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What is the Qur'anic Botanic Garden in Qatar and what is its significance

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What is the Qur'anic Botanic Garden in Qatar and what is its significance

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.

What is the Qur'anic Botanic Garden in Qatar and what is its significance
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According to Botanic Gardens Conservation International, QBG has five main roles:

  1. Environmental role: The Garden aims to maintain and preserve the diversity of plants collected from different regions of the world against dangers or threats.
  2. Educational role: The Garden's Educational programme for schools has year-round educational activities that have been specifically designed to encourage responsibility and respect of the environment we live in, promote the value of planting trees in the Islamic religion, and help to preserve Qatar’s natural resources and botanic diversity.
  3. Scientific role: The Garden facilities research on Horticulture, Conservation, Biotechnology, Medicinal and Biotechnology, Medicinal and Socio-economic values of the plants of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith.
  4. Cultural role: The revival of cultural tradition is one of QBG's goals. The garden showcases the traditional uses of plants, their role within human life, and the sustainable ways in which these plants can be used in the long-term
  5. Recreational role: The QBG aims to be the first destination for the whole family, who can enjoy and learn around its activities.
What is the Qur'anic Botanic Garden in Qatar and what is its significance
Image credit: Qur'anic Botanic Garden

What kind of plants can you find in the QBG?

The plants that reside in this beautiful garden belong to three different kinds of habitats:

  1. Desert
  2. Mediterranean
  3. Tropical

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.

For a complete listing on the different plants you can find in the QBG, click on the following link: https://qbg.org.qa/content/plants-qbg-0?q=node/80

The plants in the garden come complete with little exhibits that mention their 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, application and their usefulness to us.

Why do we need a QBG?

According to QBG:

"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.

What is the Qur'anic Botanic Garden in Qatar and what is its significance
Image credit: Qur'anic Botanic Garden

Why is the design of the QBG significant?

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.

What is the Qur'anic Botanic Garden in Qatar and what is its significance
Image credit: Qur'anic Botanic Garden

What are the initiatives of the QBG?

The following initiatives are part of the QBG's plans to create environmental awareness and help people understand the benefits of a greener Qatar:

1. Free-of-Charge ‘Home Garden Helpline’ Service

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).

2. Ghars tree-planting campaign

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 Africam Djibouti and Mali amongst others.

Image credit: Qur’anic Botanic Garden

What is the Botanical Museum within the QBG?

The QBG houses an Information Centre that gives information about the plants found in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith, 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.

What is the Qur'anic Botanic Garden in Qatar and what is its significance
Image credit: Qur'anic Botanic Garden

Details

Location: https://www.google.com/maps?ll=25.334694,51.416573&z=14&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=QA&mapclient=embed&cid=11156279060387279959
Timings:
Sunday to Thursday: 8 am - 3 pm

More information on QBG's upcoming events and activities can be found on its social media channels on:

or you can get in touch via

Further reading:

  1. QF's Qur'anic Botanic Garden launches home garden helpline for plant enthusiasts
  2. QF's Qur'anic Botanic Garden launches Qatar's first African garden
  3. Over 1,800 trees planted as part of the Ghars Campaign!

Extracted from QBG, QBG Press Release, QBG Press Release, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, QBG Twitter
Cover image credit: Qatar Foundation