Al-Rahmah fi Al-Tib wal-Hikmah

Q 2: In the book titled "Al-Rahmah Fi Al-Tibb Wa Al-Hikmah" (Mercy in Medical Treatment and Wisdom), Jalal Al-Din `Abdul-Rahman Al-Suyuty mentions some medicine; some are common to people while others contain a kind of Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) or at least doubt. For example, to treat fever a person brings three leaves of olive and writes on the first: `Asab Jahannam (The hardness of Hell), writes on the second: Naharat (Part No. 1; Page No. 229

A: The book "Al-Rahmah Fi Al-tibb Wa Al-Hikmah" which is ascribed to Al-Suyuty is a useless book that has no good. It is replete with superstitions and acts of Shirk. A person must beware of this book and should not rely on it in order to protect his `Aqidah (creed) against anything that may distort or affect it.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.