After a long day of fasting in Ramadan, we thank Allah then pop a date in our mouth, but have you ever thought about why we break our fast with this dry palm fruit?

Dates have an important significance in Islam, especially during the holy month of Ramadan since the Prophet Mohammad (s) said “Break your fast by eating dates as it is purifying” (Hadith, narrated by Ahmad).

Beyond its religious value, it has been scientifically proven that breaking the fast with dates is considered healthy as it contains high levels of sugar, giving a quick boost of energy in order to refuel the body.

Because dates are high in vitamins, having a date each night of Ramadan serves as a means to restore some of the important nutrients that the body missed throughout the day, keeping the body healthy, strong and fit for fasting.

A date a night not only relives the teachings of the Prophet (s), but also helps you to stay nutritious throughout the blessed month.  Ramadan Kareem!

Dates from Sweet Lily Cakes, Photography by ZforZahrah