Eating chilli peppers is good for the lungs and helps clear stuffy noses due to colds, says Irwin Ziment, professor of medicine UCLA. He also recommends hot peppers for emphysema, sinusitis, hay fever, asthma and chronic bronchitis. Hot foods thin secretions in the air passages.

FIGHTS NAUSEA Recent tests in Denmark showed that ginger reduced seasick sailors’ vomiting by 70%. British research found ginger as effective as drugs at relieving nausea after surgery.
REDUCES INFLAMMATION. In Japan, an anti-inflammatory drug is based on gingerol, the aromatic compound in ginger. A study at Denmark’s Odense University found that three quarters of 56 patients with rheumatoid arthritis or muscular discomfort got relief from pain and swelling after taking ginger daily for at least three months.
THINS BLOOD. Several studies suggest ginger makes blood platelets less likely to stick together, helping to prevent blood clots that lead to heart attacks and strokes. A Danish researcher, K.C. Srivastava, found the same effect in cumin, turmeric and especially cloves, which are stronger than aspirin in this aspect.
(The Hadith too mentions the medicinal properties of cloves – YMMA)
KILLS GERMS. Ginger and turmeric, destroy bacteria including salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning.


I have to some Muslim weddings and I have seen the groom and the bride is being rubbed with turmeric paste. Is this allowed in Islam? Since this is a practice done the Hindu religion.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Grac ious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Turmeric, known as Haldi in India is the sacred spice recognized for its health, beauty, and spiritual properties. Turmeric holds a special place in Indian Hindu weddings and that is quite apparent from the fact that one entire ceremony before the wedding day is named after this golden spice and is called Haldi Ceremony. [1]

As Muslims, we are sensitive to our Aqaaid (beliefs) and Tauheed (Oneness of Allah) and abstain from whatever would contaminate our Imaan.

Consider the following hadeeth:

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مَنْ تَشَبَّهَ بِقَوْمٍ فَهُوَ مِنْهُمْ “

‏The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Whoever imitates a nation will be amongst them.

(Sunan-Abu Dawood, Kitaab-Al-Libaas)

It is not permissible to emulate the Hindu and apply turmeric powder on to the wedding couple. [2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


فتاوی دینیہ جلد٣ صفحہ ٣٢٧[2]

شادی بیاہ میں ہلدی لگانا، لال جوتے پہننا، ہاتھ میں ناریل اور گلے میں پھولوں کا ہار پہننا یہ سب غیر اسلامی اور غیروں کے دیکھا دیکھی اپنائے گئے رواج ہیں ان چیزوں سے بچنا ضروری ہے۔

فتاویٰ قاسمیہ جلد ٣ صفحہ ٢٢٢

شادی کے موقع پر لڑکے اور لڑکی کے بدن کی صفائی جائز اور مباح ہے، لیکن رسم کے طور پر ہلدی او ررنگ لگانا اور گھڑے میں پانی وغیرہ بھر کر رکھنا یا لوگوں کے آنے کے راستہ پر رکھنا یہ سب ہندوانی رسم ہیں جو شریعت میں جائز نہیں ہے ، اس کا ترک لازم ہے۔