Dates are also rich in natural fibres. Modern medicine has shown that they are effective in preventing abdominal cancer. They also surpass other fruits in the sheer variety of their constituent. They contain oil, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, sulphur, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.
In other words, one date is a minimum of a balanced and healthy diet. Dates and date palms have been mentioned in the Holy Qur'an 20 times, thus showing their importance. Arabs usually combine dates with milk and yogurt or bread, butter and fish. This mishmash indeed makes a self-sufficient and tasty diet for both mind and body. The Prophet likened a good Muslim to the date palm, saying, "Among trees, there is a tree like a Muslim. Its leaves do not fall."