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Reap the Benifits of Dates (Kajoor)

Reap the Benifits of Dates (Kajoor)
Dates (Kajoor) are not only eaten during Ramadan to break fast's, we look at the different benefits of dates, hadith's relating dates and why we should eat dates, as well as great date recipe ideas.
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  • Origin and Distribution of Dates

  • Nutritional Value of Dates

  • The Date Seeds Contain

  • How to Buy and Store Dates

  • How to Grow Date Plants

  • Religious Aspect of Dates

  • Hadith's about Dates

  • Verses (Dua/Prayers) To Recite During Ramadan

  • Health Benefits of Dates

  • Are You Feeling Weak? Gain Strength By Eating Dates

  • How to Eat Dates

  • Quick Date Recipe Ideas

  • What Are Dates?

  • Botanical Name: Phoenix dactylifera

  • Common (Urdu/Indian) Name: Khajoor, chu’aara,

  • Common (English) Name: Dates

  • Origin: Middle East (Persian Gulf)

  • Fruit Category: Dry & Fresh (both)

  • Appearance: Cylindrical shape

  • Color: Yellow-reddish brown

  • A fruit rich in nutritional value; dates carry immense importance and are sometimes referred to as the ‘bread of Sahara’. However this originally dessert dweller food is nowadays widely popular all around the world. This preciously nutritious fruit contains 60%-70% sugar. The freshly ripe date-fruit is a delicious food; however, as it undergoes fermentation rapidly it is dried out before use. During the drying process, it looses 35% weight (primarily water content). There are more than 600 varieties of dates known today, and “Ajwah-khujoor” is counted amongst the best.

  • Origin and Distribution of Dates

  • The worth of date-fruit has been acknowledged and esteemed since ancient times. More than 5000 years old bricks from Mesopotamia have been found to have inscribed instructions for growing date-palms. Carved figures of date palms have been found in ancient Egyptian monuments. At present it is widely cultivated in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Spain, Italy, China, U.S.A., Pakistan, Algeria, Sudan, Oman, Libya and others.

  • Nutritional Value of Dates

  • The date is fruit rich in nutrients, as it is a source of simple sugars, i.e. glucose and fructose.

  • The Flesh Contains: ( Values per 100 gm's edible portion)

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  • • Moisture - 15.3%

  • • Protein - 2.5%

  • • Fat - 0.4%

  • • Minerals - 2.1%

  • • Carbohydrates - 75.8%

  • • Fiber - 3.9%

  • • Calcium - 120 mg

  • • Phosphorus - 50 mg

  • • Iron - 7.3 mg

  • • Vitamin C - 3 mg

  • • Little amount of Vitamin B Complex

  • • Calories in Dates: Five dates (approx. 45 grams) contain about 115 calories

  • Vitamins A, B1 & B2, Fluorine, Boron, Cobalt, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc are also present in trace amounts.

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  • The Date Seeds Contain

  • The seed of date fruit contains Aluminum, Cadmium, Chloride, Lead and Sulphur. Dates also contain Selenium, which is believed to be important in upholding the immune system and preventing cancer.

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  • How to Buy and Store Dates

  • • There can be lot of dust particles attached to the outer surface of the date-fruit, therefore, when buying it pay attention to the quality of product.

  • • Also buying an already packed variety is much safer option.

  • • Whether packed or not, always wash the date-fruit before usage.

  • How to Grow Date Plants

  • If you want to learn that how date plants grow then click on URL given below:

  • How to Grow Date Plants

  • Religious Aspect of Dates

  • In the religion Islam the date fruit carries immense importance and is emphasized in particular, both, in Hadith (s) and the Quranic verses. Dates become an essential food component of a Muslim during the month of Ramadan. In Quraan, the significance of dates has been mentioned in context of the delivery of Prophet Isa (Jesus), where date-fruit was used to reduce the pain during the delivery. Prophet (PBUH) also used to have dates with bread or mixed with cucumber or with ghee (hydrogenated-oil).

