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More than 60 types of plants mentioned in the Noble Qur’an, the Noble Hadith and the purified Sunnah of the Prophet
Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum L.
Arabic name(s): الرَّيْحَان
English name(s): Sweet basil
Growth form: Basil is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant.
Genus: Ocimum L.
Species: Ocimum basilicum L.
Citation in the Quran:
The word Ar-Rayhan “basil” has been mentioned twice in the Holy Qur’an. Allah the Most Sublime Says: Thus, then, if he be of those Nearest to Allah, (There is for him) Rest and Satisfaction, and a Garden of Delights.” Surat Al- Waqeah, Verses # 88, 89
Citation in the Hadit:
Narrated by Abu Musa: The Prophet said, “and the example of a hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a Rayahana (sweet basil) which smells good but tastes bitter” Sahih Al Bukhari, book of food.
Habitat & Distribution:
Originally, basil is native to India and tropical regions in Asia, but now it is considered as a widespread medicinal and aromatic herb.
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