by 50%. It stimulated immune cells and raised the interferon production which protect cells from the cell destroying effect of viruses. They confirmed the strongly anti-bacterial and anti-micotic effects and that it has an effect in lowering the blood sugar level which is essential for the treatment of diabetes.


Experiences of doctors in Munich displayed that 70% of patients with allergic conditions, among them being pollen and dust allergies, asthma and neuro-dermitis were cured by Nigella Sativa

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