Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
Asalaamu alaikum readers,
So, let’s talk about dates. What’s the first thing you think of? Ramadhan right, especially whilst it’s just round the corner inshaAllah. But dates aren’t just for Ramadhan, they are tasty, nutrient dense and should be a regular part of your weekly diet.
The date palm is mentioned more than any other fruit-bearing plant in the Qur’an indicating there is much barakah in this little superfruit.
Narrated by Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): “The Prophet (saw) said there is a tree among the trees which is similar to a Muslim (in goodness), and that is the date palm tree.” (Bukhari)
Now I’ll be the first to admit, when I first became Muslim I didn’t like dates at all. They were the last thing I wanted to break my fast with but the secret is finding a type of date that you like.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to break his fast with fresh dates before praying; if there were no (fresh dates) then with dry dates, and if there were no (dried dates) then he would take a few sips of water. (Nararted by Abu Dawood, no. 2356; al-Tirmidhi, 696; classed as hasan in al-Irwa’, 4/45)
There are many different types of dates and one in particular have been mention in the sunnah of Rasulullah (saw).
“The Messenger said: Ajwah dates are from Paradise.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
My favourites are Medjoul dates, they’re soft, sweet, squidgy and not stringy in the middle like other dates I’ve tried. My last batch of dates were from MADE in Europe and they were delicious and responsibly sourced in a way that gives back to the Palestinian farmers that produced them. Follow their #BuyPalestinian campaign for more information on how we can help our brothers and sisters.
So let’s talk more about the health benefits.
In Surah Maryam specifically, Allah says to Mayram (as) “Shake the trunk of the palm toward you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.” Unsuprisingly, for us Muslims anyway, scientists have found that eating dates during your pregnancy can help to start your labour off and progress it without the need for medication unlike those who did not eat dates. Dates also have a high amount of iron in them which helps to battle anaemia, a common symptom of pregnancy.
Another health benefit of using dates is when performing tahneek on newborn babies. The Prophet (saw) was the first to perform tahneek on the newborn child of Abu Talha and Umm Sulaym (may Allah swt be pleased with them both).
Back in 2012, the BBC reported on how rubbing a sugar gel on the inside of a premature newborn baby’s cheek could help to prevent brain damage from low blood sugar levels, subhanAllah how merciful is Allah swt!
The health and spiritual benefits of incorporating dates into your life are undeniable. The Prophet (saw) said , “Whoever eats seven dates of the High Land of Madinah in the morning will not be hurt by poison or sorcery on that day.” (Bukhari)
So what’s stopping you?
Wasalaam – Peace Be With You