Importance of Ithmid Kohl

Kohl was used by both men and women in the Egyptian culture as not only a cosmetic but also medicinal. It was able to protect the eyes from diseases caused by intense sun rays, it reduced irritation from dust and sand and even helped ward off eye infections. Today, we find that this ancient knowledge has come to light. It turns out that the lead in kohl can stimulate the growth of immune cells and re-encourage the development of eye tissues, making the eyes healthier. We also found that kohl is a natural vasodilator, causing the blood vessels to expand and increase blood flow to the area, thus protecting against eye conditions such as glaucoma and other eye diseases.

Ithmid kohl is made from the mineral galena which contains lead sulphide and has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits. It was widely available in North Africa and the Hejaz region and is believed to be what is referred to in several Hadiths as “kohl”. It is also thought to be one of the most effective natural cures for many ocular diseases.

Many Hadiths narrate that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to keep a small container of ithmid kohl by his bedside. He would then put kohl on his eyes every night. Ibn Abbas Radiyallahu alayhi wasallam and others related that the Prophet would apply ithmid kohl on each eye three times a night.

Ithmid kohl is considered Sunnah by the ulama because it has been praised and affirmed by the prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wasallam). Other types of kohl only carry beauty benefits but do not have the same saheeh status as Ithmid kohl. It is therefore preferable to use ithmid kohl as this carries greater thawab. ithmid kohl

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