CHAPTER ON THE FRUITS EATEN
BY SAYYIDIANA RASOOLULLAH SALLALLAHU ALAIHE WASALLAM
Shamaa-il Tirmidhi Contents
The fruits that were eaten by Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe
wasallam are mentioned here. Seven ahaadith are mentioned in this chapter.
(188) Hadith 1
Abdullah ibn Jaafar radiyallahu anhu says, “Rasoolullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam ate Qith’thaa (cucumbers) with dates.”
Cucumber has a cold effect and dates have a hot one. By combining the
two it becomes mild. From this hadith we gather that it is recommended
that the effect (hot or cold) of things eaten should be taken into consideration.
Cucumber is insipid and tasteless, and dates are sweet which results in
the cucumber also tasting sweet.
(189) Hadith 2
Aisha radiyallah anha reports that, “Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe
wasallam ate watermelon with fresh dates.”
In Tirmidhi and other narrations, in explaining this, Sayyidina Rasoolullah
sallallahu alaihe wasallam also said, “The cold effect of one removes the
heat of the other, and the heat of one removes the cold effect of the other.”
(190) Hadith 3
Anas radiyallahu anhu says, “I saw Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
eat together musk-melon and dates.”
Some ulama have translated this also as watermelon’ instead of musk-melon,
the reason being, as in the first narration, here also the cold effect
is intended. But it is clear that musk-melon is meant here. The reason
for eating dates is also that it gives the melon a sweeter taste. It is
not necessary that one’s benefit be gauged everywhere. It is possible that
this is due to some other benefits. According to this humble servant the
eating of watermelon with dates has its own benefit and that is to create
evenness in the effect of both, so that it becomes mild. The eating of
musk-melon with dates has its own benefit and that is that if the melon
is insipid and tasteless, many a time, due to it being insipid sugar is
mixed before it is eaten. Therefore it is not necessary to give the same
reasons for both watermelon and musk-melon.
(191) Hadith 4
Aisha radiyallahu anha says, “Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
ate watermelon with fresh dates.”
(192) Hadith 5
Transliteration: Allahumma baarik lana fi thimaa-rina wa-baarik lanaa fi
madinatinaa wa-baarik lanaa fi saa-'i-naa wa-fi muddinaa-Allahumma-inna
Ebraahima 'ab-duka wa-kha-li-luka wa-nabiy-yuka wa-inna ab-duka wa-nabiy-yuka
wa-in-nahu da'aa-ka li-makkata wa-inni ad'u-ka lil-madinati bi-mith-li
maa da'aaka bihi li-makkata wa-mith-lahu ma'a-hu
Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reports, “When the people saw (picked
their) new fruit, they used to come and present it to Rasoolullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam then recited this
Translation: O Allah! Bless us in our fruits. Bless us in our city.
Bless us in our Saa’, and bless us in our Mudd’ (these are two measures
used in Madinah to measure dates, etc.). O Allah verily Ibrahim alaihis
salaam is Your servant, friend and Nabi (since it was an occasion for humbleness
Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam did not mention here his
being the habib - beloved - of Alah.) And (whatever) he has supplicated
to You for (colonising) Makkah. (Which is metioned in the aayah, “...so
incline some hearts of men that they may yearn towards them, and provide
Thou them with fruits in order that they may be thankful.”- Surah Ibrahim,
37) I supplicate the same to You for Madinah.’
He then called a small child, to whom he gave that fruit.”
(193) Hadith 6
Rubayyi bint Mu’awwidh ibn Afraa radiyallahu anha says, “My uncle Mu’aadh
ibn Afraa sent me with a plate of fresh dates, which had small cucumbers
on it, to Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam. Rasoolullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam relished cucumbers. I took this to him. At that time some
jewelery had been sent to Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam from Bahrain.
He took a handful from it and gave it to me.”
Besides the previously metioned benefits of cucumbers and dates, it
makes the body plump too. Sayyiditina Aisha radiyallahu anha relates that,
“After my marriage, when the time came for me to go and live with Rasoolulla
sallallahu alaihe wasallam, my mother thought I be a bit plump and my build
become better. She gave me cucumbers and dates to eat. As a result my body
became nice and plump.”
It is related in a weak hadith that Sayyiditina Aisha radiyallahu anha
said that Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam ate cucumber
with salt. It is possible that he at times ate it with salt and at times
with dates. Sometimes one prefers something that is sweet and at other
times a thing that is salty.
(194) Hadith 7
Rubayyi bint Mu’awwidh ibn Afraa radiyallahu anha said, “I took a plate
of fresh dates and small cucumbers to Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam.
He gave me a handful of jewelery, or a handful of gold.”
This is the same hadith mentioned above. Here it is mentioned briefly.
The narrator doubts if it was jewelery or gold.
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