Islam is the religion of mercy… commanding mercy on animals

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Islam is the religion of mercy… commanding mercy on animals
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Islam is the religion of mercy… commanding mercy on animals

During the period of Jahiliyyah, the Arabs used to treat animals very brutally. Photo: Express Web

Islam is the religion of nature, it has given the message of peace and harmony and love. Allah’s mercy is not limited only to humans, it extends to every soul. Where his bounties and blessings have irrigated the world of humanity, he has also enriched the speechless animals with his infinite mercy.

During the period of Jahiliyyah, the Arabs used to treat animals very brutally. Islam also gave rights to these speechless animals. Islam has defined their rights and protected them for the rest of the world and promised the punishment of hell to those who abuse them. It is enough to describe the importance of animals and their characteristics that in the Holy Qur’an, Allah Almighty has mentioned animals in two hundred verses, in the teachings of the Prophet ﷺ, which is a message of love and mercy for all creatures. It is not found in anyone else’s teachings.

It is a pity that the enemies of Islam equated Islam with the image of brutality and cruelty and our simple Muslims fell prey to their deception. At such a time, there is a dire need to inform the Ummah of these blessed teachings of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, which are mercy in every way, so that the Ummah can realize that they have a relationship with the Most Merciful. Whose mercy is not limited only to human beings, but the vastness of His mercy encompasses all creatures. . He saw the youths tying up a chicken and killing it.

Hazrat Anas said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade the killing of animals by tying them (Sahih Bukhari). Hazrat Saeed bin Jubayr (may Allah have mercy on him) said: I was with Abdullah bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) and he passed by some Quraysh youths. Those who were shooting by hanging a chicken, immediately dispersed when they saw the son of Hazrat Umar. Ibn Umar asked (extremely angry) who has done this (wrong act)? The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave an evil supplication to the one who does this (targeting a soul by tying him) away from the mercy of Allah. (Sahih Bukhari) .

It was narrated from Hazrat Jabir that once a donkey passed near the Prophet ﷺ whose mouth was stained with fire. . On the authority of Hazrat Abu Hurairah, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: A woman was punished for keeping a cat tied up, because that woman neither fed it nor watered it, nor did it let it eat or drink. (Sahih Muslim).

It was narrated from Hazrat Shaddad bin Aus that I still remember the two things that I heard from the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace: Allah has made kindness obligatory in every matter, when you kill, kill well and When you slaughter an animal, slaughter it well and sharpen your knife, so that the slaughtered animal may be relieved because of it (Sahih Muslim).

It was narrated from Hazrat Sahl bin Hanzaliyyah that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by a camel whose back was attached to its belly (i.e. it had become very thin due to hunger). Fear Allah in the case of these speechless animals! Ride them well and feed them then feed them well (Sunan Abu Dawud).

It was narrated from Hazrat Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: A man was going somewhere when he became thirsty, so he went down to a well and drank water. After that, when he came out of the well, he saw a dog panting for thirst and licking the mud with great thirst. The man said to himself that this dog is also thirsty like me, so he again went down to the well and filled his sock with water and placed it in front of the dog, the dog drank the water and it came to life. For this reason, Allah Almighty appreciated this servant and forgave him.

The Companions asked, O Messenger of Allah! Will we also be rewarded for treating animals well? So he, peace be upon him, said: There is a reward for treating a soul well (Sunan Abu Dawud). Is there a reward for us in (relieving the suffering of animals)? He (peace be upon him) said: Yes, there is a reward in (relieving the suffering of) every living and living animal (Sahih Bukhari: 5009, Sahih Muslim: 2244).

In another hadith, the Prophet ﷺ said: On a hot day, a prostitute saw a dog circling a well and sticking out its tongue out of thirst. He drew water from the well with a leather bag and gave it to the dog, Allah forgave him for this act (Sahih Muslim: 154.2245).

One day the Prophet ﷺ entered the garden of an Ansari, suddenly a camel came and began to return at his feet, at that time there were tears in his eyes. calmed down, then the Holy Prophet said: Who is the owner of this camel? So he came running, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to him: “Allah has made it your property. Don’t you fear Allah?” He is complaining to me that you keep him hungry and take more of his hard work (Abu Dawud, Bab Ma Yumar Beh Man Al Qiyam, Hadith: 2549).

Hazrat Abu Huraira said: “The Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace, said: A man was driving an ox while putting a load on it, and the ox looked at the man and said, ‘I was not created for this work, but I was made to farm.’ Created for The people said Subhan Allah in surprise and panic and said: Does the bull even speak? Then the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: I believe in this and Hazrat Abu Bakr and Hazrat Umar also believe (Muslim, Chapter Virtues of Abu Bakr, Hadith: 2388).

The Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, said: A Muslim who plants a tree or cultivates a field and a bird, a person, or an animal eats from that tree or field, then the planter or the sower will receive the reward of charity (Sahih). Bukhari: 2320, Sahih Muslim: 1553).

Animals also have a right to be treated well. A Sahabi asked the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, that “I have specially made a tank for my camels, sometimes even stray animals come to it to drink water. If I water them too, will it But will I get a reward?” he said. “Yes, there is a reward for treating every thirsty soul with kindness” (Ibn Majah).

During the journey, one should also realize the needs of the animal and its fatigue. If you travel during a famine, travel quickly (so that you don’t get weak from hunger)” (Abu Dawud: 2569). Some animals are domesticated, so humans take care of them and if non-domesticated animals are treated with compassion, then Allah does not waste the actions of the servant. If the animals are harmful, then it is ordered to kill them, because man is the best of creation, where there is no fear of harm, if animals are treated well, then surely Allah will reward him.

Hazrat Syedna Abu Hurairah says that a man felt very thirsty during a journey, he saw a well, he went down into it, drank water and then came out. Outside, he saw a dog panting due to thirst and licking the wet soil. He thought that he was in the same situation as mine due to thirst. He gave water to the dog. “Allah appreciated him and forgave him.” The Companions asked whether we will get a reward for benevolent animals. Then the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “In every living thing there is a reward (due to good behavior).” Sahih Muslim (2244)

The animal should always be slaughtered with a sharp knife, so that it does not suffer, give the animal plenty of water before slaughter. Take care that he is not hungry. Sharpen the knife beforehand. Lay the animal on its Qibla side. Slaughter with a sharp instrument while saying Takbeer. Do not rush to remove the skin. Wait for the animal to cool down. Do not slaughter one animal in front of another. In Eid al-Qurban, there are such scenes that the butchers do not take care of these things to save time, so it is necessary for the families to make the butchers follow them.

It is narrated from Hazrat Abu Umamah that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever shows mercy, even if it is only to an animal being slaughtered, Allah will show mercy to him on the Day of Resurrection.” (Tabarani). It was narrated from Hazrat Ibn Abbas that “a man hung a goat and started sharpening a knife in front of it, then the Holy Prophet said, “Do you want to kill it twice? Why didn’t you sharpen your knife before you killed him?

It is not right to kill the animals whose meat is forbidden unless they are harmed. In the same way, taking the life of a halal animal just for the sake of entertainment is also not a valid act. Likewise, relieving the suffering of animals is also a work of reward, like a dog, cat, etc. falling into a pit or a drain and getting out of there is difficult. If it is not possible for him, then he must be helped.

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