Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the ground that is qarqar and the balded snake
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم بن هاشم، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن خالد البرقي، عن خلف بن حماد، عن حريز، قال: قال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: ما من ذي مال ذهب أو فضة يمنع زكاة ماله إلا حبسه الله عز وجل يوم القيامة بقاع قرقر، وسلط عليه شجاعا أقرع يريده وهو يحيد عنه، فإذا رأى أنه لا يتخلص منه أمكنه من يده فيقضمها كما يقضم الفجل، ثم يصير طوقا في عنقه وذلك قوله عز وجل: " سيطوقون ما بخلوا به يوم القيمة " وما من ذي مال إبل أو بقر أو غنم يمنع زكاة ماله إلا حبسه الله عز وجل يوم القيامة بقاع قرقر يطأه كل ذات ظلف بظلفها وينهشه كل ذات ناب بنابها، وما من ذي مال نخل أو كرم أو زرع يمنع زكاتها إلا طوقه الله ربقة أرضه إلى سبع أرضين إلى يوم القيامة.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim, from his father, from Muhammed bin Khalid al-Barqi, from Khalaf bin Hammad, from Huraiz, that he said: Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, said: There is none who possesses money, be it gold or silver, who prevents (the giving of) the alms tax of his money, except that Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, will constrain him on the Day of Resurrection on a ground that is qarqar and set upon him a balded snake that will seek (to seize) him and which he will move away from. When he sees that he will not be rid of it, he will allow his hand to him, and it will gnaw it like how a radish is gnawed, and it will then become a necklace on his neck. That is the saying of Him, Exalted and Glorious is He: «Their necks will be encircled by that which they were stingy with on the Day of Resurrection.» (3:180) Moreover, there is none who possesses property, be it camels, cows or sheep, who prevents (the giving of) the alms tax of his property, except that Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He, will constrain him on the Day of Resurrection on a ground that is qarqar and he will be stepped upon by everything with a hoof, with its hoof, and it will be snapped by everything that has canine tooth. Moreover, there is none who possesses property, be it palm, grape or plants, who prevents (the giving of) its alms tax, except that Allah will encircle his neck with the noose of his land until seven lands until the Day of Resurrection.