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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 7

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 7

DATES - Rich in Proteins & Vitamins

Muslims generally break their fast by eating dates. Prophet

Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is reported to have said,


anyone of you is fasting, let him break his fast with dates.

In case he does not have them, then with water. Verily water

is a purifier.”

The Prophet used to break his fast by eating some dates before

offering Maghrib prayer, and if ripe dates were not available,

he used to substitute them with some dried grapes. When these

too were not available, he used to have a few sips of water,

according to some reports.

Modern science has proved that dates are a part of a healthy

diet. They contain sugar, fat, and proteins, as well as important

vitamins. Hence the great importance attached to them by the


Dates are also rich in natural fibers. Modern medicine has shown

that they are effective in preventing abdominal cancer. They

also surpass other fruits in the sheer variety of their constituents.

They contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorus,

manganese, copper, and magnesium. In other words, one date

is a minimum of a balanced and healthy diet.

Arabs usually combine dates with milk and yogurt or bread,

butter and fish. This combination indeed makes a self-sufficient

and tasty diet for both mind and body.

Dates and date palms have been mentioned in the Holy Quran

20 times, thus showing their importance. The Prophet likened

a good Muslim to the date palm saying,

“Among trees, there

is a tree like a Muslim. Its leaves do not fall.”

Sayyidah Mariam (the Virgin Mary) had dates as her food when

she felt labor pains and during confinement. They are definitely

the “Crown of sweets,” and ideal food which is easy to digest,

and within half an hour of taking it, the tired body regains a

new vigor. The reason for this is that a shortage of sugar in the

blood is the main factor that makes people hungry and not an

empty stomach as is often assumed.

When the body absorbs the nutritional essence of a few dates,

the feeling of hunger becomes appeased. When one breaking

the fast with dates takes some other food afterwards, he cannot

eat much. It would seem that breaking the fast with dates then

helps one avoid excessive eating.

Experiments have also shown that dates contain some stimulants

which strengthen the muscles of the uterus in the last months

of pregnancy. This helps the dilation of the uterus at the time

of delivery on one hand and reduces the bleeding after the

delivery on the other.

Dieticians consider dates as the best food for women in con-

finement and those who are breast-feeding. This is because

dates contain elements which assist in alleviating depression

in mothers and enriching the breast-milk with all the elements

needed to make the child healthy and resistant to disease.

The Prophet has emphasized the importance of dates and their

effectiveness in the growth of the fetus. He has also recommend-

ed they be given to women.

Modern dietary institutes now recommend dates to be given to

children suffering from a nervous nature or hyperactivity.

The Prophet has also recommended dates as a medicine for

heart troubles, according to some reports. Modern science has

also proved the effectiveness of dates, in preventing diseases

of the respiratory system.

Ayisha (R.A.), used to prescribe dates for those suffering from


It is now well-known that a fall in the level of the sugar in the

blood and low blood pressure are among the causes of giddi-

ness. She was also reported to have used dates combined with

cucumber to treat her over-slim condition. She said “they’ve

tried to fatten me giving me everything. But I did not become

fat. Then they fattened me with cucumbers and ripe dates and

I gained.”

Ayisha was quite correct. As we now know that one kilogram of

dates contains nearly 3,000 calories which alone are sufficient

to supply the minimum daily requirements of an active man

for one full day.

Dates are rich in several vitamins and minerals. When the level

of trace elements falls in the body, the health of the blood vessels

is affected leading to an increased heart-rate and a consequent

inability to perform its function with normal efficiency.

As dates are also rich in calcium, they help strengthen the bones.

When the calcium content in the body decreases, children are

affected with rickets and the bones of adults become brittle

and weak.

Dates are also important in keeping up the health of the eyes.

It is quite effective in guarding against night-blindness. In the

early years of Islam, dates were served as food for Muslim

warriors. They used to carry them in special bags hung at their

sides. They are the best stimulant for muscles and so the best

food for a warrior about to engage in battle.

The Prophet used to combine dates with bread sometimes.

At other times he mixed ripe dates with cucumbers, or dates

combined with ghee. He used to take all varieties of dates, but

he preferred the variety called ajwah.

In the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and the Holy Haram in

Makkah, large quantities of dates are supplied by generous

people on all days of Ramadan.




mnipotence of



The miracle of the virgin conception of Mary, as depicted in the Qu-

ran, is a clear example of God’s absolute power and His domination

over the happenings of the universe. The immense significance of

this miracle is that it involved a physiological phenomenon taking

place which could not have occurred under the normal working of

the laws of nature. By discarding the natural process whereby male

and female unite to produce an offspring God demonstrated His

absolute power and domination. This was to convince mankind that

creation need not necessarily follow the rules of cause and effect

or be subjected to it. For God has the capacity to ordain a thing to

be and produce effects without prerequisite engendering causes.

Here, God is involved with four different processes of creation to

demonstrate that the reproduction and perpetuation of the human

species can be fulfilled without the necessity of physical contact

between male and female or their participation, if He so ordains.

These four processes are namely:

- the creation of Adam from dust;

- the creation of Eve from Adam (or female from male);

- the creation of mankind through the union of male and female;

- the birth of Jesus from a female without being touched by a male.

Thus has God accomplished the four kinds of creation of the hu-

man race.

Although birth and reproduction have been ordained to occur in

accordance with the union between male and female, the fruitful-

ness of any such union rests with God’s will and providence. About

this divine will, the Quran says:

“Unto God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth.

