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Preventing One’s Animal from Causing Harm

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Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) whilst explaining the conditions of the elders of his family mentioned, “In those days most of people were concerned about Deen. Trustworthiness, honesty and the fear of Allah Ta‘ala were found in the men, women, elders and children. They themselves would stay away from deception and oppression and make sure that their children and animals also did not become a means of causing harm to anyone. They would make sure that their animals did not stray away into the fields of other farmers thereby harming the crops of others. They would not allow their animals to walk in the fields of others and even if they did allow them they would first place a muzzle on their mouths so that they could not eat anything.

In this regard, once Hazrat Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned an incident regarding the great grandfather of his son’s father-in-law, Janaab ‘Abdur Rabb Saheb. Once his ox went into the field of a non-Muslim and uprooted a plant. He immediately pulled it out of its mouth not allowing it to eat the plant. For a long period he grieved over the fact that his ox had caused harm to someone’s farm. He could not bear this at all. Thus he began querying as to the owner of the farm until eventually it was told to him that it belonged to this non-Muslim person. He showed the farmer the broken plant and confessed saying, “Today my ox has caused damage to your plantation. Whatever compensation you wish to take from me you may take it. I am willing to pay whatever it is.” That poor non-Muslim fell to his feet and in a very embarrassed tone said, “O my master, whatever I have is because of what you people have given me. Why are you embarrassing me like this?”

They had maintained such excellent relations with their non-Muslim counterparts and such kindness they had portrayed that they always felt indebted to their kindness and were always affected with their good character. (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 37)

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