Allah has provided us with so much sustenance on earth.
We have access to so many foods rich in vitamins & minerals with an array of health benefits.
Yet despite this, we have traded natural goodness for artificial sweeteners, and fruits and vegetables have been replaced by an array of indulgent meats.
An array of food is mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah.
Today we’re highlighting ten foods we found that we should try and implement in our day-to-day diets.
Dates are a staple in Islamic history. They are rich in antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They are also great natural sweeteners.
‘A House in which there are no dates, its people will go hungry’ – Sunan ibn majah 3327
Honey is a powerful medicine rich in antioxidants. It aids in blood sugar management, is good for your heart health, wound healing and much more.
‘The prophet said ‘healing is in three things; a gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterising) but I forbid my followers to use (cauterising) branding with fire’ – sahih al Bukhari 5680
Olives and olive oil are incredibly healthy for you. They are a good source of vitamin e, iron (black olives), copper and calcium.
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid and loaded with antioxidants.
‘Eat olive and use its oil, for indeed it is a blessed tree’ – Jami at-Tirmidhi 1851
Watermelon provides vitamins a and c and its high water content will keep you hydrated. Its sunnah to eat them with fresh dates.
‘The Messengers of Allah 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’ – Sunan Abi Dawud 3836
Figs are mentioned in the Quran and are good sources of calcium and potassium, both of which help improve bone density.
‘I swear by the fig and the olive’ 95:1
Grapes are mentioned in the Quran. Grapes are a rich source of copper and vitamin k.
Copper is an essential mineral involved in energy production, while vitamin k is vital for blood clotting and healthy bones. Also high in antioxidants.
‘With water, We produce gardens of date palms and grape vines. There is plenty of fruit for you to eat.’ 23:19
Pomegranates are packed with vitamins such as vitamin c and folate and are rich in antioxidants.
‘Both gardens will have plenty of fruit dates and pomegranates’ 55:68
Pumpkins are a sunnah food and contain so many vitamins such as vitamins k, a & e.
‘Anas.b.malik reported that a person invited Allah’s messenger to a meal. I also went along with him. He brought soup containing pumpkin. Allah’s messenger ate that pumpkin with relish’ – Sahihi Muslim 2041
Fish are mentioned in the Quran and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for growth and development. Stick to low-mercury fish such as salmon, sardines and trout.
‘For your benefit, He created the sea; from it, you get fresh meat to eat, and extract jewellery that you wear. You see the ships sailing over the waves to seek His gifts, so you may be thankful’ 16:14
Mushrooms are mentioned in the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as the liquid being a cure for the eye.
They are also a good source of vitamin d and contain beta-glucan.
This compound activates parts of your immune system & increases your body’s ability to fight infection.
‘Truffles (mushrooms) are a form of manna, and its liquid is a cure for the eye’ – Jami at-Tirmidhi 2067
Black seed is the common name for the seeds of the Nigella sativa plant.
It’s also known as nigella, black cumin, fennel flower, black caraway, and Roman coriander.
Black seed oil is extracted from these seeds.
This has been proven to reduce inflammation and relax muscles. Clinical studies have also shown the easing of asthmatic symptoms.
They contain a cure for every disease except death as mentioned in the hadith below.
“Use this black seed. For indeed it contains a cure for every disease except As-Sam and As-Sam is death – Jami at Tirmidhi 2041
Whilst we’ve only listed 10 foods in this article, there are many more foods mentioned in the Quran. Next time you read the Quran, see how many you come across!
All the sustenance we have around us is only through Allah’s barakah.
Another one of Allah’s blessings is water; without water, nothing can survive on earth. Without water, there is no life.