The Gardens of Islam

We are fortunate to live near an extensive botanical garden and we have decided to incorporate these gardens into our curriculum.  

  
For the Islamic education of children it is possible to use gardens and gardening as part of the lessons that will help them to understand the many many passages of Quran that refer to the gardens of paradise.  

  
Some Islamic gardens are designed with fountains and flowing water to represent the 4 rivers of paradise.  

   
   
Traditional gardens usually include shady spots for calm reflection.

   
 
This botanical garden also has a water wheel where the energy from the river is used as a pump to elevate the water to and overhead pipe.  We could use this for a later lesson on early Islamic engineering.  

  
My children are interested in flora and fauna.  We reminded our son to be gentle with the ant like Sayidina Sulayman.

  
Please share your ideas for incorporating nature with Islamic education. 

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