The life of the Messenger of Allah shows that even though He lived most of His time in simplicity, yet He always remained thankful to God for everything He had. He used to eat everything He was accessible with and never complained about it. Allah has given so many blessings to human kind which includes basic necessities like food, water, shelter etc. Food is the utmost requirement of human being, and everyone must be thankful to God for this blessing.
Here are few favorite food items Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) loved eating. Along with Sunnah, there are many health benefits of these food items.
Barley crops are cultivated throughout the country. The plants of barley are very much similar to wheat and the seeds are elongated in shape in comparison to wheat with a covering of light yellow color. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) liked it very much and used it in various forms such as barley bread, and dough.
“The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) has advised us to use it as a medicine, as he said. It’s a cure for sadness. It gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief”. (Bukhari 7:71#593).
Vinegar is sour in taste, and has various benefits in it. It helps to control the blood pressure; it also controls the cholesterol level .The dietary fiber in ACV is also helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood. Some Eastern medicines do believe that depression is the symptom of a stagnant or tired liver, apple cider vinegar would help to fight depression, since it is a great medium to help detoxify and clean the liver.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to have vinegar with olive oil.
Muslim usually break their fast by eating dates. Date is very beneficial for constipation, making your heart healthy, weight gaining, abdominal cancer and in intoxication. Date is also considered to be among the favorite food item of Prophet (P.B.U.H).
“And thereby He brings forth for you crops and olives, and palms, and vines, and all kinds of fruit. Surely in that is a sign for a people who reflect.” (Surah Namal)
Figs are available in dried form, all the year. It has unique taste, sweet and chewiness in it makes the figs different from others. Figs are good for females in a family way and for the nursing mothers. They reduce acid levels, provide richness to the diet and increase the energy. Injeer have anti-ulcer and antibacterial properties. It is also said that a mixture of figs and honey is very good for coughs. It is also said to be a ‘fruit from paradise’ and a cure for piles.
Honey is produced in different part of the world. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Now the research says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients also. Honey is good for arthritis patients, for controlling hair loss, creating appetite, strengthening the stomach and cholesterol.
“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 remedies, the Qur’an and honey”. (Bukhari)
Milk is also among the favorite food item of Prophet (P.B.U.H).It is very beneficial for humans as it provides calcium, also it is very good for those who want to lose weight
“And indeed, for you in grazing livestock is a lesson. We give you drink from what is in the bellies - between excretion and blood - pure milk, palatable to drinkers”. (Chapter (16) Surah l-Nahl)
Mushrooms are used in many dishes, they are the best source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Prophet (P.B.U.H) also used to eat mushrooms and they are his favorite item.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The truffle is among the Mann (Allah’s favours) and its water cures the eye” (Bukhari).
Olive oil is considered to be most beneficial oil among different oil list. It has many health benefits like it reduces heart disease risk, reduces breast cancer risk, strengthen the muscles etc. It is also included in the meal of Prophet (P.B.U.H).
“And a tree that grows out of Mount Sinai which produces oil and a condiment for those who eat. For olive oil is the supreme seasoning.” Allah has also called it the Blessed Tree (Qur’an 24:35)
Grapes are considered to be a tasty fruit. It has various benefits it helps in making your skin acne free, relieve in constipation and reduce the risk of heart disease. It can be used in raw, or it can be used in the form of jams, jelly etc. The Prophet Muhammad used to eat it keenly and was also presented with grapes as a present. It is also one of the fruits of the heaven.