Salwa M.S. Awa
Search for other papers by Salwa M.S. Awa in
Current site
Google Scholar

(1,018 words)

The tree of Zaqqūm, or the cursed tree mentioned four times in the Qurʾān, with three explicit references (q 37:62; 44:43; 56:52) and one implicit (q 17:60). Unlike the beautiful trees with clustered fruits in paradise (q.v.; q 69:23), the good tree of “the good word” (q 14:24) and the heavenly tree of eternity (q.v.) from which Adam and Eve (q.v.) were prohibited to eat (q 20:120), the tree of Zaqqūm stands out as the ugliest and the most terrifying tree described in the Qurʾān (see trees; agriculture and vegetation). It grows at the bottom of hellfire (see hell and hellfire ), its blossom (ṭalʿuhā) like “devils' heads” (q 37:64-5), is “bitter in taste, burning in touch, rotten in smell (q.v.), black in appearance. Whoever eats from it cannot tolerate its [revolting] taste and therefore is forced to swallow it” (Rāzī, Tafsīr, xxix, 174; see food and drink ).

Encyclopaedia of the Qur'ān Online

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 11 11 9
Full Text Views 0 0 0
PDF Views & Downloads 0 0 0