Dates have long been used to break the fast during Ramadan. According to Hadith literature, the Prophet of Allah would break his fast with ripe dates before praying. As a result, eating dates at this time has spiritual significance.
Dates are especially beneficial during Ramadan because they are high in sugar and vitamins like potassium and magnesium, as well as fibre and carbohydrates. Fasting can cause mild health problems such as low blood sugar, headaches, and lethargy. Dates contain nutrients that can help alleviate these symptoms and provide energy. Dates are also known to aid digestion and can help prevent stomach upset when eating large amounts of food after a long period of fasting.
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”
In the upcoming Ramadan, ForNeedy aims to distribute 45,000 packs of dates to the Masjid, in the street for the people who did not manage to get their food for the iftar so they can break their fast on time.
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The people will continue to do well so long as they hasten to break the fast.”