The Qur'anic Garden
Press release, 13 April 2010
In April 2010, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, joined His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to plant a Sidra tree sapling at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, formally open an exhibition on Qatar’s Qur’anic Garden and marking the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.
The Qur’anic Garden in Qatar was inaugurated by Her Highness on 17 September 2008 when she planted the garden’s first tree, again a Sidra (Ziziphus spina-christi Willd.-, Sidr), the emblem of Qatar Foundation.
The exhibition comprises plants and herbarium specimens of some plants in the Qur’anic Garden in Doha.
The Holy Qur’an is full of references to the beauty of the Earth’s plants and trees. A Qur’anic Garden comprises all the plant species mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and those in the Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet Mohammed, Peace be upon Him), and the Sunnah (Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him); these plant species belong to three main ecological groups:
- Desert plants, such as bitter gourd, tamarisk, Christ’s thorn, tooth-brush tree, Acacia spp., aloe, senna, henna, camel’s hay.
- Mediterranean plants, such as olives, common grape vine, fig tree, wheat, barley, black cumin, mustard, saffron, safflower, onion, garlic, watermelon, pomegranate.
- Tropical plants, such as agallocum, ginger, wild ginger, camphor tree.
In addition, the exhibition details the botanical terms mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, Hadith and Sunnah, explaining them in modern scientific terms.
Gardens play a significant role in the visual arts of the Muslim world. A Qur’anic Garden demonstrates the basic principles of Islam and provides an oasis for peaceful reflection where water, shade and greenery play an essential role.
The Qur’anic Garden in Doha and this exhibition at Kew, aim to increase global awareness of the plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and to promote understanding between cultures through a common interest – our environment and its preservation.
The exhibition will be open daily from 9 April until 5 May 2010.
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