Is the medicine of the Prophet ﷺ revelation from Allah or from his ﷺ knowledge of medicine?
Much of it is revelation from Allah.
الْحَبَّةَ السَّوْدَاءَ شِفَاءٌ مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ
Black seed is a cure for every illness
[Narrated by A’isha in Bukhari 5687 and Muslim 2215]
This is revelation from Allah. Likewise:
مَنْ تَصَبَّحَ بِسَبْعِ تَمَرَاتٍ عَجْوَةً لَمْ يَضُرَّهُ ذَلِكَ الْيَوْمَ سُمٌّ، وَلَا سِحْرٌ
Whoever eats seven ajwah dates in the morning will not be harmed by poison or magic on that day
[Narrated by Sa’d ibn Abee Waqaas in Muslim. Hadith Number 2047]
All of this requires revelation from Allah. Where else can it be from?. It must be revelation. Much of what the Prophet ﷺ has mentioned from medical treatment comes from this revelation.
Allah has granted him ﷺ much insight into medicine.
As for ‘ruqaa’, it’s use is limited to what it was legislated for; ‘This statement is appropriate for this case and this is the ‘ruqya’ for this matter’. This must all be used in accordance to what it was legislated for.
It is also revelation from Allah and Allah knows best.
Answered by: Shaykh Abu Bilaal Al-Hadhramy – may Allah preserve him
Answered on: 2 Rabbi Al-Awal 1441 (30th October 2019)
Translated by: Abu Sufian Saami ibn Daniel Al-Ghaani