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The Benefits Of Eating Dates

Dates (khajoor) have a special place in Islam. It has both physical and spiritual benefits. During this 30 days of Ramadan, Muslims make sure that they break their fast with
18 Jul 2015 12:25
The Benefits Of Eating Dates

Dates (khajoor) have a special place in Islam. It has both physical and spiritual benefits.

During this 30 days of Ramadan, Muslims make sure that they break their fast with dates. I have been observing my Muslim neighbours how they prepare iftari (an evening meal for breaking fast).

No matter what is prepared before them they must include dates as a side dish.

Muslims pray after eating dates and before eating the main meal.

This short break gives the body time to metabolise the dates and water that had been consumed, and to start the body’s digestive processes, which have been resting all day.

In Pune City, which is in Maharashtra State of India, I found out from market vendors that there are 80 varieties of dates.

A few of them, which I tasted were Boriwala, kupkup, kas, sufri, ajuwa and mariyam.

These dates are imported from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Iran, Mascot, Yemen and Egypt.

It first lands in Mumbai and Gujarat ports and then distributed to the rest of the states in India.

Devish Sheik, 32, of Pune said dates were readily available and affordable, not only during Ramadan, but throughout the year.

Mr Sheik has been continuing his great grandfather’s dates business and he said he loves his work.

“The peak of sale of dates is only during Ramadan,” Mr Sheik said.

He said he buys from Mumbai market in wholesale and sells in Pune.

“For one kilogram I sell it for 100rupees ($4),” Mr Sheik said.

However, he said prices vary for the different varieties of dates.

Breaking the fasting with dates is a Ramadan tradition, because most of its benefits are unique to this particular fasting.

According to Hadith literature, “the Messenger of Allah would break his fast with ripe dates before he would pray. If those were not available, he would eat dried dates. If those were not available, he would drink some water.”

One of the many physical benefits of breaking the fast with dates is that our body benefits from the dates’ high level of natural sugar.

Sugar travel most quickly to the liver, where they are converted into energy more quickly than any other nutrient. Muslims have an immediate need for this energy when they break their fast for they need energy to perform their sunset prayers.

Dates are high in Vitamins A and B6, folic acid, potassium, natural sodium, iron and magnesium. Thus, eating dates daily during Ramadan is like taking vitamins.

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