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Farming and Ploughing Instruments

It is a farming tool used to even and plough the land. It consists of an iron head broad from the front with a wooden handle at the back. Spades are among the oldest farming tools and are still used until now. The shapes of spades differ based on the purposes they are used for. Spades with broad heads are used in evening the land, while spiral heads are used for ploughing and cutting wood and looks like an axe.

Reference in the Quran or Hadith

Abu-Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, reported Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, as saying: “While a man was in the wilderness, he heard a voice in a cloud (commanding it thus): “Irrigate the garden of so-and-so,” so the cloud slinked aside and poured water on a stony ground. It filled a channel among the channels of that land. The man followed the water. He found a man standing in a garden, busy changing the course of water with the help of his spade. He said to him: “O servant of Allah, what is your name?” The man said: “So-and-so (the name the other man heard in the cloud)”, and he said to him: “O servant of Allah, why do you ask me my name?” He said: “I heard a voice in the cloud from which this rain poured, say: “Irrigate the garden of so-and-so -your name. What do you do in your garden?” He said: “Now as you say so, I look what yield I get from it; I give one-third as charity; I and my children feed on one-third; and one-third I return to it as investment.” (Sahih Muslim)

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