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On Penetrating Winds

Ja’far b. Jabir al-Ta’i narrated from Musa b. Imran b. Yazid al-Sayqal from ‘Umar b. Yazid, who said Jabir b. Hassan al-Sufi wrote to Abu ‘Abd Allah, peace be upon him: ‘O son of the Messenger of Allah, I have been detained by a wind penetrating (rih shabika) me from my head to my feet, so pray to Allah for me.’ Abu ‘Abd Allah, peace be upon him, prayed for him and wrote to him: ‘Inhale ambergris (al-‘anbar) and mercury (al-zaybaq) on an empty stomach and you will be cured of it, Allah, the Exalted, willing.’ He did that and recovered as quickly as a camel loosed from its cord.