Benefits of 'Ajwah dates
Fatwa No: 89646

Question

What are the benefits of 'Ajwah dates as stated in the Authentic Traditions?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds.  I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

Among the benefits of 'Ajwah dates is that they protect the person from poison and magic. It is confirmed that whoever eats seven 'Ajwah dates of Madeenah every morning will be protected from poison and magic. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whoever starts his day by eating seven 'Ajwah dates, he will not be harmed by any poison or magic on that day.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Another narration reads: “Whoever eats seven dates from within the vicinity of Madeenah no poison will harm him until the evening.” [Muslim]

Ibn Al-Atheer may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, "‘Ajwah dates are a kind of date whose color is blackish, and it was initially sowed by Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, with his, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, own hands in Madeenah.

Al-Khattaabi may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, "‘Ajwah dates, being beneficial in protecting against poison and magic, is due to the blessing of the supplication of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, for the dates of Madeenah and not to any peculiarity in the dates.

Therefore, it becomes evident that it is correct that the dates are a cure or a treatment for poison and magic, but this has some conditions:

1) One must eat these dates first thing in the morning before eating anything else.

2) The number of dates should be seven.

3) These dates should be 'Ajwah dates, which are a kind of date that is previously discussed, and these dates are only from Madeenah.

Imaam Al-Qurtubi may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “What we understand from the narrations is that it is only the 'Ajwah dates of Madeenah that have this characteristic of protecting against poison and magic. However, some other scholars may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that if one does not find dates from Madeenah, he can eat from any kind of dates that he has.

Allaah Knows best.

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