All praise is due to Allah swt, the lord of the worlds and may His peace and blessings be upon His final prophet and messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.


I recieved this a while back. Thought it would be nice to share and gain some reward from people who act upon the Sunnah! Reading the letter, isn’t it just amazing how our pious predecessors reminded one another about the Sunnah?! How time has changed since! We worry about ourselves, not thinking of others. Anyway, I would love to hear if and how you changed the recipe to your taste and need and how it turned out. Recipe at the end. Enjoy! :).


Shaykh Zakariyya  (May Allah have mercy on him) once prepared this meal for Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (May Allah have mercy on him) , with the following letter:
To Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi,

Assalaamu Alaykum,

I hereby wish to present a little gift. In the Hadith, there is mention of a certain thing called talbeena, which Mullah Ali Qari (May Allah have mercy on him) says is made up of milk, honey and flour, and I have added a little saffron for flavour and taste. Once, some time ago, I prepared it and it turned out to be very delicious and I got the feeling that perhaps Hazrat will also like it. Only Allah knows how it has turned out this time, but I have again mixed the same ingredients.

In Bukhari it is reported from Hazrat Aishah Radhiallahu Anhaa, who says:

“I have heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam say: “Verily, talbeena cures the heart of the sick one and takes away his sorrows’.”

According to Bukhari, she ordered that talbeena be taken and that it is a beneficial medicine.

Hafiz Ibn Hajar says in ‘Fath ‘, it is reported by Ahmed and Ibn Majah that Aishah Radhiallahu Anhaa reported “Make use of talbeena, the beneficial medicine,” And Nasā’ī adds: “I swear by Him in whose hands is the life of Muhammad, that talbīna cleans the stomach in the same way as one of you uses water to wash dust from his face.”

According to the Hadith it appears that it is prepared in a thin form but I thought Hazrat will prefer it in a thick form so as to eat it like firny. For this reason I have made it a thick mixture. I have also written its contents down for Hakeem Khaleel Ahmed Saheb and asked him about it, so as to ascertain that it will not be harmful to Hazrat’s diet.

Zakariyya Kandhalwy.


1. 1 cup of milk
2. 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of crushed barley, (coarse barley flour (sifted)
3. Honey to sweeten


1. Put the milk in a pot on medium heat and add in the barley flour. (Use the finer particles of the flour)2. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Constantly stir to avoid lumpiness.

3. The mixture will thicken a bit.

4. Sweeten with honey and serve.

5. Make intention of acting upon a Sunnat.

All praise is due to Allah swt at the beginning and at the end.May you be rewarded for visiting my page and may we all benefit. Ameen

Benefits, References and directions in picture below.

The Katibah.



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