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The bottle gourd is yellowish green, having the shape of a bottle. It has white pulp, with white seeds embedded in spongy flesh.

Origin and Distribution: The bottle gourds have been cultivated since time immemorial and they are, probably one of the earliest vegetables cultivated by man. It appears to have originated in Africa where it occurs spontaneously.

Sunnah: The green Bottle Gourd is the vegetable mentioned in the Hadith which Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ate. As the Arabic word qar' refers to the gourd family in general, many people have erroneously translated it as pumpkin. In reality pumpkin is native to the Americas and was only brought to the other continents after the European contact. It is most unlikely that Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ever ate pumpkin.

 

Possible Benefits

As Muslims we practice the Sunnah out of love for Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He mostly did not explain any known benefit of a particular item. However, we list below some claimed benefits of Bottle Gourd:

  • The cooked vegetable is cooling, diuretic, sedative and anti-bilious.
  • It is very valuable in urinary disorders. A glassful of fresh juice prepared by grating the whole fruit should be mixed with teaspoonful of lime juice. It should be given once daily in the treatment of burning sensation in urinary passage due to high acidity of urine. It serves as an alkaline mixture.
  • The juice of bottle gourd is a valuable medicine for excessive thirst due to severe diarrhoea, diabetes and excessive use of fatty or fried foods. A glassful of plain juice with a pinch of salt should be taken everyday in this condition. Its use during summer prevents excessive loss of sodium, quenches thirst and helps in preventing fatigue.
  • Mixture of bottle gourd juice and sesame oil acts as an effective medicine for insomnia. It should be massaged over scalp every night
  • The Gourd fruit juice is used in the treatment of insanity, epilepsy and other nervous diseases.
  • The juice of the fruit is used in the treatment of stomach acidity, indigestion and ulcers.
  • Bottle Gourd helps in constipation. Bottle gourd is not only rich in essential minerals, iron, protein and trace elements; it is also rich in fibre. Fibre is known to be missing in the modern diet, the absence of which is the cause of not only constipation but other digestive disorders like flatulence and even piles.

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