Lesson no. 48 Kaafur(الكافور) (Camphor)

Names:-

1. In Hadees, Arabic & Quran it is called as Kaafur (الكافور)
2. In Sanskrit it is called as Karpura.
3. In Hindi & Urdu it is called as Kafur.
4. In Latin it is called as Cinnamomum camphora.

Introduction:-

It is made from distilling the bark of camphora tree, this is natural form, and also it is made biosynthetically by using chemicals. But natural form is the best to use medically.
It is a waxy, flammable, white or transparent solid substance with aromatic odour, it is a terpenoid found in the woods of Camphora laurel or Cinnamomum camphora (an ever green tree).

Quranic reference of it: -

Kaafur (الكافور) is mentioned in Quran in chapter no 76. (Surah DAHR), verse no. 5.

إِنَّ ٱلْأَبْرَارَ يَشْرَبُونَ مِن كَأسٍ كَانَ مِزَاجُهَا كَافُورًا

Translation: In this verse Allah Ta’ala speaks about a drink which will be given to the people of Jannah, this drink will has Flavour of Kaafur.

Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم's guidance about Kaafur:-

Apply Kaafur on dead Body: -

1. Hazrat Umme Atiya رضي الله عنها says that one daughter of Rasoolullahﷺ died, & Rasoolullahﷺ told us to give bath to His daughter’s body with sidr (water) for odd numbers of time 3 or 5 or more times if you think necessary, & lastly apply Kaafur (الكافور) or anything made from Kaafur (الكافور) & when you finish inform me. He gave His waist cloth to us (to shroud her). We entwined the hairs in braids & made them fall at her back.
[Bukhari: 1263; Book. 23; Eng vol: 2; Book. 23; Hadees. 353.]
 According to Bulugh Al-Muram: 544; Book no, 3, In English Book no. 3; Hadees no. 568. That daughter was Hazrat Zainab رضي الله عنها.

Content of it: -

The main chemical components are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, phellandrene, limonene, 1, 8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, furfural, camphor, linalool, bornyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol, caryophyllene, borneol, piperitone, geraniol, safrole, cinnamaldehyde, methyl cinnamate and eugenol.

Scientific benefits of it:

1. It is anti microbial, suppresses cough.
2. Acts as a local anesthetic agent & anti itching.
3. Reduces sprain, pain, swelling, inflammation.
4. It is a tropical vasodilating agent, perspiration & diuretic agent.
5. Can be inhaled for Bronchitis & etc.
6. Relieves pain, itching, fungal infections, cold sores, hemorrhoids (piles) warts & etc.

Science & Hadees regarding Kaafur: -

Camphor is also used as an antimicrobial substance. In embalming, camphor oil was one of the ingredients used by ancient Egyptians for mummification. Embalming is the art and science of preserving human body or body parts by treating them with chemicals to forestall decomposition. The intention is to keep them suitable for public display at a funeral, for religious reasons or for medical and scientific purposes such as their use as anatomical specimens. The three goals of embalming are sanitization, presentation and preservation (or restoration). Embalming has a very long and cross-cultural history, with many cultures giving the embalming processes a greater religious meaning.

Conclusion of Hadees: -

1. Use it to apply on dead bodies after giving bath to the death body. This lesson has 1 Hadees.