Spiny Fruit

Scientific Name: Neurada procumbens L.

Arabic name(s): السَّعْدَان

English name(s): Spiny Fruit

Growth form: Spiny fruit plant is a desert, annual creeping herb.

Order: Malvales

Family: Neuradaceae

Genus: Neurada L.

Species: Neurada procumbens L.

Citation in the Quran:

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

Citation in the Hadit:

Sa’adan has been mentioned in the Hadith described the conditions of people who pass the straight-path on Doomsday. Narrated by Abu Sa’id al-Khudri: the Prophet 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, spits like the thorn 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, book of Faith.

Habitat & Distribution:

Sa’adan “spiny fruit” is wildly distributed at the sandy desert habitats of the Arabian Peninsula and Qatar.

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