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It’s menu planning time so gather your supplies. Read the following before setting to work. And remember that cup of tea … it’s essential to the task!

Prophetic Medicine: Eat Seasonally
″. . . the Prophet used to eat from the fruits that were in season in his land, as this also is one of the best methods of preserving health.

Allah’s wisdom decided that every land has its own fruits that are suitable and beneficial to that land when in season. When the people consume these fruits they will help preserve their health and well being and it serves as several medicines.

On the other hand, those who refrain from eating the fruits of their area will be among the most ailing persons and the farthest from good health and well being.

The wetness that the various fruits contain represents the favorable heat of the season and the land. The stomach would then be able to bring the fruits to maturity and would fend off their harm, if one does not eat them excessively causing his nature to bear what it cannot bear.″  — Medicine of the Prophet.

Menu Planning Assignment: Visit the website PickYourOwn.org. It has an extensive listing of the seasons for various fruits and vegetables.

Look for the sites Crop Calendar and the Typical Harvest Dates. Find out what’s currently in season to use in this week’s meals.


Etiquette of Eating #14

It was also reported that he [Prophet Muhammad] said, “I do not eat reclining.”

Food and Eating Habits According to the Sunnah. Imaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d.751H)

Weekly Meal Planning Sheet (pdf)
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