The weekend rendezvous routine is undeniably changed. These days, Darussyifa’ serves as mecca for weekend. I loyally accompany and do the best that I can to make the most of the time we have as well as being a dedicated companion as much as I could. Being in Darussyifa’ teaches me a lot of the unknown knowledge prior to these mystical experiences.
The leaves of Sidr, lote tree, cedar or “bidara”.
So we went this morning, like usual. And this routine has to be done in Istiqamah (continuous). I am interested to write about a type of plant that is synonymous in the Islamic exorcism. Before this, I am quite an ignoramus about the benefits (I only knew the name) but now I realize that it has significant role in alternative medication. The plant is known as “bidara” in Malay Language and is a very popular flora to be used in Malay prose and folklore. I tried to find the English term for it and came across various name such as Cedar, Lote Tree and also Sidr (from the Arabic origination) but the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) website dubs it as Ziziphus mauritiana as the scientific name (REFER to http://www.frim.gov.my/ziziphus-mauritiana-tasty-little-fruits/?wppa-album=35&wppa-photo=113&wppa-cover=0&wppa-occur=1). But I am not going to decipher about the fruit. I wanna talk about the leaves.
According to Darussyifa’ Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi branch’s website at http://darussyifabbst.blogspot.com/2011/09/rawatan-menggunakan-daun-bidara.html, the leaves of “bidara”or Sidr are significant in treating spiritual illnesses such as emotional upheaval, disturbance during sleeping, malicious presence of Djinns, or curses. According to various sources I have Googled in the Net as well as what is written by Tuan Guru Dato’ Dr. Harun Din in his household book “Rawatan Penyakit Jasmani (I)” – Treatment Of Physical Illness (I), Abul Hasan Ali ibn Khalaf who was famously known as Ibn Battal al-Maliki said on a hadith Bukhari when Sihr (curse) is concern :-
“He can take seven Sidr leaves, grind them up, and put them into water, then recite into it the ayahs and surahs (verses and chapters) – Ayatul Kursi, 3 Quls, and the du’as. Then he can drink some and wash with the rest. Seven Sidr leaves should be placed in water, the verses referred to above should be recited into it, then he should drink from it and wash with it. This is beneficial, by Allah’s leave.”
The grind Sidr leaves.
Besides that in another example, it was also said that Prophet SAW explained that in the process of cleansing the corpse with pure water (Islamic ritual to honour the dead), one of the cleansing steps process needs to be conducted with a mixture of water and Sidr leaves. This implies that there is a specific significance of Sidr – and the recognition is uphold due to the fact that it is used to honour and to purify the dead.
Sidr leaves or “daun bidara” from Darussyifa’, Bandar Baru Bangi Seksyen 1, Malaysia.
This certainly another eye-opening knowledge for me in broadening my horizon. ALLAH Hu Akbar, God SWT Is Great!