Nature and Gardening Activities at Daar us Salaam (Hadeeqat un-Ni'am)
  Workshop by Garden Mantra - 22-7-1444/12-2-2023, Sunday

In the august presence of Saiyedna Abu Sa'eed il-Khayr Haatim Zakiyuddin saheb (tus) Garden Mantra held its 1st masterclass of year 2023 at Daar us Salaam. This event was hosted by Mukaasir Maulaa Saiyedi Mohammad Nuruddin saheb (DM).

The Concept Demonstration workshop on Botanical casting was conducted by Sunila Kiri. Botanical casting is a craft based on nature & gardening. This also has commercial value (botanical casting crafts can be sold & has higher art value).  She showed her arts and a live demonstration of Botanical casting on Valiyari (Fennel seeds/Sauf), Pines and weeds. Also shared type of tools and materials to be used in the craft. She shared her experience on materials used. A special competition on botanical casting is being conducted starting from Feb 13 2023 to Feb 27 2023 for Garden Mantra members.

After the Master class Mukaasir Maulaa Saiyedi Mohammad Nuruddin saheb (DM) shared his experience on Fruit bearing trees and also had interactive Q&A session.  Mukaasir Maulaa said that, "Maintaining a plant/tree is not a child's play.  It requires affection, care, knowledge and time.  Timely watering, trimming, clearing nearby ground, cutting dead branches, manuring, observing flowers and fruits, plucking etc. is essential.  Lemon, Sweet-lime, Orange, Mango, Papaya, Chickoo, Guava, Mulberry, Falsa, Amla, Anjeer, Fanas, Pomegranate, Annus, Coconut etc. can be easily grown in our tropical Indian climate."

Interested Members continued to their visit to Garden of Daar us Salaam which has many flowering, Fruit bearing, vegetable and medicinal plants and trees.


  Vadodara Garden Lovers' meet: 20-11-1443/19-6-2022, Sunday

On 19/6/2022, Sunday, 7:30 am, Daar us Salaam (Vasna road, Vadodara), Vadodara Garden Lovers' organized a "Kokedama" workshop with 30 participants in which Alavi Nature Group members took part in learning this unique Japanese technique of growing indoor plants.  Kokedama is a ball of Akedama - kind of soil, a ball covered with Sphagnom moss, on which some dwarf plant grows finely bonded with jute-string.   Kokedama houseplants dissolve dangerous chemicals in the air such as benzene and transform carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen.   Kokedama expert Mr. Udipt Rathod who is associated with VGL, offered this workshop for free for its members.   Japanese invented this technique to have affordable and low-maintenance plants which do not require pots and large amount of soil.  All such form of miniature art is large assigned to Japanese traditions.

Plants such as Syngonium, Spiders, Money plants are good for Kokedama.  It requires minimum sunlight with watering twice a week as the medium of Moss and Jute retains required moisture.  Kokedama plants gives beauty to Wall-corners, Showcases, central table etc.  It is the best for great remembrance by gifting it to someone special on some memorable ocassion.

Maa sahebah ad-Durrat ul-Bayzah Umm ul Mumineen DM graced the occasion by being a part of the workshop.  At the age of 82, she is always a source of Inspiration for such nature enthusiastic groups.  She is the one who is actively involved in Gardening and always advocates for Clean Environment.


  Vadodara Garden Lovers' meet: 21-1-1443/29-8-2021

On 29th August 2021, Sunday at 4 pm, Vadodara Garden Lovers' meet was organized at the Residence of Saiyedna saheb TUS, Daar us Salaam, Vasna Road, Vadodara.  Around 50 Nature Lovers participated in this beautiful memorable event.  VGL group members took this event as a valuable opportunity to peep into the fascinating world of Trees.  The founder of this group Miss Avni explained the meaning of Daar us Salaam and said that, Really this is a Place of Solace and Peace.  It is the best place to witness and grace of Paradise.  Mukaasir Maulaa Saiyedi Mohammad Nuruddin saheb DM shared his deep and enlightening experience in taking care of plants.

Mukaasir Maulaa said: Points to Ponder: Plentiful Plants and......Prosperous Peaceful Planet

1. Treat trees as your family members.  They are alive.  Communicate with them as they really feel your attention and care.  They surely respond to your attention and affection.

2. As we need, trees too need proper timely food i.e. water, manure, sunlight and air.  If anyone of these is insufficient and unmanaged then Trees might become like an uncheerful spectator.

3. Bring them in pairs.  They socialize and feel better if someone is there of their genre.  We too don't like solitude.  It has been observed that, Trees planted like a community bear huge number of fruits then a single tree.