  • Hadith's about Dates

  • Dates and date palms have been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an 20 times, thus showing their importance

  • Prophet (PBUH) said that who eats 7 pressed dates in the morning, will not be inflicted with witchcraft or poisoning that day…(Narrated By Abu Dawood)

  • Prophet (PBUH) said that when any of you breaks his fast, he should eat dates because dates are blessing, If he couldn’t find dates then drink water because water is purifying…(Narrated By Abu Dawood)

  • 'A'isha (Radi Allah Anha) reported Allah's Messenger (PBUH) as saying that a family which has dates will not be hungry…(Sahih Muslim : Book 23, Number 5078)

  • Sayyidah Mariam (AS), mother of Nabie ‘Isa (AS), ate dates when she felt labour pains and during confinement. They are “crown of sweets”, and easy to digest, and within half an hour of taking it, the tired body regains energy. The shortage of sugar in the blood is the main factor why people often feel hungry to an empty stomach. When the body absorbs the nutritional essence of a few dates, the hunger pangs are settled. It would seem that breaking the fast with dates helps to avoid excessive eating.

  • Abdullah ibn Jaafar radiyallahu anhu says, “Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam ate Qith’thaa (cucumbers) with dates.” 

  • Cucumber has a cold effect and dates have a hot one. By combining the two it becomes mild. From this hadith we gather that it is recommended that the effect (hot or cold) of things eaten should be taken into consideration. Cucumber is insipid and tasteless, and dates are sweet which results in the cucumber also tasting sweet.

  • Aisha radiyallah anha reports that, “Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam ate watermelon with fresh dates.”

  • In Tirmidhi and other narrations, in explaining this, Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam also said, “The cold effect of one removes the heat of the other, and the heat of one removes the cold effect of the other.” 

  • A’isha reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The ‘ajwa’ dates of ‘Aliya’ contain heating effects and these are antidote in the early morning. (Sahih Muslim: Book 23, Number 5083:)

  • The story of the mother and her two daughters visiting our Lady Aishah, Ummul Mu’minoon, RadhiAllahu anha. Our Blessed Lady Aishah RadhiAllahu anha searched her humble room for something to offer her guests finding three dates which she handed the mother. Each daughter was given a date, while the mother spoke with our Lady Aishah RadhiAllahu anha holding her date in her hand. The girls being hungry finished their dates, coveting the third in their mother’s hand, which she broke in half and gave each of them a half. When our Lady Aishah RadhiAllahu anha relayed this event to Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, he said: “Indeed, the woman has entered Jannah because of the love and kindness she showed her little daughters. Allah Ta’ala will show her mercy because she showed mercy to them!” This beautiful date fruit being the means for this mothers Jannah! Any wonder they bring such solace to the eye!

  • Narrated Ikrash ibn Dhu’ayb RadhiAllahu anhu, we were brought a platter with a large amount of tharid and slices of boneless meat and I plunged in my hand in all directions, but Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam ate what was in front of him. He seized my right hand with his left and said, "Eat from one place, Ikrash RadhiAllahu anhu, for it is all one kind of food." Afterwards we were brought a plate containing various kinds of dates and I began to eat what was in front of me while the hand of Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam went round on the plate. He then said, "Eat where you wish, Ikrash RadhiAllahu anhu, for it is not all one kind."

  • When the uncle of Abu Rafi ibn Amr al-Ghifari was a boy he used to throw stones at the palm-trees of the Ansar. He was brought to the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam who said: "O boy, why do you throw stones at the palm-trees?" He explained that he would throw the stones in the hope of making the dates fall to the ground so he could eat from them.  The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: "Do not throw stones at the palm trees, but eat what falls beneath them." He then wiped his head and said: "O Allah, fill his belly."

  • Narrated Anas bin Malik, Allah’s Apostle SallAllahu alaihi wasallam never proceeded for the prayer on the Day of ‘Id-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas said that the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam used to eat an odd number of dates.

