Aloewood / Agarwood

Scientific Name: Aquilaria malaccensis Lam

Arabic name(s): الألَُوَّة / العود

English name(s): Aloewood / Agarwood

Growth form: Aquilaria is a large evergreen tree.

Order: Malvales

Family: Thymelaeaceae

Genus: Aquilaria Lam.

Species: Aquilaria malaccensis Lam.

Citation in the Quran:

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

Citation in the Hadit:

by Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The first group (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the moon when it is full. They will not spit or blow their noses or relieve nature. Their utensils will be of gold and their combs of gold and silver; in their centers the aloe-wood will be used, and their sweat will smell like musk. Everyone of them will have two wives; the marrow of the bones of the wives’ legs will be seen through the flesh out of excessive beauty. They ( i.e. the people of Paradise) will neither have differences nor hatred amongst themselves; their hearts will be as if one heart and they will be glorifying Allah in the morning and in the evening.” Sahih Al Bukhari, book of beginning of creation.

Habitat & Distribution:

Aloes-wood is typically distributed in the forests of South and Southeast Asia.

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