Q: Last year I gave birth and an African Muslim woman who I trust told me about a herbal remedy for speeding up the birth and dilating. She told me that she soaks maryam flower and drinks it like a tea 2 weeks before the due date. I did this and everything was okay. Allah Ta’ala granted me a quick natural birth.
This year I am going to give birth again but my sister in law sent me a post that she read about people saying that they use maryam flower for prosperity and wealth and so on. Basically, like witchcraft or something. I’m not sure now and I am scared to use it after reading this post.
I want to know if its okay for me to use it as a herbal remedy like I did the last time or should I stay away from it?
A: If it used for medicinal purposes and proven to be beneficial at the time of labour and child birth, then it is permissible.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)