Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the ages of camels which are taken in alms tax
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن إبراهيم بن هاشم عن حماد بن عيسى، عن حريز، عن زرارة، ومحمد بن مسلم، وأبي بصير، وبريد العجلي، والفضيل، عن أبي جعفر وأبي عبد الله عليهما السلام، قالا: في صدقة الإبل في كل خمس شاة إلى أن تبلغ خمسة وعشرين، فإذا بلغت ذلك ففيها ابنة مخاض ثم ليس فيها شئ حتى تبلغ خمسة وثلاثين، فإذا بلغت خمسة وثلاثين ففيها ابنه لبون ثم ليس فيها شئ حتى تبلغ خمسة وأربعين فإذا بلغت خمسة وأربعين ففيها حقة طروقة الفحل ثم ليس فيها شئ حتى تبلغ ستين، فإذا بلغت ستين ففيها جذعة، ثم ليس فيها شئ حتى تبلغ خمسة وسبعين، فإذا بلغت خمسة وسبعين ففيها بنتا لبون، ثم ليس فيها شئ حتى تبلغ تسعين فإذا بلغت تسعين ففيها حقتان طروقتا الفحل، ثم ليس فيها شئ أكثر من ذلك حتى تبلغ عشرين ومائة فإذا بلغت عشرين ومائة ففيها حقتان طروقتا الفحل فإذا زادت واحدة على عشرين ومائة ففي كل خمسين حقة وفي كل أربعين ابنه لبون، ثم ترجع الإبل على أسنانها وليس على النيف شئ ولا على الكسور شئ وليس على العوامل شئ، إنما ذلك على السائمة الراعية، قال: قلت: ما في البخت السائمة. قال: مثل ما في الإبل العربية.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ibrahim bin Hashim, from Hammad bin Isa, from Huraiz, from Zurara, and Muhammed bin Muslim, and Abu Baseer, and Buraid al-‘Ajali, and Fudail, from Abu Ja’far and Abu Abdillah, peace be upon them both, that they both said with regards to the charity for camels: It is for every five sheep until they reach twenty-five, and if they reach that, for for that is a child at birth. Then, there is nothing in that until they reach thirty-five, and if they reach thirty-five, for that is one that is milked. Then, there is nothing in that until they reach forty-five, and if they reach forty-five, for that is a three-year-old female camel that can be approached by a male. Then, there is nothing in that until they reach sixty, and if they reach sixty, for that is a four-year-old female camel. Then, there is nothing for that until they reach seventy-five, and if they reach seventy-five, for that are two that are milked. Then, there is nothing for that until they reach ninety, and if they reach ninety, for that are two three-year-old female camels that can be approached by a male. Then, there is nothing for that until they reach a hundred and twenty, and if they reach a hundred and twenty, for that are two three-year-old camels that can be approached by a male. Then, if one is added onto a hundred and twenty, for every fifty there is one three-year-old female camel, and for every forty, there is one that is milked. Then, the camels are to be calculated again by their ages. There is nothing for nayyif, nor for kusour, and there is nothing for ‘awamil. That is only for the freely eating that are herded. He said: I said: What is it for freely eating Bactrians [1]? He said: The same as what is with regards to Arabic camels.