Struggling to keep up our strength is a feeling we know all too well during this blessed month. The Prophet (saw) showed us that there are ways to deal with the internal battle between our hearts craving Allah (swt) and our stomachs craving sustenance - simply eating the right foods. Prophet Muhammad (saw) avoided such fatigue by eating foods that are high in energy with proven individual healing qualities. Using the foods, the Prophet (saw) enjoyed eating, we've compiled a number of different delicious recipes and treats to try out this Ramadan.
Grapes and raisins
A hadith from Abu Dawood recalls that The Messenger of Allah (saw) often consumed Nabidh - a drink prepared from soaked raisins or dates. Softened raisins and dates release their vitamins and minerals more easily and are easier to digest.
Raisins or Dates
1. After Isha prayer soak around 100 grams of raisins or dates in 1 litre of water. Make sure the raisins are covered and kept cool.
2. The next morning after Fajr, you can drink the water and eat the soaked fruits like the Prophet (saw) did or you cold blend the water and fruit together to create a smoothie.
Nabidh should be consumed within 12 hours of soaking time, but if it is kept air tight inside the refrigerator, it will not spoil for 2-3 days insha'Allah. It also must never be left for more than 2-3 days, otherwise it may start to ferment, which is the start of the alcohol brewing process. This is haram and forbidden to consume.
Besides the immense health benefits outlined above our greatest rewards really lie in following the Sunnah. Allah said to His Messenger (saw): 'Say (to mankind), if you love Allah, follow me – Allah will love you and forgive your sins'. (Qur’an 3:31)