The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) is a beautiful garden located in Education City, Doha, with a special theme. This garden is-one-of-a-kind because it exhibits and conserves the plants that have been mentioned in the Holy Qur'an and the native flora that can be found in Qatar. At present, it houses 60 species of plants, 20 of which have been mentioned in different chapters in the Holy Qur'an, and will grow to also include those found in different Hadith and Sunnah (sayings and traditions) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as well.
The QBG is a project of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and its first tree was planted by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, on 17 September 2008. This tree was the Sidra, which is also the emblem of the Qatar Foundation. This is where the seed to start a Qur’anic garden was planted and, then nurtured.
According to Botanic Gardens Conservation International, QBG has five main roles:
The plants that reside in this beautiful garden belong to three different kinds of habitats:
Just some of the plants you can find in the QBG include the Sidra Tree, which is also the national tree of Qatar, olive, senna, camphor, ginger, fig, aloe, citron and the date palm.
The plants in the garden come complete with little exhibits that mention the botanical terms that have been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, along with explaining the significance of their mention in the Holy Qur’an. The little exhibits also mention the scientific explanations of the composition of the plants, their application, and their usefulness to us.
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"The botanical terms mentioned in the Qur’an and Hadith are not usually understood in view of 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.
"In many cases, the plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith are not well-known to the religious scientists, especially those mentioned in the Hadith and the Sunnah. So, for the first time, there is an opportunity to identify these plants and showcase all their characteristics to the public. The Scientific information connected with these plants helps in understanding the Qur’anic Verses and Hadith that mention them.
In fact, with the help of the QBG, non-Muslims will also get to understand the scientific aspects found in Islam and how creatures are treated within the boundaries of the religion.
The QBG has been designed to reflect Islamic art and Islamic architecture and highlights the harmony between the different plants.
The Garden supports 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. The Garden also explains the relevance of plants in Islam, along with that of the environment and conservation; it also helps in understanding scientific aspects of plants and their life cycle.
The following initiatives are part of the QBG's plans to create environmental awareness and help people understand the benefits of a greener Qatar:
QBG launched a 'Home Garden Helpline' in September 2020 so anyone can call in and have their gardening queries answered by gardening experts. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just a beginner, the QBG experts will guide you and help you through the phone with selecting the best seeds and seedlings for a good yield, how to mix soil properly and plant dates, give you advice about irrigation and fertilisation, tell you about pest control, plant care and lots more.
The service is available every Monday (9 am - 12:30 pm) and every Wednesday (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm).
You can now contact the experts at QBG to inquire about home gardening according to the table below:— حديقة القرآن النباتية (@QuranicGarden) August 11, 2020
Every Monday: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Every Wednesday: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM pic.twitter.com/uHLjY68vH3
QBG initiated the Ghars Campaign with the purpose of promoting environmental awareness and the importance of green conservation initiatives within Qatar, as well as creating an educated, responsible, and globally-aware community. The aim of this campaign is to plant 2,022 trees as we lead up towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. (Since 2011, 1,088 trees have been planted).
The Ghars Campaign 2019 ended on 13 December 2019 with 390 trees planted by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and the American Scouts
As part of the Ghars Campaign, the African Women’s Diplomatic Garden was launched on 26 February 2020 with a number of different saplings that represented African countries like Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Djibouti and Mali amongst others.
The QBG houses an Information Centre that gives information about the plants found in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith, the environment in Islam, ethics and cultural heritage. The Botanical Museum is part of the Information Centre; it contains valuable information, Islamic inscriptions, murals and photographs, so visitors can get a feel of authentic Arab and Islamic heritage.
The Museum has, on display, modules of plant parts and traditional tools that were made from plants in ancient times, and may still be used today.
Location: Qur'anic Botanic Garden
Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 8 am - 3 pm
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