Sidr leaves are more than just a plant in Islam. It has a long history as a natural ingredients used as body and hair treatment especially for women. Sidr tree becamoe the very first form of cosmetic before shampoo appears in bottle.
Sidr trees contain a lot of valuable things including the leaves and the seeds. The trees can be found across Middle East. Its scientific name is Zizphus spina christ. According to some Christians reference, the thorns of Sidr leaves were used as the Jesus’s crown before his crucifixion.
Sidr leaves are known as a natural cleansing agent that works like soap. It contains saponins, tannin, alkaloids, and anti bacterial agents. Its best to cleanse the hair and skin and the smell is as good as the wet grass.
Sidr also mentioned several times in the Quran, means that it is highly beneficial in Islam. Numerous sunnah and hadith also mentioned the use of Sidr leaves in it.
There was for [the tribe of] Saba’ in their dwelling place a sign: two [fields of] gardens on the right and on the left. [They were told], “Eat from the provisions of your Lord and be grateful to Him. A good land [have you], and a forgiving Lord.” But they turned away [refusing], so We sent upon them the flood of the dam, and We replaced their two [fields of] gardens with gardens of bitter fruit, tamarisks and something of sparse lote trees. (34:15-16)
Here are some benefits of Sidr leaves in Islam:
1. To Wash the Hair and Body
As mentioned above, Sidr leaves are best as a body and hair treatment. Follow the steps below:
- Add 1 tbsp of powdered Sidr leaves to 1 cup of warm water.
- Mix with your finger until it likes soap suds.
- Was your hair with it and leave it for a few minutes.
- Rinse out completely until it clean.
A day after washing the hair with Sidr leaves your hair will have more volume and shiny.
2. For Washing the Dead
Sidr leaves are highly beneficial in Islam. Not only the living can use it to cleanse the body, Sidr leaves can also be used to wash the dead body. Here are how to use Sidr leaves for the dead:
- Prepare a bucket of water, then add an approximately one cup of powdered Sidr leaves.
- Make the mixture frothy with your hand before using it.
It is sunnah to wash a dead body using the Sidr leaves.
3. As a Sign Someone is Accepted in Islam
When a non Muslim is converted to Islam, he should perform Ghusl using Sidr leaves. It was a sunnah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) himself suggested.
“It is Mashru` (Islamically prescribed) for anyone who wants to embrace Islam to first say Shahadah then perform Ghusl. This is according to many Hadiths. It was narrated by Qays ibn `Asim that when he wanted to embrace Islam, the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered him to perform Ghusl using water and Sidr (lote tree/ lotus jujube).” (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i and Ibn Majah)
4. Removing the Black Magic
The attachment of black magic to people were quite common back in the day. Howevet it’s still exist until today. Sidr leaves is very good to remove black magic along with recitation of several surah from the Quran.
“…It is also recommendable to add seven leaves of Sidr to the water, as some Salaf (righteous predecessors) used to do, and recite Ayat-ul-Kursy, Al-Iklas and Al-Mu`awwidhatayn and some Ayahs (verses from the Qur’an) on removing the magic effect, from Surah Al-A`raf, Surah Yunus and Surah Ta-Ha, on the water by yourself or by aid of anyone else and this will be helpful, in sha’a Allah.” (Syaikh bin Bas)
5. A Plant of Paradise
Another benefits of Sidr leaves in Islam is how precious it is. Sidr trees are mentioned is the Quran as one the plants of Jannah. It means that the tree not only exist in the world but also all the way to Jannah. Disinfecting the wounds, healing minor skin diseases and anti inflammatory agent are among the earthly used of Sidr leaves.
6. Curing Male Impotence
One more surprising benefits of Sidr leaves in Islam is that it can be used to cure impotence from a male.
A group of scholars claim that Sidr is an effective cure of magic, Allah Willing. Take seven leaves of a green Sidr, grind them with two rocks, add water to it, read the verse of Al-Kursi and Al-Qawakil, take three sips, then wash up with the rest. This will remove all of his afflictions, and is a cure for men who have sexual disorders (Fath Al-Bari -10/233).
Other Benefits of Sidr Leaves in Islam
Beside those benefits above, here are some other benefits of Sidr leaves in Islam:
- Good reduce obesity, abscess, and furuncles.
- Containing rich calcium, iron, protein, magnesium, etc.
- Removing dandruff and lice form the hair, as well as swollen eyes. To make use of this, boil Sidr leaves in the water for 10 minutes and wash the hair with it.
- Nourishing the body and makes it more energetic.
- Contain a complete nutritive values.
- Increasing appetite, reducing cough and make a better digestion.
Those are all the benefits of Sidr leaves in Islam. Besides its benefit for the health, Sidr leaves also good for beauty since it can be used for hair treatment. Turns out Sidr leaves also benefited the dead too since it can be used to wash a dead body.