4. Big task of being a true gardener is to take care and nurture the plants after their purchase.  We often forget them after a while.   The plant neglected is the plant tortured.  Our gracefulness is reflected in our fresh smiling plants.

5. Hard trimming is not commendable.  It is like injuring vital organs of the plants.  If this is done haphazardly and mercilessly then the plant takes too long to get its lost beauty and energy.  Light trimming is always preferable.

6. Vermi-compost manure is best for all-season use.  It is harmless and revitalise the soil around the plant.  A handful of manure is sufficient for 15 days to small-medium sized plants.  Mix the soil properly after applying it.

7. We should make an habit to plant the saplings by our own.  This strengthens the bond between us and the plant.  This makes us feel our responsibility towards it.  Parenting a tree is an exchange of life we have got from our Earth.  The life we got should be adorned by the life we grow.

8. Corona has flagged the Trees as life saviours and health promoters.  Everyone of us witness now that Trees have conquered the hearts of those who have seen deluge of deaths because of the unavailability of the life-gas, Oxygen.  Life without oxygen is Death, so the Death of our Earth is inevitable without Trees.

9. We all should plant at least a single sapling, possibly monthly or yearly.  This holy act would contribute greatly to our environment.  We should not merely stay here but pave the way for better atmosphere and resources for our generations to come.

10. We are scary for insects, worms, bees, flies and their presence around us.  But in reality we have to train ourselves to live with them peacefully and happily.  Gardening is a composite and collective exercise which involves plants and the beings that stay on it, flourish on it and help plants survive in many amazing ways.  Make friendship with all of them.

All the participants were gifted Etar as a token of remembrance as it is the Sunnat of Rasoolullaah SAWS.  At the end the gathering was served with lemon-juice prepared from the ingredients of Daar us Salaam garden.  During the garden walk Mukaasir Maulaa shared minute details and gave fascinating information about every plant.  Nearly 60 fruits and vegetables are nurtured in every season here.


  Workshop by Garden Mantra - 23-12-1442/1-8-2021


On 1st August 2021, Sunday, at Daar us Salaam, Vasna Road, in the fresh morning breeze and drizzling skies, a workshop on Air Layering concepts and Guidance on the upkeeping and maintaining of the pot-plants during the Monsoon was held.  GARDEN MANTRA (Vadodara chapter) organized this event in which nearly 50 participants got benefited as now there is an urgent need for the duplication, propagation and caring of the rare species and types of plants.  Through air layering technique we can easily develop and replant the specific species which require special attention and care.  These monsoon days prove the perfect environment and needed humidity to apply the said technique.

Also, we all buy new plants during rainy days.  Some of us are aware of its do's and don'ts while potting or planting it.  But at some time we have to take into account some basic rules that could save or grow the new saplings with desired results and its full beauty.  Excessive water is not too good for it. With this workshop, plants swapping and exchange was as memorable as the event.  Due do this exercise we could have different types of plants with an appropriate knowledge from its grower.  With this trial and error technique we can strengthen our gardening skills and share our experiences too.  Its like, the more we give the more we get.


  Alavi Nature Group - Third Batch: 12-2-1443/19-9-2021, Sunday 4 pm
  Home-grown plants used as Daily Vegetables:
  A Nature Walk at Daar us Salaam, Vasna Road, Vadodara was organized on 19th September, Sunday, in which apart from the regular Nature Walk, many sensitive topics related to plants-care and trees were also discussed deeply and thoroughly.  The event was energised and beautified by heavy rains.  It was attended by members of Alavi Nature Group and Garden Mantra.  There has been graceful eyes of Rain Angels on Vadodara for the past ten days, in this rainy atmosphere how do the plants or trees express themselves and respond to excess natural water, and also in this exclusive environment how should we take care of the pot-plants in our house was also dicussed.

1. What should be done to prevent the plants from rotting when it rains a lot during monsoon. 

2. Which manure should be used and when and how much it should be to keep the soil soft and moist and increase it's quality beneficial for the plant health.

3. If the plant is very valuable-rare and it is mature, then how to make another plant like it by method of air layering.

4. What should be done to grow micro-greens and what method should be adopted. 

5. If there is very little space in or around the house, which plants should be planted for daily usage.

6. How to make compost from the waste of daily used vegetables and use it for proper growth of our plants.

7. It could be put to good use by giving the trimmed branches of the plants to others when we usually cut it to limit its spread.

