Q: A cemetery is bordered by Damad city from all sides. The south side of the cemetery is covered by a variety of acacia and arak trees to the degree that it has become full of large venomous snakes and many other pests such as scorpions. These creatures crawl up to the neighboring residential places, by day and night, and are therefore a source of anxiety and danger. This side of the cemetery which is covered in trees, and so causing great damages to the graves, had been there since the time of the Idrisi rule. As no one can enter the cemetery or pass by it, we first ask Allah and then you the following:First, is it permissible to dig out these trees with tractors due to the harm they cause - and to the risk that may result should people remove them with their bare hands - or burn them after bespatter them with insecticides?
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If the case is as mentioned, there is no harm in
removing the trees from the cemetery by using manual tools only, in order to preserve the sanctity of the dead. The municipality in your town is to undertake this work.May Allah grant you success! May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his Companions!