Why are dates eaten to break the fast during Ramadan?
There are several reasons why dates are eaten to break the fast during Ramadan. During Ramadan, fasting is observed from dawn (morning) to dusk (evening) . People do not drink water either. This causes tiredness and fatigue. After fasting over a long time, eating dates first can help the body fulfill glucose requirements quickly and keep the energy level high.
There are several spiritual beliefs also associated with this habit. Dates are also regarded as the fruit of the Prophet. Prophet knew that eating dates in Islam would help the wellbeing of the people . He was reported to have said, “He who eats seven Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.” In Hadith literature it is written that the Messenger of Allah would break his fast with ripe dates before he would pray. Therefore, eating dates during this time has a spiritual significance.
Dates have a long history in the Middle East as they have been cultivated in the area for thousands of years. Dates contain fibers, minerals, phytonutrients, potassium, magnesium, iron, small amounts of protein & are high in sugar. Consuming dates before a meal can also satisfy the sensation of hunger which helps to avoid overeating.
Types of Dates Ajwa Dates , Medjool Dates(the Queen of Dates) , Mabroom Dates , Omani Dates & Kalmi Dates.
Having an Ajwa Date is an experience in itself. This delicious premium date comes in dark brown to almost a black colour texture. Ajwa Dates are soft as silk and melts in your mouth leaving a sweet-fruity flavour. Ajwa Dates are a delight to your taste buds. Ajwa dates are also very well known to boost your immunity. Ajwa dates are also known as the ‘Holy Dates’ and hold a great importance in Islamic tradition.
Medjool dates are king’s favorite. They are larger in size and with a very small seed. These soft dates have a rich, almost caramel-like taste and chewy texture. One is enough to fill you up and provide you with tons of vitamins. This river of sweetness and deliciousness will surely make you addicted to its taste. Medjool dates help to make your immune system strong.
Mabroom dates are a delight to your sweet palate. They are sweetest of all and have a sticky feel to them. Mabroom dates are packed with zinc and magnesium. This treat has a mild toffee-like flavor.
Black Omani dates are man’s best friend when it comes to improving blood quality and hemoglobin. Omani Dates also work as a natural sweetener is the best replacement for artificial sweeteners. Include Omani dates with your breakfast and notice the improvement in your strength. Have these in their natural form or mix them with milk to increase your stamina, they won’t let you down. Omani dates are a must in everyone’s diet.
Kalmi Dates are these dark coloured dates they are a delight to eat and very nutritious. Kalmi Dates are flavorsome and quite filling. They have an even texture but a perfect sweetness. They are high in potassium and help in improving bone health. They are best suited for daily consumption. Feel the royalty in every bite of our Kalmi Dates.