What is Talbinah & its Importance in Islam - تلبینہ کیا ہے اور اسلام میں اس کی اہمیت

What is Barley Meat (Talbinah) and its Importance in Islam

Talbinah is a type of food that is prepared from Barley. Word Talbinah belongs to the Arabic word ‘laban’ meaning yogurt, because of yogurt’s white color and smoothness it’s called Talbinah. In Islam Talbinah has special importance because Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) preferred it on many foods. In comparison to the wheat, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) liked Barley Meat (Talbinah) and Barley Bread. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) prescribed Barley for seven different diseases.

What is Barley?
Barley belongs to the grass family. This is the fourth most important grain crop after rice, wheat and maize. This crop is cultivated in the whole world and also used as animal feed. Barley is often used in foods in today’s modern times.

Barley is a good source of Dietary Fiber, that is available in both soluble and insoluble forms. Barley also contains iron, B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, copper and phosphorus. It is one of the most abundant sources of chromium and is important for maintaining blood sugar levels. Dietary ingredients in Barley relieve in cancer and heart diseases.

Importance of Barley Meat (Talbinah) in Islam:
“Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) that whenever one of her relatives died, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She would order that a pot of Talbinah be cooked. Then Tharid (a dish prepared from meat and bread) would be prepared and the Talbinah would be poured on it. ‘Aisha would say (to the women), Eat of it, for I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, The Talbinah soothes the heart of the patients and relatives him from some of his sadness.(Sahih Bukhari - 5417)
Narrated “Urwa: Aisha used to recommend at Talbinah for the sick and for such a person as grieved over a dead person. She used to say, I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, at-Talbinah gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrows and grief. (Sahih Bukhari - 5689)
Narrated Hisham’s father: Aisha used to recommend at-Talbinah and used to sat, it is disliked (by the patient) although it is beneficial. (Sahih Bukhari - 5690)
Aisha the wife of Allah’s Apostle () said: When there was any bereavement in her family the women gathered there for condolence and they departed except the members of the family and some selected persons. She asked to prepare Talbinah in a small cauldron and it was cooked and then tharid was prepared and it was poured over Talbinah, then she said: Eat it, for I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peade be upon him) as saying: Talbinah gives comfort to the aggrieved heart and it lessens grief. (Shahih Mulsim - 5769)

Pour 2 tablespoons of 100% Barley in a bowl (pot) and pour 1 cup of fresh water and mix it well. Put slow fire for 10 to 15 minutes (optional can be added milk or sweetened with sugar or honey and for getting more taste can be added dry fruits). After cooking it can be blend to make it more smooth and soft for delicious taste, to get good digestive system use 1 cup of Talbinah daily. The best time to use it in morning empty stomach, but can be used in anytime in a day.

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