Adopt a Sunnah – The Blessed Fruit

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Allah Ta’ala says in the noble Qur’aan, ‘Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and we produce therewith fruits of various colours.’ (Surah Faatir 27).

And Allah Ta’ala says, ‘And he sent down rain from the sky and brought forth fruits as a provision for you.’ (Baqarah 22)

Fruit and vegetation are a great bounty of Allah Ta’ala upon humanity. Some provide nourishment and others are a source of satisfaction and refreshment. We, as Muslims, have been taught in the Qur’aan and Ahadith to be thankful to Allah Ta’ala – our sole sustainer – for every minute bountry of his. Similarly, it is only becoming of a true Muslim that he remembers his creator during the times of enjoyment, happiness and ease just as he remembers Almighty Allah in times of difficulty.

The practice of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) at the time of receiving the first fruit of the season was that he would firstly show utmost respect for it, then he would recite a supplication to Allah Ta’ala. Thereafter, he would not partake of it himself, instead he used to give it to any child that was present.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (Radhiallaahu Anhu), Sayyiduna ibn Abbaas (Radhiallaahu Anhu), Sayyiduna Anas (Radhiallaahu Anhu) and Sayyidatuna Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) have reported that ‘when the first fruit of the season used to be brought to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), he used to take it, kiss it and touch it to his eyes, he would then recite the following Du’aa:

‘Allaahumma kamaa araytanaa awwalahu, arinaa aakhirahu’

(Trans: Oh Allah, just as you have shown us the first of it, also show us the last of it)

(These narrations have been recorded by Imaams ibnus-sinni Hadith280; Tabraani in Mu’jam Saghir vol.2 pg.11 and in his Kitaabud-Du’aa Hadith2004, 2005 with slight variations)

Imaam Haythami (RA) has classified the narration of al-Mu’jamus saghir as Sahih (authentic).

Hafiz ibn Allaan (RA) mentions that the reason for Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) kissing it and touching it to his eyes is because it is something that has just been newly created by Almighty Allah. Just like how he used to go out in the rain and open his chest (so that the rain may touch it) and he would say, ‘Verily it has very recently left my Lord!’.

The reason for giving it to a child is either because of the similarity between the two in the fact that both are new in the world or because of the extreme joy that a child experiences through this. (Futoohaat al-Rabbaaniyyah vol.6 pg.235-236)

The following Du’aa has also been authentically recorded to have been recited by Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) upon sighting the first fruit of the season:

Allaahumma baarik lanaa fiy thamarinaa, wa baarik lanaa fiy madeenatanaa, wa baarik lanaa fiy swaa’inaa, wa baarik lanaa fiy muddinaa

Trans: O Allah grant us Barakaat in our fruit, and grant us Barkaat in our Madinah (town) and grant us Barkaat in our measure, and grant us Barkaat and our weight.

(This narration has been recorded by Imaam Muslim in his Sahih on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (Radhiallaahu Anhu))