Here are a few famous sayings of the eighth Imam of Shia Muslims, Imam Reza (AS):

— The one for whom the day of Ashura is a day of tragedy, grief and weeping, Allah The Mighty, The Glorious, shall make the Day of Judgment, a day of joy and happiness for him.

— Dried grapes regulate the bile, remove excess phlegm from the body, strengthen the sinews, take away melancholic tendencies from the mind, and purify the soul.

— Pomegranate is a fruit of paradise. There is one seed from Paradise in every pomegranate growing on the earth.

— Honey is nature’s best medicine. Whenever someone offers you honey as present, accept it.

— The oil of violet should be used as hair oil because it has a cooling effect during summer and warm during winter.

— Satan does not visit for forty days a person who applies olive oil to his head or uses it in food.

— Mother’s milk is the best food for an infant.

— Recitation of Quran and taking honey with milk sharpens the memory.

— Use of meat as a food improves health and builds up power of resistance against diseases.

— Starting meal with salt prevents seventy types of ailments, one of which is leprosy.

— A gluttonous person will starve on the day of resurrection.

— Masur (a kind of beans, lentils) was the favorite food of seventy thousands prophets. It moderates the temperament and augments the activity of tear glands.

— The person who refrains from meat for forty days will become ill-tempered.

— Food should be taken when it is at moderate temperature.

— Start eating from the sides of the plate and not from the middle.

— For longevity one should eat nourishing food, wear comfortable shoes and try to remain free from debts.