Bukhari – Volume 7, Book 71, Number 614:
Narrated Abu Said:
A man came to the prophet and said, ‘My brother has got loose motions. The Prophet said, Let him drink honey.” The man again (came) and said, ‘I made him drink (honey) but that made him worse.’ The Prophet said, ‘Allah has said the Truth, and the abdomen of your brother has told a lie.” (See Hadith No. 88)
Once again, Dr. Mohammad and Dr. Allah have come to the rescue of someone suffering from diarrhea…
1) Why don’t all Muslims cure diarrhea with honey?
a) If a Muslim does not cure diarrhea with honey, does that mean that they are an apostate?
b) If they become worse, does this mean that their bodies are lying?
c) Or did Bukhari include this hadith to illustrate a metaphor showing that the body was rejecting Mohammad’s cure because it was not really a cure, just like how his word was not really the word of God?
2) How did the abdomen tell a lie?
a) Because it refused to get better?
b) Wouldn’t the abdomen try to get better?
c) Why didn’t Mohammad accuse either the man delivering the news or the man afflicted with the illness of lying?
d) Is it because it was plain to everyone that the man had diarrhea, and that neither of them were lying, so Allah’s apostle (may peace be upon him), needed to blame something else for telling a lie?
3) Was Mohammad’s lack of a cure, a reason why Mohammad ordained that one method of martyrdom is by dying from diarrhea? (Follow up to:
Sahih Muslim – Book 020, Number 4705:
It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the, Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: While a man walks along a path, finds a thorny twig lying on the way and puts it aside, Allah would appreciate it and forgive him The Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: The martyrs are of five kinds: one who dies of plague; one who dies of diarrhoea (or cholera) ; one who is drowned; one who is buried under debris and one who dies fighting in the way of Allah.
a) In other words, did Mohammad say that martyrdom by diarrhea in order to make amends to Mohammad’s faulty cure of honey (which may have resulted in this poor man’s death, whose abdomen allegedly lied)?