Did Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) have epilepsy? Searching all over the net gives me vague, contradictory and sometime infuraiting, derogatory results. Could someone clear my dilemma?

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    why was he given down-vote?he was asking a legitimate question (I think). I personally don't think the prophet saws had the epilepsy but I don't have legitimate source to prove or disprove it – ant Jun 20 '12 at 13:37
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    Down-voters and close-voters: state why you choose to do so. This topic is addressed in classes of Seerah (Biography of Prophet [s]), since non-muslim critics make these claims – Atif Jun 20 '12 at 13:52

When the Prophet (sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) received revelation (وحي) his body would experience certain stress (like sweating on a cold day). You can find narrations for this in Chapter 1 of Bukhari (The book of beginning of revelation). The Word of Allah is indeed heavy, even in a physical sense, as Allah says:

Indeed, We will cast upon you a heavy word. [73:5]

Some non-muslim critics of Islam, interpreted these ways that his body would be affected as "seizures" and "epilepsy". There is no proof for this; that he experienced what we know today to be epilepsy. There was no foaming of the mouth, being incapacitated, etc. Rather, after he was finished receiving revelation, he would soon recite the most beautiful and eloquent words (which is another thing that doesn't happen to people after a seizure).

  • Your answer makes sense but if I hear those same words of God, why don't I shack? Does that mean that shack was not because of the words but because of of the voice of Gabriel was saying it to the Prophet? – muslim1 Jul 8 '12 at 19:02

Epilepsy never provides answers to questions that caused Prophet to seek guidance from God. Epileptic is confused after the attack. It is absolutely irrational to think that a narration like Holy Quran be coming out of an illiterate mind as a result of seizure. Knowledge about past prophets like Mosses, Jesus and Yusuf (all his life story, being born in Palestine and becoming ruler of Egypt}.Sura Yusuf actually was revealed to Hazrat Muhammad in Reply to this question put to Prophet by Jews to prove him not being a prophet. It is absolutely impossible to explain "wahy"with our present state of knowledge scientifically. Human mind may attain such knowledge with evolution. Many other Prophets had "wahy" from God. Actually science has provided a flicker of evidence by way of emails /Skype towards Mihraj[just compare it with communication levels of 1950}. Suffice it to say that Human mind does not know enough, just believe what you cannot explain and let your mind rest to save your sanity. Prof Dr Muhammad Rashid Chaudhry


Prophet Moohamed p.b.u.h did not have Epilesy. When the relevation was coming to Him in that ways it meens: He did not accept anyones teachings of this world any book or lesson of this world, he was not accepting any teaching that come from humans he was not accepting any teaching from other than Allah when he wanted to know. Then after this Allah gave Him revelations!


After reading about temporal lope epilepsy I think there is good evidence that the prophet did have epilepsy. We actually do not have evidence that these revelations are from God. I don't think the prophet knew he was epileptic and I think he genuinely thought he had revelations from God. This strong belief in himself, that he was a prophet talking to God, is the real reason why Islam still exists. I'm sorry if my opinion is candid, it is just an opinion. I recommend some critical reading about the prophet symptoms when he had revelations, as he did have saliva coming out of his mouth and he used to shake. I also recommend reading articles about temporal lobe epilepsy symptoms. Also just a final comparison, if someone in our time claimed that he is talking to God and seeing Angels each time he suffer a fit, we all now know what the medical diagnosis would be for his case because science can explain these visions medically now. In the prophet time the only explanation for such symptoms was that he really had connection with God, there is simply no evidence that God was talking to the prophet. http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/05/was_muhammad_an_epileptic_.html

  • He knew that, but did not want anyone else to know. Otherwise no one would obey him. – Erkin Alp Güney Sep 16 '18 at 14:03

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