The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If somebody takes some `Ajwa dates every morning, he will not be affected by poison or magic on that day till night.” (Another narrator said seven dates). (Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Medicine, Book 76, Hadith 82)
Known as the fruit of the desert, dates are one of the most commonly known fruits mentioned within the Holy Quran and are a part of the sunnah as well.
- Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose.
- It helps regulate a healthy nervous system and studies have shown that it reduces the risk of stroke and other heart-related diseases.
- It has high iron content and is very useful in treating anemia.
- It also helps in improving eyesight and helps in curing night blindness
“And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.” [Surah Maryam: 25]
Ajwa date is one of the most known dates grown exclusively in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The colors varies from dark brown to almost black colour
The dates are soft and tend to be dried as well.
Ajwa dates are considered holy among the Muslims as it was mentioned in the hadiths of Rasullullah pbuh.
Mostly commonly consumed with Arabic coffee, Ajwa dates are a great source of fibre that benefits the digestive system. This date variety is one of the best ingredients for muscle development, brain health, and vitality.
It is advisable to consume 2 to 3 dates on a daily basis early in the morning or in between meals. Ajwa dates or even dhibs can also be utilised in baking as it makes for a good sugar substitute.
Interesting fact about Ajwa tree dates:
- It is planted in Medina, Saudi Arabia
- Ajwa is considered the Emperor of Dates and has gained recognition as a blessed fruit.
- They are distinguished by their circular shape, black color, and distinct and delicious taste.
- Often used in desserts, snacks, and even as the main ingredient in some dishes.
- The ajwa tree grows to a height of 20-30 meters and has a life span of 150-200 years.
۞ Anas bin Malik narrated (R.A):
“The Messenger of Allah would break the fast with fresh dates before performing Salat. If there were no fresh dates then (he would break the fast) with dried dates, and if there were no dried dates then he would take a few sips of water.”
(Jami` at-Tirmidhi, The Book on Fasting, Vol. 2, Book 3, Hadith 696, Grade: Hasan/Good)