|أحمد محمد لبن Ahmad.M.Lbn|
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|موضوع: Kindness to Animals الثلاثاء 18 سبتمبر 2018, 2:18 am|| |
Kindness to Animals
Allah the Almighty is the Creator of everything.
Everything belongs to Him. He created animals for our benefit, and so we have duties towards them.
We will be accountable to Allah on the Day of Judgement for their proper treatment.
Animals Have Rights
Animals have rights in Islam. Allah created human beings for a purpose and created animals for a purpose. Part of our duty towards animals is to treat them kindly. Allah allows us to use some of these animals for our benefit, but this does not mean that we can treat these animals cruelly or make them work beyond their capacity.
Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) forbade the killing of animals or birds except for food.
He said, 11Whoever does not show mercy will not be shown mercy" (AI-Bukhaaree and Muslim) He also said, 11Have mercy towards those on the earth, and the One over the Heavens will have mercy on you" (At-Tirmidhee)
Showing Mercy to Animals
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, "while a man was wal king he felt thirsty and went down a well and drank water from it. On coming out of it, he saw a dog panting and eating mud because of excessive thirst. The man said, This (dog) is suffering from the same problem as that of mine.
So he [went down the well], filled his shoe with water, caught hold of it with his teeth and climbed up and gave the dog to drink. So Allah appreciated this act of his and forgave him. "The Companions asked him, "O Allah1S Messenger, is there for us a reward even for [serving] such animals?" He replied , "ves, there is a reward for service to every living animal" (AI-Bukhaaree)
Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) said , "A woman was punished because of a cat which she confined until it died, and so she entered Hell fire because of it. She had not given it anything to eat or to drink when she confined it, nor did she set it free so that it would eat the insects of the earth" (A-Bukhaaree and Muslim)
Once, while the Prophet (Peace be upon him) went away to answer naturels call during a journey, some of his companions caught the young of a female bird; when it came back, it started beating the earth with its wings in distress. When the Prophet (Peace be upon him)returned and saw what was happening, he asked, 11Who has put this bird to distress by taking its young away from it? Return them to it. 11 He also noticed a mound of ants which they had burnt down, and so he asked, "who set fire on this? None can punish with fire except the Lord of the fire" (Abu Dawood)
A M uslim, therefore, should have mercy and compassion towards animals. He should not use them as targets. Once, Abdullah ibn Omar (May Allah be pleased with them) passed by some boys who had tied a bird and used it as a target for their arrows. When they saw him they dispersed. Ibn Omar (May Allah be pleased with them) said, 11Who has done this? May Allah curse whoever has done this.
Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) cursed anyone who makes a living creature a target." (AI-Bukhaaree and Muslim) A Muslim must put the animal at ease when he is about to slaughter it. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, "lndeed , Allah has prescribed excellence in all things. So if you kil l , kill in a good manner; and if you slaughter, slaughter in a good manner. Each of you should sharpen his blade and spare suffering to the animal he is slaughtering." (Muslim)
He also said, "Whoever shows mercy, even while slaughtering a sparrow, Allah will have mercy on him on the Day of Judgement." (AI-Bukhaaree)
A Muslim should never torture an animal . He should never beat it, nor inflict pain on it, nor make it carry more than it can bear, nor mutilate it. Once, a donkey with a brand on the face happened to pass before the Prophet (Peace be upon him), so he said, "May Allah curse the one who has branded it" (Muslim)
The killing of animals by using nails is forbidden. This causes the animal too much pain. Using stones or a catapult is also forbidden.
Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) said, "Throwing stones will neither hunt the game nor kill an enemy. It may, however, break a tooth or gouge OUt an eye" (AI-Bukhaaree)
Beasts of Burden
Beasts of burden are animals such as donkeys, horses or oxen which are used to carry or pull things. Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) said, "Fear Allah in treating dumb animals." (Abu oawood)
Once the Prophet (Peace be upon him) saw a camel that started weeping with a yearning sound, so he went to it and went on wiping its head until it became silent. Then he went to its owner and said to him, "Will you not fear Allah with respect to this beast which Allah has given you? It has complained to me that you keep it hungry and load it with heavy burdens that tire it out" (Ahmad and Abu Dawood: saheeh)
A Muslim must take care not to overload a beast of burden. He should not stay mounted for a long time while the animal is kept standing. He must only use it to fulfil his needs and alight once his needs are fulfilled. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, "DO not treat the backs of your animals as chairs. Surely, Allah has subjected them to you to take you to places which you would not have otherwise been able to reach except with difficulty and hardship. He has subjected the earth for you, so fulfil your needs [but do not overburden them]" (Abu Dawood: saheeh)
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