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Is salt before meals a cure for seventy illnesses?

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I heard when eating food it is sunnah to start by eating salt,a person who starts dinner by eating salt at the beginning will be saved from 70 diseases, is this Hadith sahih and suitable to quote? Jazak Allahu Khair


There is a narration that says that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

“O ‘Ali have salt before and after your meals, for it is a cure for 70 illnesses…”

This has been deemed as a fabrication by the hadith masters and should not be quoted.

(Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg.234, also see footnotes of Shaykh ‘Abdul Fattah on Al-Masnu’ pg.236 & Al Yawaqitul Ghaliyah, vol.2 pg.448)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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