The first point that must be understood is that belief in the teachings of Islam that are related to secular matters, like medicine, cannot be separated from our religious belief. The fact is that Islam gives countless teachings on secular matters that have only to do with worldly knowledge, and they are a part of our religious belief. For example, something as specific
Here, it must also be kept in mind that
There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying hues. Therein is(Surah an-Nahl, 16:70)
curefor men. Surely, in that is a Sign for a people who reflect.
Once, when someone complained to the Holy Prophet
Allah has said the truth, but your brother’s abdomen has told a lie. Let him drink honey. As a result of(Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 76, Hadith 7; Sahih Muslim, Book 39, Hadith 122)
furtheruse of honey, the patient was cured.
This specific prescription of the Holy Prophet
God Almighty Himself has also taught the homeopathic method of treatment.(Khutbat-e-Nasir, vol. 2, p. 232)
Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV rta said:
The Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community is believed to be the Second Coming of the first Messiah by the Ahmadiyya Community. He put forth a unique discovery, to enhance the faith of homeopathic physicians in homeopathy. He claimed that it was revealed to him that if the diseases of the glands can be expressed to the exterior of the body i.e., in the skin, then the deep glands are spared from some grave conditions. He mentioned Mercury and Sulphur in this respect. In homeopathy also, these are the two remedies, which are commonly used for this purpose. He further said that he had a strong desire to proclaim the extreme usefulness of these two potentially curative medicines.(Homeopathy “Like Cures Like”, p. 498–499)
Mentioning Jalsa UK, Hudur aba said:
A report was received once from Lajna that a woman refused to take the medicine (homeopathic medicine for swine flu). Perhaps she refused because she had not heard my sermon or she had not heard by guidance. The person(Friday Sermon, July 31, 2009, p. 5)
induty said to her, “ Fine,if you do not accept what the Khalifah of the time said then it is your responsibility.” On thisshe immediately extended her hand so that the medicine be given to her.
These are the examples of obedience that exist among Ahmadis.
If a Prophet or Khalifah chooses to give a command about any matter, then it becomes binding because they know their authority best. It is not our place to define what is in his authority because he was appointed to that authority by God Himself. When the Holy Prophet
The second point that must be understood is that belief in the secular teachings of Islam do not depend on the scientific knowledge of any particular age. Muslims have been using honey throughout the centuries, even if they had no scientific evidence that ingesting honey can be a cure for certain abdominal illnesses. The Holy Prophet sas also taught that cupping has curative properties, saying:
If there is any healing in your medicines, then it is in cupping, a gulp of honey or branding with fire (cauterization) that suits the ailment, but I don’t like to be (cauterized) branded with fire… But I forbid my followers to use cauterization (branding with fire;).(Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 76, Hadith 6; Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 74, Hadith 4)
Even up until today, there is very little research that has been done on the curative properties of cupping and it’s effectiveness. Despite the fact that it has not been submitted to clinical trials, Olympic athletes use it extensively and give testimony to its effectiveness. Muslims have used it and will continue using it believing that it has curative properties that will be discovered in the future. Similarly, Muslims have always refrained from cleaning themselves with bones or dung after using the bathroom because the Holy Prophet sas gave the command:
Do not perform(Sunan at-Tirmadhi, vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 18)
istinja(Arabic term for cleaning one’s private parts after urinating or bowel movements) with dung, nor with bones. For indeed it is provisionsfor your brothers among the Jinn.
The Holy Prophet sas had been divinely guided on the fact that bacteria feed on bones and dung, and to expose sensitive parts of our body to such bacteria would cause us harm. For centuries, Muslims did not have any scientific evidence to prove that hidden beings (jinn) fed on bones and dung, but
In this day and age, seeing that many people in the scientific community consider homeopathy to be a placebo, some Ahmadis concede and instead argue that its effect lies in the tabarruk [blessings] of
The third point that must be understood is that Allah Almighty does not allow His Prophets and Khulafa’ to remain on a mistake that can cause harm to their communities, and this is part of the sanctity of Khilafat. Hadrat Musleh Mau‘ud ra wrote:
It is possible that the Khalifah of the time makes a mistake in personal matters. But in such matters on which depends the physical and spiritual progress, even if he commits an error, Allah the Almighty safeguards His Jama‘at and somehow makes him aware of the error. In the terminology of sages, it is called “lesser sanctity.” That means, the Prophets enjoy a “greater sanctity,” but the(Tafsir-e-Kabir, vol. 6, p. 376–377)
khulafa’ have “lesser sanctity,” and Allah the Almighty does not permit any such major mistakes by them that may cause disaster for the Jama‘at. Their decisions may have partial and minor mistakes, but in the end, the result will be victoryfor Islam and defeat for its enemies. Thus, because the khulafa’ enjoy “lesser sanctity,” their policy will emanate from Allah’s policy. While it is true that they will be the one speaking, their tongues will be in motion, their hands will move, their minds will work, yet behind all of this will be the Hand of Allah. They can make minor errors in finer details. Sometimes their advisors can give them the wrong advice. But crossing these intermediary obstacles, they will be the one who will be victorious. And when all the links are put together, the resulting chain will be good and it will be so strong that no power will be able to break it.
