Ramadan is around the corner. Muslims all over the world are now getting ready for this blessed month. Ever since my childhood, I have watched at least one fruit that is being served no matter where we go during Ramadan for Iftar. That fruit is dates (a specialty of Middle Eastern cultures). It is served at the time of Iftar almost at every table. The dates have got an almost ubiquitous status, especially during Ramadan. You can easily find dates from any of the halal food shops all over Japan. Plus you could enjoy eating dates at any of the Mosques in Japan at the time of iftar. Costco, an American chain store, has also started offering dates at its stores.
In fact, our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) used to break his fast with dates. Dates are a staple fruit of the Middle East that has been in cultivation for times immemorial.
You can easily find dates along with other halal food items by visiting any of the halal food stores scattered all around Japan. All the mosques in the country offer free Iftar to anyone including Muslims as well as non-Muslims who might be interested in getting an experience of what Iftar is. During the iftar, you can not miss dates, of course.
Advantages of Eating Dates
The goodness of dates to your body, especially, during Ramadan at the time of Iftar is beyond any doubt. However, the following are just a few benefits you could get by consuming at least a few dates after every iftar.
- Strengthens muscles
- Digests easily
- Contains minerals, vitamins needed for your body
- Provides energy especially during Ramadan
- Controls thirst to a reasonable level
To compensate for the loss of vital minerals to your body during the fasting time from sunrise to sunset, make sure you have sufficient supplies of dates while traveling various parts of Japan. All the halal food stores in the country sell these dates for reasonable prices. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to visit any nearby masjid in Japan to break your fast and have plenty of food including dates, etc.
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