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Bread (khubz)

 


Benefits and Usage


There is a fake hadith that disallows cutting the bread with a knife.  There is also another fake Hadith that disallows cutting meat with a knife. Muhanna said that he asked Imam Ahmad aboutt he Hadith related from Aishah radiAllaahu anha which narrates that the Prophet sallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam disallowed using a knife to cut meat, because it is an act of non-Arabs.  Imam Ahmed that it is not correct and that it contradicts the Hadith narrated by 'Amr bin Umayyah and Al-Mughirah.  

The hadith that he refered to is what 'Amr bin Umayyah related that the Prophet sallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam used to cut some pieces of ewe meat with a blade.  Also Al-Mughirah narrated that when he asked the Prophet sallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam to be his guest, he ordered that a piece of meat be broiled and then he started cutting the meat with a knife.

The best type of bread is yeasty and kneaded. The next best is furnace bread, then oven baked bread, then bread cooked under hot ashes, using fresh flour.

The most nutritious kind of bread is semolina bread, because it digests slowly and because it does not have excessive amounts of bran, then chalky bread and lastly black bread.

The best time to eat the bread is in the last part of the day when it is baked.  Also, unlike dry bread soft bread is lighter, more nutritious, humidifying and digests faster.

Wheat bread is hot in the second degree and is mild concerning wetness and dryness, unless dried by fire.
Wheat bread also fattens the body rapidly.  The Qatayif (similar to pancakes) causes a thick condition, while breadcrumbs provoke swelling in the stomach and digests with difficulty.  Further, bread made with milk causes clogs and is difficult to digest, although it is nutritious.

Barley bread is cold and dry in the first degree and it is not as nutritious as wheat bread.


Taken from 'Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet sallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam', page 267

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