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A Herbal HIV-AIDS Treatment that Works!

A Herbal HIV-AIDS Treatment that Works!

By Hwaa Irfan

When I read about Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s herbal remedy for HIV-AIDS it brought a smile to my heart – one of hope in a world dominated by power hungry politicians and their network of self interests. Reinvoking the traditional African concept of a leader who is the servant of the people would come as a very bitter pill to swallow for most politicians today, including Jammeh himself. How many of our world leaders actually have any skills that can be of direct benefit to members of their civilian population!  Too much for the likes of CNN which throws false hope over the idea, for if it is  false hope, it is one that President Jammeh (Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh) will have to live down. This comes at a time, when the West’s focus on African health comes in the form of population control as a condition for trade, and ‘specialized’ medical technology to address problems such as HIV-AIDS.

It is not the first time that cure claims have emanated from the the continent that the bioweapon has been aimed against, the proponents of which have been silenced by the might of the Western pharmaceutical industry. But the Gambia is a country I recall with very little Western medicine on the shelves of their pharmacies, and only nature to turn to.

And so it is that since 2007, 68 people have been SUCCESSIVELY treated through President Jammeh’s Presidential Alternative Medical Treatment Programme demonstrating the might of nature over the pharmaceutical industry, which in some cases have proliferated the spread of HIV-AIDS as in the case of South Africa.  Keeping the recipe secret – naturally,  the 7th batch of sufferers of both HIV and AIDS were discharged over the weekend. It was marked by a ceremony held at the State House marking the 5th year (plus 8 months and two weeks) since the treatment began. At the ceremony Jammeh  told the attendees:

President Jammeh, making the remedy himself

“The objective of my medication is to get rid of the virus that the patients are infected with and I have made it very clear since the start of my treatment programme. Five years ago, the West were saying that it would take twenty-five years to get a cure for HIV/AIDS but two years after I started the treatment, when we posted the results on the Internet, some people also claimed to have the cure for HIV/AIDS and their medicines also eliminate the virus from the patients’ body and today I have no doubt if I face any HIV/AIDS patient in critical condition, I can assure you that by the grace of Almighty Allah he would walk and go about his business as normal”As such, a long awaited initiative, which has been undertaken in such countries like India, is on the horizon for Gambians, the full integration of natural medicine in the countries health system.

 “Because our salvation is when we go back to our natural pharmacists [forest], we will use western medicine as complementary to natural African medicine. In my treatment where my medicine cannot treat any disease, no western medicine can cure it,” Jammeh added.

 “I am very grateful to the Almighty Allah and I am also grateful to the first batch of the treated HIV/AIDS patients because if they had not come forward and had listened to the prophets of doom, then the treatment wouldn’t have been possible because they were told a lot of things discouraging them from appearing on the television, which means they are committing suicide by coming to a treatment that they don’t know anything about.

Those who said that HIV/AIDS is not curable may be right because if you don’t know God and you believe that you descended from frog and you are not created by the Almighty Allah or you came to this world through evolution then you would not know that anything that happens in this world good or bad, Allah knows about it and has solutions about it. There is no disease that the Almighty Allah doesn’t know about and there is no disease without a cure.”

There goes African humor…

 “Who am I to expect that everybody would praise me. But I thank Allah just as the Prophet Mohammad (SAW) prevailed and establish Islam which is the strongest religious today so have I also prevailed to cure HIV/AIDS to the point that 68 are being discharged today,” he added.

“This is the biggest jackpot we have ever won. As far as HIV is concerned, nobody can claim to know everything about it. The more you treat HIV/AIDS, the more you learn about it. I am not talking about those so-called professors who sit in the laboratory and call themselves HIV/AIDS experts when they don’t know anything about HIV/AIDS.

“It is sad that some of us Africans if God were to stand somewhere and call us to a meeting, some of us will still go and answer to the whites. What would I gain by claiming to do something which is so sensitive to humanity, painful to Africa for which every African today if you are going to the West they look at you and the first thing they think of, is whether you are HIV positive, such an insult to Africa”, he further stated.

Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Fatim Badjie

Jammeh admitted that the first and second batch was the most challenging

“We had a tough time with them. I used to spend 24hrs with them and some of them will even refuse to take medicine,” he said.

Jammeh thanked Allah, Gambians, non-Gambians and other institutions who have been sponsoring the treatment programme.

 “May Allah reward you for your good deeds. It would have been very difficult to have the huge number of treated patients with different diseases without your support and I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have come to attend especially those who went through the treatment program.”

Of those discharged Alhaji Beyai informed the gathering

“I want to tell you [the gathering] that the President’s treatment programme has efficacy in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. This is what I want to assure everybody and to ascertain that the treatment is effective and I would like to urge all and everyone present here, within and outside The Gambia who are not sure of their HIV/AIDS status to please come and join the president’s treatment programme.”

The World Health Organisation and the United Nations response has been of course one with alarm especially as patients are required to stop taking their anti-retroviral drugs, which according to them makes the patients prone to infection. However, fortunately, Jammeh is a notorious chaaracter, which in this sense, refuses to back down on a treatment that is offered free of charge, to greater dismay of pharmaceutical giants.

“As far as HIV is concerned, nobody can claim to know everything about it. The more you treat HIV/AIDS, the more you learn about it. I am not talking about those so-called professors who sit in the laboratory and call themselves HIV/AIDS experts when they don’t know anything about HIV/Aids.”

What can be said about the herbal remedy is that several herbal creams are applied and consumed over a number of weeks, along with prayers from the Holy Qur’an. If anyone knows about the healing energy of sound in meditation, then it will come across less like African witchcraft and more like using healing energy or Vibrational Medicine as it was once called. To assist the process, patients have to stop taking alcohol, tea, coffee, and haram activities that lower the vibration like sex, and theft.


But the stereotypes of Africans still persists, as reflected by global governance media, CNN’s coverage.

“… a 3-year-old AIDS patient named Suleiman receives his daily dose of medication — a murky brown concoction of seven herbs and spices served out of a bottle that once contained pancake syrup.”

What is the color of health? It beats what they put in our vaccines, and then make it a criminal offense not to take it! Yet, CNN could not ignore Fatuma, the mother’s response who has also been taking the treatment:

It’s amazing,”

“Two weeks ago, I was very ill, weak and couldn’t eat without vomiting.”

CNN repeatedely uses the word “concoction” as in a witch’s brew in reference to the herbal remedy, and try to disqualify the results by referring to the UN envoy Fadzai Gwaradzimba, who was rightly kicked out of the country in February 2012 by demanding that patients should continue their UN recognized treatment and that the concoction should be “assessed by an international team of experts.”

Modern medicine despite all its innovations, is dependent on natural resources to develop their medicines. All around the world, herbal medicine was the first form of medicine, and when all esle fails remains to provide solutions. In recent years, countries like the U.K. and Australia have attempted to make forms of natural medicine illegal, especially forms of Traditional Cinese medicine, and homeopathy, because these forms cannot be patented and therefore profited from or controled! They put good health back in the hands of the people!

Ousman Sow, 54, said he’s been HIV-positive since 1996 and had been taking anti-retrovirals for the past fours years until he volunteered for this program.

Four weeks later, he said he’s gained 30 pounds and feels like a new person.

“I am cured at this moment,” he said.

Asked if he had any HIV symptoms, he responded, “No, I don’t. As I stand before you I can honestly tell you I have ceased to have any HIV symptoms.”

Patient after patient gave similar statements to CNN. But it was difficult to verify the authenticity of their testimony. The government claims to have scientific evidence, but it did not provide any to CNN.

Jammeh refused to speak to CNN for this report.

That is not surprising. The only thing to prove is the correctness of what one does to one’s self and to those one claims responsibility for, not to the likes of those who will do anything to disqualify one’s good deeds to those who do not at the heart of it have good intentions.

In the tiny African country of the Gambia with one hospital the Presidential Alternative Medical Treatment Programme has also treated infertility according to one of the physicians Dr. Mbowe as well as diabetes, and hypertension.  Nature always provides us with hope even when we mess up badly as we have done in all spheres of life.


