The Quranic Garden

Written by: Huzaifa Nuruddin

Situated between Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Karachi’s al-Masjid al-Fātimī and Mahad-al-Zahra, is a thematic garden named Hadīqat al-Quran (Quranic Garden). Its name reflects the fact that it comprises all seven fruits and fruit trees mentioned in the Quran. This garden is a distinguishing feature of the Karachi campus and the first of its kind in Pakistan. 

This garden manifests the philosophy of Fatimi education. It symbolises the Fatimi philosophy that all knowledge should be perceived in the light of revelation. Such a pursuit of knowledge will eventually bear the fruits of academic excellence, meaningful practice, refinement of character and development of high moral values. It is only through the amalgamation of these outcomes that the overall objective of developing al-takāmul al-shakhṣī, a well-rounded, holistic personality, can be achieved. 

The garden also alludes to the symbolisation of different fields of knowledge in Fatimi literary traditions as various kinds of fruit that the student should seek and partake of. For instance, in one of his verses, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA states: ‘Taste the fruits of knowledge, they number thousands, nay hundreds of thousands.’  

An indicator of this garden’s significance on Aljamea’s campus is that many of the trees were planted by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA himself and that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has even described it as being a pure garden (al-rauḍat al-tāhira), in his Risāla Sharīfa ‘Jāmiʿat Thamarāt al-ʿUlūm.’

Inspired by its significance, students across generations dedicate themselves to the garden’s upkeep and care. In order to do this effectively, they learn about modern horticultural techniques such as air layering, grafting and hydroponics. In addition to being a refuge for the soul and replete with symbolism, the Quranic Garden also provides an avenue for students to learn and implement new and beneficial skills, making it an integral part of Aljamea.