Talbeenah brings comfort to the sick person and it lessens grief.
If the state of grief worsens and leads to some level of depression, then in addition to this spiritual remedy :
- Showing patience,
- Putting one’s trust in Allah and always remembering Him,
- Medical attention from a knowledgeable and trustworthy specialist is also needed.
The symptoms of depression include the following:
- Always feeling sad, anxious and in a bad mood
- Loss of interest and lack of enjoyment in activities that people usually enjoy
- Constant pessimism and feeling helpless in the face of life’s problems
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and social alienation
- Inability to show or express feelings towards others or to accept feelings from others
- Trouble sleeping, such as insomnia, sleeping too long or waking up too early
- Eating problems (overeating or loss of appetite)
- Chronic physical pain from which no remedy brings relief
- Getting tense quickly; hyperactivity and not being able to calm down and relax
- Constant feelings of tiredness and inability to do any physical activity
- Inability to concentrate, remember or take sound decisions
If four or more of the symptoms mentioned above are present, then you should consult a specialist in psychology, as mentioned above.
- In addition to seeking medical treatment, you should try to keep yourself busy with useful activities, such as reading Qur’an and other books, and engaging in hobbies and so on.
- Do not forget some natural remedies that will re-energise you and help the brain to regain energy, such as honey and dried fruits.
One of the prescriptions that was often used in the past is talbeenah.
According to a saheeh report, the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam) said concerning it:
“Talbeenah brings comfort to the sick person and it lessens grief.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5101; Muslim, 2216
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Zaad al-Ma‘aad:
This broth clears that from the stomach and intestines, cleanses it, makes it flow, makes it more liquid, adjusts it, and restores balance.
Thus it gives relief, especially for the one who usually eats barley bread, which was the custom of the people of Madinah at that time; it was their staple food, as wheat was very expensive for them. And Allah knows best.
Talbeenah is a broth made from barley flour with its bran, to which a cup of water is added, and it is heated on a low fire for five minutes, then a cup of milk and a spoonful of honey is added.
And Allah knows best.