Hadeeth: [To Eat Melon With Fresh Dates Is a Sunnah of The Prophet] – With Short Commentary By Shaikh Zaid Bin Haadi [rahimahullaah]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Aaisha [radiyallahu anhaa] said, “Allaah’s Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] used to   eat melon with fresh dates, and then said, ‘We remove the heat of this one [i.e. dates] with the coldness of this one [i.e. watermelon], and [we remove] the coldness of this one [i.e. watermelon] with the heat of this one [i.e. dates]’”. [Sunan Abee Daawud 3836. Declared Hasan by Imaam Albaanee (rahimahullaah)]

The Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] only speaks based on revelation from Allaah. He was taught by his Lord about the specific qualities of these two types of foods, so he combined them when eating due to the reason mentioned,  which is, “We remove the heat of this one [i.e. dates] with the coldness of this one [i.e. melon], and the coldness of this one [i.e. melon] with the heat of this one [i.e. dates]”. And to follow this example of the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] – after a person learns about it – is a Sunnah in relation to the likes of these affairs; so, he acts as the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi Wasallam] did. This [i.e. eating melon with fresh dates] is something authorised [or established in the Sharee’ah], but it is not obligatory. [An Excerpt from ‘At-taleeqaat Al-Maleehah Alaa Silsilah Al-Ahaadeeth As-Saheehah. Vol 1. Page 368. Paraphrased]


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