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Fruits and Vegetables in Quran

" And banana-trees (with fruits), one above another"

Source : Islamic life / 20 Feb 2014

Fruits are one of the oldest forms of food known to man. There are many references to fruits in ancient literature. According to Qur’an, the fruits like grape, date, fig, olive and pomegranate are gifts and heavenly fruits of God Fresh and dry fruits are the natural staple food of man. They contain substantial quantities of essential nutrients in a rational proportion.

Persons subsisting on this natural diet will always enjoy good health. Moreover, the homeopathic drugs are prepared from the fresh plants. Fresh and dry fruits are thus not only a good food but also a good medicine.

Holy Quran is one of the reference books describing the importance of plants used for different ailments in various verses. The Holy Quran says: ''And the earth He has put down (laid) for the creatures. Therein are fruits, date palms producing sheathed fruit-stalks (enclosing dates). And also corn, with (its) leaves and stalks for fodder and sweet-scented plants. Then which of the blessings of your lord will you both (jinn and men) deny?'' [Holy Quran – 55:10-16]

There are several verses in Quran talking about the fruits and vegetables in heaven, including; date, olive, pomegranate, grape, banana, fig, cucumber, garlic, lentil and onion. Some of the verses that contains these words are here:

1- Chapter: 6, Verse: 141

and He it is who produces gardens (of vine), trellised and untrellised, and palms and seed-produce of which the fruits are of various sorts, and olives and pomegranates, like and unlike; eat of its fruit when it bears fruit, and pay the due of it on the day of its reaping, and do not act extravagantly; surely He does not love the extravagant

2- Chapter: 13, Verse: 4

And in the earth there are tracts side by side and gardens of grapes and corn and palm trees having one root and (others) having distinct roots – they are watered with one water, and we make some of them excel others in fruit; most surely there are signs in this for a people who understand

3- Chapter: 16, Verse: 11

He causes to grow for you thereby herbage, and the olives, and the palm trees, and the grapes, and of all the fruits; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who reflect

4- Chapter: 56, Verse: 29

And banana-trees (with fruits), one above another

5- Chapter: 95, Verse: 1

I swear by the fig and the olive

6- Chapter: 2, Verse: 61

And when you said: O Moses! We cannot bear with one food, therefore pray lord on our behalf to bring forth for us out of what the earth grows, of its herbs and its cucumbers and its garlic and its lentils and its onions. He said: will you exchange that which is better for that which is worse? Enter a city, so you will have what you ask for. And abasement and humiliation were brought down upon them, and they became deserving of Allah’s wrath; this was so because they disbelieved in the communications of Allah and killed the prophets unjustly; this was so because they disobeyed and exceeded the limits

7- Chapter: 19, Verse: 25

And shake towards you the trunk of the palm tree, it will drop on you fresh ripe dates

Fruits have highly beneficial natural effect on the human system. Taking of fruits or fruit juice is the most pleasant way of hydrating the organism. The water absorbed by sick persons in this manner has an added advantage of supplying sugar and minerals at the same time. Clinical observations have shown that potassium, magnesium and sodium contents of the fruit act as a diuretic and dieresis-frequency of urination is considerably increased when fruits and fruit juices are taken.


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