Favourite foods of Beloved Rasool ﷺ

No Muslim can deny the excellence and usefulness of the foods which our Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم ate in his blessed life. The foods our Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم used are not only very tasty, but they also have countless medical benefits.

The qualities and benefits food experts are mentioning today were mentioned by the Ghayb knowing Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم 1400 years ago. The sacred life of the Beloved Rasool
صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was a complete model of simplicity, patience and contentment. Sayyiduna Ibn-e-Abbas رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُمَا has said: The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم did not use to eat anything consecutively for many nights. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 160, Hadees 2367) Sayyidatuna Ayesha رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا has said: Even forty days would pass in such a condition that neither the lamp nor the stove would not be lit in the blessed house of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. It was asked: How did you live then? She رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا replied: On two black things, that is, on water and dates. (Masnad Tyalsi 207/6, Hadees:1472) (Bukhari, vol. 4, pp. 236, Hadees 6458 summarized)

Kabhi jau ki moti roti to kabhi khajoor paani

Tayra aysa sada khana Madani Madinay walay

Khana to daykho jau ki roti, bay chhana aata, roti bhi moti

Woh bhi shikam bhar roz na khana, صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم

He صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would not desire for tasty and elaborate dishes. However, he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم liked some dishes very much and would love eating them. Let’s read briefly about few favourites and lovely foods of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.

Vegetables

Blessed Gourd: The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم liked blessed gourd. He صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would eat pieces of gourd by picking them specifically from the curry.

Beloved Rasool’s صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم choice is my choice

Sayyiduna Anas رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has said: I went to a party with the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم [in which] the host offered barley bread and curry of blessed gourd and meat. I saw that the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was eating pieces of gourd by picking them specifically. Therefore I have also started loving eating gourd since that day. (Bukhari, vol. 3, pp. 536, Hadees 5433) Note: Read page 29 from Mahnamah Faizan-e-Madinah, January 2017 in order to get information about Medical benefits of the blessed gourd.

Kakri[1]

Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn-e-Ja’far رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has said: I saw the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم eating dates with Kakri. (Muslim, pp. 870, Hadees 2043)

Fruits

Dates: The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would love eating dates. He صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would especially like Ajwah dates. Note: Study page 57 of Mahnamah Faizan-e-Madinah Ramadan-ul-Mubarak 1439 AH in order to get information about dates and their medical benefits.

Grapes: Eating grapes has also been proved from the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Sayyiduna Ibn-e-Abbas رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُمَا has said: I went to visit (have Ziyarat of) the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and saw that he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was eating grapes. (Mu’jam-e-Kabeer, vol. 12, pp. 115, Hadees 12727)

Melon: Sayyiduna Anas رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has said: The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would eat melon with [fresh] dates and would say that the cold efficacy of melon will eliminate the hot efficacy of dates. (Subul-ul-Huda War-Rishad, vol. 7, pp. 209)

Fruit of Peelu: Sayyiduna Jabir Bin Abdullah رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has said: While we were picking Peelu walking along with the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: Pick the Peelus which have turned black because they are very tasty. When I would graze goats, I would also eat it. (Muslim, pp. 873, Hadees 2050)

Watermelon: The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would love eating watermelon. Further, he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم also ate pomegranates and mulberries. (Miraat-ul-Manajeeh, vol. 6, pp. 79)

Beverages

Cold water: The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would usually like cold fresh water. He صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would also like milk lassi, but he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would drink it sometimes. (Miraat-ul-Manajeeh, vol. 6, pp. 79) (But remember! That cold water was not like what we have nowadays – ice mixed with water or like the fridge water).

Milk: He صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would sometimes drink pure milk and sometimes after mixing water in the milk and sometimes he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would drink the juice by mixing raisins and dates with water. (Seerat-e-Mustafa, pp. 586)

Nabeez: A beverage prepared with dates, raisins, barley, dried dates, wheat or rice, etc., is called Nabeez. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would love drinking the Nabeez made from dates and raisins. Sayyidatuna Ayesha Siddiqah رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا has said: We would prepare Nabeez by putting a handful of dates and raisins into a Mashkeeza [small leather bag for carrying water]. If we prepared Nabeez in the night, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would drink it during the day and if we prepared it during the day, he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would drink it in the night. (Musnad Ahmad, vol. 9, pp. 301, Hadees 24263)

Different favourite dishes Sweet dishes

Sayyidatuna Ayesha Siddiqah رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهَا has stated: كَانَ رَسُولُ اللّٰهِ صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم يُحِبُّ الحَلْوَاءَ وَالعَسَلَ i.e. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would like sweet and honey. (Bukhari, vol. 3, pp. 536, Hadees 5431) In Miraat-ul-Manajeeh, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan Na’eemi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has said: It is stated in a blessed Hadees: A believer is sweet and likes sweet. Halwah includes every sweet thing; it even includes sweet drink and sweet fruits and normal sweets and Urfi Halwah. Sayyiduna Usman-e-Ghani رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ was the first who made Marawwajah [customary] Halwah (and) presented it to the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. It was made from flour, ghee and honey. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم liked it very much. (Miraat-ul-Manajeeh, vol. 6, pp. 19)

Meat: Eating the meat of camel, goat, ram, sheep, chicken, rabbit, quail and fish has been proved from the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, but amongst them he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would like the meat of the front leg of goat the most. (Shuma’il-e-Muhammadiyyah lil-Tirmizi, pp. 102 - 112)

Hays: In Arab, there is a dish that is cooked by mixing ghee, cheese and dates together, called Hays. He صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would eagerly like to eat it. (Sunan-e-Kubra li-Nisa’i, vol. 2, pp. 114, Hadees 2631)

Vinegar: Not only did the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم consume vinegar, but declaring it to be the best curry he صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم also has said: What a best curry is vinegar. (Kanz-ul-Ummal, vol. 15, pp. 124, Hadees 41013)     

Talbeenah: It is a food like Kheer that is made from barley, milk and dates. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would also like it and would especially advise patients to eat it as a [medical] treatment. Note: Study page 17 of Mahnamah Faizan-e-Madinah of Shu’ban-ul-Mu’azzam 1439 AH in order to prepare Talbeenah and get information about its medical benefits.

Madani pearl

Our Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم used all the above-mentioned things of eating and drinking, therefore, at the time of using them, the intention of acting upon the blessed Sunnah of our Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم can also be made because it is also a sign of love to use the thing that the beloved used.



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