Jarju, P.K.”Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh Defends His HIV/Aids Cure Claim.”  http://www.jollofnews.com/20121009gambias-yahya-jammeh-defends-his-hivaids-cure-claim.html

Koinange, J. “In Gambia, AIDS cure or false hope?” http://www.physics.smu.edu/pseudo/AIDSgambia.html

Ndow, M. “President Jammeh discharges 68 treated HIV/AIDS Patients.” http://www.statehouse.gm/treatment-HIV-AIDS-State-house_06102012.htm

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The Winds of S’afar

The Winds of S’afar


By Hwaa Irfan

In communities where suspicion is the over-riding factor to the truth, the second month of the Islamic calendar S’afar al-Muzaffar is an auspicious month where only bad things happen. It is perceived by as a  month that one does not get married in when Prophet Muhammed (SAW), in fact married A’isha in the month of S’afar, but  Ali ibn Abu Talib (AS) and Fatima (AS) were not married in Safar as many contend, but in the Islamic month of Dhul Hijja

Impregnated with bad omens by suspicious minds, this month has come to mean a time when one does not begin/commit to anything new, or travel.  This thinking is only reflects the lack of trust with our Creator. During the pre-Islamic times of Jâhiliyyah (Days of Ignorance).this thinking was prevalent. Prophet Muhammed (SAW) refuted this belief as follows:

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, ‘(There is) no ‘Adwa (no contagious disease is conveyed without Allah’s permission)  nor is there any bad omen (from birds), nor is there any Hamah, nor is there any bad omen in the month of Safar…” (Muslim 71 #608)

It could be said that we have returned to a time of ignorance, just as Prophet Muhammed (SAW) warned that we would. We have become lazy and non-observant of the interconnectedness of all life, and have created layers upon layers of self discrimination which manifests as discrimination against others and other fellow creatures. Our arrogance takes for granted our presence on this earth, so we are unable to judge what impact our thoughts and our actions have on others, and our environment.  To make our lives seem worthy in the paths we have trod, we blur our vision so that we what we chose to see is not distracted by the truths. It could be said of this time, that many of the crises we face on a global and a personal level are but manifestations of our blurred vision.

However, the month of Sa’far was a month of grief for many Shia Muslims with the 20th of Sa’far marking the 40th day of grieving for the death of the grandson of Prophet Muhammed (SAW), Imam Hussein and his friends and relatives at Kerbala, for those who were caught alive after the month of Muharram were tortured in the worst possible way.  In Islam, to initiate and complete a process of change takes 40 days/months/years. Forty days marks the most important developmental process of embryogenesis, when all the bodily parts, and organs form.

2009 presented a rude awakening for many on all levels, but who said giving birth to something new is easy. Yet, when in the midst of difficulties, the ability to see that what one has grown accustomed to is not viable is a challenge that must be met, because the world conspires to open our eyes, and learn the lessons that must be learned in order that we may move on. In mundane everyday terms we are given that chance Islamically, to move on 40 days after a divorce has taken place once finalized, and 40 days to grieve on the death of someone we know.

Forty days marks change, renewal, birth, rebirth despite any prevailing sadness. It is a journey from old to the new. In fact the word “safari” comes from the Arabic “safar” which means a journey, and as we know on a spiritual level, that journey is not necessarily a physical journey. In pre-Islamic times, the month of S’afar was a time when homes would be empty as Arabs would venture away on expeditions, signifying a physical journey. After Kerbala, it was banned that men should enter into wars. It has also been linked to the time of the year when the winds are so strong that they whistle, again signifying change. Living in the Middle East one can experience those winds at the change of the seasons from summer – autumn, and from spring – summer – there is a season for everything, and a time for every purpose… there are no coincidences

The root of S’afar is safr which means to whistle, chirp, as in a cause to be happy, it also means to be yellow, or pale when applied to humans, as in not being at ease, as we usually are when circumstances change, or to be empty, vacant  when we no longer see ourselves through our physical and emotional possessions.

“I am falling short. Forgive me, my Lord.” That, we are not claiming to be perfect, we are asking to recognize our faults and move into that reality.”  – Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani.

