References to Aloeswood in Hadith and the Bible

One of the modern-day appeals of aloeswood use is it’s ability to allow the user connect with a tradition of deep spirituality in a contemporary setting. For millennia, aloeswood has been used to aid higher states of realization in many spiritual traditions, from Islam to Christianity to Taoism.

The modern aloeswood-adept means to preserve this age-old practice in full awareness that technology can not replace it. Now more than ever in our societies, this aid is needed for grounding and introspection, and from this, our modern civilization can be healed from it’s current state of ignorance.

Two particular spiritual sources in which aloeswood use has been mentioned and referenced stem from Abrahamic traditions-Christianity and Islam. Let us take a moment to look at these in more detail.

Aloeswood and Hadith

Hadith are the words and actions relating to the Messenger and Prophet of God, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. We will look at two separate hadith here in which aloeswood has been mentioned.

1. Book 27 of Sahih Muslim, #5601

Nafi’ reported that when Ibn Umar wanted fumigation he got it from aloeswood without mixing anything with it, or he put camphor along with aloeswood and then said: This is how Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) fumigated.

2. Book 55 of Sahih Bukhari, #544

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The first group of people who will enter Paradise, will be glittering like the full moon and those who will follow them, will glitter like the most brilliant star in the sky. They will not urinate, relieve nature, spit, or have any nasal secretions. Their combs will be of gold, and their sweat will smell like musk. The aloes-wood will be used in their centers. Their wives will be houris. All of them will look alike and will resemble their father Adam (in statute), sixty cubits tall.”

3. Book 26 of Sahih Muslim, #5487

Umm Qais, daughter of Mihsan, the sister of ‘Ukasha b. Mihsan said: I visited Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) along with my son who had not, by that time, been weaned and he pissed over his (clothes). He ordered water to be brought and sprinkled (it) over them. She (further) said: I visited him (Allah’s Apostle) along with my son and I had squeezed the swelling in the uvula, whereupon he said: Why do you afflict your children by compressing like this? Use this Indian aloeswood, for it contains seven types of remedies, one among them being a remedy for pleurisy. It is applied through the nose for a swelling of the uvula and poured into the side of the mouth for pleurisy.

Aloeswood and the Bible

There are 5 separate places in the bible where aloeswood is mentioned. In older oral traditions, aloeswood is sometimes referred to simply as aloes (not to be confused with aloe vera).

1. “Like valleys that stretch out, Like gardens beside the river, Like aloes planted by the LORD, Like cedars beside the waters. (Numbers 24:6)

2. Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. (John 19:39)

3. “I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.” (Proverbs 7:17)

4. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. (Psalms 45:8)

5. Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices. (Solomon 4:14)


From these 7 examples, we can see with certainty that modern-day aloeswood-alchemists are following an unmistakable prophetic tradition, and that they are tapping into boundless spiritual energy by doing so. By employing these traditions, they carry on a living, breathing, ancient tradition.

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