Stay evergreen with Sunnah cuisine

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I decided to whip up a little something using mainly Sunnah ingredients. A pudding made from Talbeenah (Barley flour and milk), dates, and honey, sprinkled with raisins, cinnamon, honey and black seeds. Very nutritious, and yummy- eaten warm for breakfast; but even yummier refrigerated overnight!

Health Benefits of Sunnah food (in the light of Ahadeeth)


‘Aisha (rta) used to say that I heard the Messenger of Allah (sa) saying: “The Talbeenah gives rest to the heart of the patient and makes it active and relieves some of his sorrow and grief.” (Bukhari)

The Messenger (sa) said: “I encourage you to use that which is disliked, but beneficial (Talbeenah)- for by the One whose hand Muhammad’s (sa) soul is in, it cleans the stomach of one of you just as dirt is cleaned from the face with water.”

(Mustadrak of Hakim, Dhahabi)


Allah (swt) says,
“And in the cattle there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies, in them you have many benefits, and of them you eat.” (Al-Mu’minun 23:21)

The Prophet (sa) said:
“Whoever starts his day by eating seven ‘Ajwah dates, he will not be harmed by any poison or magic on that day.”
(Bukhari, Muslim)

Allah (swt) says,
“There comes forth from their (bees’) bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men.”
(An-Nahl 16:69)

Raisins have many benefits- among which is strengthening the memory. Ibn Al-Qayyim said in “The Prophetic Medicine” that Az-Zuhri said: “Whoever wants to memorize the Hadeeth, let him eat raisins.”

Black seed
Abu Hurairah (rta) said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sa) say concerning the black seed:
“In it there is healing for every disease, except Death.”
(Bukhari, Muslim)

Recipe for Talbeenah


1 litre milk
8 tbsp barley flour
7 dates, seeds removed and soaked in water overnight
Honey to taste
5 cardamom pods (optional)
A splash of rose water and orange blossom water (optional)


In a pot, whisk flour into milk until there are no more lumps.

Add in the cardamom pods.

Turn on stove, and bring to a boil on medium-low heat- make sure you stir continuously with a wooden spoon, so the milk doesn’t stick/burn.

Once it boils and thickens, add in the soaked dates and water, honey, and rose/orange blossom water, stir to combine.

Taste and adjust sweetness with the honey to your liking. Let it cook for a further 10-15 minutes until the dates melt into the milk mixture.

Pour into individual bowls once warmed. It can be eaten warm, or refrigerated overnight.

Then garnish with drizzle of honey, raisins, sprinkle of cinnamon and black seeds before eating. Silvered almonds/pistachios, and shredded coconut also go nicely with it.


[Graphics] Sunnah Foods

What are some of the Sunnah foods mentioned in Ahadeeth? Here is an informative visual series designed exclusively for Hiba by Afrah Awan.

The Healing Power of Honey


Anemia: Honey enriches blood. The darker the honey, the more minerals it contains.

Baby’s feeder: Four teaspoonfuls of honey in a baby’s bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If the baby’s motions are too liquid, reduce the honey by half a teaspoon; if it’s too solid, increase by half a teaspoon. (Caution: don’t give honey to babies under one year old.) For teething, honey rubbed on a baby’s gums is also a mild sedative and anesthetic.

Burns: Apply honey freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and heals quickly without scarring. Apart from being a salve and an antibiotic, bacteria simply cannot survive in honey.

Bed-wetting: A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fear in children.

Conjunctivitis: Dissolve honey in an equal quantity of warm water. When cooled, apply as a lotion or eye bath.

Cough mixture: Combine 6 ounces (170 g) liquid honey, 2 ounces (55 g) glycerin and the juice of two lemons. Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly, and use as required.

Facial cleanser: Mix honey with an equal quantity of oatmeal and apply as a face mask. Leave on for half an hour and then wash it off. It is an effective cleanser for acne and other unwanted blemishes.

Fatigue: Dissolve a dessertspoon of honey in a jug of warm water and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose, so it’s quickly absorbed by the digestive system.

Food preservative: If you replace the sugar in cake and cookie recipes with honey, they’ll stay fresher longer, due to honey’s natural antibacterial properties. Reduce liquids in the mixture by about one-fifth to allow for the moisture present in the honey.

Hair conditioner: Mix honey with an equal quantity of olive oil. Apply to hair, cover them with a warm towel for half an hour and then wash with shampoo. It feeds hair and scalp. Your hair will never look or feel better!

Insomnia: A dessertspoon of honey in a mug of warm milk helps to fall asleep.

Migraine: Use a dessertspoonful of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at the start of a migraine attack, and, if necessary, repeat after another 20 minutes.

Nasal congestion: Place a dessertspoon of honey in a pot of heated up water and inhale the fumes, after covering your head with a towel, so that the steam does not escape.

Osteoporosis: Research has shown that a teaspoonful of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis.

Pain relief: Mix three tablespoons of honey in boiled water and drink. Honey has natural pain relieving powers.

Poor digestion: Mix honey with an equal quantity of apple cider vinegar and dilute to taste with water. This mix is also wonderful for joints and promotes weight loss.

Sore throat: Let a teaspoonful of honey melt in the back of mouth and trickle down the throat. It eases inflamed raw tissues.

Stress: Honey in water is a stabilizer, calming the highs and raising the lows. Use approximately 25 percent honey to water ratio.

Compiled by Bisma Ishtiaq

Blessed Food

Sunnah foodsOlive Oil

Allah says in Quran: “The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp; the lamp is within the glass, the glass as if it were a pearly (white) star lit of (the oil of) a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor west, whose oil would almost flow even if untouched by fire.” (An-Nur 24:35)

The Prophet (sa) said: “Eat Olive oil and rub yourselves with it; it is from a blessed tree.” (Ahmad)


Aisha (ra) narrated, “When Allah’s Messenger was brought some milk, he would say, ‘How much is there in the house, one blessing or two?'” (Ahmad and Ibn Majah)

The Black Seed

Allah’s Messenger (sa) said: “A black seed has the cure for every ailment, except a fatal one.” (Ibn Majah)


The Prophet (sa) said: “He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.”(Bukhari)

Al-Qurtubi says: “On the surface, Ahadeeth specify the dates of Madinah as preventive of poison and witchcraft. A generalization of this is made by analogy with the specific meaning.” Ibn Hajar finds that, “The more likely meaning is that it is particular to the dates of Madinah.”

The Prophet (sa) said: “There is a tree among the trees which is similar to a Muslim (in goodness), and that is the date palm tree.” (Bukhari)


The Prophet (sa) said: “Truffles are like Manna (i.e. they grow naturally without man’s care) and their water heals eye diseases.” (Bukhari and Muslim)


In the Quran, our Lord inspired the bee, saying: “Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).” There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.” (An-Nahl 16:68-69)

Zamzam Water

Allah’s Messenger (sa) is reported to have drunk water of Zamzam in a number of true Ahadeeth. (Bukhari)

The Prophet (sa) drank Zamzam (water) while standing and said: “It is blessed. It is filling food.” (Muslim)

He also said: “Verily, it (the water of Zamzam) is blessed; it is a food that nourishes (or satisfies).” (Muslim)

In another narration the Prophet (sa) said: “The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.” (Ibn Majah) Therefore, the scholars recommend that one should make lots of Dua while drinking the water of Zamzam and he should drink it for a purpose that will benefit him in this world and the next.