суббота, 3 декабря 2011 г.

Secret of dates

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave a special attention for Dates as part of the believer’s diet especially during the Holy month Ramadan. Allah Almighty mentioned Palm trees many times in the Quran, and made it the food of the dwellers of Paradise. What are the secrets of dates? Is it possible to think of using dates as remedy for some diseases? What do scientists of today say about dates?

Dates are one of the most nourishing fruits and sometimes called “Bread of Desert”. More than two third of dates’ weight is natural sugar. The ancient Egyptians considered dates as a symbol of fertility, while the Romans and the Greeks used it to ornament their stately triumph pageants.

Dates and the Prepartum period

Dates stimulate the uterus by regulating its contractions which facilitate delivery. The uterus is a relatively large muscular organ and it urgently requires an adequate supply of natural sugar during labor and delivery. Being laxative, dates are essential for pregnant women before delivery in order to purge the colon and intestine and to facilitate delivery. The Quranic verse shows evidently as Allah tells Mary:

And shake the trunk of the palm tree towards thee – thou wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee ~ Mariam:25

Nutriment and medicine for children

Dates contain natural sugar which is easily absorbed and digested thus; it is safe and comforting for children’s stomach and intestine. Dates and honey is used for treatment of diarrhea and dysentery in children.
Here, we should mention the prophetic tradition of (Al Tahneek); rubbing the newborn’s mouth with a well-chewed date and feeding him with it. Science has proved that giving the newborn some sugar dissolved in water provides the child with the necessary nutrition and improves their immunity against diseases.

An effective treatment for constipation

Dates can be used in the treatment of intestinal disturbances and it also help intestine perform their function effectively. Dates are also highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage stimulates sluggish bowels.

A Treatment for Obesity

Treatment by eating few dates when feeling hungry helps reduce hunger and be filled. Dates will provide the body with the necessary sugar and stimulate the intestine which reduce hunger and eventually reduce food consumption. As the prophet said:

A household that has dates doesn’t feel hunger. ~ narrated by Muslim

A Remedy for Inflammations

Dates juice could be used in the treatment of sore throat, various types of fever, rhinorrhia and common cold.

A Remedy for Intoxication

Dates are an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. In such a case, drinking water in which fresh dates have been rubbed or soaked will bring quick relief. One of the prophet’s (PBUH) Hadith in which he referred dates as a remedy for intoxication.

Who eats 7 pressed dates in the morning, will not be inflected with witchcraft or poisoning that day. ~Narrated by Abu Daud

Aina Syazwani bt. Aziz
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