Islam is a great religion. It is a religion of peace and a way for people of Islamic religion to submit themselves to the will of God. But today, we will not discuss that. In fact, today we will look into the section that most people especially Muslims tend to overlook: ANIMALS.
People from all walks of life, Muslims or not, are so busy in their daily lives, in their quests to reach the top that they forget how important a simple action is in life.
We have chosen to share this content below written by Aminah Bee to bring attention to those, who think that animals are sinful beasts or animals should be treated like crap! No religion in this world encourages humans to carry on the cruelty of animals. All animals are from God and those who mistreat them will never get kindness from God. So beware in your treatment of animals and fear God in your treatment of animals.
Religion of Islam
The religion of Islam has always viewed animals as a special part of God’s creation.
Kindness to Animals
The Holy Qur’an, the Hadith (Muslim religious texts), and the history of Islamic civilization offer many examples of kindness, mercy, and compassion for animals. Muslims are taught to follow Prophet Mohammad exemplary behaviour on kindness to animals.
Cats in Islam
Islam holds a special place for cats as being lovable and cherished creatures, and hitting or mistreating a cat is seen as a sin. In the Islamic world, cats was respected and protected because cats were loved by Prophet Muhammad.
One story mentioned that a cat saved Prophet Muhammad from being bitten by a deadly snake. There was also a famous story of Prophet Muhammad called to prayer and he found his cat Muezza asleep on the sleeve of his robe. Instead of disturbing the cat, he cut off the sleeve and let the cat sleep.
A companion of the Prophet was given the name Abu Hurairah. The name Abu Hurairah means ‘father of the cats’. Abu Hurairah was given this name because where ever he goes, he always had a kitten with him.
In another Hadith text, the Prophet told his companions of a woman who would be sent to Hell for having locked up a cat; not feeding it, nor even releasing it so that it could feed herself.”
Dogs in Islam
In Hadith (Muslim religious text) of Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 56, Number 673, narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “While a dog was going round a well and was about to die of thirst, an Israeli prostitute saw it and took off her shoe and watered it. So Allah forgave her because of that good deed.”
Birds in Islam
During a journey the Prophet left his companion for a while. During his absence, his companion saw a bird called hummara and took two young ones away from the mother bird. The mother bird was circling above in the air, beating its wings in grief, when the Prophet came back and said: “Who has hurt the feelings of this bird by taking its young? Return them to her”. The Prophet companion then replaced the offspring in the same bush.
During another journey, somebody picked up some birds eggs. The bird’s painful note and fluttering attracted the attention of the Prophet, who asked the man to restore the eggs to the nest.
The Prophet also mentioned “To catch birds and imprison them in cages without any special purpose is considered abominable.” This means if you have birds living in cages, set them free.
On the way to a battle, the Prophet army marched towards Makkah (now known as Mecca) to conquer it, they passed a female dog with puppies. The Prophet not only gave orders that the mother dog and puppies should not be hurt or disturbed, but posted a man to see that this was done.
Killing Animals in Islam
One of the sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad is: “If you must kill, kill without torture.” (La taqtolu bi’l-idha’i). While pronouncing this dictum, he did not name any animal as an exception – not even any noxious or venomous creature, such as scorpions and snakes.
Treating Animals in Islam
Prophet Muhammad and Islam religion not only preached to the people to show kindness to each other but also to all living souls. Animals are to be respected and treated humanely.
Animal Blood Sport in Islam
Prophet Muhammad forbade blood sport (like cock fighting, animal fighting) which is cruelty to the animals. The Prophet also forbade his Muslim followers not to hunt for game sports, like shooting birds and animals with bows and arrows. The killing of animals for sporting purposes like hunting is strictly forbidden.
Ants in Islam
In a demonstration of unparalleled care towards animals no matter their size or significance, a companion of the Prophet name Adiyi bin Hatim used to take crumbs of bread and other foods and deposit them at the entry to ant holes so the ants could feed. This rare gesture of kindness was performed in realisation of the fact that ants also formed a neighbourhood with human beings.