  • Many narrations tell how the date stones would be saved and washed and dried by the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum for keeping count of their Dhikr. They are like polished beads after excessive handling, "beads of the Angels tasbih." 

  • Once the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam distributed dates among his Companions and gave each one seven dates. He gave Abu Hurairah seven dates too, one of which was a Hashafa a type which dries on the tree before fully ripe, making it very dry and hard. Said Abu Hurairah that none of the other dates was more liked by me than that one, for it prolonged my chewing it.

  • Narrated Anas bin Malik, "Whenever the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam passed by my mother Um-Sulaim he used to visit her and greet her. Anas further said: When the Prophet was a bridegroom during his marriage with Zainab, Um Sulaim said to me, "Let us give a gift to Allah’s Apostle." I said to her, "Do it." So she prepared Haisa, a sweet dish made from dates, butter and dried yoghurt and she sent it with me to him. I took it to him and he said, "Put it down," and ordered me to call some men whom he named, and to invite whomever I would meet. I did what he ordered me to do, and when I returned, I found the house crowded with people and saw the Prophet keeping his hand over the Haisa and saying over it whatever Allah wished him to say. Then he called the men in batches of ten to eat of it, and he said to them, "Mention the Name of Allah, and each man should eat of the dish the nearest to him." When all of them had finished their meals, some of them left and a few remained there talking, over which I felt unhappy. Then the Prophet went out towards the dwelling places of his wives and I too, went out after him and told him that those people had left. Then he returned and entered his dwelling place and let the curtains fall while I was in his dwelling place, and he was reciting the Verses,

  • Believers, do not enter the Prophet’s apartments for a meal unless you are given permission to do so; do not linger until (a meal) is ready. When you are invited, enter; then when you have taken your meal, depart. Do not stay on and talk for that would offend the Prophet, though he would shrink from asking you to leave. Allah does not shrink from the truth.  When you ask his wives for something, do so from behind a screen; this is purer for your hearts and theirs. It is not right for you to offend Allah’s Messenger. (33-53) Abu Uthman said Anas served the Prophet for ten years.

  • See Below for Haisa Recipe.

  • Ajwa dates are the most famous ones from Madinah. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has said: “The Ajwa dates is from Jannah and in it is a cure from poison." (Tirmidhi and Ibne Maja). In another hadith Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has said: "He who eats seven ajwa dates in the morning will not be harmed by poison or black magic for that day. (Bukhari and Muslim)

  • Narrated Ibn ‘Umar Radhiallahu anhu: The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, "There is a tree among the trees which is similar to a Muslim (in goodness), and that is the date palm tree." (Bukhari and Muslim)

  • The Ulema say that dates speed digestion, clears the bowels, forms a balanced diet, provides energy and zest, increases and enriches the blood, strengthens the functions of the kidneys, removes throat and skin infections and removes biliousness.

  • Ayesha Radhiallahu anha reports that our Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was very fond of eating dates with sweet melon. This diet is said to be very good as a neutralizer as well as very good food, acid stomach, dryness and itchiness, biliousness and also when a person is feeling melancholic and depressed. This diet also opens the bowels and clears the urinary tract and assists in removing any stone which may be lodged in the gallbladder.

  • Al-Quraan, Surah Mariam, verse 25-26, it is mentioned that ‘And shake the trunk of the palm tree towards thee – thou wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee’(25); ‘So eat and drink and be glad, And if you see any human being, say: 'Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Gracious (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day"(26).

  • Al-Quraan, Surah Al-Mukminah, verse 19, it is mentioned that: ‘Then we brought forth for you there with gardens of date-palms and grapes, wherein is much fruit for you, and where of you eat.’

  • (Important Note: The Hadith here have not been displayed in exact wordings, in consideration to the various translated versions, We have opted to narrate them in passive voice, so the essence may be conveyed without any violations.)

