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Medicinal and Cosmetic Substances

The thorntree is an old plant that Arabs used in dying clothes and leather tanning. Its fruits and leaves contain coloring agents and astringents. Pomegranate peel was used for the same purpose.The used part: seeds in pods and leaves

Reference in the Quran or Hadith

The thorntree is mentioned in the hadith about the two spouses of Prophet Muhammad, Mothers of the Believers, who collaborated against him. Umar said: “I narrated to the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, that story, and when I reached the part of Um-Salama, the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, smiled. He was lying on a mat made of palm tree leaves with nothing between him and the mat. Underneath his head there was a leather pillow stuffed with palm fibers, and leaves of a thorntree were piled at his feet, and above his head hung a few water skins. On seeing the marks of the mat imprinted on his side, I wept. He asked, “Why do you weep?” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, Caesar and Khosrow live in luxury [though disbelievers], and you are the Messenger of Allah [yet you lead a harsh life].” He said, “Does it not please you that they have the enjoyment of this worldly life while we will have [eternal bliss] in the Hereafter?” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, The Prophet’s Commentary on the Quran)

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