Monday, April 11, 2016

Hadith: The Importance of Eating Dates (English)

Originally Posted on August 31, 2009:


Anas RA said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever finds dates should break his fast with them. Whoever does not, should break his fast with water, for indeed water is a purification.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (694)]

Anas b. Mâik narrates that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to break his fast with fresh dates before going to prayer. When fresh dates were unavailable, he would break his fast with dried dates. When dried dates were unavailable, he would take a few sips of water.

(Nararted by Abu Dawood, no. 2356; al-Tirmidhi, 696; classed as hasan in al-Irwa’, 4/45)

Benefits of Dates:

Dates contains calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, magnesium, volatile oils, vitamin B6 & other Vitamins, folic acid, proteins, sugar, and are rich in natural fibers which contribute to a healthy body and mind. Hence consumption of dates has a great benefit which are as follows: 

Prevents Cancer
Modern Medicine has shown that they are effective in preventing abdominal cancer.
The wide variety of nutritious elements in date makes it hunger-resistive and reduces food consumption.
Child Birth
Eating dates eases the pain of childbirth, helps produce milk for nursing mothers and also prevent blood loss after childbirth.
The roughage provided by dates stimulates sluggish bowels. Dates should be immersed in water at night and taken after making them into fine syrup the next morning to secure laxative effect.
Intestinal Disturbances
Dates contain an antidotal potency which restrains and kills the growth of intestinal worms and other parasites.
Calcium is important for strong bones and dates are rich in calcium. 
Vitamins and Minerals
Dates are packed to the brim with necessary vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, Vitamin A1, Vitamin B1, potassium, copper, niacin and iron. They are good for your blood, heart and bones. They are also very high in fiber, making them effective for a healthy digestive system.
Cancer-Fighting Properties
The high content of magnesium and fiber found in dates makes them a very good cancer fighter. People from Middle Eastern countries that consume lots of dates have much lower instances of cancer than in people in other parts of the world.
Good for Diabetics
Dates allow a way for diabetics to replace sugar in their diets. They contain fructose and glucose, and although they are very sweet, they can safely be consumed by diabetics. Dates can be chopped up and mixed with food or turned into syrup.


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