He creates what He will. He bestows female (offspring) upon

whomHe will, and bestows male (offspring) upon whomHe will.

Or He mingles them, males and females, and He makes barren

whom He will...” (Qur’an Al-Shura 42:49-50)

God tells believers not to succumb to despair or confusion if they fail

to account for causes and effects, because ultimately it is He alone

that determines all causes and their effects as He wills, regardless of

laws or norms. With this knowledge at hand, the believer is better

prepared to confront the upheavals of daily life with greater confi-

dence in God’s providence and omniscience. This faith rekindles his

heart and soul with renewed hope. The thought of unaccountable

happenings occurring is no longer disturbing or frightening. Once this

faith takes root in the believer’s heart, the true believer firmly holds

the conviction that God is capable of ordaining happenings and events

in isolation of their due causes. This unwarranted despair is referred

to in the Surah of the Family of Imran (Al ‘Imran), wherein God says:

“(Remember) when the wife of ‘Imran said: My Lord! I have

vowed unto You that which is in my womb as a consecrated

(offering). Accept it fromme. Lo! (You, only You) are the Hearer,

the Knower. And when she was delivered she said, My Lord! I

am delivered of a female...” (Qur’an Al ‘Imran 3:35-6)

The sentence “I am delivered of a female”, spoken by Imran’s wife,

indicating her disappointment that the child born was not a male,

illustrates the kind of despair which we are cautioned not to let in-

filtrate our faith in God and His wisdom. Imran’s wife had pledged

to offer her unborn child to the service of God and had, therefore,

felt certain that He would give her a son who, in her reckoning,

would be better able to serve Him. This was an unfounded belief to

which God replies:

“(God knew best of what she was delivered).

The male is not as the female.” (Qur’an Al ‘Imran 3:36)

In this verse, God again cautions us not to judge His decrees and plans

in terms of our imperfect knowledge and logic. In all divine acts is a pur-

pose that might not be obvious at the time of their actual manifestation.

This verse also corrects the misconception that males are superior to

females in the service of God or in fulfilling His purpose. Hence came

the reminder that ‘The male is not as the female.’ In other words, the

daughter Imran’s wife had given birth to was much more worthy than

any son she could have wished for. God alone knew what the great

significance of the birth of this female child to mankind would be.

In preparing Mary for her predestined role, God planned that she

should be offered by her mother to His service in the temple. Her

spiritual education began by being instilled with faith in God’s

power to make things happen independent of their natural causes.

She was given evidence of this when He provided her with food

that was unlike any found on earth and with fruit out of season.

Despite many divine signs, however, Mary continued to doubt the

possibility of a miracle conception, asking Gabriel, who had come

to announce to her God’s will:

“How can I have a son when no mortal has touched me, neither

have I been unchaste?” (Qur’an Maryam 19:20)

To reinforce her faith and reassure her of His almighty power, God

said to her through Gabriel:

“So (it will be). Your Lord says: It is easy for Me. And (it will be)

that We may make of him a revelation for mankind and a mercy

from Us.” (Qur’an Maryam 19:21)

What God was saying to Mary was “Do you wonder at what is hap-

pening to you after all that you have seen of My limitless power?”

Another Verse (3:49) tells us that Jesus was given the power to “heal

him who was born blind, and the leper, and raise the dead by God’s

leave”. In other words, the true healer was God Himself. He was,

likewise, the One who gave life and took it. On the other hand,

we have the second class of miracles which Jesus could perform

spontaneously, using the divine powers already vested in him. Unlike

the former class, God revealed to him the secrets of these (latter)

miracles and gave him access to His knowledge regarding them.

Thus, although he was given the power to revive the dead, neither

he nor any other Prophet was given the secret of life and death.

Despite the miracles that demonstrated the power of the Absolute

and the support it gave Jesus from the moment he was born until his

death, the Israelites rejected his message and refused to believe in

his God. They seemed to alienate themselves further from God and

began to plot against him and cast doubt about his message, exactly

as they had previously done to Moses. Even when they seemed to

have rid themselves of the attraction of the material world, their

faith did not last long and they always regressed to their old ways

and the worship of matter, as is stated in the following verse:

“But when Jesus became conscious of their disbelief, he cried:Who

will be helpers in the cause of God? The disciples said: We will be

God’s helpers. We believe in God, and bear witness that we have

surrendered (unto Him) [are Muslims].” (Qur’an Al ‘Imran 3:52)

Thus Jesus began to look for true believers and supporters when he

discovered that all the miracles and evidence he brought the Israelites

could not weaken their deeply-rooted corruption and love for the

material world. In seeking disciples to carry on his message after his

ascension, Jesus was showing his despair that the Israelites would never

see the light of truth, that they would ever cease to fight his religion.

He put all his hope in spreading his message tomankind in his disciples

and the few supporters who truly believed in his God, and began to

teach them the content and purpose of his divine message. He ex-

plained to them the commands and injunctions contained in his mes-

sage and made them pledge to spread it throughout the whole world.

Indeed the message of Jesus was an embodiment of the limitless

power of God’s will, which was manifested throughout Jesus’ life. It

showed itself most vividly when God revealed to Imran’s wife that

He alone knew best why she should give birth to a girl. The same

divine power showed itself in providing Mary with food unlike any

other. Finally the immaculate conception and birth of Jesus, his

ability to speak and defend his mother when he was but a few days

old gave further evidence of the Almighty will of God.








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