Rabbi Zidni ‘Ilman
“My Lord, please increase me in knowledge”
We are now in the holy month of Shaban take advantage of these blessed days to prepare the body for Ramadan. In Shaban, our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to fast almost the entire month.
Each of the Prophetic ﷺ inspired foods has several healing properties and are high in vital nutrients (vitamins/minerals). With the anticipation of the long fasting hours (17-20 hours), we may experience certain side effects. The common physical side effects associated with fasting are headaches, dehydration, constipation, anemia, hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, and low energy.
Below are 15 Prophetic inspired foods we can incorporate during this holy month that can greatly aid in reducing these side effects.
- Watermelon – The #1 fruit for hydration at suhoor (pre-dawn meal).
- Ajwa dates – The Prophet’s ﷺ favorite type of dates.
- Rutab dates – Rich in fiber aids in constipation.
- Water – Essential for the human body to function.
- Cucumber – Excellent for hydration.
- Beets – Excellent to aid anemia and constipation.
- Liver – The Highest level of iron aids in reducing anemia.
- Nabeez drink (permissible) – I will post the recipe tomorrow.
- Squash (summer/winter) – Helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Eggs – Nutrient dense and excellent protein source.
- Camel milk, sheep, or goat milk – Excellent for calcium and bone health.
- Grapes – Rich in antioxidants.
- Pomegranate – Impressive nutrient profile and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Olive oil – Decreased risk of heart disease.
- Clarified butter (ghee) – Rich in vitamin A and E. Low in lactose.
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