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Cucumber (Qissa’a) (القثاء)

Names

1. It is called as Qissa’a (القثاء) in Quran.
2. In Hadis it is called as Qissa’a (القثاء)
3. In Arabic & Persian it is called as Khiyar.
4. In Hindi & Urdu it is called as Khira or kakri.
5. Latin name is Cucumis melo vari.
6. Family is Cucurbitaceae.
cucumbers

Quranic reference

1. Sura Baqara, verse no.61.

Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم’s guidance about cucumber

Arabic words written in below references are the words mentioned in respected Hadees. You can confirm the references of Hadees at sunna.com & Al-Maktab Al-Shamilah (المكتبة الشاملة) also.

Neutralization of hot potency with cold potency
1. Hazrat Abdullah Bin Jaffar رضي الله عنه   says that he had seen Rasool Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم eating cucumber (Qissa’a) (القثاء) with Rutab (الرطب) (fresh ripen dates).  : Reference Tirmizi: 1844; Book No. 25, Hadees No. 60; In English volume no. 3, Book 23, Hadees no 1844.
2. Hazrat Aisha رضي الله عنها narrates that she ate (القثاء) cucumber & Rutab (الرطب) (freshly ripen dates) to increase her weight, earlier she had taken many things to gain weight, but by cucumber & dates she gained weight.  : Reference Ibn Ma-jah: 3449; Book no. 29; In English volume no. 4; Book 29, Hadees no 3324. (She wanted to get little fat before going to Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم house after her Nikah with Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم).

Liking of Cucumber
3. Narrated by Hazrat Rabia Bin-te Maud ‘Afra  رضي الله عنها that Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم liked (القثاء) cucumbers. : Reference Shama’il Muhammadiya : 202; Book no. 30; In English Book no. 29; Hadees no. 193.
4. Hazrat Rubayyi Bint Mu’awwidh Ibn Afraa رضي الله عنها said, I took a plate of fresh dates and small cucumbers to Rasool Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. He gave me a handful of jewellery, or a handful of gold. : Reference Shama’il Muhammadiya: 203; Book no. 30; In English Book no. 29; Hadees no. 194.

Content

vitamin B, vitamin C, copper, fats, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulphur, iron, chlorides, silicone, it is mostly alkaline.

Scientific benefits of cucumber

1. Cools the body, increases urine output and strengthens the body.
2. It reduces swelling, good for burning urination, urinary bladder problem, digestion, skin problems.
3. Best in summer or hot climate, best for re-hydration.
4. It is called as a “Super food”.
5. Eliminates toxins (waste) out of the body.
6. Its skin is rich in vitamin C, good for skin and hairs.
7. Can be kept on eyes to reduce inflammation, its sulphur & silicon is best for hair.
8. Reduces chances of cancers
9. Removes bad breath.
10. It helps in diabetes, reduces cholesterol, and controls blood pressure.
11. It is good for joints, gouts, arthritis, nails, gums, kidneys, liver.
12. Reduces dark circles, puffiness of eyes, sunburn & freckles.
13. Improves complexion.
14. Should be eaten in little quantity.
15. Best in summer season.
16. Eat it with little black pepper.

Science & Hadees regarding Cucumber

1. Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin).Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
2. Fresh extracts from cucumbers have recently been show to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It help improve antioxidant status, inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), and prevent overproduction of nitric oxide in situations where it could pose health risks. It’s highly likely that cucumber phytonutrients play a key role in providing these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, supporting health alongside of the conventional antioxidant nutrients—including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese—of which cucumbers are an important source.

Cucumber & dates together: –

3. Cucumber & dates: cumber has a cold effect and dates have a hot one. By combining the two they get neutralized. From this Hadees we come to know that it is recommended that the effect (hot or cold) of things eaten should be taken into consideration. Cucumber is insipid and tasteless, and dates are sweet which results in the cucumber also tasting sweet. Both are opposite to each other & cucumbers are rich in water contains.

Nutritional value of Cucumber.
100mg of Cucumber has Calories 16
% Daily Value
Water content in Cucumber is 96%
Total Fat 0.1 g
0%
Saturated fat 0 g
0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
0%
Sodium 2 mg
0%
Potassium 147 mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 3.6 g
1%
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
2%
Sugar 1.7 g
Protein 0.6 g
1%
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium
1%
Iron 1%
Vitamin D
0%
Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12
0%
Magnesium 3%
Nutritional value of Dates.
100 mg of Dates has Calories 282
% Daily Value
Water content of dry dates is 10% to 20%.
Total Fat 0.4 g
0%
Saturated fat 0 g
0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
0%
Sodium 2 mg
0%
Potassium 656 mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate 75 g
25%
Dietary fiber 8 g
32%
Sugar 63 g
Protein 2.4 g
4%
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium
3%
Iron 5%
Vitamin D
0%
Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12
0%
Magnesium 10%

4. Please match the nutritional facts of both cucumber & dates & see what a combination both is, both makes a perfect nutrition & are opposite to each other. This is the miracle of Sunnah of Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

Conclusion of Hadees

1. Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم ate cucumber & fresh ripens dates, they increase the weight. Cucumber was liked by Nabi صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم.

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