Ramadan Sunnah Foods
It is important that we try our best to maintain good health whilst fasting in the month of Ramadan. Our Prophet (saw) paid a lot of attention towards his health, keeping up with a good immune system and avoiding being fatigued. Some of the foods favoured by Prophet (s) due to having great benefits and healing qualities, are listed below:
"A blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous.." [Surah 24:35]
"Eat the olive oil and massage it on your hair and skin, for it comes from a blessed tree." [Tirmidhi]
Amidst the long hours of keeping our fasts, weakness and tiredness are common factors one may experience. For this reason, consuming olives are of high benefit. Eating olives has a positive effect on maintaining healthy blood, as they boost iron levels, keeping our energy levels consistent. Olives also allow our immune system function better, as well as having a positive effect on our cognitive development.
"There is a tree among the trees which is similar to a Muslim (in goodness). Its leaves do not fall. What is that tree? The Prophet (saw) himself said, "That is the date palm tree".
Eating dates benefits our diet greatly. Dates are rich in vitamins and protein and lowers cholesterol. Eating dates during iftar and suhoor therefore, help equip the body with these nutrients that will help maintain the fast. Additionally, dates are rich in iron, thus help prevent being fatigued or experiencing light-headedness and dizziness during the day. Overall, eating dates helps greatly with digestion. After a long day of fasting, with the sudden emergence of food into our system, consuming dates will help take our food in with much more ease.
“Eat figs! If I would say a certain type of fruit was sent down to us from the heavens I would say it was the fig because it has no seeds. It ends piles and is useful for rheumatism.” (Abu Darda RA)
Figs have a good source of various vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. They are most popularly used to prevent constipation and improve the digestive system. Figs also help improve the heart’s health, preventing heart diseases in the long run through its omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These benefits will help greatly, specifically for the stomach during Ramadan!
“The Holy Prophet (saw) amongst all other foods, liked pumpkin.” [Tirmidhi]
Pumpkins are full of health benefits that can shape towards maintaining our fasts with ease. Consuming pumpkin helps towards maintaining a healthy heart as well as preventing cancer with its large amount of antioxidants and cancer-protective properties. Pumpkins also help to lower blood pressure and improve sleep, helping you to relax and unwind after long fasts.
“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. (Bukhari)
Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, beneficial for wounds or poor skin conditions. Honey strengthens the immune system and regulates blood sugar levels. Ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders can be reduced with the use of honey, as well as the risk of certain cancers and heart diseases. Consuming honey regularly thus can have immense benefits when maintaining our fasts.
Stay on top of eating these Sunnah foods and enjoy a healthy, energy-filled Ramadan!