English :  dates,

Arabic : tamr

dry dates

Islamic Medicine

According to classical scholar, Al Qayyim  Ibn Jawziyyah (raheem Allah , may the mercy of Allah be upon him),

 dates are categorized in accordance to the various stages of their  freshness and ripeness.

Busr are green unripe dates, temperament hot and dry

 Balah are fresh unripe dates, temperament cold and dry

Rutab are  fresh ripe dates, temperament is hot and moist

Tamar  are dried ripe dates  temperament is hot and dry

Nakl is the date palm.


It is significant that dates are  mentioned over 22 times in the Quran, more than any other fruit, more than any vegetable or animal product. This emphasis signifies their importance in nutrition and remedial benefits.  The date palm is the national symbol of Saudi Arabia and for good reason, they have been in the land for over 10, 000 years. Dates were taken by Alexander The Great to Pakistan and the Kalifa Abdualrahman Aldakel took dates to Andalusia, Spain .

As we said theya re mentioned at least 22 times in The Quran. Here is one of the examples,

Surat(chapter 16) An-Naĥl (The Bee) – سورة النح

Surat 16, ayat/verse 11

“ With it He causes to grow for you the crops, the olives, the date-palms, the grapes, and every kind of fruit. Verily! In this is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for people who give thought. “

The health benefits of dates are as follows


1.Energy And Weight Gain

Dates are great energy boosters as the natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose provide a powerhouse of instant energy which is why it is traditional to eat them to break fast during Ramadhan. As the dates ripen , their sugar content increases .Even though dates have insignificant amount of fat , the sugar content is so high that they will help you gain weight if the sugar is not burnt up by your activity.

2.Sexual Performance

This high energy heat of dates  enhance sexual performance , it is a consideration for young men and women who eat dates and should be active in their work or sports. dates soaked in fresh goats milk with honey and cardamom added, is promoted by some naturapaths to enhance sexual performance, stamina and endurance for married couples…va va voom !

  1. High Fibre and digestion

Dates helps improve the digestive system as  they contain soluble and insoluble fibre. Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that is not digested by the body, however this fibre is vital for good health. dates come is all sorts of shapes and sizes but a 1/10 of the date weight  is made up of insoluble fibre, which helps food move through the digestive tract. To get the full laxative effect from dates, you need to soak the dates overnight in water after washing them. You should consume these soaked dates in the morning, including the water they are soaked in for maximum benefit. The high fibre also helps in lowering cholesterol.

  1. Alleviates anemia

Dates are in one of the top 10 foods for iron. 20 small dates weighs about 100grammes, this quantity contains 1.5 mg of iron. The RDA for men is 8mg and 18 for women, more when pregnant. Date can contribute to what is needed however there are some better sources of iron like clams, liver and pumpkin seeds.

  1. Heart Health
    Dates are rich in potassium which is an electrolyte as well as mineral; this means it carries the electrical charge. 100 grams of dates contain 636 mg of potassium which is 15% of the RDA. Potassium is a vital mineral and one of its roles is to control electrical activity of the heart, potassium also help regulate the water balance of the body. They also contain magnesium which helps lower blood pressure.
  2. Nervous system

Dates are rich in B vitamins, high in vitamin B6. Because dates are a complete whole food there are other component of  dates that make the absorption of vitamin b6 beneficial. It is well known by nutrients and naturopaths that getting vitamins and mineral from natural food sources is better than taking isolated vitamins and  mineral in the form of tablets ,. Vitamin B6 for example excessive vitamin B6 can cause skin problem and stomach problems. the combination of B vitamins in dates helps the absorption of vitamin b 6 is necessary in the formation of organic chemical in the body that rejuvenate the brain spinal cord and nerves

  1. Stroke Prevention

In 2009 ,Professor Michael Aviram, a biochemist from the Technion-Israel Institute of Science and his team found  that found that eating Hallawi dates daily for four weeks could improve the quality of lipids (fats) in the blood without raising sugar level

They carried out a tests on 10 healthy subjects who ate 3.75 oz of Hallawi dates per day  for four weeks. The results were published online by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and showed a 15 percent decrease in triglyceride (fats) levels and a 33% drop in the amount of oxidation of fats in the blood.

