‘And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees – of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.’
Surah 6: 99
There are many references in the Quran that make important mentions of several fruits and plant species, examples include, but are not limited to: figs, pomegranate, olive, watermelon, tamarind, cedar, garlic, onion, lentil, barley, wheat, ginger, pumpkin, bananas, cucumbers, and basil. The traditions of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. included the use of these plants as food, shelter, and medicine. Recent discoveries have lead to our increased knowledge on these plants cited in the Quran and Hadith. These ‘ethnobotanical’ discoveries have provided us with a great opportunity for exploring the efficacy of these plants as medicines, food and also for their place in cultures and communities.
The objective of this symposium is to provide a scientific perspective on the plants mentioned in the Quran and Hadith over 1400 years ago, and also to assess their uses and applications in traditional and contemporary medicine in today’s context. The symposium will be open to those interested in the current ethnobotanical uses of plants in the Quran and Hadith, and will create awareness of its important and diverse roles in human communities. This event will also include the entrepreneurial aspects in relation to the enterprise model and commercialization of the herbal industry.
Objectives include, but are not limited to:
The dissemination of knowledge, promotion of awareness and understanding of plants that are enumerated in the Quran and Hadith among participants;
The importance and application of ethnobotanical plants in relation to aspects of medical, cultural, and religious significance;
The compilation of all scientific literature on ethnobotanical plants.