Grapes

Bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Asalaamu alaikum readers,

It seems we’ve reached the end of our sunnah food series and I hope you’ve all enjoyed it bi’ithnillah. I’ve really enjoyed writing it.

To round up the series, I chose a fruit that I didn’t even know grew in that area of the world but wa smuch loved by our Nabi (saw). Grapes.

Sweet, delicious and most likely a staple in all of our lunch boxes growing up. My mom always used to buy me little snack packs of grapes as a healthy snack mashaAllah, may Allah swt reward her.

Grapes will not only be found in the duniya, but they’ll be a food of jannah (paradise) as well. Obviously as Muslims we cannot expect the grapes of paradise to be the same as the grapes we find here today but it’s just an observation. The eye cannot possibly comprehend how amazing the grapes of jannah will taste, may Allah swt allow us all to eat from the fruits of jannah, Ameen.

Grapes have been mentioned 8 times in the Qur’an and Sunnah. In Surah Al An’am verse 99 Allah swt says: “And out of the date palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe.

There are over 1,000 varieties of grapes used for various things. I find grapes in particular a fascinated fruit because in them are great benefit but also potentially great harm. Not only can grapes make another sunnah food, vinegar, but they also make wine which is haraam. This in itself is a sign from Allah swt. Ā In all things there is benefit and harm but inshaAllah for the rightly guided, you will reap from the benefit and leave the harm.

In the Medicine of the Prophet by Ibn Al- Qayyim (an essential book for any interested in Prophetic medicine), Ibn Al- Qayyim notes that it is better and more nutritious to eat grapes up to 3 days old when the skins are soft, rather than those harvested on the same day. Grapes that are eaten on the same day of harvest produce gas in the stomach and intestines.

If anyone out there is a nutritionist, I’d be interested in knowing the reason for this. I think it may be the amount of fibre in the skins and as time goes on the fibre converts to sugar but you’ll have to all let me know on that one inshaAllah.

Grapes are high in vitamin K which is important for clotting the blood, high in anthocyanin and resveratrol. Like anthocyanins, resveratrol acts an an antioxidants which are important for guarding against cellular damage. They are naturally sweet, high in water content (on average about 81%) and are great for cardiovascular health.

There is an amazing story about the Prophet (saw) eating a batch of sour grapes to not hurt the feelings of the man that gave them to him subhanAllah. Sour foods in particlaur have health benefits but His (saw) reason for doing so is so beautiful. May Allah swt reunite us with his Nabi (saw) in jannatul firdous, Ameen.

So, we’ve come to the end of the series. Continue to share the posts and tell me about your sunnah food favourites by using @christalw12 on twitter and @chrissyjay14 on instagram including the hashtag #sunnahfoodseries.

InshaAllah, the next series will cover Food for the Soul so stay tuned!

Wasalaam – Peace Be Upon You

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