Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community development is setting up a Qur’anic Botanic Garden, the first of its kind in the world. All set to bloom in Doha, it will have all the plant species mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, and those in the Hadith and Sunnah (Sayings& traditions of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH).
The Qur’anic Botanic Garden, Member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, exhibits the botanical terms mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, explaining the significance of their mention in the Holy Qur’an, as well as the scientific explanations of composition, application and usefulness to man. The Garden will inspire appreciation of nature by encouraging respect and responsibility for our environment.
The concept comes from a region-wide UNESCO. The idea of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden was started since it was inaugurated by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation on 17 September 2008. To mark the event she planted the Garden’s very first tree, the Sidra (Ziziphus spina-christi Willd, Sidr), which is also the symbol of the Foundation.
The Qur’anic Botanic Garden exhibits about 60 plant species belonging to three different types of habitats: desert, Mediterranean and topical. Date palm, olive, fig, citron, senna, ginger, aloe, camphor and other plants will be represented. The harmony between plants and design of the garden is beautiful, and it reflects Islamic architecture and art.
The Garden will support a very important Islamic vision and Allah’s instructions, to value Him and the world and all creatures he created. This is fundamental to the worship of Allah. It highlights the Muslims knowledge about Islam, environment and conservation and also helps in understanding the scientific aspects of the plants and their life.
In many cases the plant’s mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith are not well-known to the religion scientists, especially those mentioned in the Hadith and Sunnah. So, to the first time, there is an opportunity for the identification of these plants and showing all their characteristics to the public. Scientific information about these plants helps in understanding of the Qur’anic Verses (A’yat) and Hadith.
The Garden supports appreciation of the mysteries in the Qur’an, Hadith and Sunnah. Also it shows non-Moslems the scientific aspects in Islam and how other creatures are treated in Islam.
The botanical terms mentioned in the Qur’an and Hadith are not usually understood in view of the modern scientific knowledge and the modern Arabic Language. Explaining these terms is one of the main themes in the garden. Some of these terms may be related to modern science, specifically, genetics and genetic engineering. All these and other topics are dealt with in the garden.