“Oxidation is central to the deposition of cholesterol into the artery wall,” says Aviram of the Technion Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Medical Center. “Once it is deposited, it can cause blockage of the blood supply to the heart or brain, a phenomenon that causes heart attack or stroke.”  It is the combination of insoluble fiber in dates as well as the other nutrient components like potassium that keep the circulation of blood, water and energy in the body in good motion.




Karimah’s Wheatfree Glutenfree Eggfree pancakes.

wheatfree pancakes

1tablspoon #flaxseeds soaked overnight in 1 cup of #water , 1cup of #millet flour . 1 tablespoon of #walnuts or #cashews or#peanuts #soaked overnight. 1teaspoon #tumeric
After soaking nuts and flax seeds the night before add gelatinous flax seed water mix to millet powder and spices in the blender and blitz. The consistency of the batter should be like toothpaste not too watery or too thick.
Using a small frying pan wipe it round with #oliveoil on apiece of kitchen tissue. Add a tablespoon of the mixture and let cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat . Using a spatula tease round the edge of the pancake. When you are easily able to lift the centre of the pancake off the bottom of the pan then it’s ready to flip over . Flip it and cook on the other side. Cook for a couple of minutes. Take out set aside and cook more . You can keep the batter in the fridge format least 3 days.
#pancakes #wheatfree #glutenfreevegan #veganrecipes #eggfree #

PROPHETIC DIET//Karimah’s Skinny Blackeye Peas Stew

hhh legume black eye peas stew




This dish is inspired by my early days as a revert to Islam, I came via a Moroccan community, alhmdulilah, praise God. I have always been a cultural magpie, inspired by my mixed heritage and days of being a Rasta taking the best from everywhere Allah carried me.

The Moroccan diet has some fantastic veggie dishes stews and salads and loubia stew is one of them. It’s a vegan bean stew full of cumin and fresh herbs but traditional using too much oil.

Olive oil is the best but it’s still high in calories like all other oils.

 We have used black eyes peas instead of the traditional haricot /navy beans because I am only allowed black eyes peas for my blood type diet. My blood is sticky and made worst by this damp UK atmosphere and climate oh Allah take me some where hot and Islamic.

It is vital we take traditional recipes and mould them to meet our individual needs, not keep cooking the same ole same ole year after years because our mother did it that way.

Insha’Allah you will like my version, it’s oil light and a bit more spicy than what I’ve tasted here in the UK



  • 2 Cups Dry Black Eyed Peas

1 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive

  • 1 Large Onion, diced or 2 medium
  • 1 sweet bell pepper chopped and diced
  • 3-5 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1-3 Teaspoons Ground Turmeric
  • 1-5 Teaspoons Ground Chilli Pepper, depending on your taste


  • ½ Cup French Chopped Cilantro, Coriander, Danyia
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 1 Small Can of Whole Tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Cups Water


  1. Rinse the beans in cold water. Place in a large saucepan filled with fresh cold water about two inches above the surface of the beans.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for at least an hour.
  3. As the beans boil you will notice foam coming together in the middle of the pot on the surface of the water, we call this scum, so skim it off the top of the boiling beans using a large spoon.
  4. You will need to add more cold water to stop the beans burning from absorbing the first lot of water, just keep an eye on them, adding a cup of water when they are drying out.
  5.  Cook the beans till the are al dente meaning firm when you bite but cooked.
  6. When beans are cooked, pour them into a large bowl even if there is any water keep that as well
  7. Heat the olive oil in the same pot as you cooked the beans. On a medium high heat add the onions, garlic, ginger and salt and slowly cook until the onions are tender and translucent, about 10 minutes.
  8. Then add the spices, salt and fresh herbs and allow to cook a few minutes more, before adding the tomatoes. Bring to a simmer.
  9. Add the beans and any water with them, into the onion and spice mixture.
  10. Add fresh water to just cover the beans. Bring to the boil and then turn down low, cover and cook until the beans are tender, about 30 more minutes.
  11. You can eat with bread, rice, pasta and salad. You can leave them to go cold and wrap in lettuce leaves or sea weed, the choice is yours. We are having them with homemade coleslaw and beet root and onion salad. Alhmdulilah praise God.