A Prophet can make a mistake in both spiritual and worldly matters. For example, the Holy Prophet sas was mistaken in the spiritual realm when interpreting his vision to go for ‘Umrah at the time of Hudaibiyyah, and he sas was mistaken in the material realm when suggesting to date farmers that it may be better not to artificially pollinate their trees. Allah Almighty allows His Prophets and Khulafa’ to make these minor mistakes so that people do not begin considering them Divine and infallible. However, prophets and
Now, when we turn to the subject of homeopathy in Jama‘at Ahmadiyya, we see that the organized promotion, distribution, and use of homeopathic medicine for the benefit of mankind has become an institution in the Jama‘at. Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV rta did not just believe in homeopathy personally, and he did not simply promote it as Miyan Tahir Ahmad. Rather, he established it in the Jama‘at with Jama‘at resources as the Khalifatul-Masih and with the authority of Khilafat. Huge amounts of resources have been invested in the Jama‘at by
The institution of Khilafat has been established in the Community through the Promised Messiah as in accordance with the prophecies of the Holy Prophet(Conditions of Bai‘at and Responsibilities of an Ahmadi, p. 202)
sas. Now, therefore, all the decisions shall be made in accordance with the shari‘ah and the dictates of wisdom; and insha’Allah, those decisions would be always based on goodness. If at some point in time due to a miscalculation or misunderstanding on the part of a Khalifah, a decision is made which could possibly be harmful to the community, then Allah the Almighty Himself provides such measures that the ill-effects of such a decision are prevented, and insha’Allah shall never be experienced in the future
When a Prophet or a Khalifah institutes something in their community, they do not do so on their personal authority and based on their personal opinion, they do so
Although belief in homeopathy was not related to our faith before Khilafat-e-Rabi‘a, now, outright disbelief in it is disbelief in a Jama‘at institution. This is not the first time that a new institution has been established by a Khalifah in the Jama‘at of Allah. For example, Baitul Mal [Treasury] had not been established in Islam during the time of the Holy Prophet
There are many things that are outside of
If a house fly falls in the drink of anyone of you, he should dip it (in the drink) and take it out, for one of its wings has a disease and the other has the cure for the disease.(Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 59, Hadith 126)
In commentary of this Hadith, Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih V aba said:
What the Holy Prophet(Friday Sermon, Dec 19, 2008, p. 11)
sastold us about flies 1,400 years ago, today scientists are researching it and are coming to the conclusion that there is something in flies that eliminates bacteria. One researcher has written that when a flies were submerged in ethanol and used on certain types of bacteria, they had an antibiotic effect and all bacteria were eliminated. A professor at a Tokyo university has also done research and says that in the near future, people will be surprised to see that flies are being used for antibiotic purposes in hospitals. Flies have also been found to carry something that can strengthen the immune system. One reason scientists turned to researchingflies is because fliessit in filthy places and carry many diseases. They even have germs of cholera but they are not themselves affected by any disease. Because of this, their attention was turned to researching this and that is when they found that flies have something in them that is antibacterial. They have also found that when a fly falls into liquid, it ruins it with its germs of disease. The effect of the germs on its wings begins immediately. However, if that fly is submerged, then such enzymes are released that immediately eliminate the nearby bacteria.
For centuries, there was no scientific evidence to validate this Hadith, but Muslims respected this teaching even though they could not scientifically defend it because they loved and respected the Holy Prophet
Also, if our use of homeopathy leads us to abandon other forms of medicine, then our approach is incorrect. Hadrat Musleh Mau‘ud ra was once ill, and he took desi medicine, allopathic medicine, and homeopathic medicine. Someone asked him why he took three different types of medicine for the same illness. Hadrat Musleh Mau‘ud ra replied that he did not know which medicine Allah Almighty had placed the cure in, so he took all three (Hudur’s Mulaqat With German Lajna Ima’illah Students, May 30, 2015).
Our belief in homeopathy should broaden our knowledge of medicine; it should not make it narrow or lead us to ignorance.