Break your fast this Ramadan with a delicious, healthy charcuterie board with some of the food that Allah mentions in The Holy Quran.
سْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ,
Ramadan is an auspicious and special month for Muslims all around the world. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset in the month of Ramadan in hopes of attaining piety and becoming closer to Allah. Most Muslims will agree with me when I say that one of the most exciting parts of the day is breaking our fast.
Fasting has many benefits for the body and health; however, many households are breaking their fasts with greasy, oily and fatty fried food that can have harmful effects.
This Ramadan, try breaking your fast in a more healthy way. This charcuterie board is filled with nutritious food that has remarkable health benefits and they are all mentioned in The Holy Quran.
They are tasty, very cheap to buy and require hardly any preparation time.
Below is a list of the foods, where they are mentioned in the Quran and just some of their health benefits.
Dates in the Quran
Dates are one of the most commonly known fruits mentioned within the Holy Quran and are a part of the sunnah. Mentioned more than 20 times within the Quran and they are filled with health benefits, here are some of the verses of the Quran which mention dates:
In Surah Rahman Allah mentions;
“And the earth He laid [out] for the creatures, Therein is fruit and palm trees having sheaths [of dates]” (55:10-11)
In Surah Maryam, Allah mentions;
“And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates” (19:25)
And in Surah Qaf, Allah says,
“And We have sent down blessed rain from the sky and made grow thereby gardens and grain from the harvest, And lofty palm trees having fruit arranged in layers” (50:9-10)
Health Benefits of Eating Dates
In addition to tasting great and being the best food you can break your fast with, dates contain protein, vitamins, and minerals.
- Dates protect the body from inflamation. Dates contain more polyphenols than most other fruits and vegetables.
- Alternative to empty-calorie sweets. Dates can satisfy a person’s sweet tooth while also providing essential nutrients, such as vitamin B-6 and iron.
- High in fiber. Just ¼ of a cup of dates provides 12 percent of a person’s daily fiber requirement. Fiber helps a person feel fuller for longer.
- High in potassium. Dates are high in potassium, which is an electrolyte the body needs for good heart health. Potassium also helps to build muscle and proteins in the body.
- Great for substitutions. People can replace the sugar, chocolate chips, or candies in baking recipes with dates to ensure they are eating natural sugars instead of refined sugars.
Read the full article on the benefits of eating dates here.
Honey in the Quran
In Surah n-Nahl, Allah mentions;
There emerges from their bellies s a drink, varying in colours, in which there is healing for pro le. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who gi e thought. (16:69)
Health Benefits Of Honey
Honey is a mix of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, zinc and antioxidant. In addition to its use as a natural sweetener, honey is used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent. People commonly use honey orally to treat coughs and topically to treat burns and promote wound healing.
Research on honey has also suggested other benefits of love such as:
- Cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants in honey might be associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
- Cough. Studies suggest that eucalyptus honey, citrus honey and labiatae honey can act as a reliable cough suppressant for some people with upper respiratory infections and acute nighttime cough.
- Gastrointestinal disease. Evidence suggests honey might help relieve gastrointestinal tract conditions such as diarrhea associated with gastroenteritis. Honey might also be effective as part of oral rehydration therapy.
- Neurological disease. Studies suggest that honey might offer antidepressant, anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety benefits. In some studies, honey has been shown to help prevent memory disorders.
- Wound care. Topical use of medical-grade honey has been shown to promote wound healing, particularly in burns.
Read the full article on the benefits of honey here.
Olives in the Quran
In Surah Tin, Allah mentions;
By the fig and the olive and [by] Mount Sinai, And [by] this city of security [Makkah]. Verily, We have certainly created man in the best of stature. (95:1-4).
In Surah Al-Anaam, Allah says;
“And He it is who causes gardens to grow, [both] trellised and untrellised, and palm trees and crops o different [kinds of] food and olives and pomegranates, similar and dissimilar. Eat of [each of] its fruit when it yields and gives it’s due [zakah] on the day of its harvest. And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess.” [6:141]
Health Benefits Of Olives
- Olives are Low in Calories
- Olives Help Regulate Appetite Control
- Olives are Anti-Inflammatory
- Olives Have Anti Cancer Properties
- Some Olives Are Probiotic Rich
- Olives are a Good Source of Fiber
Read the full article on the 10 b benefits of Olives here.
Bananas In The Quran
In Surah Al Waqiah (chapter 56 verse: 27-33) the Quran tells us:
“And the people of the right-generally mentions! They will be amid thornless lote trees, clusters of bananas, extended shais flowing water, abundant fruit never out of season nor forbidden”
The Quran makes a general mention of fruit being eaten by those in paradise, and a specific mention of bananas are made which tells us that they are of the blessed fruits.
Health Benefits of Bananas
- Rich in nutrients
- Improves blood sugar levels
- Supports digestive health
- May aid weight loss
- May support heart health
- Full of antioxidants
Read the full article on benefits of eating Bananas here
Pomegranates in the Quran
In Surah Ar -Rahman (chapter 55 verse: 68) the Quran speaks of two Gardens of paradise and tells us:
“In both will be fruit, palm trees and pomegranates”
In Surah Al Mu’minun (chapter 23 verse: 20) the Quran tells us of fruits to be eaten, and speaks of:
“As well as olive trees which grow at Mount Sinai providing oil and a condiment to eat”
Health Benefits of Pomegranates
- Pomegranate seeds get their red colour from polyphenols which are antioxidents
- Pomegrantes are high in vitamin C, vitamin E and Vitamin K
- Great for inflammation
- Improves digestion
- High in Potassium
Read the full article on the benefits of Pomegrantes here.
Figs In The Quran
The Quran has an entire chapter named after the Fig (Surah At-Tin chapter 95) and once again highlights the olive as well in verse 1:
“By the fig and the olive” (95:1)
Health Benefits Of Figs
Fresh figs aid in digestion and can help with constipation and diarrhoea
Figs are natural antioxidants
Full of vitamins
Contain calcium and magnesium which can help improve bone health
Read the full article on the health benefits of figs here.
Grapes In The Quran
In Surah Al Mu’minun (chapter 23 verse: 19-20) the Quran tells us:
“With it, we produce for you gardens of palm trees and grapevines, in which there are abundant fruits, and from which you may eat. ”
Health Benefits Of Grapes
- Grapes are fruits filled with goodness. Some of the many benefits of grapes are;
- High in Vitamin C and Vitamin K
- Contain natural melatonin which can help improve sleep
- Grape polyphenols work to positively transform gut bacteria
- High in fibre which helps regulate bowel movements.
Read the full article on the benefits of eating grapes here.