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With under 90 days until the blessed month of Ramadhan InshAllah, when the sales of dates hit higher roofs than the Shard’s, I thought it would be interesting to write about why we should eat dates during the other 11 months of the year.

One good reason we should eat dates often, is simply because Rasul Allah Muhammad (saw) used to eat 7 dates in the morning. And we should always try to live as similarly to him as possible. I’ll leave the details of this hadith for another time. 

But let’s look at several health benefits dates are enriched with:

  1. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Some of these are found in our plasma and are advantageous for our health
  2. Dates have high sugar content which will give you energy very quickly after consumption
  3. Dates have huge benefits during pregnancy and due to their high energy and iron source, which aids mothers during the weakening of their bodies and loss of blood during birth
  4. Dates are said to help in the cure of intestinal disorders. They help the friendly bacteria in our intestines keep any abnormal activity in check
  5. Dates are considered laxatives, and so will help with constipation
  6. They have been reported to keep our hearts healthy
  7. Studies suggest that dates are beneficial against abdominal cancer

With the unfortunate spread of cancers worldwide and the other health conditions we’re faced with, it’s important for us to be aware of foods that may help cure them, but also prevent from reaching us in the first place.

These are just some of the benefits of dates and I hope that they will encourage you to eat them more regularly, rather than only in Ramadhan.

I hope you are all in the best of health InshAllah.


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Ayat al-Kursi (2:255)

اللّهُ لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاء وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُدُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ

Translation: “Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as he permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures As) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth. His throne doth extend over the heavens and on earth, and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding and preserving them, For He is the Most High, The Supreme (in glory).” (2:255)

Benefits of this beautiful Aya include:

  1. It is one of the most lofty ayaat of the Quran
  2. The reader is protected from evil
  3. If one reads it in the morning, he is protected until evening, and if he reads it in the evening he is protected until morning
  4. If one reads it over his possessions, they will be protected from Shaytaan
  5. It is equal to a quarter of the Quran
And my personal favourite comes from the following hadith:

Abu Umamah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever recites Ayat ul-Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.” [Nasai, Ibn Hibban, Darimi]

This Aya is really important because of its description of the attributes of Allah (swt).

Allah (swt) knows each and every one of us as He is the All-Knowing. He knows what is apparent and what is not. But the only way we can know Him is through his characteristics and attributes which we learn from the Quran. One of the sifaat (characteristics) mentioned in this aya, is that He is always awake and alert. No sleep overtakes Him, nor does He get drowsy. We can feel secure that when we sleep, we have Allah (swt) who will not sleep and will watch over us.  Nobody can be better at this than Allah (swt). SubhanAllah!

This hadith emphasizes the power of this Aya, that if we just read it 5 times a day, once after every Salah, we will InshAllah be granted Jannah, and the only thing stopping us is death. It suddenly makes death seem beautiful and makes us want it! What a heart-warming Aya and hadith SubhanAllah.

Let’s remember to read this Aya 5 times a day!

Source: Benefits of Ayat al-Kursi

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