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By the fig and the olive and [by] Mount Sinai, And [by] this city of security [Makkah]. Verily, We have certainly created man in the best of stature. (Surah Tin:1-4).
Olives are the gift from heaven (Jannah) to mankind. Apart from the Date fruit, olives are also considered of utmost importance in Islam. Olive and its tree has been mentioned a number of times both in the Quran and hadith. Olive is considered a “blessed” fruit in Islam and apart from it being a good source of nutrition, it is also used as a health food and has its usage in “ruqyah treatment.”
Olives in Holy Quran
Olives have been mentioned seven times in the Qur’an. This indicates the worth it holds. One of the mentions was in the following ayat:“And He it is who causes gardens to grow, [both] trellised and untrellised, and palm trees and crops of different [kinds of] food and olives and pomegranates, similar and dissimilar. Eat of [each of] its fruit when it yields and give its due [zakah] on the day of its harvest. And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess.” [Surah Anaam:141]
Another verse highlights the luminescent property of olive oil, powerfully illustrated in the Noble Qur’an:
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things. (Surah Nur: 35).
The olive tree, one of the blessings of the plant kingdom, not only has nutritional, medicinal and cosmetic value; it also fulfils a religious function as a sign (ayah) of Allah(SWT).He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed, in that is a sign for people who give thought. (Surah Nahl:11).
Olives in Hadith
There is great significance of olives and its oil in Hadith. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:“Eat olive oil and use it on your hair and skin, for it comes from a blessed tree.” (al-Tirmidhi, 1775)
Health benefits of olives have been propounded in Prophetic medicine. The Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is reported to have said:“Take oil of olive and massage with it – it is a blessed tree.” (Darimi, 69:103).
Olives in Researches
The olive, like the date, holds great value in ancient and modern culture. In the Mediterranean culture “it has served as everything from money to medicines for several thousand years” (Zwingle, 1999).
Since the 1950s, the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, have been extolled. While it has always been promoted as being beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels (Assmanm and Wahrburg), it is now increasingly being linked to lowering blood pressure.
The medicinal and cosmetic uses of olive products are truly astounding. The oil is extremely nutritious and is recommended by dieticians to “improve the balance of fats within the blood” (Adams, 2001) as well as in lowering cholesterol levels.
All benefits of Olives
1.Cardiovascular Benefits (Improves Heart Health, eliminates excess cholesterol and controls Blood Pressure)
6.Improves Hair Health
8.Digestive Tract Health
9.Good Source of Iron
10.Improve Eye Health
11.Increase Glutathione levels (helps detoxify chemicals in your body)
12.Great source of Vitamin E
13.Boosts Bone Health
15.Helps prevent Blood Clots (which can lead to a myocardial infarction or deep vein thrombosis (DVT))
Therefore, we should begin consuming this blessed fruit and its oil in our daily lives to benefit from abundant benefits they hold. May Allath (SWT) bestow our fellow Muslims with good health.“And [We brought forth] a tree issuing from Mount Sinai which produces oil and food for those who eat.” [Surah Muminoon:20].
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