Muʿjam al-Aḥādīth al-Muʿtabara > Principle of ’No Harm’
Hadith #1

[1/111] الكافي: عن عدة من أصحابنا، عن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد، عن أبيه، عن عبدالله بن بكير، عن زرارة، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: إن سمرة بن جندب كان له عذق في حائط لرجل من الانصار وكان منزل الانصاري بباب البستان وكان يمر به إلى نخلته ولا يستأذن فكلمه الانصاري أن يستأذن إذا جاء فأبى سمرة فلما تأبى جاء الانصاري إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله فشكا إليه وخبره الخبر فأرسل إليه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وخبره بقول الانصاري وماشكا وقال: إن أردت الدخول فاستأذن فأبى فلما أبى ساومه حتى بلغ به من الثمن ماشاء الله فأبى أن يبيع فقال: لك بها عذق يمد لك في الجنة فأبى أن يقبل فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله للانصاري: اذهب فاقلعها وارم بها إليه فإنه لا ضرر ولا ضرار

1. [1/111] al-Kafi: From a number of our companions from Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid from his father from Abdallah b. Bukayr from Zurara from Abi Ja’far عليه السلام who said: Samura b. Jundub had a date-palm tree in the garden of a man from the Ansar, and the house of the Ansari was adjoined with the door to the garden, and he (Samura) used to pass by it on his way to the date-palm tree without asking for permission, so the Ansari talked to him about seeking permission when he comes through, but Samura refused, so when he had refused the Ansari came to the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله and complained to him and informed him of the matter, so the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله sent for him (i.e. Samura) and relayed to him what the Ansari had said and his complaint and then said: if you want to enter then ask permission first, but he refused, so when he had refused he (the messenger) bargained with him (to buy the tree from him) until he increased his offer to the the price that Allah wished – but he continued to refuse to sell it, so he said: you will get a palm tree to support you in heaven in return for it [if you give it up], but he refused to accept that, then the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله said to the Ansari: go and uproot it and throw it at him for there is no [causing] harm [in and of itself] nor harming with intent [in Islam].