The Recommended Cereals in Islam


According to Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), rice is a good food as it expands intestines and cures dysentery.

According to another tradition, a person complained to Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.) about stomach-ache. The Imam (a.s.) asked him to wash the rice, dry it in shelter, powder it and have nearly a tablespoonful every morning.


Reliable traditions from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) state that seventy Prophets have prayed for the advantages of chana (gram).

Masoor Dal

One of the traditions states that having Masoor Dal softens one’s heart and makes one cry easily.

Broad bean

According to a reliable tradition, having baqlah increases marrow of the knee and brain and produces fresh blood in the body.


It is stated that a person complained to Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) of white spots; the Imam (a.s.) asked him to take mash (dal) in his food.

The Other Recommended Vegetables in Islam


According to reliable traditions, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) used to have cucumber with salt. Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that cucumber should be eaten from the root side as it is more advantageous.


Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.) had shown the Jews two methods of curing dandruff, one was eating beetroot and the other was taking out vein from meat.

Hazrat Imam Reza (a.s.) had stated that the leaves of beetroot should be given to those who are ill as it has got beneficial effects and no harmful effect. They will sleep comfortably after having them. But the roots of beetroot cause melancholy (Sauda).


The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) said to Hazrat Ali (a.s.) that he should take pumpkin as it increases brain and wisdom.


According to Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), there are three qualities of radish. Its leaves take out poisonous gases from body, its seeds are easily digestible and its veins take out sputum.


Another reliable tradition orders human beings to take turnip in large quantities for it dissolves the capacity of leprosy and dandruff in those who eat sweet potatoes and turnip.

Turai vegetable

According to another tradition from Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), one should have turai vegetable as it has four good effects – it cleans bad breath, takes out poisonous gases from the body, cures dysentery and safeguards one from leprosy and dandruff.


Another tradition from the same Imam (a.s.) asserts that no other vegetable is as good and beneficial as purslane (Khurfa) which was the vegetable liked by Hazrat Fatima Zehra (a.s.).


The Recommended Vegetables in Islam (Chicory)

Chicory_04According to a tradition from Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), the meal of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) always consisted of green vegetables. He stated that the heart of Momin is green and has a leaning towards greenness. He also stated that whosoever has eaten 7 chicory leaves (Kasni) during the night, he will be safe from the colic pain and whosoever desires many off-springs should take chicory leaves in large quantities.

Another tradition describes green chicory leaves as a very good vegetable. Not a single leaf of chicory is devoid of a drop of water of heaven and therefore when one eats one should not shake it. It is also stated that chicory leaves (endive) are superior to all vegetables in the same manner as Ahlul Bait (a.s.) are superior to all mankind. chicory leaves when eaten cause birth of male children who are also beautiful. When a person was ill with fever and headache, the Imam (a.s.) asked chicory leaves to be beaten in pulp, spread on paper, and sprinkled with oil of violet (banafsh)a and then applied on the forehead of that person as it will completely cure both the fever and the headache.

The Recommended Vegetables in Islam (Onion)

Red-Onion-2Another tradition from the Imam (a.s.) states that onion cleans dirt of teeth and sputum, lessens fatigue and laziness, strengthens veins and muscles and the roots of the teeth, increases offsprings, beautifies complexion and cures fever.

A tradition from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) narrates that whenever a person visits any new city, he should eat the onion grown over there so that he may be safe from all the diseases of that city.

According to a tradition from Imam Mohammed Baqir (a.s.), the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) asked the person who eats not to come in his mosque on account of it’s bad smell. But the person who is not in a mosque or who is not going to the mosque can have it.

The Other Recommended Fruits in Islam


According to a reliable tradition from Imam Reza (a.s.), fig cleans bad smell of the mouth, strengthens bones, increases hair and cures different types of pains. One does not need any medicine after having figs. Among all the fruits, fig has close similarity with the fruits of heaven. It also cures colic (qulanj).

It is also stated that figs cure piles and pain in toes and fingers of leg. It increase sexual strength.


Ziad Kundi states that when he visited Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.), he saw a plate of aloo-bukhara (plum). The Imam (a.s.) said that he was suffering from fever and fresh aloo-bukhara makes the temperature fall and causes nausea. Dried aloo-bukhara balances the temperature of blood and cures all types of pains.

Grape fruit

Some people enquired from Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.) as to what the doctors think about chakotra (grape fruit). The Imam (a.s.) said that it should be taken after the meals though the doctors ask grape fruit to be taken before meals.


According to a tradition from Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), from the pulp of sanjad (sea-buckthorn), meat is created, skin from its dermis and bones from its seed. Eating sanjad softens and cleans stomach and cures piles.


