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Benefits of Using Bakhoor

Benefits of Using Bakhoor

by Riwaya

    Bakhoor, a fragrant blend of natural ingredients, holds a cherished place in Islamic tradition and culture. From enhancing the atmosphere of your home to offering a luxurious scent that evokes a sense of tranquility, bakhoor has much to offer beyond its delightful aroma. In this blog post, we'll explore the profound significance of bakhoor in Islam and delve into its various benefits for both mind and soul.

    What is Bakhoor?

    Bakhoor is a traditional Arabic incense made from natural ingredients such as wood chips, resin, and essential oils. It is often used in the Middle East as a natural fragrance for the home and as a way to purify the air. 

    In Islam, the use of bakhoor is considered to have many benefits, both physical and spiritual, and these benefits are supported by the teachings of the Quran and Hadith, and the word "bakhoor" itself is derived from the Arabic word "bakhur," which means incense.

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    What Are The Benefits of Bakhoor in Islam?

    5 Benefits Of  Using Bakhoor

    1. Enhances the atmosphere of your home

    Burning bakhoor can help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home, making it a more pleasant place to be. The soothing, aromatic scents of bakhoor can help to relax and calm the mind, improving the overall mood and ambience of your home.  This is supported by the Hadith, which states that "the fragrance of the musk is the best fragrance on the face of the earth" (Sahih Bukhari, Book of Perfumes).

    2. Purifies the air

    Bakhoor is known for its ability to purify the air and eliminate unwanted odours. By burning bakhoor in your home, you can help to improve the overall air quality and make your home a healthier place to be. Islamic teachings stress the importance of cleanliness and personal hygiene (Quran 5:6).

    3. Bakhoor offers a luxurious scent

    it is known for its rich, complex aroma that is highly prized in the world of perfumery. Whether you use a traditional incense burner or an electric bakhoor burner, you can enjoy the luxurious scents of bakhoor in your home every day. Muslims are encouraged to use beautiful and fragrant things (Quran 16:14).

    4. Increases relaxation and calm

    The soothing, aromatic scents of bakhoor can help to relax and calm the mind, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a more peaceful and restful home environment. The perfect way to unwind after a long day at work!

    5. Reflects cultural traditions 

    In many Arab cultures, the use of bakhoor is a longstanding tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. By using bakhoor in your home, you can honour and celebrate these cultural traditions. At Riwaya we stock unique hand-made bakhoors that reflect different parts of the Islamic world. The preservation of cultural traditions and customs is encouraged in the Quran ( 2:143).

    How to Use Bakhoor?

    When it comes to using bakhoor in your home, there are a wide variety of options to choose from. You can opt for traditional bakhoor incense and burn it using a traditional incense burner. 

    For this, you may need some charcoal discs. Heat the disc and once it becomes hot enough place it carefully into the bakhoor burner. We recommend some form of tongs to do this step. 

    Then put your bakhoor onto the disc and it will start working! Alternatively, you can use an electric bakhoor burner for a more convenient and modern option. 

    You can also pair bakhoor with other fragrances, such as oud candles or oud perfumes, to create a unique and personalized scent experience in your home.

    In conclusion, the use of bakhoor in your home has many benefits, both physical and spiritual, as supported by the teachings of the Quran and Hadith. From its ability to enhance the atmosphere of your home and purify the air to its luxurious scents and cultural traditions, bakhoor is a highly prized fragrance in the Middle East. 

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    Q1: Is there a hadith about using bakhoor?

    It is narrated that Abdullah bin Umar (R.A) used to burn pure oudh and camphor mixed with oudh as fragrance, and he stated that the Prophet ﷺ used to burn bakhoor (incense),’ He, PBUH, also said ' When you perfume the deceased with bakhoor, then perfume him three times.'(Ahmad). The Prophet PBUH also recommended the Masjid be perfumed with bakhoor on days of Jumuah. (Ibn Majah).

    Q2: Is bakhoor good for health?

    Besides its calming and relaxing effects, it is believed that bakhoor offers health benefits such as stress relief and mood enhancement and the ability to relieve breathing problems thanks to its antimicrobial properties.

    Q3: What are some popular types of bakhoor?

    Popular types of bakhoor include oudh-based blends, floral fragrances like rose and jasmine, and traditional wood-based scents such as sandalwood and agarwood. Each type offers a unique olfactory experience, ranging from deep and musky to light and floral.

    Q4: How to use bakhoor for clothes?

    There are three ways to apply bakhoor to clothes. The first and fastest method is to rub the bakhoor directly on the clothes. The second is to perfume them using a bakhoor burner, and the third method is to store a small bag of bakhoor in the closet.

    Q5: How is Bakhoor made traditionally?

    Bakhoor is crafted by blending aromatic ingredients like wood chips, resin, flowers, essential oils, and spices. These are ground into a paste, shaped into pellets or sticks, then dried. The resulting product is burned on charcoal or an electric burner to release its fragrance.

    Q6: Is burning Bakhoor considered a shirk?

    The act of burning Bakhoor itself isn't considered shirk in Islam. However, intentions matter. If used to seek blessings or protection from supernatural beings rather than enjoying its fragrance, it may verge on shirk. Approach its use with sincerity and mindfulness.

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