The Islamic garden at the front of the mosque is open to everyone, and provides a quiet transition from the city to the prayer space, as well as a taste of Jannat al-Firdaws, the Paradise Gardens described in the Qur’an.
The central feature is an octagonal stone fountain, designed in collaboration with water specialist Andrew Ewing, since running water is a vital element in the Paradise Gardens. There are curved oak benches, designed and made by cabinet-maker Tom Zinovieff, where visitors can sit and enjoy the sound and movement of the water, the colours and fragrances of the flowers, and the shade of the trees. On each side of the fountain area is a small chahar-bagh (4-fold garden) featuring crab-apple trees and bursting with mixed seasonal planting throughout the year.
Yew hedges enclose dense beds of naturalistic perennials and damask roses, giving the overall effect of an informal, carpet-like pattern of colour, scent and texture within a strong geometry.