According to Imam Reza (a.s.), one should not take melon before breakfast as it causes paralysis. It should always be taken with dried dates or sugar as the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) used to take.


A tradition from Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.) states that eating guava cleans stomach and gives strength. It is better if one takes it after meals instead of first thing in the morning.

And the last point:

A tradition from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) states that if one says Bismillah before having any fruit then it does not harm.

The Recommended Fruits in Islam (Date)

Benefits-Of-DateIt is stated from Suleman ibne Ja’far that when one day he visited Imam Reza (a.s.), he saw a huge quantity of fresh dates kept before the Imam (a.s.) who was having the dates. When Suleman commented that Imam (a.s.) was helping himself to the dates quite generously, the Imam (a.s.) said that he liked the dates very much because they were liked by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), Hazrat Ali (a.s.), Imam Hasan (a.s.), Imam Husain (a.s.), Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s.), Imam Mohammed Baqir (a.s.), Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.) and his father Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.). All those who have accepted the faith of the Imam (a.s.) will like them as they are made from same matter and enemies of Imam (a.s.) and Ahlul Bait will like wine because they are made from fire.

Another tradition states that having seven Ajwa seeds at night kills worms in the stomach.

The Recommended Fruits in Islam (Apple)

red_apples_on_tree_193814A reliable tradition states that five fruits have come from heaven – pomegranate, quince, white green grapes, fresh dates and apple.

According to Hazrat Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.), eating apple keeps one protected from all types of poison, magic, influence of jinns and increase of sputum.

Another tradition states that Sattu of dried apple stops blood coming out of the nose on account of excess heat and is the best medicine for cleaning body from any kind of poison. If people come to know the advantages of apple, they will not use any medicine except apple.

The Recommended Fruits in Islam (Quince)

The effects of eating Behi (quince), as stated by Hazrat Ali (a.s.), are the following:

  1. a)      Strengthens weak heart
  2. b)      Causes increase in weight
  3. c)      Cleans the stomach
  4. d)      Increases reason
  5. e)      Makes a man courageous

According to Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), eating Behi (quince) improves complexion and causes beautiful children.

Another tradition states that whosoever will have a seed of Behi first thing in the morning, God will bless his tongue with wisdom for a period of forty days. No Prophet has passed whose body had not smelt of behi (quince). He also said that behi (quince) seed makes sorrow depart from the sad people in the same way as one’s hand cleans one’s sweat.


The Recommended Fruits in Islam (Pomegranate)

Pomegranate_ImageA  tradition states that Hazrat Ali (a.s.) said that fruits are of 120 kinds but the best among them is pomegranate. Pomegranate appeases the hunger and for those who already had their fill, pomegranate helps to digest the food. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) liked pomegranate the best and he never wanted to share it with others (the cause of which is shown in the next tradition).

A tradition coming from Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) states that a person should have one pomegranate first thing in the morning on a Friday, then his heart will remain bright for forty days. If he has two, it will remain bright for eighty days and if he has three, it will remain bright for one hundred and twenty days. That person will also be protected from the temptations of the devil and he who is safe from temptations is safe from sinning against God and he who does not sin against God will enter heaven.

The Top Recommended Food in Islam (6)


From many authorities it is taken that Aaima-e-Tahereen (the Holy Imams) used to praise honey which is a cure for many diseases.

According to a tradition, Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) used to have sweets before going to sleep. Sugar is advantageous besides curing sputum.


According to Abdul Ala, incidentally, he was at the house of Imam Sadiq (a.s.) when the food was being laid. There was chicken whose stomach was filled with dates and oil.


According to another reliable tradition from Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), the yolk of hen’s egg is very delicious. One no longer requires or feels like having meat when one takes the yolk. It does not possess the disadvantages of meat.

When a person complained to Imam Reza (a.s.) of having few children, he (a.s.) asked him to eat egg with onion.


According to Hazrat Ali (a.s.), there is nothing better than vinegar to have bread with as it cures nausea and protects the heart.

olive oil

Many traditions state that olive oil is good for eating as well as rubbing on the body. Many of the Prophets used to have bread with olive oil and olive is praised a lot as it expels bad air from the body.


According to Haroon ibne Nafaq, he was invited to Hazrat Moosa Kazim (a.s.)’s place one day. There was a lot of halwa on the dastarkhan (table). He was surprised and the Imam (a.s.) said that he and his friends and followers take a lot of sweet.


According to Hazrat Ali (a.s.), walnut seeds if eaten during summer, increase body heat and cure boils, pimples etc. but if eaten during winter, warm kidneys and fight cold. Many traditions say that walnut, if taken with cheese is highly advantageous. If taken alone, it is harmful.