Sahih Muslim Hadith - 3

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People from the tribe of AbdulQays came to the Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) and said: Messenger of Allah, we belong to the tribe of Rabi'ah; there live between you and us the unbelievers of the Mudar tribe so we find it impossible to come to you except in the sacred months. Direct us to a deed which we must communicate to those who have been left behind us and by doing which we may enter Heaven. Upon this the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: I enjoin upon you four (things) and forbid you to do four (things): worship Allah and associate none with Him, establish prayer, pay Zakat, and observe the fast of Ramadan, and pay the fifth part out of the booty. And I prohibit you from four (things): dry gourds, green-coloured jars, hollowed stumps of palm-trees, and receptacles. They (the members of the delegation) said: Do you know what an-naqir is? He replied: Yes, it is a stump which you hollow out and in which you throw small dates. Sa'id said: He (the Holy Prophet) used the word tamar (dates). (The Holy Prophet then added): Then you sprinkle water over it and when its fermentation subsides, you drink it (and you are so intoxicated) that one amongst you, or one amongst them (the other members of your tribe, who were not present there) strikes his cousin with the sword. He (the narrator) said: There was a man amongst us who had sustained injury on this very account due to (intoxication), and he said that he tried to conceal it, out of shame, from the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). I however inquired from the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) (if we discard those utensils which you have forbidden us to use), then what type of vessels should be used for drink? (The Holy Prophet) replied: The water-skins the mouths of which are tied (with a string). They (again) said: Prophet of Allah, our land abounds in rats and water-skins cannot remain intact. The Holy Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Drink from water-skins) even if these are nibbled by rats. And then (addressing) al-Ashajj of AbdulQays, he said: Verily, you posses two such qualities which Allah loves: insight and deliberateness.

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