Camel Grass

Camel Grass

Plants Identity

Scientific Name

Cymbopogon schoenanthus Spreng.

Arabic name(s)


English name(s)

Camel grass






Cymbopogon Spreng.


Cymbopogon schoenanthus Spreng.



Growth form

Cymopogon is perennial aromatic grass.

Plant’s Description

Ecology (Habitat)& distribution

Camel grass "Idhkhir" plant is distributed in East Africa, Saudi Arabia and India. It naturally grows in Saudi Arabia on the highlands like mountains mainly in valleys near Makah.

Geographic distribution

Plant’s Citations in the Holy Qur’an

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

Other Citations for the plant in the Holy Qur’an

Other Citations for the plant in the Hadith

Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas: “The Prophet said, ‘Allah has made Mecca, a sanctuary, so it was a sanctuary before me and will continue to be a sanctuary after me. It was made legal for me (i.e. I was allowed to fight in it) for a few hours of a day. It is not allowed to uproot its shrubs or to cut its trees, or to chase (or disturb) its game, or to pick up its luqata (fallen things) except by a person who would announce that (what he has found) publicly.’ Al-’Abbas said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Except Al-ldhkhir (a kind of grass) (for it is used) by our goldsmiths and for our graves.’ The Prophet then said, ‘Except Al-idhkhir.’ “ ‘Ikrima said, ‘Do you know what “chasing or disturbing” the game means? It means driving it out of the shade to occupy its place.” Sahih Al Bukhari, book of the funerals.

Other Citations for the plant in the Hadith

History of the Plant

Stories about the plant in Holy Qur’an

Stories about the plant in Sunnah

The plant in the Arabic Literature


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