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Grant of Grazing

Lands for cattle       

1) ‘Amr b. Shoa‘ib reported his grandfather on the authority of his father that Hilal came to Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) with the ‘ushr of honey he had and asked him for granting him the valley, called Salabah as a protected land for him. Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) granted him the valley as a protected land. When Umar b. Khattab became Caliph, Sufyan b. Wahb wrote to ‘Umar b. Khattab asking him about this (valley). ‘Umar replied: “If he pays to me what he used to pay to Allah’s Messenger (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) as ‘ushr of his honey, then the valley of Salabah may (conti­nue to be as a protected land for him), and if he does not pay it, then it is from the bees of herbage, whoever wills will devour it (honey).

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2) Ibn ‘Abbas reported on the authority of Sa‘b b. Jathamah that the Messenger of Allah (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) as saying; “There is no hima (protected land) except for Allah and His Messenger.” He (Ibn ‘Abbas) said: “It has reached us that the Holy Prophet (Sall Allah-o-alaihe wa sallam) declared al-Naqi‘ as hima (protected land) and ‘Umar declared as-Saraf and ar-Rabadha as hima (preserve).”


Source: Economic Teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): A Select Anthology of Hadith Literature on Economics, Muhammad Akram Khan. Republished with permission.