Food, Glorious Food!

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by FAISAH

When assignments are due and exam time nears, we tend to cut corners to save as much time as possible for studying and completing last minute work. No matter how much you plan and study in advance, you can always use more time to prepare for the next upcoming quiz, test, or essay. All the studying, lack of sleep, and overdoses of caffeine leads many of us to be running on very low energy to help us get through the day. Alhamdulilah (Praise be to God) there is prayer 5 times a day to reenergize us!

Our health and diet take a huge beating when we compromise healthy diets for less time-consuming meals. To save time we opt for foods that are quick to prepare, or just get it on the go if it means more time to get other things done. Remember to keep yourself balanced this exam period. Everything should be in moderation when it comes to tackling academics and being good to our bodies, as Allah says in the Qur’an (holy book for Muslims) “And He enforced the balance. That you exceed not the bounds; but observe the balance strictly; and fall not short thereof.” (55:7–9)

Remember to keep yourself balanced this exam period. Everything should be in moderation when it comes to tackling academics and being good to our bodies, as Allah says in the Qur’an (holy book for Muslims) “And He enforced the balance. That you exceed not the bounds; but observe the balance strictly; and fall not short thereof.” (55:7–9)

If we don’t do this we end up crashing and giving up. We end up being more tired, more anxious, and more strapped for time because of the harm we inflict on our bodies. We endanger our health and weaken our immune systems by not putting some effort into our diets. Don’t let this be your case this upcoming exam season!

Here are a seven simple foods that are very Islamic, they are a part of the Sunnah (lifestyle of the Prophet Mohammad) and healthy! Include them in snacks, beverages and your meals. They will help release energy slowly throughout the day, which is always better than a caffeine rush or food that’s high in fat and calories but not nutritious. As well, all of these foods have health benefits for sicknesses and are great boosters for our energy and immunity. As the messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mounted the pulpit, he wept and said, “Ask Allah (glory be to him) for forgiveness and health, for after being granted certainty, one is given nothing better than health.” (At-Tirmidhi)

1. Honey:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) once said, “If a person eats honey, a thousand remedies will enter his stomach and a million diseases will come out.” Honey is a great alternative to sugar and will not give you a sugar high that one can quickly crash from. Try replacing sugar with honey in your warm beverages. Try to have a warm glass of milk with honey spread on some whole-wheat toast with a banana on the side, or sliced and put on top of the toast! The great thing about honey is because it is highly concentrated in sweetness you don’t need to use as much as you would use sugar. SubhanAllah (glory be to God)!

2. Lemon:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The citron is like a true believer: good to taste and good to smell.” Lemon makes the heart stronger, eliminates mood swings, and seals your appetite. This fruit is very versatile, it can be used in warm beverages like tea (with drops of honey!) Or you can add drops of it to your water. Try combining it with other foods for a quick detox, start with something simple like lemonade. Also, you can squeeze it over your salad for a nice tart taste that isn’t too overwhelming.

3. Dates:
Very well known for being a Sunnah (lifestyle of the Prophet Mohammad), dates are very sweet and very delicious! Have an odd amount and always have some with you since they’re very chewy and great to share in a study group. If you’re dates are pitted, put them in a yogurt and add oats and pieces of fruit for a very rewarding breakfast that your body will thank you for all throughout the day!

4. Olives:
Hadhrat Abu Hurayra narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, “Eat the olive oil and apply it (locally), since there is cure for seventy diseases in it, one of them is Leprosy.” Add it to your pastas, extra side for your shawarma plate, or on your whole-wheat pizza.

5. Grapes:
Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) really liked eating grapes. It is said to work as a purifier for your blood, kidneys and intestines. Grapes are great comfort snack for when you’re up studying late!

6. Milk:
In a hadith (traditions of the prophet) the Prophet (peace be upon him) said “milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger wipes away sweat from the brow.” Milk strengthens the back, improves the function of the brain, helps with vision and improves memory. Use it to make your sauces creamier, cereal soggier, or to just drink it plain and enjoy it on its own.

7. Black seed:
No list of healthy Islamic foods would be complete without black seed! It has been said that the black seed is able to cure every disease except for death, SubhanAllah (glory be to God)! Try pouring boiling water over the seeds and steep them for a few minutes for black seed tea. Black seeds do tend to have a very potent, minty, bitter taste all in one, but the tea is soothing. Include black seed in everything you eat, just improvise! Add it to a pasta sauce or sprinkle it over salads and vegetables. You can always just go the traditional route and have a teaspoon of it orally every day. If it worked for our brothers and sisters for almost two thousand years, then it will also work for us InshaAllah (God willing)!

  • Bilal Syed

    Mashallah this is awesome article……Allah also said us in the quran that eat and enjoy of which Allah has provided but don’t transgress the limits(May Allah forgive me for making any mistake while quoting this reference)