Arabic name(s)


English name(s)

Spiny rounded fruits

Botanic term category

General botanical terminology

Botanic Term Definition

Hasak is a general term given to rounded spiny fruits of the terrestrial desert annual herbs. These kinds of thorny fruits attach to the hairs of livestock, human feet, sandals, or soles. Ahsak Al-Zar’ means it grows its spines. Most of the plants which have these kinds of spiny fruits are creeping plants; they extend their branches along the ground.

Botanic Term references in the Holy Qur’an

The term hasak is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Botanic Term references in the Hadith

Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri, the prophet Muhammad (peace Be upon him), said: “Then the bridge would be set up over the hell and intercession would be allowed and they will say: ‘O God, keep safe, keep safe’. it was asked: Messenger of Allah, what is this bridge? he said: ‘the void in which one is likely to slip. There would be hooks, tongs, and spits like the thorn (Hasak) that is found in Najd and is known as sa’adan. The believers would then pass over within the twinkling of an eye, like lightning, like wind, like a bird, like the finest horses and camels’,” Sahih Muslim, The Book of Faith.

Other References for the Holy Qur’an

Other References for the Botanic term in the Hadithم

The Botanical term in the Arabic Literature

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ElGharib, A. E.; Botanical terms in the Holy Qur'an and Hadith "Hasak". Qatar Foundation’s Fortnightly newspaper, issue 107, Thursday 20 March 2014.