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Hadith Section > A Manual of Hadith > Chapter 23: Cultivation of Land (Summary of the Chapter)


Chapter 23:
Cultivation of Land (Summary of the Chapter):


Harth is the tilling of land, and muzara`ah (from zara`a, he sowed the seed) is the making of a contract with another for labour on land to sow and till it for a share of its produce. The Holy Qur'an draws attention to the necessity of turning waste-land into gardens by making arrangements for watering it, and growing good crops (vv. 1-3). Hadith speaks of it as an act of great merit (h. 1), but it gives a warning at the same time that a people who give themselves up entirely to agriculture neglecting other lines of their development, are not capable of great and glorious deeds (h. 2). Impetus is given to the cultivation of waste-land (h. 3). It is allowed to let to another person land for cultivation for a part of the produce (hh. 4, 5), or for money (h. 6), but it is at the same time recommended that a person who can afford it should give land rent-free to his poor brother (h. 7). A person having his land on a water channel is entitled to water his fields, but he must allow the water to pass on to others when his need is satisfied (h. 8). The digging of a well is an act of great merit (h. 9). A neighbour's right to land must be respected very scrupulously (h. 10).

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