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f:667 -    Tail-less rat falls into well.  How to clean the well
Country : Guntur,
Name : Muhammad Kamil
Question:     We have a well in our house, whose mouth is covered with mesh.  Once, I was taking a rat, holding it by its tail, when the tail was cut completely and the rat fell in the well.  On a neighbor's insistence, we emptied the whole well.  I had heard that if a rat falls into the well, then emptying 45, 50 pails of water is enough.  Please tell me the correct ruling.
Answer:     If the well is less than 10 X 10, and a dead rat falls into it or falls into it and dies then the whole well will become dirty.  After removing the rat, 20 to 30 pails of water should be emptied from the well.

On the other hand, if the tail of the rat is cut completely as you have described, then for the well to become unclean, the death of the rat is not necessary.  Only if such a rat falls into the well, the well will become unclean.  This is because some kind of unclean matter coming from the wound (blood, pus, etc.) is inevitable.  In this situation, to clean the well, the whole well has to be emptied.  If water keeps coming in, then removing 200 to 300 pails of water is enough.

As 'Allama Akmaluddin Mahmood Bin Muhammad writes in Al Ghinaya Sharhil Hidayah.

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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