All these topics were discussed in detail and the participants got an opportunity to share their experiences.  This is the way we can inspire our family members, relatives, neighbours and others to create a green environment in our house and around it. The members also believed that mint, coriander, curry leaves, green tea, fenugreek, ardusi, tulsi, lemon, etc., which are needed daily could be planted easily with minimal care in the pot at home.


Divya Bhaskar

  Alavi Nature Group - Second Batch: 3-2-1442/20-9-2020, Sunday 4 pm

Nature is the closest thing and the most beautiful creation of Allaah Ta'aala which we can explore. Without Nature mankind cannot survive. Giving knowledge and making people aware who are not used to the bonding of the Mother Nature is important and beneficiary. So on 20th September, Sunday 2020 Nature Walk phase 2 was organized at Daar us Salaam, the Residence of Saiyedna saheb TUS at Vasna Road.  Mukaasir saheb DM attended and headed a group of 25 Nature Lovers and explained them the realities of Nature.

At 4 pm the group gathered at the residence and all of them were from different backgrounds and were avid Nature Lovers. Though there was extreme weather and killing heat, all the members patiently and curiously listened to the explanation given by Mukaasir saheb about the rare and beautiful plants. Members enthusiastically participated in the discussion and special information given about all the plants. It is because of this group that other people residing around the members are also getting right guidance and motivation to grow more plants and make surroundings green and fresh.

Due to blazing heat Mukaasir saheb offered lemon juice to all the members which was home-made and contained the ingredients of the garden itself. Due to Corona wave all the safety measures were taken during the walk. Members then took a group photo in between the lush green garden at the residence.

"Between the concrete jungle of city landscape, this is a real Paradise or an Oasis in a dry desert", this statement was stated by a memeber in the group. At the time of leaving some of the members took saplings of some plants and took a pledge that we will try to grow plants as much as possible and make others to do so.


  Alavi Nature Group - First Batch: 19-1-1442/6-9-2020, Sunday 9:30 am
  Akhbaar on News Website

On the 6th of September, Sunday morning the lovers of Nature visited the wonderful garden of His Holiness Saiyedna Haatim Zakiyuddin Saheb  TUS – Daar us Salaam. Twenty five members of Alavi Nature Group visited and took the benefit of the knowledge of Mukaasir Saheb – Saiyedi Mohammed Bhaisaheb Nuruddin, who has whole heartedly grown and maintained the plants by his love and passion.  Every plant had its own uniqueness with a story behind it.

The inquisitive group members asked questions related to the plants and were answered by Mukaasir saheb with all the knowledge & experience which he had in his journey to this beautiful garden.  The plants their names – local name or botanical name – in different catagories – for eg- flowering plants, fruiting plants, bushy plants, creepers, runner, climbers, decorative plants etc.

Mukaasir saheb told us during the visit the practicality of gardening for example – different plants have different fruiting season, they have their own requirement of water, sunlight, (full/partial/shade) fertilizers, and medicinal value of each plant along with its usage in food preparation/salads, tea, health drinks (immunity boosting).  Type of soil, geographical location, climatic conditions of the state/district, need for open space or pot plantation.

When members asked about the cultivating procedure, he explained the procedure and also informed them regarding its culturing/cultivation. Information regarding purchasing of sapling from nursery was also imparted – whenever we buy a plant we should ask its fruiting season and then buy, always buy plants in pair for cross pollination, overlapping of one plant over another should be avoided, thus cutting/pruning plays important role here.

Other information provided during the walk - Climbers and creepers make their own way, pollination also plays role in its existence. Water clogging acts as a hindrance for the fruiting of Citrus plants eg. Lemons, Chinese Orange, Sweet lime and Gooseberry. He also showed and explained the vermi-compost which he had made, which takes a six months time for its preparation. At Daar us Salaam, they also have pets like pigeons, cock, hen, rabbits and goats – their excretion is also used as fertilizer for the plants. Mukaasir saheb also told, how cattle grazing and its hitting damages or acts as an inhibitor for the plants growth and development. Members also saw a vines of Surti papdi and Valore papdi which was damaged by worms due to unseasonal cultivation.

Leaves of Ginger, Khaatto Bindo, Chives, chanawthi were tasted by the members during the walk. A whole process of Pineapple cultivation was shown/demonstrated - from rooting (in glass) to its development in the garden.

Special homemade health Drink was served which had the extracts of:

1. Lemon Tulsi
2. Spearmint
3. European mint
4. Lemon grass
5. Ginger leaves

It was an educational tour where members took the advantage of the knowledge, experience and passion of Mukaasir saheb towards Mother Nature.

