The Prophet’s Guidance on Preserving the Health of the Eyes
Ibn Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrated:
“Whenever the Messenger of Allaah used to wear kohl, he would use it
thrice in the right eye – beginning with it and finishing with it – and
twice in the left eye.”
Also, Abu Dawud narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Those who use Kohl should use it an odd number of times.”
One should use an odd number of times when applying Kohl in both eyes, thrice in the right eye and then twice in the left eye. Or, one should use the Kohl thrice in each eye, as Imam Ahmad has stated.
Kohl preserves the health of the eye, strengthens and clears the sight and removes harmful substances, along with adding a touch of beauty to the eye. When one uses Kohl before he goes to sleep, it is beneficial for the eye, especially since the eyes will not be moving and thus the Kohl will have the most favorable affect. The Ithmid type of Kohl is especially effective in this regard.
Ibn Majah narrated in his Sunan that ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) related from the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) that he said:
“Use Ithmid (antimony), because it clears the eye and grows the eyelashes.” – Al Hakim
Also Ibn Majah narrated in his Sunan that Ibn Abbaas related from the Prophet that he said:
“The best kohl is the Ithmid (antimony), because it clears the sight
and causes the eyelashes to grow.”
[At-Tirmdhi, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, Al-Hakim, At-Tabarani and
The Ithnid is the black Kohl stone. The best type of Ithmid is found in Asfahan (Iran), but it is also found in western areas. The best typeof Ithmid is that which fragmentizes quickly and which has shiny morsels. Also, the interior of the Ithmid is polished and does not contain any impurities.
The Kohl tends to be cold and dry and it is beneficial to the eye in that it strengthens it and also strengthens the eye nerve. Ithmid dissolves excess flesh from around ulcers and closes the wound while cleansing the area around them. Ithmid also relieves headaches when it is blended with pure watery (not thick) honey. When Ithmid is ground and mixed with tender fat and then used as a bandage over fire burns, it prevents blisters form appearing and also helps cure the skin damage that occurs in cases of burns by fire. Ithmid is the best typed of Kohl used for the eye, especially for old people whose eyesight has weakened. In this case, it is better that Kohl is mixedwith some Musk.
Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet
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