  • Verses (Dua/Prayers) To Recite During Ramadan

  • • Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu (wa 'alayka tawakkaltu) wa 'ala rizq-ika aftarthu

  • O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance ("wa 'alayka tawakkaltu" is quoted in some books of knowledge - but not all, hence it is in brackets) [Abu Dawood]

  • Health Benefits of Dates

  • Dates are popular for their medicinal value and significance as well. They are a useful source of energy as they can be easily digested.

  • • Intestinal Malfunctioning: Dates are an excellent remedy for intestinal problems. Ample consumption of dates limits the growth of pathogens and aids the friendly bacteria.

  • • Constipation: Dates are a good natural source of laxatives. To use in case of constipation, dates should be immersed in water overnight and then made into fine syrup (do not stick to this remedy in case of severe ailments; consult your physician).

  • • Alcoholic Intoxication: Dates are also widely popular for their alcoholic intoxication remedial effects. To bring quick relief in such cases, soak or rub fresh dates in some water and then drink it.

  • • Heart Problems: As a remedy for the weakened heart, dates can be soaked overnight in water and then after removing seeds, are crushed in the same water. The water is then used at minimum twice a week.

  • • For Children: Dates can bring relief in pain during teething and can also avoid diarrhea problems in children. Prepare 1 tsp of paste with date and honey to use three times a day (do consult the doctor as necessary).

  • • Sight Benefits: Dates are important in keeping the eyes healthy and thus protects our vision indirectly. They are also effective against night blindness.

  • • For Bones: The dates are rich source of calcium, which is a vital mineral in keeping the bones strong and healthy.

  • • For New-Mothers: Dates seems to reduce the post-pregnancy depression and enrich the lactose formation, to ease the feeding duration of infant.

  • • The Prophetic Tradition: Dates are chewed well and then rubbed in the mouth of newly-born infant.

  • Are You Feeling Weak? Gain Strength By Eating Dates

  • Immediatly start taking 7 dates in the morning daily!

  • As 7 dates weigh approximately 70 g, and contains,

  • Calcium (70 mg): Essential for the bones, joints and nerves.

  • Phosphorus (35 mg): Nutritious to the brain functioning.

  • Iron (7 mg): Needed for the general strength of body and heart.

  • Fat (0.25 gm): So! Doesn’t it look like a perfect diet food!

  • How to Eat Dates

  • • Arabs consume dates with milk, yogurt, bread, butter or fish. 

  • • When mixed with milk, date juice provides with a nourishing source and is essential in gaining weight.

  • • Dates can also be taken with curdled milk.

  • • In Sahara, people belonging to the elite class take dates by filling them with butter, after having removed the seeds.

  • • The seed of dates can be roasted and ground into fine powder and a beverage is made, known as ‘date-coffee’.

  • Quick Date Recipe Ideas

  • Stuffed Date Recipe: Slit the Dates and remove the seeds. Fill with cream, or almonds. Roll in coconut flakes for a more rich flavour.

  • Haisa is regularly offered to guests by the Madanians. The following is how one family make it here. They love to tell that this is what the Ummul-Mu’mineen RadhiAllahu anhunna would make for Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.

  • Haisa Recipe Melt 100grams of butter in a saucepan, add half a cup of plain flour and stir gently until the mixture becomes reddish. Meanwhile, remove the date stones from approximately a kilo of dates. The mushy ones you can now buy in the vacuum packs. This is a sticky job! Add this date "puree" to the butter and flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and when cooled knead until it is a smooth consistency. Press onto a tray and if liked you can add chopped nuts. Some roll it into small balls. Alhumdulillah, very sweet and delicious!

  • You can also try out recipes from the URL’s:

  • Gajar aur Khajur ka Halwa

  • Khajoor ki Purian

  • Dates (Khajor) Delights and Coconut Squares Snack

  • Dates Ginger Halwa

  • Sweet Dates Chutney

  • Khajoor Ka Halwa

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