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Steeped Dates/Raisins Drink

Posted on: July 17, 2011

I was reading the books of hadith, when i came across the fact that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to drink a drink made by steeping dates or raisins. Being a student of culinary arts, it interested me, and inshallah, i am planning to give it a shot soon.

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

Safiyyah, daughter of Atiyyah, said: I entered upon Aisha with some women of AbdulQays, and asked her about mixing dried dates and raisins (for drink). She replied: I used to take a handful of dried dates and a handful or raisins and put them in a vessel, and then crush them (and soak in water). Then I would give it to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) to drink.
(Abu Dawood, Book 26 (Book of Drinks), Number 3699)


Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

Amrah said on the authority of Aisha that she would steep dates for the Apostle of God (peace be upon him) in the morning. When the evening came, he took his dinner and drank it after his dinner. If anything remained, she poured it out. She then would steep for him at night. When the morning came, he took his morning meal and drank it after his morning meal. She said: The skin vessel was washed in the morning and in the evening. My father (Hayyan) said to her: Twice a day? She said: Yes.
(Abu Dawood, Book 26 (Book of Drinks), Number 3703)

Ibn Abbas reported that raisins were steeped in water for the Messenger of God (may peace be upon him) and he would drink it on that day and on the next day and on the following day until the evening of the third day. He would then order it to be drunk by (other people) or to be thrown away.
(Sahih Muslim,Book 023 (Book of Drinks), Number 4973)


Note: It should not be steeped for so less time that there is no taste. It should not be steeped for too long that fermentation takes place and makes it an intoxicant :). I think few hours to  2-3 days should be good as we learn from the hadith.


2 Responses to "Steeped Dates/Raisins Drink"

Have you tried it? It sounds so good..

yes i did, i dint knw if i made it exactly hw its supposed to be.. but it was pretty good and refreshing.

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