Allah The Almighty said to Maryam (Peace be upon her):
"And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree:It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee".
(Surah Maryam : 25)
Many Hadiths told about the favours and benefits of dates.
The prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) used to break his fast with some fresh dates before praying, and here appears the prophetic guidance: When fasting, a person relies on the sugar stocked in his body and especially that is stocked in the liver. The sugar obtained from the food taken just before starting the fast ('sahur') lasts for six hours and then the body uses the sugar kept in the liver. When a person breaks his fast with dates, rich in monosaccharides, those arrive quickly to the liver and then to the blood which carries the nutrients to the other organs, whereas the person who fills up his stomach with food and drinks needs 2 to 3 hours for his intestines to absorb the sugar.
Dates and milk are a complemented complete food and numerous Bedouins live on dried dates and goats’ milk but are fit, healthy and less susceptible to chronic and malign illnesses
Dates also strengthen and increase the contraction rate of the uterus during the delivery and this is why Allah said to the pure lady Maryam: (And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee.)
It was reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Feed your women with dates as those who are fed with dates will have forbearing children”
Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: the prophet (PBUH) said: “Indeed in dates- there is a cure”. Reported by Muslim (14/3) and Ahmad (6/152)
It is a sunnah to break the fast with dates. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “ Whoever finds dates should break his fast with them and the one who does not should break his fast with water because it is pure”
Science has proved the benefits of dates, some of which are:
The active contents:
1) Dates contain a high percentage of carbohydrates which are the main source of energy, as well as glucose and fructose
2) High content of vitamins that protect from Pellagra
3) Contain calcium, which is essential in bones formation.
4) High content of iron and phosphorus.