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Ebony is a fantastically dense, dark hardwood that has a fine texture and a mirror finish when polished. It grows in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Africa and Mauritius. In India, ebony was traditionally reserved for the making of sacred objects and was a favorite material amongst the Maharajas and Mughal emperors. In Japan, it was used to make the handle of samurai swords. Part of the reason for it being a revered wood is because it can take up to 200 years for an ebony tree to fully bloom.
Symbolically, the rich, black color of ebony represents the primordial void; a state that every Muslim seeker aspires to through detachment from the world and attachment to God. The density of the wood symbolizes harmony and protection.