Nature Walk at Daar us Salaam: 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.


  First Batch: 19-1-1442/6-9-2020, Sunday 9:30 am
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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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