RAMADHAN – DATES
A couple of months ago a Saudia sistar gave me gift of plastic wrapped pack of Saudi dates. Any such dates are worth her saving for Ramadhan, small and sweet like Saudi people mashallah. may Allah bless her and her family. Dates are Allah’s multi vitamin all in one cute little pack, mashallah
The word “date” is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an more than 20 times.
The fruit is called “tamr” in Arabic.
“And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.” But he called her from below her, “Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, ‘Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to man.’”
There are also many haddith about the benefits of dates and break fast with dates,
The Prophet said: “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying,” (Ahmad).
According to another Hadith, “The Messenger said: Ajwah dates are from Paradise.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
BENEFITS OF DATES
Dates contains calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, B6 & other vitamins, folic acid, proteins, sugar and are rich in natural fibers which contribute to healthy body and mind.
Tahneek For The New Born Child
Tahneek is the process of softening teh flesh of dates either by chewing or warming between the fingers and rubbing a little of the flesh in the baby’s mouth from left to right. Imam Nawawee says, ” scholars are agreed upon the recommendation of performing tahneek upon the baby after it’s birth.” ( Sahih Muslim 4/122)
Aaishah (ra) reports, “new-born children used to be brought to the Messenger of Allaah and he would supplicate for blessings for them, jjjand rub a chewed date upon their palate.” (Muslim)
Child Birth: Eating dates eases the pain of childbirth, helps produce milk for nursing mother and also prevents blood loss after childbirth.
Healthy Heart: Eating dates daily can protect against atherosclerosis, a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Healthy Stomach: Dates also contain large amounts of dietary fiber, which can prevent any constipation that might result from eating the traditionally rich foods served during Ramadan. Additionally, dates protect the stomach and intestinal tract from parasites and bacteria, and thus is a good preventative medicine when eating iftar at unfamiliar locations.
Prevents Cancer: Modern medicine has shown dates are effective in preventing abdominal cancer..Allah knows best.
There’s a wonderful recipe that we are going to make inshallah, a Karimah’s Cuisina take on maamool, middle eastern shortcrust pastries with a date filling.For the 21st century, let’s make something a bit more elcletic, please watch this space.