All praise due to Allah SWT who has created the Earth and all of its content for us. Allah SWT never cease to provide us with healthy and delicious food, one of them being grapes. This one particular fruit mentioned in the Holy Quran six times. Grapes are dubbed the “Prophetic Medicine”. This fruit can be found everywhere on Earth and more that that, grapes is among fruits that will be found in Paradise. It seems to be enough to explain the benefits of grapes in Islam.
“And out of the date¬palm and its spathe come forth clusters of dates hanging low and near, and gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates, each similar (in kind) yet different (in variety and taste). Look at their fruits when they begin to bear, and the ripeness thereof. Verily! In these things there are signs for people who believe.” – Al-An’aam (6:99)
Ibn Al Qayyim said that grapes are more than just fruit. They are food, condiment, drink, as well as medicine. If grapes were kept from two to three days, the skin become softer and more nutritious than when they were just harvested. Grapes, dates, and figs are classified together as the chief of fruits.
Here are the benefits of grapes in Islam:
1. Healthy for the Heart
Many researches have been held to identify the benefits of grapes. In red and white grapes, its skin and flesh are highly contained with antioxidants such as caffeic, caftaric, coutaric and coumaric acids, and resveratrol. Those kind of antioxidants are good in protecting the heart. Other than that, certain brands of grape juice are proven to increase good cholesterol amount.
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2. Prevent Cancer
There are many studies on grapes have proved that the fruit is highly beneficial to prevent cancer. A strong connection between grapes and cancer are found existed, that grapes are highly able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. In another study, it was mentioned that Concord’s purple colored grape juice significantly helps prevent breast cancer, according to an experiment to rats in the laboratory. The examination resulted in the reduction of breast tumor mass after the rats are fed with the grape juice.
3. Improving Short Term Memory
Another fact that prove grape juice have many benefits is that the fruit could improve short term memory significantly. Other than that, it also improve coordination, balance, and strength of the body. For alzheimer patient, the resveratrol help reduce the level of amyloidal-beta peptides to enhance the brain’s health and delay the neurodegenerative disease.
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4. Control the Weight
For Muslims who are having health concern and is trying to reduce the weight, consuming grape seed extract will be very helpful. One of the best benefits of grapes in Islam is that it limits the absorption of the dietary fats in cells. Another benefits is that grapes cure indigestion, prevent dyspepsia, and relieve stomach irritation.
5. Mentioned in the Holy Quran
Grapes are not ordinary fruits. Its very special, classified together with grapes and figs as the chief of fruits. It was also proved in how many times grapes are mentioned in the Holy Quran as the fruit that will be easily found in Paradise. Here are some Quranic verses on grapes.
“Indeed for the righteous there is attainment, gardens and grapevines.” – An-Naba (78:31-32)
“With it He causes to grow for you the crops, the olives, the date-palms, the grapes, and every kind of fruit. Verily! In this is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for people who give thought.” – An-Nahl (16:11)
“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?” – Ya-Sin (36:34-35)
Here are more mentioned of grapes in the Quran
- Sura Baqara, verse no. 266
- Sura An-nam, verse no. 100.
- Sura Raad, verse no. 4.
- Sura Bani-Israel, verse no. 91.
- Sura Kahf, verse no. 32.
- Sura Mu’minun, verse no. 19.
- Sura Abasa, verse no. 28.
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6. An Antiseptic Fruit
Among many benefits of grapes in Islam, one of them is the antiseptic contained antibacterial and antiviral properties. It works to protect the body from infections. The antiviral properties effectively fights polio virus and herpes simplex virus.
7. Other Health Benefits
The other health benefits of grapes are preventing kidney disorders, release fatigue, providing remedy for migraine, as well as a good therapeutic method for asthma.
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8. Reducing Cholesterol Level
Grapes contain pterostilbene which helps lower the cholesterol level in blood. The absorption of cholesterol is also limited by saponins by binding together with it.
9. Red Wine is Not Beneficial
Even though it was mentioned that grapes are highly beneficial, red wine is not the same. Since it contained alcohol, Muslims are prohibited from drinking red wine.
“In alcohol there is a great sin, and (some) benefits, but the sin outweighs its benefit.” – Al-Baqara (2:219)
“Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?” – Al-Maida (5:90-91)
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10. Removing Tiredness and Cool the Anger
As nrrated by Abu Nu-aim, Ali ibn Abi Thalib says that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that for your benefits there are Raisins (dried grapes or munnaka), this improves the complexion, reduces phlegm, strengthens the organs, removes tiredness, improves mood, increases good smell in breath & removes sorrow (grief).
11. Freeing Human from All Diseases
Hazrat Ali رضي الله عنه says that Rasoolulah ﷺ said that those who take 21 Raisins (dried grapes) (الزبيب) (Munakka) daily, will be free from all diseases which give rise to inferior complex.
[Abu Nu-aim: 813]
12. Prevents Cataracts
Flavonoids in grapes is proven to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. One of the bad effects is cataract which has no correlation with age, cancer, and heart disease.
So those are all the benefits of grapes in Islam.