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One of the most important factors that Muslims consider when it comes to living their lives in adherence to the Sunnah and the Quran, is the food they eat. The Qur’an, also known as the Holy Quran, is the central religious text of Islam. It is considered to be the word of God as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ by the angel Gabriel.

The Qur’an covers a wide range of topics, including ethics, morality, history, and law. It also guides various aspects of daily life, including food and drink. There are several foods mentioned in the Quran that have many beneficial properties.

The Qur’an emphasizes the importance of consuming halal (permissible) food and avoiding haram (forbidden) food. It also encourages moderation in eating and warns against overindulgence.

The Qur’an also guides how to slaughter animals for food – humanely and ethically, emphasizing the importance of treating animals with kindness and respect. It also encourages the sharing of food with others and promotes the concept of charity, urging Muslims to feed the hungry and the needy. 

Healthy Foods Mentioned in the Quran

There are several foods mentioned in the Quran, including:

1. Dates

Varieties od Dates
THREE VARIETIES OF DATES

Among the foods mentioned in the Quran, there are several references to dates and the significance of dates. Dates are mentioned as a fruit that is mentioned as a gift from Allah to the people. The following are some references to dates in the Quran:

In Surah Maryam (19:23-25), the Quran mentions the story of the birth of Prophet Isa (Jesus), and how Allah commanded his mother Maryam (Mary) to eat dates when she was in labor.

In Surah Al-Baqarah (2:266), Allah mentions the example of a person who spends his wealth in the way of Allah, and Allah multiplies his reward for him, just as a single date seed can produce seven more dates.

In Surah Al-Mumtahanah (60:10), Allah commands the believers to treat those who do not fight them because of their religion with kindness and justice, and to offer them protection, saying that Allah loves those who are just. The verse mentions that Allah does not forbid the believers from being kind and just to those who do not fight them and do not expel them from their homes, as long as they are righteous towards them.

While there are several references to dates in the Quran, they are usually mentioned as a symbol of Allah’s blessings and as an example of the miraculous power of Allah to create abundant blessings from a small seed.

2. Olives

Pan fried Olives
PAN FRIED OLIVES

Among the foods mentioned in the Quran, the mentions of the olive tree and its fruit are in several verses.

In Surah Al-An’am (6:99), Allah says: “And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees – of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] it’s ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.”

In Surah At-Tin (95:1-4), Allah says: “By the fig and the olive, And [by] Mount Sinai, And [by] this secure city [Makkah], We have certainly created man in the best of stature.”

In Surah Al-Mu’minun (23:20), Allah says: “And We have made for you therein [i.e., on the earth] means of living and [for] those for whom you are not providers. And there is not a thing but that with Us are its depositories, and We do not send it down except according to a known measure.”

These verses indicate the importance of olives and other fruits as a provision from Allah for humanity and as a sign of His creative power and wisdom.

3. Grapes

Red & Green Grapes
RED AND GREEN GRAPES

Among the foods mentioned in the Quran, there is a mention of grapes in several verses, including:

“And He sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees – of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] it’s ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.”

(Quran 6:99)

“And within the land are neighboring plots and gardens of grapevines and crops and palm trees, [growing] several from a root or otherwise, watered with one water; but We make some of them exceed others in [quality of] fruit. Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.”

(Quran 13:4)

“And We created for you gardens of palm trees and grapevines in which you have abundant fruits and from which you eat.”

(Quran 23:19)

These verses mention grapes as one of the fruits that Allah has created for human beings to enjoy, along with other bounties and blessings. They also highlight the beauty and diversity of Allah’s creation and encourage people to reflect on the signs of His power and wisdom.

4. Honey

Types of Honey
DIFFERENT TYPES OF HONEY

After dates, Honey is among the foods mentioned in the Quran several times. One of the most well-known references is in Surah An-Nahl, verses 68-69, which states:

“And your Lord inspired the bee, saying, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct. Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].” There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed that is a sign for a people who give thought.”

In this verse, Allah describes how bees are guided to make their homes in different places and extract nectar from flowers, which they turn into honey. The honey contains healing properties for humans and is a sign of Allah’s power and wisdom.

Honey is also mentioned in Surah Al-Mu’minun, verse 20, where Allah says, “And We sent down from the sky water in measure and We gave it lodging in the earth, and indeed, We can take it away. So We brought forth for you thereby gardens of palm trees and grapevines in which for you are abundant fruits and from which you eat. And [We brought forth] a tree issuing from Mount Sinai which produces oil and food for those who eat. And indeed, in that are signs for a people who give thought.”

In this verse, Allah mentions the different blessings He has given to humans, including the provision of honey from the bees, as a sign of His mercy and generosity.

5. Figs

Figs in the Quran
FIGS

Among the foods mentioned in the Quran, figs are mentioned both directly and indirectly. 

In Surah Al-An’am, verse 99, Allah says, “And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees – of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] it’s ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.”

In Surah Al-Tin, Allah swears by the fig and the olive in verses 1-2: “By the fig and the olive, and [by] Mount Sinai.”

In Surah Al-Ghashiyah, verse 28, Allah says, “And fruit as provision for you and your grazing livestock.”

In Surah Al-Nahl, verse 11, Allah says, “He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed that is a sign for a people who give thought.”

6. Pomegranate

Pomegranates are mentioned in the Quran
POMEGRANATES

Among the foods mentioned in the Quran, Pomegranate has been mentioned several times. One of the most prominent references is in Surah Al-An’am, Chapter 6, Verse 99, where  Allah mentions the pomegranate as one of the fruits that He creates for us, along with other fruits like grapes and olives, and points to the diversity and beauty of His creation as a sign for believers.

The pomegranate is also mentioned in Surah Ar-Rahman, Chapter 55, Verse 68-69, where Allah says:

“In both of them are fruit and palm trees and pomegranates.

So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?”

This verse is part of a larger passage in which Allah describes the blessings and wonders of His creation, and challenges human beings to reflect on His favors and acknowledge them.

7. Meat

Meat in Quran
CUTS OF MEAT

Among the foods mentioned in the Quran, there are several references to meat and the consumption of meat.

“And do not eat of that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed, it is grave disobedience”

(6:121)

This verse emphasizes the importance of mentioning the name of Allah before consuming meat.

“He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [it’s limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful”

(2:173)

This verse lists the types of meat that are forbidden for Muslims to consume, except in cases of necessity.

“O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship”

(2:172)

This verse encourages Muslims to consume good and wholesome food that has been provided by Allah.

“And [He created] the grazing livestock for you; you obtain from their warmth and numerous benefits, and from them, you eat”.

(16:5)

This verse highlights the benefits of livestock, which includes meat as a source of food.

The Quran emphasizes the importance of consuming good and wholesome food, including meat that has been prepared following Islamic dietary laws.

Over to You

Islam places a great emphasis on food and its consumption, as it is considered to be an essential part of a Muslim’s life. Muslims believe that food is a gift from Allah and should be treated with respect and gratitude.

Islamic culture also places a great emphasis on hospitality, and it is common for Muslims to invite others to share a meal. This is seen as a way to strengthen social bonds and show kindness and generosity to others.

In the Quran, several foods are mentioned as permissible (halal) for Muslims to consume and others are forbidden (haram). The Quran instructs Muslims to eat only what is pure and wholesome and to avoid what is impure and harmful. In this blog, we featured some of the foods mentioned in the Quran. Which among those did you already know of?

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