Ramadan Knocking Our Outdoors, Our Gardens !

 

Our Gardens in Ramadan.

The holy month of Ramadan is approaching and we are hoping for its tranquility to spread not only in our houses but also in our gardens and backyards where almost every night we can enjoy our evenings with family and friends or engage in prayer, spiritual reflection and read the Qur'an. 

 

 

Gardens in Islam has derived its characteristics throughout the history from the Quran; the holy book of Muslims where many times it talks about the paradise and what will be waiting for Muslims if they were faithful and led a good life on earth.    

Plants are central to the Mediterranean people. They are vital to our everyday life, from what we eat and how we feel, to what we look like and how we celebrate. The Prophet of Islam, may peace be upon him, initiated the faithful that any Muslim who plants a crop that feeds another person, animal or bird, will receive a reward in paradise. He also says that "When doomsday comes, if someone has a palm shoot in his hands, he should plant it." 

The Qur'an proclaims that it is Allah who "sends down water from the sky, and therewith we bring forth buds of every kind. We bring forth the green blade from which we bring forth the thick-clustered grain; and from the date-palm, from the pollen thereof, spring pendant bunches, and gardens of grapes, and the olive and the pomegranate." The Qur'an explained how Paradise would look like and the types of plants found there; these plants are considered sacred.  We take this opportunity to list for you some of these plants to enjoy them in your garden during the month of Ramadan!

  • Alhagi maurorun - Manna- Al-Mann is a legume used as a medicinal plant and a sweetener. It gives gorgeous reddish flowers for your garden. 
  •  Phoenix dactylifera - Al-Nakhl is a date palm cultivated for its edible sweet fruit and medicinal values especially for pregnant women. The high trunks give definite and magnificent structure to your garden
  • Olea europea - Al- Zaitun is a major tree in the Mediterranean; it has been cultivated for its fruit, wood and oil. It's filled with nutrients and has medicinal values. The old Olive tree is a luxury in landscape design. 
  • Vitis vinifera - Inab is a hardy climber that is native to the Mediterranean region; its fruit has healing powers to ill people; seeds, unripe, ripe fruits and raisins each heal a different symptom.  
       
  • Punica granatum - Al-Rumman is an exquisite small fruit tree that bears exotic red fruits containing phytochemicals, nutrients, vitamins C and B. It also has great medicinal values for the heart, throat and intestines. The Plant gives a reddish surprise to your garden and the trunk can give age to the space. 
  • Ficus carica - Al-Teen is a temperate tree native to the Middle East. It’s a sacred fruit where God has sworn by it in the Qur'an as it is filled with nutritious values and affects the immunity positively. Filled with so many vitamins and fiber, they also are an important source of antioxidants. Add a touch of warmth to your gardens, remember your ancestors and spend a lot of times under this tree. 
     
  • Cedrus libani - Sidr is native to the mountains of the Mediterranean region. The trees were used for building commercial and military ships, as well as houses, palaces, and temples. It is widely planted as a proud ornamental tree in gardens and parks. 
 

 

Tamarix aphylla;Athl,
Lawsonia inermis- Henna,
Musa spp- Talh,  
Zingiber officinale – Zanjabil,
Lens culinaris Adas,
Allium cepa -Basal,
Allium sativum Tum,  
Cucumis melo – Qiththa,
Lagenaria siceraria – Yaqtin,
Rassica nigra -  Khardal,
Ocimum basilicum - Al-Raihan
Euphorbia spp - Al Zaqqum

The above are plants that have been mentioned many times; each related to a story, healing a person or utilized in a landscape sense in the Qur'an.  

 

The Qur'an also talked about Grains (Al Habb) from wheat to barley to much more.  

You will recognize the use of many of these plants in your own everyday life, as plants in general provide wildlife habitats, create diversity in the landscape, provide berries, fruits, leaves, flowers and bark for harvest, help reduce the impact of climate change, enhance the landscape visually, provide shelter, windbreaks shade and noise filters and create areas where people have access to shade and utility!

 

 

Published on Home Magazine July 2012 by Eng. Zeena AL Jaajaa
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