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The tree of Zaqqūm, or the cursed tree mentioned four times in the Qurʾān, with three explicit references ( q 37:62; 44:43; 56:52) and one implicit ( q 17:60). Unlike the beautiful trees with clustered fruits in paradise (q.v.; q 69:23), the good tree of “the good word” ( q 14:24) and the heavenly tree of eternity (q.v.) from which Adam and Eve (q.v.) were prohibited to eat ( q 20:120), the tree of Zaqqūm stands out as the ugliest and the most terrifying tree described in the Qurʾān (see trees; agriculture and vegetation). It grows at the bottom of hellfire (see hell and hellfire ), its blossom ( ṭalʿu…

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Awa, Salwa M.S., “Zaqqūm”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00469>

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