Cooking / Frying in Olive Oil
اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونِةٍ لاَّ شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ نُّورٌ عَلَى نُورٍ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاء وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ
Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star. (This lamp is) kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon light, Allah Guides unto His light whom He Wills. And Allah Speaks to mankind in allegories, for Allah is Knower of all things.
Some of our friends have heard from the doctors that olive oil should be eaten as RAW & it is not good for cooking OR frying.
We always cook the curries in olive oil, & we have no doubts for that, as the olive oil takes its accreditation from Quran & Hadith.
In Quran, Allah Exemplified His Noor with the olive tree, furthermore, the following Hadith do not mention the name of Olive, rather they quote the words “OIL produced by a blessed tree” which means that the only oil recommended by our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam is OLIVE OIL, either for massaging or eating, and it can be eaten as raw or used for cooking & frying.
Second Hadith mentions the word ائْتَدِمُوا which interprets that Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam also advised to use olive oil in curries, curry is called إدام Idaam in Arabic & ائْتَدِمُوا means to use in curries. So we hope that your doubts should be clear now.
يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلاَ غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِىءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ
“Lit from a blessed tree, on 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)
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).
Tirmizi and Ibn Majah narrated that Abu Hurairah Radi Allaho Anh related from Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam that he said: “Eat the oil, and use it as an ointment, because it is produced by a blessed tree”.
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).
Al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Majah also narrated that Abdullah bin Umar Radi Allaho Anh reported that Messenger of Allah Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam said: “Use the oil in your curries and apply it as on ointment (for massaging) because it is from a blessed tree (olive tree)”.
As per the advice of our beloved prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam, we cook our curries in olive oil & it is a surprise that the blessed oil increases the digestibility, a special case was Cruciferous vegetables like Broccoli, Cauliflower & cabbage, curries of all these create burping / belching, but when they were cooked in olive oil, burping / belching never appeared, Masha’Allah, the magnificent oil fixed the problem & the curry was so easy to digest.