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Lucknow: Ruler of Oman,  Sultan Qaboos bin Said has honoured Dr. M.I.H.Farooqi, with an award of US$ 25,000 (Rs 12 lakh)  in appreciation of  his books Plants of the Quran and Medicinal plants in the Traditions of Prophet Mohammad

Both the books contain scientific descriptions of plants mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah. Dr. Farooqi is a well-known Lucknow-based plant chemist with more than 125 research papers to his credit, published in Indian and foreign journals. He is also the author of several books and more than hundred articles in English, Hindi and Urdu on science subjects of common interest like environment, modern technology, medicinal plants, economic plants, Islamic science and Prophetic Medicine.

Plants of the Quran has been translated and published in several languages including Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Kannada, Malayalam and Indonesian languages. Based on Quranic and Prophetic Plants, UNESCO has approved Multimillion Dollars Project of Quranic Botanical Gardens in the Gulf countries. Works on the establishment of such gardens in Sharjah and Qatar have already started. (Dr. MIH Farooqi may be contacted at mihfarooqi[@]gmail.com)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 1

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