NURTURING NATURE

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In this age of climate change and environmental pollution it behoves us all to care for the environment and the creatures that dwell within it.

To this end Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin was prescient in establishing the Burhani Foundation as far back as 1992, a charitable trust dedicated to the preservation of the environment.

The da`is placed great store in protecting the environment and they have constantly urged their followers to be environmentally friendly, avoiding wastage and pollution, recycling, nurturing of nature and being kind to all forms of life.

Worldwide these initiatives have included the 'Save Our Sparrow' scheme conducted jointly by the Foundation in association with the Nature Forever Society (Nasik, India). This scheme distributed tens of thousands of bird feeders in an effort to save the urban sparrow. The number of feeders distributed became a world record acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records and the Limca Book of Records. In addition a tree plantation and cleanliness drive was launched on the occasion of the 52nd da`i's 102nd birthday in 2013 with the aim of planting 500,000 saplings.

The Indian government has currently undertaken its 'Swach Bharat' cleanliness drive, a drive that has been taken to heart by Bohra communities not just in India but abroad as well with their own 'nazaafat' (cleanliness) campaigns.

On an even broader scale particularly in rural Indian heartlands and the mountains of the Haraaz in Yemen have been the farming activities of the community. Acres of farmland are currently being cultivated in Burhanpur, Taherabad and Denmal in Gujarat near to mausoleums of Bohra saints.

Meanwhile in the Yemen there has been a drive to eradicate the menace of qat trees and replace them with sustainable cash crops such as coffee.

News

Cricketers become groundskeepers in Azad Maidan cleanliness drive

Amateur cricketers plan regular Saturday cleanliness drive of Mumbai's iconic Azaad Maidan

San Francisco Bohras Partner to Clean up Local Watershed

Bohras partnered with the Alameda Creek Alliance to clean up and restore a stretch of the Alameda creek running alongside Masjid-e-Mohammedi

Driving rain fails to dampen Bohra cheer as Mumbai Suburb gets a 1000 trees

Yuva Sena President joined hundreds of Bohras in Marol's Aarey Colony to brighten up a soaking wet Sunday morning and plant a 1000 saplings on Syedna's birthday.

Bohras plant 200 trees in Udaipur

Over 200 trees planted by Bohra community members in plantation drive

Rajkot Bohras welcome PM Modi with tree saplings

PM Narendra Modi was given a welcome with tree saplings instead of traditional bouquets to highlight Syedna's tree plantation drive

Trees: "If 160 of you can do this much then we are thousands, how much more imperative is it on us!"

'Each one, plant one' - Small town Bohra community sparks wider environmental awareness with tree plantation effort

Sydney's Dawoodi Bohra community plant 400 trees at Oakhurst's Aunty Mavis Halvorson Park

Sydney's Blacktown councillors got mud under their finger nails in Syedna's tree plantation drive. The local paper reports.

Saplings planted in Islamabad & Rawalpindi

Twin Cities get 328 saplings in Bohra community worldwide plantation drive

Maharashtra Chief Minister attends iftaar dinner

CM Sri Devendra Fadnavis attended an iftaar dinner and planted a sapling

Mumbai Bohras to plant 40,000 trees in the city for Eid

Mumbai's widespread Bohra community will plant 40,000 trees across the city to mark the end of the Month of Ramadhan

Plant trees, Bohra leader tells community

On World Environment Day, DNA reports on the tree planting drive by Bohras in Mumbai

Features

Fatimid Gardens - Part II

We continue our look at the article on Fatimid gardens by Dr. Stephan Pradines, with a gallery of unique landscape features from India's Bohra mausoleum grounds (mazaars) today.

Video: MP Stephen Pound gives a birthday wish to Syedna as he joins tree planting drive

Right Honourable MP For Ealing North (London) joined the London community in Northolt and put his green fingers to work

A unique tree and its unique fruit - the date palm

Ramadhan means iftaar and iftaar means dates. We take a brief look at dates and their remarkable fruit bearing tree - the date-palm.

Video: How to correctly plant a tree

A step-by-step guide to planting a sapling

Syedna initiates Ramadhan tree-planting drive, targeting 200,000 new trees worldwide

This Ramadhan His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has expressed a desire that at least 200,000 trees be planted worldwide. Let us join hands towards fulfilling His Holiness's this wish and make our planet a better place to live in.

Fātịmid Gardens - Archaeological and historical perspectives

Gardens have become a central feature of Bohra properties. Places of pilgrimage, masjids, schools, the Jameas and the current revamp of Bhendi Bazaar all incorporate substantial areas of vegetation and foliage. A new study by Professor Stephane Pradines finds a Fātịmid legacy for these gardens and open spaces dating back a thousand years.


'Come hail or storm, Chennai's green spirit stays alive

Come hail or storm, Chennai's green spirit stays alive

Burhani Foundation sponsors greenery cultivation in Chennai

'Clean' sweep for senior runners

'Clean' sweep for senior runners

Senior citizen couple clean up during city run

From qat to coffee and record rainfall in the Haraaz

From qat to coffee and record rainfall in the Haraaz

A brief look at the successful supplanting of a drug crop with coffee by The Haraaz Mumineen Upliftment Office; which celebrates a decade since inception in this Hijri year.

Def min lauds Bohra endeavour

Pune Bohras praised for civic cleanliness endeavour

The Community has, since 2012, deployed 100 volunteers across Cantonment localities, keeping the area clean around 10 households each

Yemen – Rural Redevelopment

Yemen – Rural Redevelopment

In Yemen, the community is concentrated in the capital Sana'a and spread across the villages along the stepped terraces of the rural mountains of Haraaz.

Agriculture Burhanpur

BURHANPUR DARGAH AGRICULTURE

Burhanpur is a serene, semi-rural town in the heartland of India. Within it lies the Dargah-e-Hakimi mausoleums, around which lie acres of open land and modern

This Bohra colony is a model for all

This Bohra colony is a model for all

The community champions swachh bharat, girl child education, centralised community kitchen for gender equality

 Sri Lankan youth on a mission to promote cleanliness

Sri Lankan youth on a mission to promote cleanliness

Students and youth from the minority Bohra Community conducted a 'cleaning campaign' in Colombo's popular Wellawatta Beach in order to promote cleanliness within the society.