Divya Bhaskar

  Second Thought:

Ever happened to any of us that we end up having the best experience when wesurely didn’t expect it! Well, it happened on 6th September 2020, Sunday morning, when 25 of our Nature Lovers' from Alavi Nature Group participated in a Nature Walk convened by Mukaasir Maulaa at Daarus Salaam. The program was all about the introduction to various types of plants, its benefits in our daily lives and how to maintain it.

Every participant personally felt that session was very much Informative and interactive, got to learn so many new things in such a short span. It in some way, the beauty of nature i.e. trees, tall trunks, long shadowy branches, blooming flowers and hanging fruits inspired us that we all need to be beautiful and soothing from outside but strong and firm from inside.

It was undoubtedly a memorable experience that whenever we take a part in such Nature related activities or whenever we spend time to nurture the Nature, we develop someunexplained connection with Nature. The feeling which we get from within that,Nature is “Something different or alien from you” disappears. We get to know that we as a Humans are wholly dependent on Nature for our survival and if we dare to destroy it, we will suffer more than it does. So as a responsible citizens it’s our Survival Duty to help sustain Nature and be within it and with it.


  World Kitchen Garden Day
25/8/2020 - 7-1-1442

On the occasion of the World Kitchen Garden Day (25-8-2020), an interview was held of Mukaasir Maulaa at Daar us Salaam to give insight and inculcate interest for Kitchen Garden among denizens.  Vadodara News Magazine (Miss Gayatri Vyas) did the excellent coverage and released the Video of 36 minutes.  During the course of the shoot Mukaasir Maulaa explained the minuteness of different plants and the care it requires.  His hidaayaaat and special comments became instant hit among the nature lovers who always search for new ideas and experiments.  It was equally appreciated by the members of Alavi Nature Group.    


  Green Award Winner 2019 - Garden of Daar us Salaam
Divya Bhaskar (Vadodara) - 4/4/1441 - 1/12/2019

On this Mubaarak day 4th Rabi' ul Aakhar 1441 AH/1st December 2019 AD, the 917th Saalgirah of Imaam uz Zamaan AS Imaam Taiyeb AS and 91th Milaad of al-Maulaa al-Muqaddas Saiyedna Taiyeb Ziyauddin saheb AQ, the Beautiful Garden of the Residence of Aqaa Maulaa Saiyedna saheb TUS "Daar us Salaam" has been conferred the best Garden of Vadodara under the title "Green Awards".  Plants of great numbers of Fruits, Vegetables, Medicinal Plants have been grown in the city area. Involvement of the owner of the garden, zero use of pesticides, home-made manure and cleanliness were the main criteria of judging the best garden.

  Green points:

1. Strengthen attachment with plants, plant it by yourself.
2. Talk with them and feel them, fruiting and flowering will be well.
3. Plant them on appropriate place and time most probably in the morning hours.
4. Have patience after planting.
5. Don't over water or over manure them.
6. Take care like your family member and should have considerable contribution in the garden besides the role of salaried gardener.
7. When plucking fruit or flower praise the plant for its beauty and generosity.
8. Use flowers, fruits or vegetables by yourself and give it to others, selfishness is not for plants.
9. Don't use pesticides as every living creature has its role to play in nature.
10. All wish to go to heaven but planting a tree is itself a heaven for many birds and insects.
11. Family members and especially children should be aware of the plants that have been grown and the care needed behind it.
12. While purchasing plants from the nursery don’t do it without proper information. 

  Fruits, Vegetables and Medicinal plants growing at the Garden of Daar us Salaam
  Various Fruits are :-

1. Mango (5 types)
2. Figs (Anjeer)
3. Rose apple (Jamun) (3 types)
4. Lemons (3 types)
5. Guava (4 types)
6. Mulberry (Sehtuth)(2 types)
7. Chironjee (Charoli)
8. Jack Fruit
9. Goose berry (Amla)
10. Sapota (Chikku)(2 types)
11. Coconut
12. Phalsa (Falsa)
13. Papaya
14. Oranges
15. Sweet Lime
16. Custard Apple (Sitaphal)
17. Bullocks heart (Ramphal)
18. Karamda
19. Indian Mulberry (Noni)
20. Ziziphus (Apple bor)
22. Star fruit (Kamrak)
23. Cherry
24. Banana
25. Grapes
26. Gunda
27. Litchi
28. Citron (utrujj)
29. Cashew nuts
30. Ker
31. Pineapple
32. Dragon fruit
33. Passion fruit

