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NABEEZ: THE PROPHET’S FAVORITE DRINK

Author: Assoutudeen Abu Mubaashir.

A local adage says, “A swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon, but a swarm in July is not worth a fly.”  This adage inexplicably describes how important and beneficial the words and actions of the Prophet are. His words and actions should affect our daily lives positively, but unfortunately, the contrary is the case of the majority of Muslims as a result of their whims and caprices or benevolent ignorance.

As the month of Ramadan approaches, it is incumbent on us to take care of ourselves, most especially those who have one ailment or the other.  Most ailments relating to our stomachs shouldn’t be taken with levity hand. During Ramadan, our stomachs start to shrink and we usually consume less during suhour and iftar. One of the complaints of fasting Muslims and those who practice intermittent (supererogatory) fasting, in general, is the increase of the flow of acid the stomach. To combat this before and during Ramadan, we turn to a Prophetic medicinal beverage called ‘Nabeez’.

Nabeez [also called Nabidh or Nabedh] was one of the drinks consumed by our Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him). It has been authentically reported from the Prophet that Nabeez was his favorite drink (Sunan An-Nasàai vol.6 Book 51, Hadith 5745).

Nabeez
Figure 1: Nabeez

Similarly, in another hadith narrated by Aisha (may Almighty Allah be pleased with her) who says; ”O Messenger of Allah, you know who we are, from where we are and to whom we have come. He (The Prophet) said: To Allah and His Messenger. We said: Messenger of Allah, we have grapes; what should we do with them? He said: Make them raisins. We then asked: What should we do with raisins? He replied: Steep them in the morning and drink in the evening or steep them in the evening and drink in the morning. Steep them in skin vessels and do not steep them in an earthen jar, for it is delayed in pressing, it becomes vinegar”. (Sunan Abu Dawood)

These two shreds of evidence show that in his time, Nabeez was typically made with dates, raisins or dried figs and water. The fruits were never mixed whatsoever, rather they were always soaked separately.

As proved scientifically, Nabeez is an alkalizing tonic, that has the tendency to detoxify, remove acidity from the stomach and digestive system and it also helps to remove other metabolic wastes from the body. It improves digestion as it’s high in soluble fiber and as well as strengthens the memory. It assists the spleen function, liver, throat, chest and prostate, and so is particularly good for men especially to attain power before, during and after intercourse.

Also, Nabeez benefits patients of Arthritis and people with a high level of Uric Acid (gout). It cures many things which will leave you amazed after you learn about it. It helps cure the acidity of your stomach as well as the digestive system. It also has a tendency to remove other metabolic wastes from one’s body. It helps the function of Spleen, liver, chest, throat, and prostate, which is in a way more beneficial for men.

 

🍯 WHY THE PROPHETIC MEDICINES (Dates or Figs or Raisins) ARE ONLY RECOMMENDED❓

Making Nabeez is just as simple as soaking the dates or raisins, or dried figs overnight and drinking the water in which they were soaked in the morning.

The idea behind soaking dates or raisins or figs in water is that they sweeten the water and become softened. Softened dates, raisins or figs release their vitamins and minerals more easily and are easier to digest.

This is why Allah says in Suuratul Maryam: “And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.” (Quran 19:25)

From experience, my preferred way to make Nabeez is using dates because the prophet made mention of it first before Raisins and Figs. Dates contain lots of Fibre, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium and Vitamin B6. All which are needed vitamins and minerals before and during Ramadan when our body runs out of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Meanwhile, dates also promote digestive health, help to relieve constipation because of the fiber content, boost heart health, are anti-inflammatory, reduce blood pressure, help boost iron levels, help to reduce blood pressure, promote respiratory health and help to prevent colon cancer. So it always makes sense to consume dates! (Read more about the importance of dates as discussed in our previous lectures/write-ups)

Figs
Figure 2: Figs

Inadvertently, fig, on the other hand, is another Sunnah food which is also recommended to prepare Nabeez. Fresh or dried figs have been used in traditional and prophetic medicine to relieve toothaches, treat digestive problems, as a natural laxative, get rid of toxins, improve canker sores and even strengthen the nails. Figs are one of the foods with the most alkaline pH, and therefore they balance the acidic conditions resulting from consuming a diet rich in meat and processed foods. They’re recommended for people who suffer from iron deficiency (anemia), digestive problems, constipation, osteoporosis, dry cough, asthma, sore throat, hypertension, diabetes and heart issues related to high levels of triglycerides.

(Read more on Figs; A Prophetic Medicine in one of my previous articles to know more in shaa Allah)

raisins
Figure 3: Raisins

Meanwhile, using raisins or sultanas is also great since raisin water can detoxify and help along with certain biochemical processes in the liver pushing toxins out. (Read more on Raisins as a prophetic medicine as it has been discussed in our previous lectures)

 

🥥 HOW TO PREPARE NABEEZ

The following things are needed:

  1. Take 6-7 Ajwa dates (which is the best) and or any other dates available or a handful of Raisins/ Figs, ensuring they are clean.
  2. Remove the seeds from Dates/Raisins/Figs and grind the dates/raisins.
  3. Provide 6-8 small cups of drinkable water.
  4. Put the dates/ Raisins/ figs in the clean container containing the water provided.
  5. Add 2-3 teaspoons of pure and original honey (optional)
  6. Soak it overnight at room temperature and cover it.
  7. Remove the Dates/Raisins/Figs and drink the water after 12 hours.
  8. Strain and serve it to your families/visitors/yourself.

 

🔞 Note: You can either use dates or Raisins or Fig but not the three ingredients together at the same time. (Sahih Muslim Book 23 Hadith 4904)

Moreover, one may decide to drink without grinding the dates as well but the best is to grind the dates.

Consequently, an important point here is that the ingredients must not be soaked for more than 2-3 days especially for those who have a refrigerator as it may lead to the process of alcohol brewing due to fermentation if it exceeds those days. Nabeez can be served to guests as a replacement for tea, not because it has health benefits only but also because it is a sunnah that needed to be revived. (Sahih Muslim Book 23 Hadith 4974)

It is an ideal drink for Ramadan, especially in Suhoor. It helps people keep their energy during a day-long fast. You can try it in one of the sunnah fasts as well in shaa Allah.

Finally, this Nabeez can also be used as a base or sweetener for smoothies, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, coffee and many many more.

And Allah absolutely knows best!

© Assoutudeen Prophetic Medicine Foundation (APMF)

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