Ajwa dates have a special significance in Islam. They originate from Jannah and the Prophet Muhammed (saw) first planted these dates on Earth. The Prophet has been reported to say “The Ajwa dates is from Jannah and in it is a cure from poison (Tirmidhi and Ibne Maja). He (saw) also said "If somebody takes some Ajwa dates every morning, he will not be effected by poison or magic on that day till night." (Another narrator said seven dates) (Bukhari). A`isha (ra) reported that Allah`s Messenger (saw) said "The `ajwa` dates of `Aliya` contain healing effects and these are antidote in the early morning" (Muslim).
Sunnah of Opening the
anyone of you is fasting, let him break his fast with dates. In case he does not
have them, then with water. Verily water is a purifier."
Sunnah of Tahneeq for the New born
The scholars are agreed that it is mustahabb to do
tahneek with dates for the child when he is born; if that is not possible then
to use some similar kind of sweet. The dates should be chewed until they become
soft enough to be swallowed, then the child’s mouth should be opened and a
little of the dates put in his mouth. Sharh al-Nawawi ‘ala Muslim,
Dates were among the very
first fruits cultivated on earth. A product of dry subtropical climatic
Dates were the food that Allah provided for Mary after she gave birth to
Prophet Jesus under the palm tree. Allah inspired Jesus, her blessed infant, and
his future messenger to the children of Israel, in one of the early miracles of
his birth to say to her:
“Shake the trunk of the palm-tree, and it will drop ripe dates on you, so
eat, drink, and comfort your eyes (with what Allah gave you) (Qur’an 19:25).
is also reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon
him) sometimes ate dates with butter, bread, or alone. Dried dates are moist in
the first degree. Many of the benefits of eating dates are prominent for the
dwellers of hot climates. As for the dwellers of cold climates, particularly
those who are not used to it, eating dates immoderately can cause glaring of the
eyes, headache, and damage teeth. These adverse effects can be overcome by
eating almonds and poppies. (Medicine of the Prophet)
Nowadays, most Saudi women
follow her example both before and during labor. It is believed that dates help
in delivery by providing substances that support the uterine muscles at the end
of pregnancy and that the fruit also helps in easing constipation after delivery
and decreasing bleeding.
Dates are also considered very
good and natural nutrition for nursing mothers and their babies. Dates are in
fact one of the first things Saudi babies taste after milk.
- The sugar content of ripe
dates is about 80%; the remainder consists of protein, fat and mineral
products including copper, sulphur, iron, magnesium and fluoric acid. Dates
are high in fiber and an excellent source of potassium.
- Five dates (approx. 45
grams) contain about 115 calories, nearly all from carbohydrates.
- Bedouin Arabs, who eat them
on a regular basis, show an extremely low incidence rate of cancer and heart
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