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Seven Cubits (Hadith No. 2150)

Bismillah.

Long overdue, I know!

Ahadith 2147 – 2149 (below) are repeats. Related posts have been linked.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 650:
Narrated Jabir (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) entered the Mosque, and I too went there after tying the camel at the pavement of the Mosque. I said (to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)), “This is your camel.” He came out and started examining the camel and said, “Both the camel and its price are for you.”

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 651:
Narrated Hudhaifa (radiallaahu `anhu):
I saw Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) coming (or the Prophet came) to the dumps of some people and urinated there while standing.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 652:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “While a man was on the way, he found a thorny branch of a tree there on the way and removed it. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him.”

Today’s Hadith:

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 653:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) judged that seven cubits should be left as a public way when there was a dispute about the land.

This is about streets and roads that are not personal property. At that time, seven cubits (approx. 3.2 meters) was enough for loaded camels to pass through without any hindrance or difficulty, so that’s the width mentioned. Nowadays, while we have all kinds and sizes of cars and trains etc., governments usually decide and agree upon the width of roads/streets and railway tracks etc. And that’s fine too. Whatever suits the needs at the time.

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Spilling (Hadith No. 2141)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 43, Number 644:
Narrated Anas (radiallaahu `anhu):
I was the butler of the people in the house of Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu), and in those days drinks were prepared from dates. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered somebody to announce that alcoholic drinks had been prohibited. Abu Talha (radiallaahu `anhu) ordered me to go out and spill the wine. I went out and spilled it, and it flowed in the streets of Medina. Some people said, “Some people were killed and wine was still in their stomachs.” On that the Divine revelation came:- “On those who believe And do good deeds, there is no blame for what they ate (in the past).” (5.93)

Open this page to read about the gradual prohibition of alcohol.

This hadith is mentioned by Imam Bukhari in this Book (of Oppressions) under the chapter “Spilling Wine on the Way”. Under normal circumstances, throwing something out on the street or in the way will be considered absolutely immoral.. but in this case, not one, but all the companions threw out whatever they had of intoxicating drinks as soon as the verse was revealed.

That was then. In this day and age, with sewers and drainage systems intact in our houses and buildings, we need not resort to the spilling method. You wanna get rid of something? Try the garbage can, or send it down the drain. DO NOT SPILL! Especially where people could walk and get hurt/dirty.

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