Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha il-lAllaah, Allaahu Akbar Allaahu Akbar, Wa Lil-laahil-hamd

(Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest,there is no god but Allaah; Allaah is the Greatest and to Allaah be all praise)

Kindness to Animals

There are many different kinds of animals in the world. These include mammals, birds, insects, fish, and reptiles. Some are wild, some are tame, some are big, some are small, and some are dangerous, while some are playful. Allah (s.w.t) created the animals for a purpose just as he created human beings for a purpose. Therefore, we should respect all of His creation and be kind to animals.
Allah (s.w.t) has allowed human beings to use some of these animals to help in their work, such as horses, mules, dogs, oxen. Often animals, such as cattle, sheep, goats and chicken may be used for food. But this permission to use animals for sustenance does not mean one can be cruel to animals, or make them work beyond their strength. It is wrong to kill animals without a serious reason. The Holy Quran teaches us to respect the rights of animals.
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. (6:38).
Although human beings are the most intelligent creatures on earth, Allah (s.w.t) has granted animals varying degrees of intelligence, as necessary for survival. Many animals even show certain behaviors that are similar to human behavior. For example, monkeys have been proven to have maternal instincts similar to those of humans and are capable of rudimentary verbal communication. Dolphins have also been shown to communicate through sounds. Dogs and cats show caring behaviors, such as loyalty to their owners.
As stated in the verse above, animals have shown the tendency to form communities just as humans do. Although not as complex as human communities, animals of the same species live together, breed and care for their young. In certain, animal communities, different members have different roles. For example, in bees, the queen bee is the leader and the mother of the communities and the worker bee makes the honey.
Incredibly, animals are also spiritual beings. If you listen very carefully to the sounds of crickets before dawn, or the chirping of the birds, you can hear a certain rhythm that sounds like tasbih. The Holy Quran states that animals have their own ways of worshipping Allah (s.w.t):
See you not that it is Allah Whose praises all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise. And Allah knows well all that they do. (24:41).
Animals may possess an intelligence and awareness of Allah (s.w.t) that we do not understand, so we must respect that they have certain rights on this earth.
Slaughtering an animal: When a Muslim slaughters an animals for its meat, he must do so with the name of Allah (s.w.t). Declaring, "Bismillah Allahu Akbar" (In the name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest). The animal should be slaughtered quickly with a sharp knife. The animal should not be slaughtered in an area where other animals can see and feel afraid. A Muslim only takes life for a serious reason, in a merciful manner with Allah (s.w.t)'s name.
Killing harmful animals: It is a sin to kill any animal without a good reason. Rasulullah (saws) is reported to have said: Whoever kills a sparrow (small bird) for nothing, it will cry out loud to Allah on the Day of Resurrection, saying: "O my Lord! This person killed me for nothing; he did not kill me for any good reason (Transmitted by Nasa'i). Therefore, we can only kill animals for sustenance or if they pose a serious to humans.
Stealing eggs: It is reported that when Rasulullah (saws) was on a journey he left his companions for a while. He saw a bird with two chicks when he returned he saw the bird was spreading out its wings in distress. When Rasulullah (saws) came to his companions he discovered that one of his companions took away the chicks from their mother. He told his companion: You have pained the bird, whoever has taken her chicks return them to her. "
Rasulullah (saws) was trying to emphasize that animals have feelings of love for their young ones, just as human beings have. Therefore, we should not steal young animals or birds eggs, just as we should not steal young children from their parents.
Treating beasts of burden with consideration: Beasts of burden are those animals which work by carrying or transporting people or goods for their owners. Without them, many people throughout history and even today in developing nations would have no means of transportation. Because they work so hard, it is important to be kind to such animals. Rasulullah (saws) is reported to have said: Fear Allah (s.w.t) in treating animals, and ride them when they are fit to be ridden, and get off them when they are tired (Transmitted by Abu Dawud). Therefore, a Muslim should not overwork an animal or whip it when it is tired. One should be considerate in providing adequate amounts of food, water, and rest from work to working animals.
Taking care of domesticated animals: It is reported that Rasulullah (saws) heard of a woman who locked her cat in a room and gave it no food until it died of starvation. He commented that the women would go to Hell because of her cruelty to her cat. Rasulullah (saws) also spoke of the case of a man who saw a thirsty dog and drew water from a well for it to drink. Rasulullah (saws) observed that for his kindness to the animal, his sins will be forgiven by Allah (s.w.t). we must take good care of domesticated animals by feeding them, giving them baths, cleaning up after them and taking them for walks in fresh air. When we play with them, we shouldn't be rough or hurt them.
Conclusion: From the above ahadith and verses of the Quran we can learn three important lessons. First, it is important to treat animals with consideration, as members of our world community. They were created by Allah (s.w.t) and worship Him in their own ways. Second, cruelty to animals is a serious sin. Therefore, it is our duty to try to stop others, especially children, from acts of cruelty to animals, explaining to them what Rasulullah (saws) has said about it.
Source: Islamic Tahdhib and Akhlaq by Aisha Lemu.

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