QBG was inaugurated in Qatar by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, on 17 September 2008. The garden seeks to strengthen the links between a cultural heritage inspired by the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Noble Sunnah - the purpose of which is to preserve biodiversity and protect the environment - and nurture plant life in the natural ecosystems of the Qatari Peninsula and the Gulf region as a whole. QBG cultivates and displays more than 60 different kinds of plants, belonging to three types of natural habitats. These include desert environment species such as acacia ehrenbergiana, acacia and idkhir; and Mediterranean environment species such as olives, figs and pomegranates, and tropical areas such as ginger and camphor. QBG also seeks to preserve the types of plants that grow naturally in Qatar, including acacia tortilis, sidr, colocynth and others.
QBG supports an important vision, which highlights Islamic knowledge and that of the environment, helping to understand the scientific aspects of the plants cited in the Qur’an and Sunnah, and their impact on their lives. The botanical terms cited in the Qur’an and Hadith are not usually understood in the context of modern scientific knowledge and contemporary Arabic language. Therefore, one of the main objectives of QBG is to explain these terms, and link some of them with modern concepts such as sustainability and food security. In many cases, the plants cited in the Noble Qur’an, and especially the Hadith, are not well known. This is why QBG provides an opportunity to learn about scientific aspects of these plants, and to show all their characteristics to society, in a way that helps in understanding the Qur’anic verses and the Hadith of the Prophet.
QBG also collects parts of plants, such as ‘Alorjoon’ (old date stalk), ‘Qitmeer’ (the membrane of a date seed), ‘An-Nawa’ and its constituent ‘Qitmeer’. Additionally, the organization also collects heritage pieces related to the plant, such as ‘Sahfa’, ‘Al-qurbal’, and ‘Al-Manhaz’, and displays them in the Botanical Museum with clarification of where they are cited in the Holy Qur’an or Hadith. These plants and terms are linked with the ethical concepts mentioned in their context, with explanations of their meaning in each case. QBG aims to preserve biological diversity, especially for the plants that it collects. It has also adopted the placement of scientific names on posters and tags next to each plant in the garden, allowing interested parties to accrue maximum benefit from their visits.

Plants in the Arabic Heritage

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Roles of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden

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