Lote tree leaves are a type of leaf from the ziziphus genus that is well known in the Middle East, and some regions of Asia. They are also referred to as nabak leaves and are widely used for various health benefits.
The Lote Tree on the Boundary (sidrat al-muntaha) occupies a central place in Muslim conceptualisations of paradise and the prophet Muhammad’s heavenly night journey and ascension (mi’raj). It is described as “a lofty spot, beyond which none can pass”. In the Hadith it has been reported that its leaves are like elephant ears and that each leaf bears the name of an angel.
During his journey, the prophet saw that it was covered by “that which covers” i.e. Allah’s majesty and splendour. The ensuing verse in Quran 53:16 states: “When it was encompassed by that which covered it, the apostle was struck with its marvels.”
Many commentators of the Quran have understood the word Sidrah to mean Lote Tree or Nabq or Unnab as it is known in Arabic or European languages like Jujubes. Maulana Usmani in his tafsir, however, has argued that it is not referring to any particular tree.
Regardless of its name, this amazing plant is very important for human health. Lote Tree leaves are a rich source of nutrients that help in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure. They are also effective in curing dandruff and lice. In addition to that, they contain high amounts of fibre which helps in losing weight.