Nabeela Vadi – Cii Radio | 25 Safar 1437/08 December 2015

Succulent sweet juicy grapes, I’ve been told, is a more satisfying snack than that packet of chips you reach for every now and then.

It is hardly surprising how many health benefits there are to this wonderful fruit.

And Allah SWT says in the Quraan,

“Then We brought forth for you therewith gardens of date-palms and grapes, wherein is much fruit for you, and whereof you eat”. [Quraan 19: Al Mu’minun]

Did You know?

Did you know that grapes are actually berries and history dates back grape-cultivation to over 8000 years ago in the Middle-East?

Well you may also want to know that grapes are associated with preventing cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and constipation.

“And a sign for them is the dead land. We give it life, and We bring forth from it grains, so that they eat thereof And We have made therein gardens of date-palms and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein So that they may eat of the fruit thereof – and their hands made it not. Will they not, then, give thanks?” [Quraan 33-35: Yasin]

Allah has blessed this sunnah fruit with not only its candy cotton goodness but with properties that help the human body counter malfunction sickness and disease.

  • Cancer

Grapes contain powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may slow or prevent many types of cancer, including esophageal, lung, mouth, pharynx, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate and colon.

  • Heart Disease

The high polyphenol content in grapes may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by preventing platelet build-up and reducing blood pressure

  • High Blood Pressure

Because of their high potassium content, grapes are recommended to those with high blood pressure to help negate the effects of sodium in the body.

  • Constipation

Eating foods that are high in water content like grapes, watermelon and sweet melon can help to keep you hydrated and your bowel movements regular. Grapes also contain fiber, which is essential for minimizing constipation.

  • Allergies

Because of the anti-inflammatory effects, consuming grapes may help to alleviate symptoms of allergies including runny nose, watery eyes and hayfever.

Not only are grapes high in anti-oxidants but with its high content of water, be sure to indulge in a bunch to keep hydrated this summer.

How do you like your grapes?

The best grapes are those washed properly and served cold. Choose grapes that are firm and free of wrinkles.

Frozen grapes can be a real treat on a hot summers day and adding a few grapes to a salad is an exotic way to go.

Whilst wine is primarily made from grapes, Islam is clear with regards to it’s position on wine. Wine is made from fermented grapes, which produces an alcohol or an otherwise intoxicating effect.  The consumption of wine is totally prohibited in Islam for this very reason.

Wa’il al-Hadrami reported that Tariq bin Suwaid a-Ju’fi asked Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) about liquor. He forbade (its use) and he expressed hatred that it should be prepared. He (Tariq) said “I prepare it as a medicine”, whereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said, “It is no medicine, but an ailment. [ Sahih Muslim ]

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said, “ Wine is prepared from the (fruit) of these two trees-date-palm and vine.” [ Sahih Muslim]

However, drinking fresh grape juice is healthy and permitted. In fact, some research studies suggest that red and purple grape juices may provide even more benefits than those commonly attributed to red wine, including: Reducing the risk of blood clots. Reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol and preventing damage to blood vessels in your heart.

[Benefits Extracted from Medical News Today]

A Healthy Lifestyle

Health is the expression of harmonious balance between the components in a person’s body, the environment and the lifestyle of the person. When a person is healthy, by all these factors being in balance, his body will be able to heal itself and fight sickness on its own. The goal is thus to assist the body maintain its balance by having a healthy lifestyle.

Some guidelines to a healthy lifestyle are:

1. Only eat when hungry. Don’t eat merely because it is “lunchtime”. Don’t nibble if you are not hungry.

2. Do not overeat. Reserve a third of the stomach for food, a third for liquid and a third for air. To achieve this, stop eating while there is still place in the stomach.

3. Do not under eat (as some people do to lose weight) as this harms and weakens the body.

4. Eat a varied and balanced diet (in relation to meat, fish, fruit and vegetables) in order for your body to receive all the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc) that it requires. It is best for vitamins and minerals to be taken naturally (through food) as they are absorbed into the body quicker.

5. Eat lighter foods in summer and heavier foods in winter.

6. Exercise every day. This is especially essential considering the lack of sufficient movement and exertion in our lifestyle. Exercise does not have to be very vigorous and heavy; something light is also beneficial.

7. Set out some time to relax and meditate. This should preferably be done at night. One of the easiest methods is to gaze at the stars and ponder over the greatness of Allah Ta‘ala or make His zikr. Gazing at running water also relaxes a person