Qadhi Iyas ibn Mu’awiyah al-Muzani (r.a.) & the Debtor's Tree

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Qadhi Iyas ibn Mu’awiyah ibn Qurrah al-Muzani (r.a.) was a tabi’in qadhi in the 2nd Century AH who lived in Basra.  He was renowned for his wit and intelligence.  One time, two men came before him, the complainant claimed money received by the defendant who denied the debt.  Qadhi Iyas (r.a.) asked the plaintiff where he had given it, and was answered, “Under a certain tree.”

The qadhi told him to go there by way of refreshing his memory and, in his absence, asked the defendant if his adversary could have reached it.  “Not yet,” said the rogue, “it’s a long way off”; forgetting himself, and convicted himself by that answer.


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