Story told by Ibn Battuta, 14th century:

“Besides these there are endowments for other charitable purposes. One day as I went along a lane in Damascus I saw a small slave who had dropped a Chinese porcelain dish, which was broken to bits. A number of people collected around him and one of them said to him, “Gather up the pieces and take them to the custodian of the endowments for utensils.” He did so, and the man went with him to the custodian, where the slave showed the broken pieces and received a sum sufficient to buy a similar dish. /

This is an excellent institution, for the master of the slave would undoubtedly have beaten him, or at least scolded him, for breaking the dish, and the slave would have been heartbroken and upset at the accident. This benefaction is indeed a mender of hearts–may God richly reward him whose zeal for good works rose to such heights!

It is to note that other kinds of waqf was also mentioned before the story (Tazi edtion vol.1. p. 330-331).

Origin: Damascus – 14th cent.

Source: Ibn Battuta: Travels in Asia and Africa 1325-1354: Tuḥfat an-Nuẓẓār fī Gharāʾib al-Amṣār wa ʿAjāʾib al-Asfār, “A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling”).


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