Food for Thought


“And tall (and stately) palm-trees, with shoots of fruit-stalks piled one over another” (Noble Qur’an 50:10)

It is soft to the touch, gooey when chewed and sweet to the taste. What is it?

The best dry fruit anyone can ever get their hands into-DATES

Today I had some for snack and so I decided to explore more on its background. First of all, Muslims traditionally break their fast with dates and water. This is a tradition that goes back to the Prophet (saw). Many hadiths report that the Prophet(saw) encouraged us to eat dates for a variety of reasons. Reference has also been made in following verse of Surah Maryam.

In the Qur’an when the mother of Prophet Jesus(as) was giving birth to him and she was experiencing pain, she was told to: ” Shake the trunk of the palm towards you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.” ( Quran 19:23-26)

There is considerable wisdom the way Allah recommends that Maryam to eat this fruit. Scientific studies have shown that eating dates are beneficial for pregnant women and nursing mother. Please read the following for more on this great tasting fruit.

All these facts about dates reveal Allah’s infinite knowledge and compassion for human beings. As we have seen, the benefits of the date, especially during pregnancy and only recently established by modern medical science, were indicated in the Quran many years ago.

  It is clear that it is one of the oldest known species of plant, the date is today a food of preference not only for its delicious taste but also for its nutritious properties. New benefits imparted by the date are being discovered every day and has come to be used as a medicine as well as a food.


Finally, the hadith also makes mention of the dates in the following:

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: the prophet (PBUH) said: “Indeed in dates there is a cure.” Reported by Muslim (14/3) and Ahmad (6/152)

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever finds dates should break his fast with them and the one who does not should break his fast with water because it is pure.”

Overall, dates are considered a fruit and what better way to get your 5 serving of fruits than to eat them.

Happy EATING and to good HEALTH!!!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by adikbongsu on July 27, 2007 at 4:31 am

    Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh sister,

    indeed dates is a well-being food. Give us all the nutrition that our body requires. 🙂


  2. I like dates, but my problem is when i eat dates, my skin start to rash. So sensitive to dates..


  3. OMG I LUV DATES girl you’re on a roll keep’em coming. These posts are so beneficial and insightful. The vitamins in them are remarkable and all the benefits that come from these mooshy gooey treats that grow off palm trees. I have to say that the best I’ve ever had came from Madinah, Saudi Arabia. I love them soooo much, and love anything that has dates. One of my favorite things about Ramadan is breaking my fast with dates. It’s one of the highlights I look forward too before the onset of Ramadan. Jazak Allah Khairan for this post sis!!!! Hugs 😉


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