We live in a world that demands perfection, but offers malfunction, because we have not learned to love ourselves in our weaknesses and in our strengths. We have made it a man-made sin to feel weak, to feel hurt to have skills and talents that cannot be reduced to a commodity, and so constantly feel worthless, and aimless no matter what extremes we go to, to fit into these man-made prerequisites.

Here we are in the midst of change telling us that we can change, and no matter how much we believe in the man-made definitions that have set limits on our horizons; the winds of change will help to prepare us to change because there is no other alternative. We have to learn to love ourselves, so that we can love others, and only then, can we find and establish the mizan – the balance that our souls are seeking to reclaim from our egos for we are not two souls in One Breath! One Breath, many hearts were not made for a person to divide their souls from their hearts, and their hearts from their minds, which manifests as dividing others, and others from the creative Whole. With One Breath, life came from life, and with blurred vision we take life from life.

S’afar is the second month in the New Year, and as the revolution of the Islamic months demonstrates that new years can unfold at anytime of the year, at any moment. Let us not wait for the end of the year to look back in regret. Let us look instead to what is seen, the now, the present that presents an ongoing opportunity to give birth to our souls, and to let the ego take a back seat. For where the ego cannot lead us to what is right for us, and cannot hear the sounds of S’afar, our souls can.

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Mount Arafah for Non-Hajji’s

Mount Arafah for Non-Hajji’s

Through being in the state of Islam, Allah (SWT) has called on those able to make the journey of a life time, towards a greater unity, which is symbolic of the Unity in Him. The social aspects of tawhid  cannot be underestimated for as in a state of prayer we are all the same in the “eyes” of Allah (SWT), and as represented by the men and women pilgrims, every culture is represented on the pilgrimage and it remains unknown to the onlooker what their status in life is. As the hajjis are reminded as they focus on the nature of their relationship with our Creator, be reminded to of your relationship with our Creator, and that Islam came as a mercy to mankind as a whole, not mankind in part for in Him we are one.

Unity is emphasized in the traditions of the Arabs that state that Jebel Arafah was where Adham/Adam and Hawa/Eve separated after they were sent out from the Garden of Eden, and where they met again to unite. He made us not of flesh alone, but of spirit as well, so in spirit join in unity with our hajjis. While we are here in the world struggling with our nafs and the populist secular reaction to the veil, look at how we are doing with the veils of conceit, desire, deception, pride, selfishness, and tribalism (concern for our kith and kin only). We are reminded of this veil of tribalism in the ultimate sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim/Abraham was asked to make of his son IsmailIshmael. IsmailIshmael too acted for the sake of Allah (SWT), when his father told him he was to be sacrificed on Jebel Arafah. Their faith was tested to the point that Prophet Ibrahim/Abraham drew a knife, to find that what was slaughtered was a ram, not his son.

These veils separate Muslims from Muslims, as we seek to forget that we are all on the same journey, with the same lessons, but with custom designed curriculums. When we seek to look only at what is different, and not focus on what is common, we create veils of separation when Allah (SWT) said:

{O mankind! We have created you of a male and a female, and made you tribes and families that you may know each other; surely the most honorable of you with Allah is the one among you most careful (of his duty)…} (El-Hujurat 49: 13)

{And no one has with him any blessing for which he should be rewarded, except the seeking of the pleasure of his Lord, the Most High} (El-Layl 92: 19-20)

When we seek his pleasure we act on behalf of mankind for all that is created is created by Him. He gives us the opportunity amongst ourselves and collectively to seek his Mercy and forgiveness for the veils of separation we have thrown over ourselves. Sometimes a veil is self-deceit and not veil of deceit of another, but a veil is still a veil. Jebel Arafah is about salvation from our sins, and seeking forgiveness so, which is liken to climbing/overcoming the mount of our own sins. We do not have the longevity of our ancestors, whereby it is said that Adham/Adam and Hawa/Eve were separated for 200 years wracked with guilt and penitence, and that Allah (SWT) out of forgiveness allowed them to meet on Jebel Arafah. Each day may be our last, so let each day count towards our salvation. We might not be present on Jebel Arafah on 9th Dhul Hijjah, to receive the blessings of collective worship, but our hearts can be with them for all of us from sunrise to sunset. Our hearts and our renewal can be with them when we reflect on the words of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) Last/Farewell Sermon (Khuṭbatu l-Wadā), which took place on the Day of Arafah in the Uranah valley of Jebel Arafah (632 A.C):

“O people, hear me well: I explain to you. For I do not know; I may well not meet you again in this place where I now stand, after this year of mine. 

