Allah Ta’ala has repeatedly made reference to the gift of fruit in the Holy Quran.
In one verse Allah Ta’ala says:
“Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and we produce therewith fruits of various colours.”
Elsewhere Allah Ta’ala says:
“and He sent down rain from the sky and brought forth fruit as provision for you.”
Gratitude for all Bounties
Fruit and vegetables are great bounties of Allah Ta’ala upon the creation. Some provide nourishment and others are a source of satisfaction and refreshment. As Muslims, we have been taught in the Quran and Hadith to be thankful to Allah Ta’ala -our Sole Sustainer- for every minute bounty of His. It is only becoming of a true believer that he remembers his Creator during times of enjoyment and happiness just as he turns to Almighty Allah in the times of difficulty and distress.
The practice of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) at the time of receiving the first fruit of the season was that he would firstly show utmost respect for it, he would then recite a supplication to Allah Ta’ala. Thereafter he would not partake of it himself; instead he would give it to any child that was present.
Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah (radiyallahu’anhu), Sayyiduna ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma), Sayyiduna Anas(radiyallahu’anhu) and Sayyidatuna Aishah (radiyallahu’anha) have all reported that when the first fruit of the season used to be brought to Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) he would kiss it, touch it to his eyes, recite the following Du’a and then give it to the smallest child that was in his presence:
اللهُم كَمَا أَرَيْتَنا أَولَه أَرِنا آخِرَه
”Allahumma kama araytana awwalahu, arina akhirahu”
Translation: O Allah! just as You have shown us the first of it, allow us to see the last of it.
References: These narrations have been recorded by Imams: Abu Dawud in his Kitabul Maraseel, Hadith:475-476 Ibnus Sunni, Hadith:280, Tabarani in Al-Mu’jamus Saghir, vol.2 pg.11 & in his Kitabud Du’a, Hadith:2004-2005.
’Allamah Haithami (rahimahullah) has declared the narration of Al-Mu’jamus Saghir as sahih (authentic).
The reason for giving it to the child is either because of the similarity between the two that both are new in the world or because of the extreme joy that a child experiences through this. (Al-Futuhatur Rabbaniyyah, vol.6 pg.235-236)
Hafiz ibn ‘Allan (rahimahullah) mentions that the reason for Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) kissing the fruit and touching it to his eyes is because it has been newly created by Almighty Allah. Just as Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) used to go out in the rain and open his chest (so the rain may touch him) and he would say: “Verily it (the raindrops) have only recently arrived from my Lord!’(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2080)
The following Du’a has also been authentically recorded to have been recited by Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) upon sighting the first fruit of the season:
اللهم بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيْ ثمرنا، وبَارِكْ لَنَا فِيْ مدينتنا، وبَارِكْ لَنَا فِيْ صاعنا، و بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيْ مدنا
“Allahumma Bariklana fi thamarina, wa Bariklana fi Madinatina, wa Bariklana fi saw’ina, wa Bariklana fi Muddina”
Translation: O Allah! Grant us Barakah (blessings) in our fruit, grant us Barakah in our town, grant us Barakah in our food that is measured and grant us Barakah in our food that is weighed.
(Sahih Muslim, Hadith:1373)
The Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) would bring the first produce of their orchards to Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam). Many people today emulate that in a way by presenting their first produce to thier teachers, seniors etc.
The following are among the fruit that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) is reported to have consumed in his lifetime:
1. Fresh dates.
2. Dry dates.
3. Grapes. Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) would enjoy grapes.
Sayyidunna Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) is reported to have commented that in each pomegranate there is a seed from Jannah. (Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.5 pg.45)
In fact, the Quran states that pomegranates will be among the fruit of Jannah. (Surah Ar-Rahman: 68)
6. Cucumbers. Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) would relish this. He would at times prefer to have it with a bit of salt.
Melons as well as fresh dates are reported to be from the most beloved of fruit to Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam)
(refer for the above list to: Subulul Huda war Rashad, vol.7 pgs.204-209)
Each season of the year brings its own fruits. Lets implement the above Sunnah and turn these bounties of Allah Ta’ala into “Blessed Fruit”