Dates and Olive Oil


Dates and Olive Oil are among the best food that have tremendous benefits to our body. Prophet Muhammad pbuh said that if a house does not have any dates then it is the same in not having any food at home at all. When you have nothing to eat but still want to have a quick and fulfilling breakfast then eat 3 up to 7 dates in the morning. Eating 1 date would be able to last you 8 hours of not eating, which is why Prophet Muhammad pbuh  once said that you could eat Sahur (meal before dawn during fasting) with only with 1 date. Date extract can help to strengthen your joints and repair your muscles after intensely working out as it has the energy to boost body recovery. Several friends and myself experienced excessive-fatigue after playing sports but drinking three tablespoons of dates extract (sometimes combined with honey) at night made us waking up energised with much less muscle soreness in the morning .

For breastfeeding moms dates are traditionally used to promote breast milk production with a higher nutrition content. It is recommended to take at least three tablespoon of date extract three times a day to increase breast milk production. All Praises to God, my wife recently just had a baby and succeeded to produce breast milk naturally at a pretty good amount, and recovered quickly after giving birth since she eats dates and drinks dates extract since she was pregnant. The miracle of dates has been mentioned in the Qur’an. She [Maryam] said, “Oh if only I had died before this time and was something discarded and forgotten!” A voice called out to her from under her, “Do not grieve! Your Lord has placed a small stream at your feet. Shake the trunk of the palm towards you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you. Eat and drink and delight your eyes…” (Qur’an, 19:23-26).

Olive oil is very useful for the daily nutrition of your skin, hair, and smoothen your digestion. According to a book written by Robert J.Davis, PhD,  Coffee is Good for you, olive oil contains antioxidants and high in monounsaturated fat whilst lower in polyunsaturated fat which are considered “good” fats that may reduce the risk of heart disease. Dr Ali Toha Assegaf in his book, Smart Book: Healthy in Islam Way, wrote olive oil can rejuvenate your skin and cure itches. Olive oil can also prevent food poisoning, support digestion, prevent allergies, strengthen gum and teeth and prevent constipation.

Personally, I drink olive oil every day in the morning before breakfast. It helps me to have a regular bowel movements. I also used to have a lot of scars on my skin due to allergies to protein, but since I drink olive oil regularly the scars are almost gone and smoothens my skin. In addition, it helps my hair to prevent hair loss and reduce white hair. To have stronger effect to your hair, you can use Olive oil as hair gel or even conditioner. This will in result makes your hair shinier and stronger with its vitamin A and E ( Rasulullah pbuh The Messenger himself was known to use olive oil for hair gel and to use in his food.  Rasulullah (SAW) said: “use olive oil in your food and for massage for it’s from a blessed tree”.

My family has been using dates and olive oil for health purposes, for its energising and toxic cleansing affects. Dates and olive oil were very beneficial during my wife’s pregnancy for it’s nutritious content for baby growth and helped to reduce allergic impacts on my son’s skin from protein or seafood through breastfeeding.

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