“O people: your lives and your property, until the very day you meet your Lord, are as inviolable to each other as the inviolability of this day you are now in, and the month you are now in. Have I given the message? — O Allah, be my witness. So let whoever has been given something for safekeeping give it back to him who gave him it. 

“Truly, the usury of the Era of Ignorance has been laid aside forever, and the first usury I begin with is that which is due to my father’s brother ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib. And truly the blood-vengeance of the Era of Ignorance has been laid aside forever, and the first blood-vengeance we shall start with is that which is due for the blood of [my kinsman] ‘Amir ibn Rabi‘a ibn Harith ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib. Truly, the hereditary distinctions that were pretensions to respect in the Era of Ignorance have been laid aside forever, except for the custodianship of the Kaaba [by Bani ‘Abd al-Dar] and the giving of drink to pilgrims [by al-‘Abbas]. 

“A deliberate murder is subject to retaliation in kind. An accidental death from a deliberate injury means a death resulting from [something not usually used or intended as a deadly weapon such as] a stick or a rock, for which the indemnity is one hundred camels: whoever asks for more is a person of the Era of Ignorance. 

“O people: the Devil has despaired of ever being worshipped in this land of yours, though he is content to be obeyed in other works of yours that you deem to be of little importance. 

“O people: postponing the inviolability of a sacred month [claiming to postpone the prohibition of killing in it to a subsequent month, so as to continue warring despite the sacred month’s having arrived] is a surfeit of unbelief, by which those who disbelieve are led astray, making it lawful one year and unlawful in another, in order to match the number [of months] Allah has made inviolable. Time has verily come full turn, to how it was the day Allah created the heavens and the earth. Four months there are which are inviolable, three in a row and forth by itself: Dhul Qa‘da, Dhul Hijja, and Muharram; and Rajab, which lies between Jumada and Sha‘ban. Have I given the message? — O Allah, be my witness. 

“O people: verily you owe your women their rights, and they owe you yours. They may not lay with another men in your beds, let anyone into your houses you do not want without your permission, or commit indecency. If they do, Allah has given you leave to debar them, send them from your beds, or [finally] strike them in a way that does no harm. But if they desist, and obey you, then you must provide for them and clothe them fittingly. The women who live with you are like captives, unable to manage for themselves: you took them as a trust from Allah, and enjoyed their sex as lawful through a word [legal ruling] from Allah. So fear Allah in respect to women, and concern yourselves with their welfare. Have I given the message? — O Allah, be my witness. 

“ O people, believers are but brothers. No one may take his brother’s property without his full consent. Have I given the message? — O Allah, be my witness. Never go back to being unbelievers, smiting each other’s necks, for verily, I have left among you that which if you take it, you will never stray after me: the Book of Allah. Have I given the message? — O Allah, be my witness. 

“O people, your Lord is One, and your father is one: all of you are from Adam, and Adam was from the ground. The noblest of you in Allah’s sight is the most godfearing: Arab has no merit over non-Arab other than godfearingness. Have I given the message? — O Allah, be my witness. 

— At this, they said yes. 

He said, Then let whomever is present tell whomever is absent. 

“O people:, Allah has apportioned to every deserving heir his share of the estate, and no deserving heir may accept a special bequest, and no special bequest may exceed a third of the estate. A child’s lineage is that of the [husband who owns the] bed, and adulterers shall be stoned. Whoever claims to be the son of someone besides his father or a bondsman who claims to belong to other than his masters shall bear the curse of Allah and the angels and all men: no deflecting of it or ransom for it shall be accepted from him. And peace be upon all of you, and the mercy of Allah.” 

Translated by: Nuh Ha Mim Keller

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