Pail and Mahala

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Farming and Ploughing Instruments

The pail is a large, conical bucket made of animal skins, such as oxen. It is used for picing up water from deep wells to irrigate gardens and trees. The pail is connected by a thick rope – pulled by a person or by an animal that rotates on a large circular pulley made of wood called the Mahala. Gharab is the water that falls between the well and the basin.

Reference in the Quran or Hadith

On the authority of Ali bin Abi Talib, [crops] that are irrigated by means of ropes and pails, one half of one tenth is due. Narrator: Al-Daraqutni

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