Rose Stories

Using of rose oil in religious ceremonies in Arab countries

Roses are closely related to Islam religion. Due to its perfect beauty and tender aroma, Muslims associate these flowers with Islamic prophet Muhammad (sallyallahu alyahi vasallyam). According to Ali ibn abu Talib Hadis’s written words of the prophet: “in the night of my ascension, the drop of my sweat fell onto the ground and there bloomed the rose. Let the one who wants to breath in the smell of mine, breath in the aroma of rose”.

Another legend says that the relative of the Prophet gathered the drops of his sweat from his face, while he was asleep in the afternoon. Having awaked, Muhammad was wondering what she was doing. She answered that could not let this pleasant aroma evanescence and she added it into alabastron because it was the finest aroma among all existing censes.

It is also ought to note the similarity of the words “gul” (Persian) and “gül” (Turkish), which mean “rose” and Arabic word “kull”, which means “unified whole”. Rose is considered to be the genuine manifestation of divine glory and perfection.

The rose water is often used in the religious ceremonies of Islam, Zoroastrism, Christianity and Hinduism. The Iranians have the tradition to wash over the gravestones with rose water and throw over with rose petals, while visiting the graves of relatives.

Above pilgrimage to Mecca, there is a significant traditional ceremony – ritual washing of sacred Kaaba. Its inner part is washed over with the water from Zamzam spring and the rose water from Ghamsara. This rose water is delivered by a special courier from Iran. The Islamic sacred place is traditionally washed over twice a year during the months of Muharram and Shaban. Shariah-adherent Muslims gather together at the square around Kaaba to observe the ceremony. Ritual washing over goes all night long.

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