Holy Month of Ramadan celebrated with Medjool Dates

Holy Month of Ramadan celebrated with Medjool Dates
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Medjool Dates are considered the best tasting dates in the world, which is why so many people throughout the world enjoy them. They are the preferred dates to enjoy also during the Holy Month of Ramadan observed by billions of Muslims around the world

By Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania covering Chicago City Hall (1976-1992)

Ray Hanania
covering Chicago
City Hall

Ramadan is a very important holiday not only and especially for Muslims but also for Christian Arabs and all of the people in the Middle East.

During the month-long reverence of Ramadan, when devote Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, one of the most popular foods to eat to break the daily fast and to celebrate the Eid is the date, produced by the thick-trunked date palm which is considered by many to be a symbol of hospitality, of rest and of peace.

In the collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Hadith, it is said that God’s Messenger broke the fast each evening with dates. As a consequence, dates have a special place in the hearts and minds of Muslims and Arabs.

The best date is the “medjool” date which is robust and large. Rutab Medjool dates are juicy. Regular Medjool Dates are sweet and chewy. Medjool dates are described as “the diamond of dates” and cherished for their large size, their extraordinary sweetness and and the chewy texture that characterizes their type.

The heart of the Arab World is Palestine and the Holy Land, where Muhammad and Jesus both were revered for their words of love and peace and advocacy of justice, kindness and religious adherence to God’s word.

Where people purchase dates is important and only one company provides authentic medjool dates grown in the holy Land by Palestinians, harvested by Palestinians, packaged by Palestinians, shipped by Palestinians, and sold by Palestinians.

Medjool Dates packagaed by Ziyad Brothers Importing. here Ziyad owner Ibrahim Ziyad holds up one of the recognizable bright red Medjool Date boxes.

Medjool Dates packagaed by Ziyad Brothers Importing. here Ziyad owner Ibrahim Ziyad holds up one of the recognizable bright red Medjool Date boxes.

Dates are a staple of Arab and Middle East cooking. In addition to being eaten as a fresh treat, dates are also used as filling for many Arabian side dishes including Ka’ak, often called Ka’ak bil ma’amoul, or ringed cookies with date filling. The recipe for making Ka’ak bil ma’amoul includes sesame seeds, Wheat flour, fine semolina, pitted Medjool Dates and Rose Water. (Ka’ak is the Arabic word for cake in English.)

Ka’ak is often served during Ramadan by Muslims and also by Christian Arabs during Easter which comes during two calendars in the Spring, early for mainstream Christians and later, usually, for Orthodox Christians.

Date Cookie recipes are abundant and you can find many different recipes online. (Remember, Ziyad Brothers Importing also offers a wide array of recipes, so check them out at www.Ziyad.com.)

But fresh, uncooked Medjool Dates are a must treat for the religious holidays and observances.

You can get more information on them by visiting www.PalestineDates.com.

Harvesting Medjool Dates at Ziyad Brothers Importing's farm in Jericho, Palestine

Harvesting Medjool Dates at Ziyad Brothers Importing’s farm in Jericho, Palestine

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website www.SuburbanChicagoland.com, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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