Pomegranate the tree of knowledge
Posted November 14, 2014on:
Biblically referenced as the fruit growing on the Tree of Knowledge, the princely pomegranate also has resonance in Islamic texts and for our health.
The princely pomegranate, ar-Rumm in Arabic, is mentioned in the Qur’an as one of the many delicious rewards awaiting in Paradise. Its numerous uses in cooking and medicine, as well as its beautiful structure, make the fruit a wonder for Muslims who believe that each pomegranate seed is a sign of The Sustainer.
Pomegranates are mentioned three times in the Qur’an.
1) As one of the fruits that will be found in paradise:
“In both of them (gardens) are two springs, sprouting? in both of them are fruit and palm trees and pomegranates.
so which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?” (Quran, 55, 56 —–69)
2. as a reminder of the nutritious provision from God,
3.And as a sign of His artistry,
“And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees- of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at each of its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are the signs for a people who believe” (Quran, 6:99)
The frequent mentions of this fruit are because of its gem-like beauty, a glistening core of seeds compacted in a layer resembling honeycomb.
Equally astounding are the colors of the fruit and flowers which are an attestation to the Qur’anic verse:
“And whatsoever He has created for you on the earth of varying colors [and qualities from vegetation and fruits] and from animals. Verily! In this is a sign for people who remember.” (Qur’an, 16:13)
nutritionally pomegranate fruit is rich in Vitamin C with a calorific value of 65 (calories), while it is a good source of sodium, riboflavin and calcium.
Prophet Muhammad of Islam, peace be upon him, told his Companions that each pomegranate potentially held a heavenly grain;
there’s not a pomegranate which does not have a pip from one of the pomegranate of the Garden (Jannah) in it. “Abu Nu’aim narrated by Anas)
And these pips, along with the outer skin, are rich with antioxidant and antibacterial properties, testimony to its benefits for cleansing the palate. The Prophet therefore also said,
“Pomegranate and its rind strengthen digestion (stomach). (Abu Nuaim, narrated by Ali)
11 Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
- Fights breast cancer
- Lung Cancer Prevention
- Slows Prostate Cancer
- Keeps PSA Levels Stable
- Protects the Neonatal Brain
- Prevention of Osteoarthritis
- Protects Arteries
- Lowers Cholesterol (It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol)and raises HDL (good cholesterol)
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Dental Protection. Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plague
- Alzheimer’s disease Prevention. It may prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease.