Olive Oil in the Quraan


The Olive and its tree have been mentioned seven times in the Quraan.


Allah has taken an oath on the olive:


وَالتِّينِ وَالزَّيْتُونِ

 [ الـتين: 1]


By the fig and the olive [At Tin:1]


Powerfully, another verse highlights the luminescent property of olive oil:


اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِۚ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌۖ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍۖ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونَةٍ لَّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌۚ نُّورٌ عَلَىٰنُورٍۗ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاءُۚ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِۗ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ

[ النّور:35]


Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.  [An Nur:35]


Benefits of the olive plant and it’s oil


وَشَجَرَةً تَخْرُجُ مِن طُورِ سَيْنَاءَ تَنبُتُ بِالدُّهْنِ وَصِبْغٍ لِّلْآكِلِينَ

[ المؤمنون:20]


20.  And [We brought forth] a tree issuing from Mount Sinai which produces oil and food for those who eat.

[Al Mu”minun:20]


Olive Oil in the Hadith


There is a great significance of olives and its oil in Ahaadith.


The noble Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Eat olive oil and use it on your hair and skin, for it comes from a blessed tree.”

(Tirmidhi 1775)


In another narration the Holy Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said: “Take oil of olive and massage with it – it is a blessed tree”

(Darimi 69: 103)


It is Sunnah to massage the body with olive oil.


The righteous would recite Ayatul Kursi 70 times over it with intentions that whenever they apply the olive oil onto their bodies the shayaateen would not be able to penetrate them.