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QBG has introduced a new concept in the world of botanical gardens, as it is the first garden of its kind in the world that exhibits the plants mentioned in the Holy Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) . It aims to enhance and spread knowledge about these plants, the terms associated with them, and how they are cared for and preserved.
It is He who sends down rain from the sky; from it is drink and from it is foliage in which you pasture [animals]. He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought. 11 [HQ 16:11]
Plants are mentioned in many verses of the Holy Qur’an as one of the greatest blessings of God Almighty upon man, and as a clear sign indicating the existence of God and His ability to revive and resurrect life after death. Trees are also cited in the context of encouraging meditation and reflection, where the bliss of Paradise and the food of its people are described, as well as the stories of the prophets and ancient nations. One of the Surahs of the Holy Qur’an has been named after a fruit, namely Surat al-Teen (fig), in which God swears by the fig and olive. The names of many plants were also cited in the hadiths of the Messenger (PBUH), and his purified Sunnah for various purposes and on different occasions.
Qur’anic Botanic Garden introduces a new concept to the world of botanical gardens, as it is the first of its kind in the world that cultivates the plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet. QBG aims to enhance and spread knowledge about these plants, the terms associated with them, and the principles of their maintenance and preservation.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, announced the commencement of work on the implementation of this unique project on 17 September 2008. To mark this announcement, Her Highness planted the first seedling – the Sidra plant mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, which is also the symbol of Qatar Foundation.
QBG’s vision is to be a world-class center of excellence for disseminating knowledge, education and research in the field of plant resources, and to extend bridges of communication between civilizations, contribute to enhancing responsibility towards the environment, and achieve integration between efforts to preserve plants and modern scientific achievements. QBG works in harmony with Qatar Foundation’s vision and objectives, and with the Qatar National Vision 2030, and conforms to the goals of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), and the principles of a sustainable environment.
QBG’s nurseries at Education City contain 6,825 trees, shrubs, and perennial herbs, annual plants from different geographical and climatic environments, such as desert plants, temperate climate plants, and tropical plants. Among the plants in the nurseries are: mustard, safflower, cumin, barley, lentils, black bean and rice, in addition to sesame, wheat, onions, leeks, garlic, cucumber, pumpkin, watermelon, dodhi-gourd (dubbaa), pumpkins, monkey thorn, chard and others. As for the perennial plants, they include astragalus, cactus, melon, senmaki, corn cane, kost, saffron, sedge, ginger, and zarnab, in addition to aloe vera and basil.
QBG represents an invitation to reflect, contemplate and think deeply about the creation of God. The organization introduces plant species and botanical terms to a diverse public audience, and highlights the principles of tolerant Islamic teachings aimed at preserving plant diversity. In addition to its religious dimension, QBG also aims to shed light on the importance of preserving plant resources, how to conserve natural and environmental resources, and to highlight the teachings of Islamic law that call for the protection and preservation of environmental resources for current and future generations.
In 2008, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairman of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, inaugurated the Qur’an Botanical Garden as an exceptional project to become the first botanical garden to take care of plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and the noble Prophet’s hadiths, documenting the environmental terms in them. It is keen to preserve the civilizational and faith heritage of the Islamic nation, and spares no effort in preserving the wild and natural plants in Qatar’s environment by raising awareness of the importance of their sustainability and protecting them from the dangers that threaten them, such as overgrazing, climate change and pollution arising from urban and industrial activities, in recognition of the importance of Plants as a source of biological diversity on the surface of the earth in addition to the importance of having gardens and trees which are among the blessings that God bestowed upon His servants, making them a pleasure for sight and a joy for the soul and making them a sign for contemplation and reflection. You would not have sprouted its trees God be with God but they are a people who make adjustments. [Ants: 60]. The team of the Qur’an Botanical Garden – led by Prof. Dr. Kamal Al-Din Hasan Al-Batanouni, a former scientific advisor to the Qur’an Botanical Garden (may God have mercy on him) – has been monitoring the plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and tree species with their explicit names, studying their meanings from books of interpretation and language, then approaching them and developing scientific names for them. In an illustrated publication to enrich the Arab and Islamic library with this science along with its various other publications, the team also collected and explained the environmental and botanical terms as well as enriching the botanical museum’s holdings with the heritage tools mentioned in the hadiths of the Prophet in an achievement that had an impact on distinguishing the park as a unique initiative. In addition to the basic work of the garden in the proliferation of plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and the noble hadiths of the Prophet, the Qur’an Botanical Garden has taken care of indigenous plants of natural origin by planting them in its nurseries equipped for this purpose and then reviving the nursery within the framework of its goals aimed at preserving biological diversity and preserving the environment as one of the most important foundations. Underpinning the botanical gardens. In order to ensure that the park has an active and influential role in its community environment, based on its capacity as an active member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, we have launched a variety of targeted awareness initiatives and educational programs targeting students and society to enhance environmental awareness, food security and sustainability, in compliance with what the Islamic Sharia law calls for. Environment and in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, especially the fourth pillar of environmental development. Thus, the Qur’an Botanical Garden is not an ordinary garden that collects plants only, but rather a comprehensive entity that adopts a future vision to preserve the natural, cultural and spiritual heritage of the Islamic nation and calls for awareness of the importance of appreciating it, reviving its noble values and principles, and urging its preservation and protection. With this concern for raising awareness and spreading awareness in various environmental fields, the garden and its tireless efforts to enrich the Arab and Islamic cultural heritage in the field of plants and the preservation of the environment and nature, however, lay a continuous bridge between Islamic heritage and contemporary reality and transmit new energy in national efforts to enhance responsibility towards the environment and preservation.
A garden of a worldwide center of excellence for knowledge, education and research, and bridge cultures in inspiring appreciation of nature and fostering responsibility for our environment.
To promote a complete understanding of the plants, botanic terms and conservation principles mentioned in the Holy Qur’an & Sunnah by applying scientific innovations, building appreciation of cultural traditions and by creating a garden that will provide unique opportunities for learning.
QBG cooperates with many institutions around the world with the aim of supporting and preserving the plants mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. In this regard, the QBG has concluded many agreements with reputable local and international institutions in the botanical gardens and research studies fields on plants inside and outside Qatar. The aim of these agreements is strengthening cooperation and joint action in the framework of protecting the environment and fungal plants in Qatar.
Among the most prominent of these agreements at the local level is the protocol for joint cooperation with the Agricultural Research Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in Qatar, and an agreement with the “Center for Studies and Social Sciences” at Qatar University in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. This is in addition to a memorandum of understanding with the Association of Environmentalism in Qatar. Internationally, QBG has signed agreements, such as the joint cooperation agreement with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the UK, a memorandum of understanding with the Islamic Foundation for Culture in Spain (FUNCI), and a memorandum of understanding with the National Museum of St. Petersburg, Russia.