  Various Vegetables are :-

1. Brinjal
2. Tomato
3. Drumstick
4. Green Flat beans (Surti Papdi)
5. Broccoli
6. Cucumber
7. Bottle gourd
8. Spinach
9. Sponge gourd (Galka)
10. Chillies
11. Cauliflower
12. Cabbage
13. Pigeon peas (Tuver)
14. Curry leaves
15. Pulao Patta
16. Basmati Patta
17. Pepper corns
18. Cloves
19. Bay leaf
20. Bitter gourd
21. Colocasia leaves
22. Malabar spinach (Pui)
23.  Okra

  Various Medicinal Plants are :-

1. Mint
2. Alovera
3. Carom seed plant
4. Betel leaves
5. Naagod
6. Plant that cures kidney stones
7. Plant that cure diabetes
8. Plants that cures pain in joints and bones
9. Basil leaves
10. Polo mint
11. Plant that cures Asthama
12. Salan leaves
13. Green tea
14. Celery
15. Mint balm
16. Ashoka tree
17. Henna (Mehndi)


Other 350 plants of 60 kinds.


  Educational Program for Tree Plantation and Nurturing
Daar us Salaam: Nature Walk and Tree Plantation

Rahmat e Khudaa-wandi (rains) welcomed the guests at Daar us Salaam on Sunday morning and it happened to be a great experience and golden day-dawn for the members of Dars e Haatemi where Mukaasir Maulaa explained them about the important aspects of Tree Plantation.  Maulaa demonstrated the way saplings should be planted and what care should be taken in maintaining the growth and health of that plant for about 3 months.

Maulaa addressed the gathering by showing them different types of fruit-bearing plants where one should always keep an eye on the amount of water, sunlight, trimming, cleaning and manure.  Each plant requires different type of treatment and nurturing.  It has been generally noticed that, people do have enthusiasm and interest in tree plantation but what really happens is that after plantation the saplings are left unattended and at nature's mercy.  After monsoon most of the saplings die and the whole exercise of the plantation drive becomes futile.  Plant responsibly but don't do it otherwise.

A day before the program at Daar us Salaam, the same program was held at our Pratapnagar Qabarastaan by Zenith School SSC students.  Maulaa showed them practically how to plant a tree.  The students were encouraged to take care by giving personal attention to the newly planted saplings.

Alavi Bohras Graveyard:Tree Plantation by Zenith School SSC students

  Nature Walk at Daar us Salaam
12 Zul Qa'adah 1440/ 14 July 2019
Daar us Salaam: Nature Walk
  Video of Some of the Glimpses of Nature Walk....
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Daar us Salaam: Nature Walk

Since quite long time Mukaasir saheb is an active member of Nature Walkers of Vadodara.  Due to the relationship of Environmental Peace and Safety, a Nature Walk was held at Daar us Salaam, 14-7-2019, Sunday, in the early morning where 120 Nature Lovers participated.  It was presided by Aqaa Maulaa Saiyedna saheb (tus) who gave Qur'anic references for the beautiful creation of Allaah Ta'aala in Nature, Trees and Water.  Maulaa is an avid supporter of saving Nature and Natural Resources as the future of Mankind is dependent on it.

The Walk was conducted by the experts Arun Majumdar and Dr Jitendra Gavli who gave superb and amazing facts about fruiting, flowering and plantation of some of the most commonly known trees.  They gave titbits and ideas about how to develop home garden and also how to take care of home-grown plants of various vegetables or fruits.  At the end of the Walk, Seed balls of many different kind of the seeds of fruit-bearing trees were made at the garden of Daar us Salaam under the supervision of the volunteers of Community Science Centre.

Mukaasir saheb explained following points to the audience which he himself practices while nurturing plants:

  1. Avoid pesticides
  2. Don’t over-water plants
  3. Provide plants with proper sunlight for flowering and fruiting
  4. Communicate and treat plants with love as they are your children
  5. Prune the branches after fruiting or dead branches
  6. Keep the surrounding clean
  7. Plant the saplings by yourself

At Daar us Salaam you could find plants of many vegetables and fruits that include Mango, kamrak, litchi, Chikoo, coconut, amla, annus, lemon, apple bor, java apple, gunda, banana, charoli, falsa, papaya, shehtoot, orange, mosambi, grapes, kaju, fanas, jaamphal, khat-amla, dadam, jambu, brinjal, tomatoes, phudina, paan, kadi-patta, tej-patta, salan-patta, paalak, tuwer, surti papadi, dudhi, kakdi etc. 

Mumineen are requested to feel free in contacting Mukaasir saheb if anyone wants to visit Daar us Salaam to have a close look at these plants by feeling it.

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