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11/17/08

Plants & Foods from the Quran



Assalam alaikum & peace to all

I've lately been researching all kinds of health remedies and ways to a healthier lifestyle and came across this article about some plants and foods mentioned in the Quran, so I thought I would post some of the article. It is so fascinating that all these foods are talked about in the Quran (as well as in the Bible and Torah) It kind of makes you think that we probably should get back to a more simpler way of life. Now, I'm not saying that we should forget all of our modern foods (coffee for one -blush- ) but from time to time maybe try and cook more natural foods!

These are just some of the very interesting list - click here for the rest of the article.

Date palm -Al-Nakhl
Mentioned in the Quran 20 times:

8 times the date-palm is mentioned alone; at 12 places it is clubbed with other fruits like olive, pomegranate and grapes. The domestication and cultivation of date-palm started 6,000 to 8,000 years back in Mesopotamia. That might be the first cultivated fruit plant in the world, that is why palm-trees are tightly associated with the development of human culture and civilization.
It contains sucrose, glucose, protein, cellulose, starch, vitamin A, b, C.
It is a demulcent, an emmollient, a heart stimulant and helps in checking the loss of memory.
It helps respiratory disorders, especially asthma.
It is a laxative, a diuretic and aphrodisiac.
A paster of powdered palm-stones helps in the cureof eye diseases (keratites, ophtalmia)
It is very beneficial for pregnant women.
It is a tall tree, but its roots are not well anchored (no more than 5 feet deep in the ground).

Olive:

Mentioned in the Quran 6 times:

The olive oil has great medical value. It is a nutrient, demulcent and a mild purgative. It helps with gastric and duodenal ulcers.
The external application soften the skin and crusts in eczema and psoriasis. It is good for massage and is used in ointments and plasters.
When Allah’s wrath destroyed men and Noa shipped with the animals, a dove appeared with an olive twig in its beak, signifying relief and peace.. It is a universal symbol of peace.


Pomegranate

Mentioned in the Quran 3 times:

Al-anam-14 says that just after the harvest of fruit crops, it is the duty of the owner to distribute a part of it to the needy and deserving.
So, the monopoly and ownership of the agriculture is not favored by Islam.
It is a rich source of Sodium and riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, vitamin c, Calcium and Phosphorous.
It is tonic for the heart, check heart pain and helps best with stomach inflammation. It acts like medicine for diarrhoea and dysentery, but also high blood pressure, anaemia, colitis.
Given with honey, it reduces biliousness, and it is a good homeopathic medicine to calm disorders.
Pomegranate flowers check miscarriage and for many ailments; and they also are good quality color pigments.

Ginger
Mentioned in the Quran 1 time:

It is a stimulant to the gastro-intestinal tract, digestive, help with colic, vomiting, spasm, help with the stomach and asthma.
It prevents the loss of appetite taken before meals with lemon-juice and rock salt. It relaxes sore-throat, hoarseness and loss of voice when chewed.
Useful in diabetes and chronic rheumatism, beginning of headache
Ginger juice is good for diabetes and rheumatism. Tooth-aches are relieved by applying a paste of dried ginger
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Lentil, Onion, Garlic & Cucumber
Mentioned each in the Quran 1 time:

At that time, lentil was used to make bread for the poor ( not pulse) .
4 varieties of lentil are grown along the Mediterranean. Lentil is diuretic and rudurific; applied in paste, it is a remedy for measles, chicken and small pox, rashes and boils on the skin.

Onion causes bad breath but is antiseptic for the alimentary cqanal, stimulant, diuretic, expectoriant. Warm onion juice dropped into ear relieves ache.

Garlic juice diminishes cough and helps breathing for tuberculosis.
It checks high blood pressure; it is stimulant, carminative, emenagogue, antirheumatic, anthelmentic, alterative and helps with bronchial and asthmatic complaints.
Administered with salt, garlic improves the nervous system and relieves headaches, hysteria. Garlic can be applied on open wounds to prevent infections and pus formation.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would have eaten fresh date with cucumber together.
Cucumber has refreshing properties.




4 comments:

Ms.Unique said...

Assalamualikum Jazak Allah Khairan for sharing this article sis .... nice .... love herbs and natural remedies too ... :)

Iva said...

MashaAllah, a nice read. Thank you for sharing.

LadyKhan said...

JazakALlah Khair ...Im using ur work as a resource for my Kids Halaqa ..teaching them the foods mentioned in the Quran...May Allah reward u for your work ...Ameen :)

Iftitah Jafar said...

SubhanAllah, it is informative and beneficial. however, it needs recent research result to support.

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