The importance of being kind to animals is made clear in Islam.
We are a family of animal lovers. Well perhaps not my hubby; it took me 7 years to convince him to let me have a cat and even then he only agreed as we spotted a mouse in the house. He once said he is glad that we do not have a bigger house or I would turn it into a zoo!
There are various hadiths and mentions in the Quran about being kind to animals. And it does sadden me when I see the cruelty that is inflicted on defenseless animals by heartless people.
One of Prophet Muhammad’s companions narrates, “We were on a journey and during the Prophet’s absence, we saw a bird with its two chicks; we took them. The mother bird was circling above us in the air, beating its wings in grief. When Prophet Muhammad returned he said, “Who has hurt the feelings of this bird by taking its chicks? Return them to her.” (Sahih Muslim)
Narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “While a dog was going round a well and was about to die of thirst, a prostitute saw it and took off her shoe and watered it. So Allah forgave her because of that good deed.” (Sahih Bukhari)
“There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.” (6:38)
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