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DATES As A Medicine : An Islamic Perspective

by | May 3, 2013

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Dates as medicine and preventive medicine, The Prophet Muhammad once said that

“Allah did not create a disease for which He did not also create a cure.”

Therefore Muslims are highly encouraged to explore and use traditional and modern forms of medicine, with faith that any cure is from Allah”.

One of the most recommended fruit as natural medicine is dates. One can find countless reasons for its recommendation. It is a rich and instant source of energy making It useful for people experiencing low glucose levels or low energy. It contains less fiber with an extremely high amount of glucose, this makes it an instant energy packet. The date contains 2.2% protein, vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, and nicotinic acid (against Pellagra) it has traces of minerals needed for the body like magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous. It can be used as preventive medicine in all seasons.

The use of dates as a medicine has been practiced at any place in history. Dates and date palms have been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an 20 times, thus showing the medicinal importance of dates. The Prophet likened a good Muslim to the date palm, saying,

“Among trees, there is a tree like a Muslim. Its leaves do not fall”.

For Mothers: Dates as a Medicine:

At one place in Nobel Quran:

” And shake towards you the trunk of the palm tree. It will drop on you fresh ripe dates”, so eat and drink and be comforted”. (Surat Mariyam, Ayaat 25-6).

It was recommended to Nobel lady Maryam while she was undergoing the painful process of giving birth. Which explains the medicinal importance of dates in maternity-related issues.

The ripe date contains a substance that urges uterine spasms and increases contractions especially at the time of delivery. This substance resembles the hormone ‘oxytocin’. That is secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, which encourages contractions of the uterus. It is also the best preventive medicine.

Dates contain some stimulants which strengthen the muscles of the uterus in the last months of pregnancy. This helps the dilation of the uterus at the time of delivery and reduces post-natal bleeding.

This was the sacred prescription, for the mother of Messiah at the time of delivery, to make the delivery trouble-free and easy. Similarly, it is beneficial for breastfeeding mothers as it has high levels of potassium.

For Energy: Dates AS A Medicine:

Another factor making dates the ideal food is their digestibility. It has a high percentage of sugar (70-80%). And both forms of sugar; fructose and glucose which have high caloric values. It is easily and quickly digestible, and very helpful to the brain.

Within half an hour of eating them, the tired body regains new vigor. The reason for this is that low blood sugar is the main cause of hunger. Not an empty stomach as is often assumed. When the body absorbs the nutritional essence of a few dates the sensation of hunger is abated.

For Heart Problems:

Dates are the best preventive medicine for heart problems. Holy prophet Himself recommended his companions to use dates. One of the hadeeth is very famous for it:

Sa’ad bin Waqqas narrates that I suffered from an illness. Prophet Mohammed visited me. He put his hands between my nipples and I felt its coolness at my heart. He said:

You are a man suffering from heart disease. Go to Al Haris Ibn Kaladah( a jew medical expert) brother of Saqif. He is an expert who gives medical treatment. He should take seven Ajwah dates of Madinah and grind them with their kernels, and then put them into your mouth.” (Sunan Abi Dawood, Book 28, No. 3866: Narrated Saad).

Anti Dote Against  Poison:

“Ajwah is from Jannat ( heaven) and contains an antidote against poison” (Tirmizi).

Above mentioned hadeeth tells that we can use dates as a medicine against poison too. It was reported by Abu Naaim, Abu Daoud, Al Hakem, Al Imam Al Tarmithi and mentioned in The book of Al-Imam Al Thahabi “The Prophetic Medicine” that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

” The one who eats seven dates in the morning will be protected that day from poison and envy.”

For Children: Dates As A Medicine:

As explained earlier that dates contain natural sugar which is easily absorbed and digested. So, it is safe and comforting for children’s stomach and intestine. Dates become more useful especially if we mix them with Milk. It becomes a very nourishing and restorative drink for children and adults. Dates and honey paste is used for the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery in children but it should be taken three times a day.

Chewing dates also comforts gums in the teething process of children.

A Recommendation for Fasters:

“When any of you breaks his fasting he should eat dates cause dates are blessing, if he didn’t find dates then drink water cause water is purifying.” [Narrated by Abo Dawood].

Dates should use in both of the saher and aftaar. The prophetic wisdom out of having Dated for breakfast might reduce hunger. And consequently, reduce the amounts of food consumed. Therefore the fasting will be effective and useful. And similarly in after, the sugar level of the body is too low. To meet up the energy requirements of the body some instant source of energy is needed. Whatever kind of food we take. it takes some time to be digested and it will require almost 2-3 hours to get absorbed from the intestines and reach the blood. As dates are digested readily, so they can be an excellent energy source for the body deprived of energy.

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