Through the powerful Prophethood institution this Sunnat was largely promoted firstly in Arabia and afterward in the vast territory of the Muslim world. It is a tradition in the Arabian Peninsula to pass Bukhoor around to guests.
Bukhoor preparation originated exclusively from the beautiful region of Yemen. It comes from the highest peak of Yemen, Shibaam, where the famous shrine of the celebrated Sirat-biographer and historian, Syedna Idris Imaduddin is located. According to the valuable source of “Qaratees al Yamaniyah”, during the period of Suleyhi Power, first from Sanaa and later Zeejiblah, a large quantity of costly Bukhoor along with other fragrances were regularly presented to the Al Haramyn al Sharefyin, Kabah and Rauzat al Nabawi.
Bukhoor alters moods to bring peaceful, tranquil, refreshing, uplifting & inspiring feelings.
Bukhoor opens the mind to spirituality & diverts from worldly impurities.
Bukhoor keeps the mind allert & encourages it in solitude.
Bukhur gives the mind leisure when it is busy.
Age does not affect the efficacy of Bukhoor & its habitual use causes no harm.
Burning Bukhoor is a soothing & uplifting activity.
It is a good haemostatic, antiseptic and a good healing agent.
Applied on wounds internally subsidies the inflammation of UTI & respiratory tract infections.
It dispels malicious & distressing psychic forces.
Hadhrat Ibn Umar used to burn pure Oudh and camphor mixed with Oudh as incense fragrance. He said “Likewise, Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) used to burn incense.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth #2254)
Hadhrat Umm Qais Bint Mihsan narrates that “I heard the Prophet (sallallahu aleihi wa sallam) saying, “Treat with the Indian incense, for it has healing for seven diseases; it is to be sniffed by one having throat trouble, and to be put into one side of the mouth of one suffering from pleurisy.” (Saheeh al-Bukhari, Hadeeth # 5368)