Sent by: Khadija Zakir
Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم recommended that we should break our fast during Ramadan with dates. Research has proven that having dates at Iftar has great benefits for our health!
Following are the 6 health benefits of eating dates at Iftar:
1. Dates are easy to digest so they are not heavy on a fasting person’s stomach.
2. Dates decrease the hunger of the fasting person and so he doesn’t rush into excessive eating which usually ends in indigestion.
3. Dates prepare the stomach to receive the food after being inactive throughout the day by activating the digestive secretions and juices.
4. Dates are very rich in energy and so the body is supplied with the most important nutrients which is sugar that is irreplaceable as a nutrient for the brain cells and nerves.
5. Dates protect the fasting person from having constipation as a result of changing meals times or as a result of having low fiber amounts in meals.
6. The alkaline salts in dates adjust acidity in the blood which results from excessive eating of meat and carbohydrates which causes a lot of diseases such as diabetes, gout, renal stones, gall bladder inflammations, high blood pressure and hemorrhoids.
We know that whatever Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم recommended us to do was from Allah سبحانہ وتعالی, our Creator, who knows what is good and bad for a human body! If we fully follow the sunnah of Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم in all aspects of life, health benefits is just one of the numerous benefits we will receive Insha ‘Allah. Islam is indeed a beautiful way of life!
Other health benefits of dates:
In Surah Maryam [19:25] it is said that when the mother of Hazrat ‘Esa علیہ السلام was giving birth to him and she was experiencing pain, she was told by Allah سبحانہ وتعالی“Shake the trunk of the palm towards you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.”
Scientific studies have shown that eating dates are beneficial for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Dates contain certain stimulants which assist in the strengthening of the muscles of the womb which can lead to an easier delivery. The sugar content of dates is about 80% making it an ideal high energy food for nursing mothers. Dates contain seven vitamins and eleven minerals whose importance as a dietary supplement was appreciated by the desert people who, for thousands of years, ate dates with goat or camel milk as a complete sustenance.
Dates are also reported to be useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders, heart conditions, cancer (due to its high magnesium and calcium content), anemia, allergies, and constipation. Bedouin Arabs, who eat them on a regular basis, show an extremely low incidence rate of cancer and heart disease.
In addition to being mentioned in numerous verses throughout the Quran there are many Ahadeeth about dates.
It was reported by Abu Naaim, Abu Daoud, Al Hakem, Al Imam Al Tirmithi and mentioned in The book of Al Imam Al Thahabi, “The Prophetic Medicine” that Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, “The one who eats 7 dates in the morning will be protected that day from poison and envy.”
He also said, “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying.” (Narrated by Ahmad)
From the Quran:
And in the earth are neighbouring tracts, and gardens of vines, and green crops (fields etc.), and date-palms, growing out two or three from a single stem root, or otherwise (one stem root for every palm), watered with the same water, yet some of them we make more excellent than others to eat. Verily, in these things, there are Ayât (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs) for the people who understand. [Quran 13:4]
Hazrat Aisha رضی اللہ عنہا said, Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said, “Indeed in dates there is a cure.” [Reported by Muslim (14/3) and Ahmad (6/152)]
Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم also 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.”