Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Maternity Must for Muslimahs, a hadith about what you should eat from Rasoolulah

"Whenever you eat fruit, eat melon, because it is the fruit of Paradise and contains a 1000 blessings and a 1000 mercies. The eating of it cures every disease."

The Arabic word for Watermelon as mentioned in the Hadith is 'Batikh' or 'Bittik'. Anyone who has ever researched food in Islam will know:

1.) Among the fruits that the Prophet(sallallahu aliyhi wassallam) liked were grapes and watermelons. (Abu Dawood)

2.) I saw the Prophet(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) of Allah eating watermelon with dates. ( Narrated Anas bin Malik(radhi yallah anhu) - Tirmizi)

3.) Prophet Muhammad(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) liked grapes and watermelon. ( Abu Dawood)

4.)Prophet Muhammad(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) used to eat watermelon with fresh dates. (narrated Ayesha(radhiyallahu anha) - Tirmizi)
5.) The Messenger(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) of Allah said, 'Eating watermelon before meals washes the stomach and removes its diseases (Ibn Asakir)
But Rasoolulah made a special recommendation for pregnant woman to eat "bateeq" i.e watermelon: "None of your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance and good in character."

And what Muslimah wouldn't want that?

If you're pregnant, the benefits are even more delicious. Watermelon eases heartburn and reduces swelling; its high water content (92 percent) and fruit sugars alleviate morning sickness and dehydration; and the minerals it contains can help prevent third-trimester muscle cramps. Ounce for ounce, watermelon is richer than tomatoes in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease, boosts the body's immunity to infections and naturally raises the skin's SPF, according to Steven Pratt, M.D., author of SuperFoods Rx (HarperCollins, 2003).

Even better news for pregnant women: A 2003 study in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that daily lycopene supplements reduced the incidence of preeclampsia by 50 percent. Test subjects were given 4 milligrams of lycopene; a single serving of watermelon can have triple that amount. What's more, scientists have discovered that watermelon is packed with vitamins A, C and B6, as well as potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are important for the development of your baby's vision, brain, nervous and immune systems, and more. For you, potassium regulates water balance in the blood and body tissues during pregnancy. And you get all these benefits for less than 50 calories per cup.

An Easy Way To Ease Nausea
Some pregnant women swear that watermelon is all they can keep down when morning sickness kicks in. Perhaps the only thing more refreshing than a big slice is a glass of fresh watermelon juice or a watermelon ice pop--and making either is so easy.

To make juice, purée 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve (don't press the fruit through with a spoon, or the juice will be too fibrous). Discard the pulp. Serve the juice immediately or chill it, stirring well before serving. If desired, add 1 tablespoon citrus juice (such as lime, lemon or orange) to intensify the flavor. Makes 1 quart, or about 4 8-ounce cups.

To make ice pops, purée 4 cups frozen, seedless, cubed watermelon and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a blender. Pour purée into popsicle molds or 10 small paper cups. To forgo the fibers, strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve before pouring into molds. Top each cup with aluminum foil, making a small slice in the top of each with a knife and inserting a wooden stick. Place in freezer until hardened, then unmold when ready to eat. For variety, mix the purée with lemonade, sweetened low-fat yogurt, fruit juice or other fruit purées before freezing.
Makes 10 2 1/2 -ounce servings.

So if you are in a pregnant state like me, enjoy your reason to indulge in this delicious treat;)


Yasmin (Umm Zayd) said...

MashaAllah, its always good to learn something new. No wonder watermelon tasted so while I was pregnant, who knew of all the benefits. Jazak Allahu Khair. May Allah bless with a healthy baby and one who is good in character and taqwa.

Anonymous said...

Pregnant or not...Watermelon has always been my all time favorite food. During growing season I eat 1 small watermelon a day, which can lead to tummy issues because of the amount of sulfur I'm eating.

Enjoy your 1000 Blessings!!!


Anonymous said...

Ma sha Allah am pregant for three mount been sufring every going to hospital but have never try to take water melon when I came across this for one week now masha Allah I feel soo much better Alhamdulillah pls will like to learn more about pregancy cause this is my first baby.may Allah reward you.