Different Kinds of Milk

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(1) Sheep Milk

(Halïb-u dhã‘n)

Sheep milk is the thickest and the most damp. Its butterfat content is richer than goat milk and cow milk. Sheep milk generates excess phlegm, and drinking it regularly can cause white skin pigmentations. Sheep milk must be diluted with water before drinking it in order to increase the body’s benefit of it, to lessen its harm, to assuage thirst, and to accelerate its cooling effect.

(2) Goat Milk

(Halïb-ul Mã’iz)

The temperament of goat’s milk is subtly moderate. It relaxes the bowels, dampens a dry constitution, helps some cases of throat ulcerations, reduces the irritations of dry cough, and benefits cases of spitting blood (tuberculosis).

In general, a plain milk is the absolute and most perfect drink for the human body because of the complete nutrition it provides. It enriches the blood, agrees with the newborn needs, and it innately agrees with the human body. On this subject, Ibn ‘Abbãss narrated that when God’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم was taken in his Nocturnal Journey to the heavens, the archangel Gabriel, God’s peace upon him, brought him a glass of wine and another of milk. When God’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم chose to drink the milk, Gabriel said: “All praises be to Allah who guided you to what is innate (Arb. fitra > Islam). Had you chosen to drink the wine, your followers would have strayed after you leave them.”

Soured milk (cf. kefir) is slow to digest, but it mixes well with the humors, and a hot stomach can benefit from it greatly, and digest it easily.

(3) Cow Milk

(Halïb-ul Baqar)

Cow milk enriches the body, increases semen, relaxes the intestines, and causes bowel movement. Cow milk is the most balanced and subtle in moderation, and is better than sheep or goat milk in consistency, balance, thickness, richness, and butterfat.

‘Abdullah bin Mas’oud narrated that God’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said: “Drink cow milk, for cows graze on every kind of plant.” (Sunan)

(4) Camel Milk

(Halïb-ul Ibil)

(See Treatment of Dropsy)

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