Friday, 13 August 2010

Love Your Dates, Its A Healthy Diet!

Muslims generally break their fast by eating dates (kurma). Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said:
"If anyone of you is fasting, let him break his fast with dates. In case he does not have them, then with water. Verily water is a purifier."

The Prophet used to break his fast by eating some dates (ripe / dried dates) before offering Maghrib prayer, or with water if there are no dates available.

Dates’ Nutrients:
Proteins and calcium (help strengthen the bones)
Important vitamins and iron
Contain natural fibers

Other Benefits?
  1. Easy to digest - within half an hour of taking it, the tired body regains a renewed strength. 
  2. Breaking the fast with dates then helps one avoid excessive eating because it’s filling. Don’t you agree? 
  3. Strengthen the muscles of the uterus in the last months of pregnancy. 
  4. Good for nervous nature, heart troubles and hyperactivity. 

Arabs usually combine dates with milk and yogurt or bread, butter and fish. This combination indeed makes a self-sufficient and tasty diet for both mind and body. Dates and date palms have been mentioned in the Holy Qur'an 20 times, thus showing their importance. The Prophet likened a good Muslim to the date palm, saying "Among trees, there is a tree like a Muslim. Its leaves do not fall."

Sayyidah Mariam, mother of Isa (AS) had dates as her food when she felt labour pains. They are definitely the "crown of sweets”.

Nabi (SAW) at times used to combine dates with bread. At other times he mixed ripe dates with cucumber, or dates combined with ghee. He used to take all varieties of dates, but he preferred the type called Ajwah.
And…love your date because it’s a sunnah and it’s just simply DELICIOUS!

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