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زَيْتٌ / Zait / Olive Oil


اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي أسْألُكَ مِن خَيْرِ ما سَأَلَكَ مِنْهُ نَبيُّكَ محمَّدٌ صَلَّى الله تَعالَى عَليْهِ وسَلَّمَ، وأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِن شَرِّ ما اسْتَعاذَكَ مِنْهُ نَبِيُّك مُحَمَّدٌ صَلَّى الله تَعَالَى عَلَيْه وسَلَّمَ وأنتَ المُسْتَعانُ وعَلَيْكَ البَلاغُ ولا حَوْلَ ولا قُوَّة إلا بالله العَليِّ العَظِيم

Zait (Olive Oil)

زَيْتٌ‏:‏ قال تعالى‏:‏ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلاَ غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِىءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ‏‏ ‏[‏النور ‏:‏ 35‏]‏ وفى الترمذىِّ وابن ماجه من حديث أبى هريرة رضى الله عنه، عن النبىِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال‏:‏ ‏(‏كُلُوا الزَّيتَ وادَّهِنُوا به، فإنَّه من شَجَرَةٍ مُبَارَكةٍ‏)‏‏. وللبَيْهَقِى وابن ماجه أيضاً‏:‏ عن ابن عمر رضى الله عنه، قال‏:‏ قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم‏:‏ ‏(‏ائْتَدِمُوا بالزَّيتِ، وادَّهِنُوا به، فإنه من شَجَرَةٍ مُبَارَكةٍ‏)‏‏.‏

الزَّيْتُ حار رطب في الأُولى، وغَلِط مَن قال‏:‏ يابسٌ، والزَّيت بحسب زيتونه، فالمعتصَرُ من النَّضيج أعدلُه وأجوده، ومن الفَجِّ فيه برودةٌ ويُبوسة، ومن الزيتون الأحمر متوسطٌ بين الزَّيتَيْن، ومن الأسود يُسخِّن ويُرطِّب باعتدال، وينفع من السُّموم، ويُطلق البطن، ويُخرج الدود، والعتيقُ منه أشد تسخيناً وتحليلاً، وما استُخْرِجَ منه بالماء، فهو أقلُّ حرارةً، وألطفُ وأبلغ في النفع، وجميعُ أصنافه مليِّنة للبَشْرة، وتُبطىءُ الشَيْب‏.‏ وماء الزَّيتون المالح يمنع من تنفُّط حرق النار، ويَشُد اللِّثَةَ، وورقهُ ينفع من الحُمرة، والنَّملة، والقُروح الوَسِخة، والشَّرَى، ويمنع العَرَق، ومنافعه أضعاف ما ذكرنا‏.

Allah the Glorified Said:

“Lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it” (24:35)

Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah narrated that Abu Hurairah Radi Allaho Anh related from Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam that he said:

“Eat the Zait and use it as an ointment because it is produced from a blessed tree”.

Al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Majah narrated that Abdullah Bin Urnar Radi Allaho Anh said that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) said:

“Eat the oil (IN CURRIES) and use it as an ointment because it is from a blessed tree”.

روى الترمذى فى كتاب “الشمائل” من حديث أنس بن مالك رضى الله عنهما، قال: “كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يُكثِرُ دُهْنَ رأسِهِ، وتسريحَ لِحيته، وُيكْثِرُ القِنَاعَ كأن ثَوْبَه ثَوْبُ زَيَّاتٍ”.

Narrated by Tirmizi in the book of Shamail, on the authrity of Anas Bin Malik Radi Allaho Anh that “Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam would escessively put the Zait (olive oil) in his head & beard, (and because of that, he would keep a small piece of cloth called QINA’A under his cap), and his Qina’a was full of the oil, like the clothes of an oil miller”.

 

Zait (Olive Oil) is hot and wet in the first degree. The quality of oil depends on the tree that produces it. For instance, the best type of olive oil is that squeezed from ripe olives while oil from unripe olives is cold and dry. Red olives produce oil that is between these while black olives produce hot and wet oil. Olive oil helps against poisons, works as a laxative and rids the body of worms. Old olive oil leans more towards being hot and decomposing. When olive oil is blended with water, it becomes less hot, milder, and thus more beneficial. All kinds of olive oil soften the skin and slow the aging process. The salty water blended with oil helps burnt skin against blistering. It also strengthens the gingival.

The word ائْتَدِمُوا is derived from the Arabic word إدام Idaam which means curry. ائْتَدِمُوا thus means that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam advised to cook the curries in the blessed olive oil.

Furthermore, the two Hadith mentioned above do not mention the name of tree for the oil,

  • كُلُوا الزَّيتَ وادَّهِنُوا به، فإنَّه من شَجَرَةٍ مُبَارَكةٍ‏
  • ائْتَدِمُوا بالزَّيتِ، وادَّهِنُوا به، فإنه من شَجَرَةٍ مُبَارَكةٍ

It exhibits that the only oil recommended for eating, cooking or massaging is the blessed Olive oil (from the blessed tree). It is a miracle that Allah Has Exemplified His NOOR (light) with an olive tree.

You will never imagine how powerful were the words written (before 700 years) by Imam Zahabi. His research on Olive Oil is the best in this world. People in those times never had the concept of extra virgin, Virgin OR Pomace Oil, they only extracted the oil & used it (after filtration) for cooking, which interprets that Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best.

Imam Zahabi wrote :

Zait Zaitoon Al-Infaaq is the one which is extracted from un-ripe (green) olives & its nature is cold & dry, Olive Oil which is pressed from ripe olives is moderately hot & wet natured, and as the olives ripen, more is the heat obtained in the oil. Massaging by Olive Oil strengthens the hairs (prevents hair loss) & organs, & massaging the body slows down the AGING.

Drinking Olive Oil helps against poisons, cleanses the stomach, relieves stomach pains & kills the intestinal worms.

All the cooking OILS weaken the stomach except Olive Oil, and Oil from un-ripe olives is the best in this concern.

Narrated by Ibn Umar Radi Allaho Anh that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam said “ Cook with the Oil & use it for massage, as it is from a blessed tree”.

Allah Said in the Holy Quran :

وَشَجَرَةً تَخْرُجُ مِن طُورِ سَيْنَاء تَنبُتُ بِالدُّهْنِ وَصِبْغٍ لِّلْآكِلِينَ

23:20 Also a tree springing out of Mount Sinai, which produces oil, and relish for those who use it for food.

Narrated by Tirmizi “Eat the Oil & use it for massaging”.

Also narrated by Ibn Al Jauzi that Ilqamah Bin Amir said “You have the Olive Oil, eat it & massage with it as it is the best for PILES”.

It was also narrated that whoever uses Olive Oil for massaging, Sheytaan never comes close to him / her”.

Someone said that Olive Oil is the Tiryaaq for Fuqaraa, which means that it removes the POVERTY (by bringing the blessings in house & by keeping the body away from diseases).

Green Olives are cold & dry, best as a food, strengthen the digestion, ignite the libido, & prevent the formation of gaseous vapors. Black Olives are hot & dry, create black bile & are difficult to digest. Salted Olives are good against fire burns. Chewing Olive leaves is beneficial for mouth ulcers, oral thrush, skin irritations, bacterial infections, Urticaria & sores.