Assalam-o-alaikum to all.

I want to know about “talbinah” and how it is prepared to get the total benefits, and its importance in hikmat.

I’m allergic to wheat somehow, so I started using barley roti instead of wheat when I read that barley is being used by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w and I am much satisfied. Now I want to add talbinah in our diet since we live in Pakistan and no one knows much about talbinah and its benefit on overall health.

jazakAllaho khairan


wa `alaykum salam,

Talbina is a meal made from barley flour, formed by adding milk and honey to the dried barley powder. It is called talbina, which comes from the Arabic word laban meaning yogurt (milk/fermented churned milk), because of its resemblance to yogurt, as it is soft and white. [Wikipedia]

`Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) used to recommend talbina for the sick and for the one grieving over a dead person. She (r) used to say, “I heard the Messenger (s) saying, ‘The talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.’ ” [Sahih Bukhari (5325)].

`Aisha (r) said that whenever one of her relatives died, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She (may Allah be pleased with her) would order that a pot of talbina be cooked. Then tharid (a dish prepared from meat and bread) would be prepared and the talbina would be poured over it. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) would say (to the women),”Eat from it, for I heard the Messenger (s) saying ‘The talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness.’ ” [Sahih Bukhari (5058)].

Hisham’s father (may Allah be pleased with them) said, “`Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) used to recommend Talbina and used to say,’ It is disliked (by the patient) although it is beneficial.” [Sahih Bukhari (5326)].

The Messenger (s) said, “I encourage you to use that which is disliked but beneficial (talbina) for by the One whose hand Muhammad’s soul is in, it cleans the stomach of one of you just as dirt is cleaned from the face with water.” [Mustadrak of Hakim (7455), sahih as Dhahabi mentioned in Talkhis taken from Maktaba Shamilah, See also Mustadrak (8245) whose chain is upon the condition of Bukhari as Dhahabi mentioned].

Dr. Karim

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