British embassy joins Quranic Botanic Garden Ghars campaign

British embassy joins Quranic Botanic Garden Ghars campaign

April 16, 2015
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Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari and British Ambassador Nicholas Hopton planting trees inside the embassy garden. Olive, Pomegranate and Fig saplings were planted as part of the awareness campaign ‘Ghars’ initiated by the Quranic Botanic Garden, a member of Qatar Foundation.  Salim Matramkot

DOHA: Three plants which grow fruits mentioned in the holy Quran were planted yesterday at the garden of the British embassy in Doha.

Olive, pomegranate and fig plants were planted as part of the planting campaign ‘Ghars’ initiated by Quranic Botanic Garden, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF).

Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, British Ambassador Nicholas Hopton and Fatima Al Khulaifi, Project Manager, Quranic Botanic Garden, planted the trees.

Ghars aims to preserve natural resources, especially trees within their natural habitats.

Quranic Botanic Garden is taking this opportunity to raise awareness about the value of trees.

“I hope the olive tree we plant and the garden we create will be witness to success and impact of the embassy’s work. And will provide welcome respite for those working in or visiting the embassy for years to come,” said Hopton.

The event coincides with this year’s British festival being held to highlight social, cultural and scientific links between the two countries.

“This event is very symbolic to show respect to culture in the best way,” said Al Kuwari.

The mission of Quranic Botanic Garden is to promote knowledge of plants, botanical terms, and conservation principles mentioned in the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

Al Khulaifi said the Holy Quran mentions plants in a metaphorical way to encourage ethical conduct and good behaviour and to illustrate certain concepts such as life and death.

Similarly, the Sunnah persistently urges people to look after, care for and preserve plants.

The Sunnah considers planting a good deed and one way of worshipping Allah. Planting could even be regarded as a form of charity.

The Holy Quran describes olive as being “plentiful, sacred, auspicious, providing countless blessings”.

The reference to fig in the first verse of Surat at-Tin is a most wise one in terms of benefits imparted by the fruit.

The princely pomegranate, ar-Rumm in Arabic, is mentioned in the Holy Quran as one of the many delicious rewards awaiting in Paradise.