The date palm, mentioned more than any other fruit-bearing plant in the Qur’an, is a symbol often associated with Islam and Muslims. Throughout the month of Ramadan, dates are a common ingredient in the Muslim diet.
Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to break his fast by eating some dates before offering Maghrib prayer, and if ripe dates were not available, he used to substitute them with some dried grapes. When they too were not available, he used to have a few sips of water, according to some reports.
Hadith from our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ):
(1) “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying.” (Narrated by Ahmad)
(2) “ Whoever finds dates should break his fast with them and the one who does not should break his fast with water because it is pure”
Today it is proven that Dates are rich in fiber, potassium and other nutrients that it is indeed a must have fruit after fasting for hours in Ramadan as well as in other months.
6 REASONS TO EAT DATES AFTER FASTING
- Dates are easy to digest so they don’t exhaust your stomach after fasting.
- Breaking the fast with dates can quickly bring down the great hunger and we will not rush into excessive food right after breaking the fast, which can cause digestion disorders.
- Taking dates prepare our stomach to receive the food after being inactive through out the day by activating the release of digestive secretions and juices.
- Dates are very rich with ‘natural’ sugary energy which is a best nutrient for the brain cells and nerves.
- Dates protects us from having constipation as a result of change in the eating times or low fiber intakes during fasting days.
- The alkaline salts in dates can adjust the acidity of blood resulting from excessive intake of meat and carbohydrates which can cause a lot of hereditary diseases such as as diabetes, gout, renal stones, gall bladder inflammations, high blood pressure and hemorrhoids.