Five Sunnah Foods

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Black Seeds

Healing Power of Black Seeds

Narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that he heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say concerning the black seed: “In it there is healing for every disease, except as-saam.” Ibn Shihaab said: As-saam is death.

Al-Bukhaari (5688) and Muslim (2215)

Research About Black Seeds

Black seeds (Nigella Sativa) are source of iron and antioxidants. Research also shows they have positive effect on male fertility.

Olive Oil

Prophet peace be upon him Had Olive Oil

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, came to the home of Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah, who presented him with bread and olive oil. The Prophet ate them and he said, “The fasting have broken their fast with you, the righteous have eaten your food, and the angels send blessings upon you.”

Sunan Abī Dāwūd 3854

Using Olive Oil for Hair and Skin

Messeger of Allah peace be upon him said, “Eat olive oil and use it on your hair and skin, for it comes from a blessed tree.”

Al-Tirmidhi, 1775

Research About Olive Oil

Olive oil “is protective in cardiovascular diseases”, research shows. Olive oil is most important source of MUFA (monosaturated fatty acids) which are very healthy for plasma cholesterol levels. Olive oil is also known for its antioxidant and anti‐inflammatory effect and prevents the formation of plaque in the arteries.


It is Sunnah

It is sunnah of Prophet peace be upon to drink milk.

Anas ibn Malik reported: I have served the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, from this cup of mine with honey, juice, water, and milk.

Muslim 2008

Milk has Cure

He even said that there is cure in cow’s milk.

Tariq ibn Shihab reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah Almighty did not place an ailment but that he also placed its cure. You should drink the milk of cows, for they are given health by all kinds of plants.”

Musnad Aḥmad 18352

Dua for Drinking Milk

…Whoever is provided a drink of milk from Allah, let him say:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيهِ وَزِدْنَا مِنْهُ

O Allah, bless us in it and provide us with more.”

Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3455

Giving Gift of Milk

Al-Bara’ ibn ‘Azib reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever donates a gift of milk, or a piece of silver, or who guides others through a strait, he will be rewarded as if he has freed a slave.”

Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1957

Research about Milk

A rich source of Calcium, early years diet of infants across mammal species, and a healthy drink, milk should be a regular part of our diet. It is only through the natural calcium that we can get strong and healthy bones. Research shows that “young male and female prepubertal children with a long history of avoiding cow-milk consumption” have major problems in bone health like small bones, low bone mineral content and prevalence of fractures. This shows us that for healthy bones, we should make sure dairy is a part of our diet and specially the diet of younger children.


Dates Save from Poison or Magic

Narrated Sad: Allah’s Apostle said, “He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 65 Hadith 356

It is Sunnah to eat Dates

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of ‘Id-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet used to eat odd number of dates.

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 15 Hadith 73

Prophet peace be upon him had a Drink Made of Dates

Narrated Sahl bin Sad: Abu Usaid As-Sa’di invited Allah’s Apostle to his wedding party and his wife who was the bride, served them on that day. Do you know what drink she gave Allah’s Apostle? She had soaked some dates for him (in water) overnight, and when he had finished his meal she gave him that drink (of soaked dates).

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 62 Hadith 105

Research on Dates

Dates have bioactive compounds and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Dates when administrated to women in their late pregnancy lead to more dilation of cervix at labour and required lesser intervention meaning that date consumption positively affect the outcome of labour and delivery.


Prophet peace be upon him Liked Honey

The Prophet (ﷺ) used to like sweet edible things and honey.

Sahih al-Bukhari 5682

There is Cure in Honey

The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Healing is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with fire (cauterizing).” But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization) branding with fire.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 5680

Research About Honey

Research shows that honey is an antidiabetic as it doesn’t raise the blood glucose levels like refined sugar. It is also beneficial in prevention from cardiovascular diseases due to the various effects that lower the chance of such diseases.

Above are some of the foods which Prophet peace be upon him had himself and talked about them being beneficial. We can add them to our diet to reap the benefits.


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