Ramadan is the best time for us to study the Sunnah on food and eating etiquettes. The simplicity of Sunnah eating is an easy-to-follow lifestyle, and emulating this part of the Sunnah can help us practice moderation during this holy month and beyond. Incorporating the preferred foods of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) into our diet is also a great way to observe our faith traditions and culture.
Many of these foods are also contemporarily known to possess great health benefits, being extremely nutritious and providing us with energy. The Sunnah teaches us about the most beneficial foods that can sustain us through our fasts, as well as replenish us afterwards. In this article, we will explore ways in which we can utilize foods from the Sunnah, and discover a beloved meal of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
Olives & Olive Oil
It was narrated from ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Season (your food) with olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it comes from a blessed tree.” (Ibn Majah)
Narrated Sa’d: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.” (Bukhari)
Dates are mentioned in the Qur’an as a source of nourishment in Surah Maryam:
“And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, ‘Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.’
But he called her from below her, ‘Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream.
And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.
So eat and drink and be contented…’” — (Qur’an 19:23-26)
The 95th chapter of the Quran is called At-Tin (The Fig):
“By the fig and the olive
And [by] Mount Sinai,
And [by] this secure city [i.e., Makkah]
We have certainly created man in the best of stature;
Then We return him to the lowest of the low,
Except for those who believe and do righteous deeds, for they will have a reward uninterrupted.” — (Qur’an 95:1-6)
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Use this black seed. For indeed it contains a cure for every disease except As-Sam” and As-Sam is death. (Tirmidhi)
Narrated ‘Aisha: “The Prophet (ﷺ) used to like sweet edible things and honey.” (Bukhari)
“…There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed, in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” — (Qur’an 16:69)
Black seed is a great healing and preventative medicine. You can take it with honey for added benefit. Taking this as a precautionary measure is the perfect way to incorporate the Sunnah into our daily lives.
This is a great energy-booster, and is therefore perfect for either Suhoor, to get you through the day ahead, or for Iftar to give you stamina for Taraweeh.
Steps: (Makes 2 servings. Feel free to alter the amount of the ingredients to your liking.)
1. In a blender, add
2. Blend to a smooth and creamy consistency and enjoy.
Tharid is a dish consisting of meat cooked in a broth with vegetables and spices, which is then poured over pieces of bread. It’s essentially a one-pot dish, which is commonly cooked during Ramadan. It is considered to be one of the favorites of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) as we see exemplified in the Hadith:
“The superiority of ‘Aisha to other women is like the superiority of Tharid to other kinds of food.” (Bukhari)
Variations of this dish exist in Middle Eastern, Turkish, Uyghur and Malay cuisines, to name a few. Different cultures use different ingredients, adding their own flair to the dish, but the components are the same across the globe: meat, vegetables, its broth – all poured over pieces of bread.
Based on this Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to have gourd in his Tharid:
Narrated Anas: “I went along with the Prophet (ﷺ) to the house of a young tailor of his. The tailor presented a dish of Tharid to the Prophet (ﷺ) and resumed his work. The Prophet (ﷺ) started picking the pieces of gourd and I too, started picking them and putting it before him. Since then I have always loved (to eat) gourd.” (Bukhari)
Alter your measurements based upon how many people you are serving. To make a basic Tharid, you will need:
It was narrated that Wathilah bin Asqa’ Al-Laithi said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) took hold of the top of the Tharid and said: ‘Eat in the Name of Allah from its sides and leave the top, for the blessing comes from its top.’” (Ibn Majah)
Because Ramadan teaches us to exercise self-restraint, it is the perfect backdrop for us to discover these etiquettes from the Sunnah. In doing this, we can learn to appreciate the blessings of a simple lifestyle.
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