اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الحَمْدُ كُلُّهُ، لا قَابِضَ لِمَا بَسَطْتَ ولا باسِطَ لمَا قَبَضْتَ، ولا هَاديَ لِمَن أَضْلَلْتَ، ولا مُضِلَّ لِمَن هَدَيْتَ، ولا مُعْطِي لِمَا مَنَعْتَ، ولا مَانِعَ لِما أعْطَيْتَ، ولا مُقَرِّبَ لما باعَدْتَ، ولا مُبَاعِدَ لمَا قَرَّبْتَ

What a beautiful explanation is forwarded by Ibn Al Qayyam, when he wrote some expensive words for ONIONS.

What a miracle onions can be, use them for removing warts, for curing dog bites, jaundice, piles, Vitiligo, for hair loss, as nose drops for clearing the head, as eye drops (with honey) for cataract, & as ear drops for a better hearing, onion water is good for taking out pus & water from the ears & helps in cases of Tinnitus (sensation of ringing / whistling sound in the ears).

بصل ~ روى أبو داود في سننه‏:‏ عن عائشة رضي الله عنها، أنها سئلت عن البصل، فقالت‏:‏ إن آخر طعام أكله رسول الله ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ كان فيه بصل‏.‏ وثبت عنه في الصحيحين أنه منع آكله من دخول المسجد‏.‏

والبصل‏:‏ حار في الثالثة، وفيه رطوبة فضلية ينفع من تغير المياه، ويدفع ريح السموم، ويفتق الشهوة، ويقوي المعدة، ويهيج الباه، ويزيد في المني، ويحسن اللون، ويقطع البلغم، ويجلو المعدة، وبزره يذهب البهق، ويدلك به حول داء الثعلب، فينفع جدًا، وهو بالملح يقلع الثآليل، وإذا شمه من شرب دواء مسهلًا منعه من القيء والغثيان، وأذهب رائحة ذلك الدواء، وإذا استعط بمائه، نقى الرأس، ويقطر في الأذن لثقل السمع والطنين والقيح، والماء الحادث في الأذنين، وينفع من الماء النازل في العينين اكتحالًا يكتحل ببزره مع العسل لبياض العين، والمطبوخ منه كثير الغذاء ينفع من اليرقان والسعال، وخشونة الصدر، ويدر البول، ويلين الطبع، وينفع من عضة الكلب غير الكلب إذا نطل عيها ماؤه بملح وسذاب، وإذا احتمل، فتح أفواه البواسير‏.‏

وأما ضرره‏:‏ فإنه يورث الشقيقة، ويصدع الرأس، ويولد أرياحًا، ويظلم البصر، وكثرة أكله تورث النسيان، ويفسد العقل، ويغير رائحة الفم والنكهة، ويؤذي الجليس، والملائكة، وإماتته طبخًا تذهب بهذه المضرات منه‏.‏ وفي السنن‏:‏ أنه ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ أمر آكله وآكل الثوم أن يميتهما طبخًا ويذهب رائحته مضغ ورق السذاب عليه‏.‏


Abu Dawood narrated in his Sunan that Aishah Radi Allaho Anha was asked about Basal (onion) and she said, “The last meal that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam had included onions in it”.

In the Sahihain, it is narrated that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam disallowed those who eat onions from entering the Masjid.

Basal is hot in the third degree and has an excess wetness, helps against pollution and prevents hot wind (meaning in the stomach). It excites the sexual drive, strengthens the stomach, helps semen production, makes the color lighter, dissolves the phlegm and cleanses the stomach.

Onion seeds help against Vitiligo (lack of pigment in certain areas of the skin) and are used as an ointment around the area affected by Alopecia (a skin disease characterized by loss of hair, partial or total). Furthermore, warts will dissipate effectively when onions are blended with salt (and used as an ointment on the warts). When someone feels nauseous after taking a laxative, smelling onions will help against vomiting. In addition, onion will dissipate the smell of laxatives, and when onion water (extract) is administered through the nose, it will clear the head. Used as ear drops; onion extract helps against weak hearing, Tinnitus, pus and water that accumulates in the ear. Onion seeds are used (as an eyeliner) to dry out the water that attacks the eye, i.e. cataracts, when the seeds are crushed & blended with honey and used on the white part of the eye.

