In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful
'O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth (that is) lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.' (Al-Baqarah: 168)

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Sunnah food for Muslim

Our prophet, Muhammad s.a.w. is concern in taking nutrious and quality food. The amongst food taken are vegetables, seeds, fruits and milk. But it does not mean that Muhammad s.a.w. is a vegeterian because he also ate meat but in small quantity.

Muhammad s.a.w. said:
"Nothing is worse than a person who fills his stomach. It should be enough for the son of Adam to have a few bites to satisfy his hunger. If he wishes more, it should be: One-third for his food, one-third for his liquids, and one-third for his breath."
(Narated byTirmidzi and Ibn Maajah)

As we all know, certain country calling dates as kurma or tamar. There is also scientific name given by a reseacher to identify it. In Al-Quran and hadith, we can find so many sunnah food to eat, drink and get benefits from it. Here are some of the sunnah food and sources gathered from Al-Quran and hadith that we we can share.

1) English: Dates
    Malaysian language: Kurma or tamar
    Scientific name: Phoenix Dactilyfera L.
    Sources from Al-Quran and Hadith:
  • “And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.” (Maryam: 25)
  • From Aishah r.a., Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. said: A family which has dates will not be hungry. (Narated by Muslim)
  • From Ibnu Qayyim in Tib An Nabawi, Prophet Muhammad S.A.W said "Dates able to strenghten stomach, liver, memory, to grow body development, cure illness and as food and drink that sated.”
2) English: Saffron
    Malaysian language: Za'faran
    Scientific name: Crocus Sativus
    Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • Ali Abi Talib r.a. once said, "Those who taking Za'faran and together with honey 2 spoons every day, they will be admire for thier memory untill they being accused as witch." (Tibbul Imama Ali: 381)

3) English: Black seed
    Malaysia language: Habbatus Sauda
    Scientific name: Nigella Sativa
    Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • From Abu Huraira r.a., Rasulullah s.a.w. said, "This black seed is a cure for every diseases except Al Saam." Aisha r.a. asked: " What is Al Saam?" He (prayers and peace be upon him) answered: "Death" (Narated by Muslim).

4) English: Pomegranate
    Malaysian language: Buah delima
    Scientific name: Punica Granatum
    Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • “And (We produce) gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at (each of) its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.” (al-An’am:99)

5) English: Zamzam
    Malaysian language: Air zamzam
    Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • "Zamzam water is what one intends to drink for. When one drinks it to be healed, Allaah heals him; when one drinks it be full, Allaah makes him full; and when one drinks it to quench his thirst, Allah quenches it." (Narated by Ahmad and Ibnu Maajah)
6) English: Fig
    Malaysian language: Buah tiin
    Scientific name: Ficus Carica
    Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • “By the fig and the olive.” (at-Tiin:1)
7) English: Olive
    Malaysian language: Buah zaitun
    Scientific name: Olea Europaea
    Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • “By the fig and the olive.” (at-Tiin:1)
  • “And (we produce) gardens of grapevines and olives and promegranates similar yet varied. Look at (each of) its fruit when it yields and (at)its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe,.” (al-An’am:99)
  • “The glass as if it were a pearly (white) star lit from (the oil of) a blessed olive tree, neither or the east nor of the west, whose oil almost glow even if untouched by fire.” (an-Nur:35)
  • From Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah s.a.w. said, “Eat olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it comes from a blessed tree.” (Narated by Tirmidzi and Ibnu Maajah)

8) English: Honey
    Malaysian language: Madu
    Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • "Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you). There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.” (an-Nahl:68, 69)
  • Rasulullah s.a.w. said: “Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur’an is a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you both remedies, the Qur’an and honey.” (Narated by Al-Bukhari)

9) English: Milk
    Malaysian language: Susu
    Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • "And verily! In the cattle, there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies, from between excretions and blood, pure milk; palatable to the drinkers." (an-Nahl:66)
  • Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. once said ," There are no others that can act as drink and food at the same time like milk." (Narated by Abu Daud)
10) English: Raisins
      Malaysian language: Kismis
      Scientific name: Vitis Vinifera
      Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • Imam Az-Zuhri said “Those who seek to memorize the Hadith should eat raisins.” (From al-Jaami‘ by al-Khateeb, 2/394 and Tibbun nabawi by Ibnu Qayyim Al-Juzi:241)
11) English: Barley
      Malaysian language: Barli
     Scientific name: Hordeum Vulgare
     Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • Aisha r.a. said: When a member of the family of Rasulullah s.a.w. would fall sick, he would order that Barley soup is made and then the ill person would be commanded to have some of it. He used to say “it removes the grief of the patients heart, removes its weakness as any of you removes the dirt from your face after washing it.” (Narated by Ibnu Maajah)
  • Anas Bin Malik states that a tailor invited Rasulullah s.a.w. to meals. He prepared the barley bread and meat with Pumpkin. Rasulullah s.a.w. very affectionately ate the pumpkin pieces from the curry. (Narated by Bukhari and Muslim)
12) English: Watermelon
      Malaysian language: Tembikai
      Scientific name:Citrullus Lanatus
      Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • From Aishah r.a., Rasulullah s.a.w. used to eat melon with fresh dates, and he used to say: The heat of the one is broken by the coolness of the other, and the coolness of the one by the heat of the other. (Narated by Abu Daud)
13) English: Cucumber
      Malaysian language: Mentimun
      Scientific name: Cucumis Sativus
      Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • Rasulullah s.a.w. was seen eating cucumber with fresh dates. (Narated by Muslim)
14) English: Cheese
      Malaysian language: Keju
      Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • Abdullah bin Umar said, “Rasulullah s.a.w. was bought some cheese while in an area of Tbauk and that he asked for a knife, mentioned Allah’s name and cut it.” (Narated by Abu Daud)
15) English: Fenugreek
      Malaysian language: Halba
      Scientific name: Trigonella Foenum-graecum
      Sources from Al-Quran and hadith:
  • Rasulullah s.a.w. as reported to have visited Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas when he was ill in Makkah and he asked for a doctor to examine him. They brought Al-Harith bin Kaladah who examined him and said, “There is no harm with him, just cook some fenugreek with dates and let him eat them.” Sa’d was reported to have done that and was healed.


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