Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) used to recommend talbina for the sick and for one who was grieving over a dead person. She (may Allah be pleased with her) said, "I heard the Messenger r saying, ' The talbina gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.' " [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5325)].
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that whenever one of her relatives died, the women assembled and then dispersed (returned to their houses) except her relatives and close friends. She (may Allah be pleased with her) would order that a pot of talbina be cooked. Then Tharid (a dish prepared from meat and bread) would be prepared and thetalbina would be poured over it. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) would say (to the women), "Eat of it, for I heard the Messenger r saying, 'The talbina soothes the heart of the patient and relieves him from some of his sadness.' " [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5058)].
Hisham's father y said, "Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) used to recommendtalbina and used to say, 'It is disliked (by the patient) although it is beneficial.' '' [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (5326)].
Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated, "If any of the Messenger's y family became ill, the Messenger y would say, 'It (talbina) soothes the grieving heart and cleanses the ailing heart just as one of you cleans dirt off his face with water.' " [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3445), hadeeth hasan].
Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Messenger y said, "You should eat the beneficial thing that is unpleasant to eat (Talbina), meaning broth. If any member of the Messenger of Allah's y family was sick, the cooking pot would remain on the fire until one of two things happened, either the person recovered or died." [Saheeh Sunan ibn Maajah (3446) hadeeth hasan].
Talbina is made by adding 1-2 tablespoons of barley flour (must be 100% wholegrain barley flour) to one and a half cups of water. Place on low heat for 10-15 minutes (optional: add coconut/milk or yoghurt and sweeten with honey). This may also be used as a food thickener for gravy, soups, dishes etc.
Alternatively you may add 1-2 tablespoons of barley flour (must be 100% wholegrainbarley flour) to one and a half cups of coconut/milk. Place on low heat for 10-15 minutes (optional: add water or yoghurt and sweeten with honey).
The Talbina mixture may then be put in the blender with fresh or frozen fruits and/or ground flax seeds. etc It may be blended together to make a tasty talbina 'smoothie'.
Drink at least one cup daily.