Qur’anic Garden and Islamic Gardens

Similarities& Differences

In the literature, we have the term Islamic Gardens. These gardens have some similarities to the Qur’anic Gardens and many differences.

Similarities

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden and the Islamic Gardens share an Islamic focus. The Qur’anic Botanic Garden shares same Islamic garden features such as paths, walkways, sunken beds and fountains. The Islamic Architecture and Art are considered in the design of both kinds of gardens. In the Qur’anic and Islamic Gardens, water and shade are principle elements and involved to give an environmental phenomenon

Differences

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden refers to a garden that exhibits all the plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, the Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH) and Sunnah with designs reflecting Islamic architecture, but it is mainly occupied with the plants of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith.

Islamic Gardens do not consider the plants given in the Qur’an, but it depends on its location and its suitability to the cultivated plants. So, Islamic Gardens in the tropics will be different from those in the temperate or arid zones. This can be seen from the list of plants cultivated in different regions.

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden is concerned with the botanical terms and their meanings to help explain the Qur’anic verses and the Hadith, while the Islamic Garden is not concerned with the Botanical terms in the Qur’an and Hadith.

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden offers ex situ conservation (protecting and rehabilitate plants outside their habitats) for certain species that mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. Alike other botanic gardens in the world, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden will also include library, a herbarium, research facilities and greenhouses. The Qur’anic botanic garden remains significant in recreational and educational activities. However, it takes another important trend to increasingly focus on raising awareness of conservation issues highlighted in Islam integrated with modern science.