Cooked onions are nutritious and help against jaundice, coughing and roughness in the chest. It is also a diuretic and relaxes the bowels. It also heals dog bites when its water (extract) is blended with salt and Rue and squeezed on the affected area. Finally, it will open the orifices of the hemorrhoids when used as suppository.

But onions also cause migraines, headaches, flatulence and bring darkness to the sight.

Eating onions in excessive amounts or regularly causes forgetfulness, affects the mind and changes the odor of the mouth and the taste of food. It also bothers those in your presence and the angels. Cooking onions dissipates these side effects of the onion. The Sunan narrated:

“Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam ordered those who eat onion and garlic to kill them (make them milder) by cooking”.

1. It is called as Basal (البصل) in Quran, Hadis & Arabic.
2. In Latin it is called as Allium cepa Linn.
3. Family is Liliaceace.
4. In Urdu & Hindi it is called as Piyaz.

Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم’s guidance about onions (البصل)

Arabic words written in below references are the words mentioned in respected Hadees. You can confirm the references of Hadees at sunna.com & Al-Maktab Al-Shamilah (المكتبة الشاملة) also.
Onion in last meal of Rasool Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم

1. Hazrat Aisha رضي الله عنها was asked by Ibn Ziyaad Khiyar رضي الله عنه   about onion (basal) (البصل) & she said that the last meal which Rasool Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم ate, had Onion (Basal) (البصل) in it.   : Reference Abu Dawud: 3829; Book no. 28; In English Book no. 27; Hadees no. 3820.

Disliking of raw Onion smell & disallowed to come in or near Masjid

2. Jabir Bin Abdullah رضي الله عنه   reported that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, He who eats of this (offensive) plant, i. e garlic, and sometimes He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, He who eats onion (بصل) and garlic and leek (الكراث), should not approach our mosque for the angels are harmed by the same things as the children of Adam. : Reference Muslim: 564 B; Book no. 5; In English volume no. 4, Hadees no 1147.

3. Hazrat Abu Saeed Al Khudri رضي الله عنه   says that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم disallowed to eat Onion (البصل), garlic (الثوم), gundan (الكراث) (wild onion).   : Reference Tyasi: 2285.    (Raw is disliked to eat, but we can use them in cooked food).
4. Narrated Jabir Bin Abdullah رضي الله عنه  said, that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said “Whoever has eaten garlic (ثوم) or onion (بصل), should keep away from us, or should keep away from our mosque and should stay at home.” Ibn Wahb said, “Once a plate full of cooked vegetables was brought to the Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم at Badr. Detecting a bad smell from it, He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم asked about the dish and was informed of the kinds of vegetables in contained. He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم then said, “Bring it near,” and so it was brought near to one of his companions who were with him. When Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم saw it, He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم disliked eating it and said (to his companion), “Eat, for I talk in secret to ones whom you do not talk to”. : Reference Bukhari : 7359; Book no. 96; In English volume no. 9;  Book no. 92; Hadees no. 458.  (Means talk to angels).
5. Jabir Bin Abdullah رضي الله عنه   reported that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, He who eats of this (offensive) plant, i. e garlic, and sometimes He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said: He who eats onion (بصل) and garlic and leek (الكراث), should not approach our mosque for the angels are harmed by the same things as the children of Adam. : Reference Muslim: 564 B; Book no. 5; In English volume no. 4, Hadees no 1147.