My blood type diet has not allows me to have onions or curry for over a week.I think I’m type O but what I do know is I have a blood called “rouleaux” which means that the platelets stick together in chains which makes it difficult to go through arteries. I have had at least one mini stroke TIA.
I had a nutritional blood test in 2009 and really ignored the diet sheet because ti looked too hard.I was really super ill 2 weeks ago and decided I had better knuckle down and give the diet plan a chance especially as I’m dishing out food advice to others.

I have stopped wheat, sugar, coffee, tea,red meat, chicken, eggs. I am not even allowed onion, garlic, chilli and ginger…. and alhmdulilah praise God , I’ve been good,

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Now I have a head cold and cough and I’m resulting to my cultural remedies of hot spice garlic chilli onions ginger to fight the virus . It is vital like #Ital to eat vegan food when we’re ill because the body needs all its energy to fight the virus not digest #animal products .

These 100% vegan pancakes to go with curried beans are made from


  • 1/2 tbsp of soaked flaxseeds in 1/2 cup water (egg replacement)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed milk
  • 1 cup of millet flour
  • We added 10 ml of ajwain seeds and 10 ml of cumin seeds for extra medical benefits


  • Blend ingredients in blender ideally to break down flax seeds
  • wipe round small frying pan with kitchen roll or brush with tiny bit of olive oil
  • add 1 table spoon of batter and cook on low heat for a few minutes turning frequently
  • now millet is not wheat and these pancakes can be a bit soggy on the inside if too much batter is used, but we find if you leave them on a plate after you take them out of the pan they keep on cooking through and get more firm insha’allah
  • any left over batter lasts about a week in the fridge in air tight container

#lunch #brunch #bakedbeans #curry #vegan #vegetarian #indianfood #halal #flexitarian #health #healthyfood #wheat free 


ITAL IS VITAL…Veggies Burgers…Fresh chopped baby sweetcorn, courgette, broccoli, spices, daniya/corriander, jeera/cumin, ajwain, pepper, sea salt and gram flour.
Add water to make thick batter like thick, thick toothpaste, not too runny but slow moving  and shallow fry on very low heat in olive oil. .both sides. .serve with salad and grove dressing .

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#health #nutrition #natural #flexitarian #wholefood #vegetarian #vegan #indian #pakora #supper #ital #rasta #roots

Raw Foodies of Rasoul Allah Maasha’allah

Raw Foodies of Rasoul Allah Maasha’allah


Alhamdulilah yesterday was a massive day for Karimah’s Cuisina Faith Based Well Being Organisation.
We, Muslim women, delivered a raw food workshop to the wider community, illustrating that Muslims are also on the progressive edge of Health Well Being and Nutrition.
We engaged the visitors of the Farm the City London to make raw veggie rice wrappers A.K.A. Summer Rolls.We made a sweet and spicy and another more spicy raw satay sauce and the rest is Herstory, a great time was had by all and everyone wanted seconds, alhmdulilah maashallah.




• 235 grammes salted peanut butter
• 150 grms sesame seed oil
• 5 small onions washed, peeled and chopped
• 1 clove garlic peeled and chopped
• 235grm coconut milk tinned ok
• 150 grm soya sauce
• Dry chillis to taste, add a few, keep tasting in between blending, then add more if desired
• 150 grm honey or brown sugar or tamarind paste
• Put all ingredient in blender and blitz
• Add more chillies to taste
• It’s so simple

Rice Wrappers can be bought at Oriental grocery stores….BUT…

It’s best to prepare veggies first, wash, peel, chop, slice, shred, chiffonier,grate

You can use


  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Bean sprouts
  • Sweet peppers
  • Chilli peppers
  • Spring onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Courgettes/zucchini
  • Radish
  • Avocado
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Rocket
  • Sweet corn /mini corn


Emma Brooks , one of the founders of Farm the City, with her sistar Roz


  • mint
  • thai basil,
  • cockscomb mint
  • perilla leaves
  • coriander
  • tarragon
  • garlic
  • chives
  • parsley
  • ginger
  • mustard
  • cress


Happy Campers eating sun fired food, with amazing maasha’Allah local Muslim young people who helped out preparing the vegetables as well as being involved in the urban gardening project that helped to grow them, alhmdulilah, praise Allah/Godkc farm raw sept 16 H text.jpg