The Spanish Muslim hadith scholar, botanist, and pharmacist, Ibn Mufarraj an-Nabati
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 8th of the Islamic month of Sha’ban in 561 AH, the Spanish Muslim hadith scholar, botanist, and pharmacist, Abu Abbas Ahmad Ibn Mohammad Ibn Mufarraj an-Nabati was born in Seville. He is often called Ibn Rumiya, since his mother was a Christian lady before her conversion to Islam. Initially, he studied in Andalusia, learning the features of different plant species, and later traveled to different countries such as Egypt, Iraq, and Hijaz, to study plants, while also acquiring the science of Hadith.
He wrote an account of his journey, “Kitab ar-Rehla”, which deals primarily with his observations of plants and medicinal properties. He has left behind numerous books in botany, theology, and hadith. Some of his works are still used by researchers.