Scientific Name: Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f.

Arabic name(s): الصَّبر

English name(s): Aloe

Growth form: Aloe is a perennial herb. Stem-less or very short-stemmed succulent plant.

Order: Asparagales

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Genus: Aloe L.

Species: Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f.

Citation in the Quran:

The plant is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Citation in the Hadit:

Nubaih b. Wabb reported: We went with Aban b. Uthman (in a state of lhram). When we were at Malal the eyes of Umar b. Ubaidullah became sore and, when we reached Rauba’ the pain grew intense. He (Nubaib b. Wahb) sent (one) to Aban b. Uthman to ask him (what to do). He sent him (the message) to apply Aloes to them, for ‘Uthman (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) applied Aloes to the person whose eyes were sore and he was in the state of Ihram. Sahih Muslim, book of the Pilgrimage.

Habitat & Distribution:

The plant is originally native to arid regions of north-eastern and southern parts of Africa, but it has been widely cultivated throughout the world for ornamental and industrial cosmetic purposes.

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