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The Islamic Concept of Gardening

Islamic gardens represent cultivated spaces across the diverse span of Muslim history and geography, created and set apart from wilderness of various kinds.

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The idea of a garden has always been central to Islam for reasons that are at once hopeful — because nature is so beautiful — and deeply melancholy — because life itself can never be made perfect.

They were designed to enhance the humanly constructed environment, to ornament the landscape, and to symbolize cultural and religious values and aspirations. As such, they are together with architecture and the arts among the most significant and enduring of Muslim expressions of the role and relationship of nature in its broader sense to human beings.

Gardens and landscape architecture in Muslim societies have been an important expression of ethical assumptions about stewardship, ecology, and beauty.


• Stubbornness - determination not to change one's attitude or position on something.

• Sin - an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.

• Forgiveness - the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.

• Goblet - a drinking glass with a foot and a stem.

• Balmy - characterized by pleasantly warm weather.

• Despairing - showing the loss of all hope.

• Due - (contextual) of the proper quality or extent.

• Astonish - to amaze.

• Telling - reveal (information) in a non-verbal way.

• Evinced - reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling); indicate.

• Correlate - have a mutual relationship or connection, in which one thing affects or depends on another.

• Laurel - any of a number of shrubs and other plants with dark green glossy leaves.

• Rosemary - an evergreen aromatic shrub of the mint family, native to southern Europe.

• Detain - keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.

• Liable - likely to experience (something undesirable).

• Hit - cause harm or distress to.

• Cypress trees - an evergreen coniferous tree with small rounded woody cones and flattened shoots bearing small scale-like leaves.

• Geraniums - a herbaceous plant or small flowering shrub.

• Petty - of little importance; trivial.

• Gusts - a sudden strong rush of wind.

• Squalls - a sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet.

• Plough - turn up the earth of (an area of land) with a plough, especially before sowing.

• Window box - a long, narrow box in which flowers and other plants are grown, placed on an outside windowsill.

• Mire - involve someone or something in (a difficult situation).

• Repair - (contextual) go to (a place), especially in company.

Source: School of Life

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