Garlic & Onion allowed eating in cooked food   

6. Rasool Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم allowed us to eat onion (البصل) & garlic (الثوم) cooked in food. (Means avoid eating them raw). : Reference Abu Dawud: 3827; Book no. 28; In English Book no. 27; Hadees no. 3818.
7. Hazrat Uqbah Bin Amir Al-Juhani رضي الله عنه   says that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said ‘Do not eat onions (بصل),’ then he said in a low voice: ‘Raw’. : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3491; Book no. 29; In English volume no. 4, Book 29, Hadees no 3366.
8. Narrated Mu’awiyah Ibn Qurrah رضي الله عنه that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم forbade these two plants (i.e. garlic and onions), and said, He who eats them should not come near our mosque. If it is necessary to eat them, make them dead by cooking, that is, onions and garlic. : Reference Abu Dawud: 3827; Book no. 28; In English Book no. 27; Hadees no. 3818.
9. Narrated by Hazrat Ma’daan Bin Abi Talha Ya’mir رضي الله عنه  once Hazrat Umar Bin Khattab رضي الله عنه in Friday khutba said that if you want to eat garlic (ثوم), onion (بصل), use them in cooked food (means avoid them eating raw & coming in public & also avoid there bad smell in breath or mouth). (This is a long Hadees).  : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3488; Book no. 29; In English volume no. 4 Book 29, Hadees no 3363.

Content of it

carbohydrates, sugars, fibers, protein, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, selenium, volatile oils, sulphur Etc

Scientific benefits of Onions 

1. It strengthens the digestion, increases semen production, dissolves phlegm, cleans the stomach, reduces cholesterol and triglycerides.
2. Helpful in jaundice, cough, and cold.
3. Helpful in following condition for local application, alopecia (means patchy hair falls), warts, white spots etc (its juice should be used with salt).
4. Its smell is used in fits, nausea and vomiting.
5. Its juice should be put in nose for sinus. (Put 2 to 3 drops of onion juice in nose)
 6. Avoid eating raw.
 7. Excessive eating of onion may cause migraine, weak memory, flatulence & makes complexion dark, especially raw onions.
8. For Warts take onion juice & salt, mix both & apply on warts.



Do not use in diarrhea. Bleeding disorders, Namaz time (Salah time). Do not use it in weak sex.

Science & Hadees regarding onion

1. In Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم time mostly people were poor, in Arab much vegetables did not grew, vegetables from other parts of the world were not very time available, people use to eat raw onion very often & we all know that it has a very offensive smell in breath which irritates other people, & Prophet did not strictly prohibited to eat, but allowed to eat it in cooked food, & prohibited to come in Masjid or near it with its smell in breath, because in Masjid there are angles, who also get irritated with its smell, And by this rule all bad smell things should be avoided in Masjid or near it. The people often use to come in Masud with its smell in breath, may be people ate raw onion in much quantity to fulfill their hunger, & it is seen that the bad smell is very offensive if raw onion is eaten in much quantity & remains for very long in the breath & also its smell is found in sweating which is again bad. And also cause excessive unwanted gas formation & its expulsion & if this occurs in public it is thing of irritating for others.

 2. Today no body eats onion raw enough or full stomach because today we have all types of vegetables available all season thus onion remains an ingredient of food. Thought its medicinal properties are not neglected.

Adverse effects and toxicology

3. If excessive raw onion is used some people may suffer from allergic reactions & also after handling onions. Symptoms can include contact dermatitis, intense itching, rhinoconjunctivitis, blurred vision, bronchial asthma, sweating and anaphylaxis. The toxicity is caused by the sulfoxides present in raw onions, causing ingestion resulting in anaemia caused by the distortion and rupture of red blood cells. (This is based on an animal’s research done by using onion.

Conclusion of Hadees

1. Do not come in Masjid or in public after eating raw vegetables whose bad smell comes from mouth. We can eat them cooked in food & bad smell should not come from mouth. Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم did not liked bad smell, specially from mouth because Angle use to come to Him bringing Messages & Quranic verses from Allah & Angles get irritated by te bad smell even people get irritated.

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