Dates in different religions, In the religious books of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, special attention has been paid to the palm tree and the dates fruit.
The palm tree does not produce anything useless and everything that the palm tree has, can be used, such as its fruit, syrup, oil, leaves and more.
The palm tree is also very valuable because of its leaves and can be used to make baskets and various tools, as well as its leaves can be used for the roof. The trunk of this tree was also used in construction in ancient times.
And also in date palm, it’s not just the fruit that’s edible – it was once routine to grind date kernels and mix it with flour to craft special breads, or use the kernels as feed for camels and horses.
Palm and Dates in different religions:
Palm and date tree in Islam:
As palm trees spread throughout the Middle East and then to other dried climates around the world, they began to find spiritual meaning.
Dates are mentioned about 20 times in the Holy Quran and more than 50 times in the Christian Bible.
The palm tree and its fruit are known as a symbol of faith and power in Islam. The palm tree is also known for its other functions such as use in clothing and design.
While the proverb “one apple a day keeps the doctor away” is well-known in most parts of the world, the Muslim equivalent is “seven dates a day keeps the doctor away.” The Prophet of Islam argued that seven dates in the morning protect a person from toxins. This gives dates a mystical and almost supernatural quality.
As we said before Dates are mentioned about 20 times in the Qur’an. Dates are a symbol of wealth, victory, faith, power and abundance and have a special place in Islamic history and culture. In fact, Muslims consider the date palm and its fruit sacred. In Arabic, the word date is called “nahle” and its fruit is called “Tamr”. And in Turkish, the word date is “Hurma”, because in Arabic it means “respect”. Dates have a very special place in Turkish culture as it is easy to understand their importance from the name.
The name of dates is repeated in the Qur’an more than any other fruit. In Islam, dates are the main food for the moment of Iftar in the holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a very popular time to eat dates because the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “When one of you breaks his fast, let him break it with dates for they are blessed” …
The date palm has long been a symbol of prosperity in the Arab world. Even today, visitors to the Middle East are greeted with fresh dates as a warm welcome.
Palm Tree in Christianity:
In Christianity, the leaves of the palm tree are used in “Palm Sunday”; Sunday Palm is a holiday celebrated by Christians and Jews and is rooted in the blessing and strategic placement of the palm branch, while in ancient Greece the tree was the symbol of Apollo and was born under the palm tree on the island of Delos.
The palm tree and its fruit are also mentioned in the birth of Jesus Christ and it is described that during the birth of the Prophet Mary leans on the palm tree and hears a voice instructing her to shake the tree so that she can cut the fruit to reduce labor pain (this story is mentioned in the Qur’an).
Palm trees in Judaism:
Apart from Islam, dates are used in Judaism ceremonies at religious festivals, and people hold them in their hands as a sign of victory.
Jews also use palm leaves as a hinge for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Palm trees in other religions:
Apart from Islam, Christianity and Judaism, Hindus also use dried dates on their special religious days.