Horses in Islam
Prophet Muhammad forbade the practice of cutting tails and manes of horses and of keeping horses saddled unnecessarily. It was forbidden to kick horses with one’s feet unnecessarily while riding them. The Prophet also wrote to those who had been given responsibility to look after the rights of animals to highlight that it was forbidden to tighten the rein of a horse. It is forbidden to stay long on the back of an animal (Horse, Donkey, and Camel) when it is not in motion. The Prophet is reported to remarked on this cruelty as “Do not turn your animals into chair”.
Branding Animals in Islam
The Prophet also prohibit branding animals with hot iron bars. Once the Prophet passed by an animal that was marked in this way and said: “May Almighty Allah curse the person who marked this animal”.
Over-loading Animals in Islam
The Prophet mentioned that beast of burden like camels, ox, donkeys, horses, elephants etc. are not allowed to carry load that is too heavy and should be well fed and watered. Whenever the Prophet saw any animal over-loaded or ill-fed he would approached the owner and said, “Fear Allah in your ill treatment of animals.”
The Islamic Shariah law very strongly forbids the overloading of animals. Among the laws governing overloading of animals, there are also laid down rules on the renting of animals to carry goods with penalties for any one renting an animal if found overloading the animal.
Camels in Islam
It was reported in a hadith (Muslim religious text) that once the Prophet entered a garden and saw a camel. When the camel saw the Prophet, it started crying with tears coming out of its eyes. The Prophet approached the camel and rubbed off the tears asking, “Who is the owner of this camel”. The owner replied “It is mine, Oh Prophet of Allah”. The Prophet then said “Don’t you fear Allah in these animals which the Almighty made you owners? Indeed your animal complained to me that you starve and overwork it”.
Sterilisation of Cats in Islam
Sterilisation of cats is not against the teachings of Islam religion. Islamic Religious Councils are supportive of cats sterilisation.
“Fundamentally, all mazhabs (Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence) allow the sterilisation of animals.
After analysing the arguments and position of the different mazhabs and medical opinion from the Society of Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (SPCA), the Fatwa committee decides that sterilising cats on the basis of ‘maslahat’ (general good) is harus (permissible).”
Crippled Animals or Sick Pets in Islam
The tenets of the Islam Shariah law towards animals rights make it obligatory for any individual to take care of any crippled animal like a blind cat that appears at their doorsteps. It is Wajib (necessary) upon every individual owning animals to spend on them, providing food and everything else required for their good up keep. Do not abandon your pets and look after the well being of your sick pets. Pet ownership is a life-long commitment.
Cruelty to Animals in Islam
Islam expressly lays down rights for animals entitling them to the right of love and mercy. Cruelty to animals in Islam is treated with grave contempt and the harshest of penalties, the fire of hell is accorded any individual whoever dares to be cruel to animals.
It is mentioned in a Hadith: Animals do pray to Allah as other creations do.
Prophet Mohammad repeatedly forbade cruelty to animals, saying in the Hadith popular tradition, “Whoever is kind to the creatures of God is kind to himself.”
He who is not kind to God’s creatures, and to his own children, God will not be kind to him.
Similarly, Mohammed taught “A good deed done to a beast is as good as doing good to a human being; while an act of cruelty to a beast is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.”
Acts of Charity to Animals in Islam
Kindness to animals brings a reward to the kind person. The Prophet was asked if acts of charity even to the animals were rewarded by God. He replied: ‘”Yes, there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive.”
Strays in Islam
Henceforth if you see a hungry stray, feed it and watered it. Show compassion towards the strays.
The Prophet stated “Verily, there is heavenly reward for every act of kindness done to a living animal”.
Be kind to animals and heaven is your reward.
Courtesy of Aminah Bee