The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Gardening in the Ancient World

Islamic Paradise Garden

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6. The promised garden of Mahomet, or the heaven of his religion, is said to abound in umbrageous groves, fountains, and Houri, or black-eyed girls: and the enjoyments, which in such scenes on earth last but for a moment, are to be there prolonged for a thousand years. �Whosoever doeth good works,� it is said in the Koran, �either man or woman, and believeth, shall enter into Paradise. They shall enter gardens of pleasure, together with those of their fathers or wives that have done good.� (See Surat, xl. 43.; xvi. 95, &c.)