Thursday, January 8, 2009

To Be Kind To Animal

This is my kids' new friend. It is a cat. They call her NewKit.
The cat always come to the backyard and wants to get inside the house.
The kids let the cat to come in because the weather is so cold.
They are taking care the cat at home.
The neighbour also come to visit the cat and share some food for the cat, too.
We don't know who has this cat. Our kids love this cat.

My kids ask me "How can the cat or other animal can survive in this cold weather?"
I share some of hadiths and ayah of Al Qur'an to explain it.
Insha Allah, we will hear other sharing story about animals.

Animals in Hadiths

  • Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:
    The Prophet said, “A woman entered the (Hell) Fire because of a cat which she had tied, neither giving it food nor setting it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.”
    Volume 4, Book 54, Number 535 : Sahih Bukhari

  • Narated By Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "While a man was walking on a road. he became very thirsty. Then he came across a well, got down into it, drank (of its water) and then came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. The man said to himself "This dog is suffering from the same state of thirst as I did." So he went down the well (again) and filled his shoe (with water) and held it in his mouth and watered the dog. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him." The people asked, "O Allah's Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?" He said, "(Yes) There is a reward for serving any animate (living being)." [Bukhari Vol. 8, Book 73, #38] & [Muslim Book 26, Chapter 39, # 5577]

  • Narated By Anas bin Malik: The Prophet said, "If any Muslim plants any plant and a human being or an animal eats of it, he will be rewarded as if he had given that much in charity." – [Bukhari Vol. 8, Book 73, #41]

  • The Prophet(s) told his companions of a serf who was blessed by Allah for saving the life of a dog by giving it water to drink and quenching its thirst.
    Narrated by Abu Huraira. Muslim, Vol. 4, Hadith No. 2244.

Animals in Qur'an

  • "There is no creature on (or within) the earth or bird that flies with its wings except (that they are) communities like you…".
    (Qur'an 6:38).

  • "And there is no creature on earth but that upon Allah is its provision, and He knows its place of dwelling and place of storage. Allah is in a clear register." (Qur'an 11:6)

  • "And the earth He has assigned to all living creatures."
    (Qur'an 55:10).

Let's learn more about animals in Islam.
We knew that:
  • We can not have dog inside our house. The salive of dog is impure (Najis).
  • We can not eat pig and other animals that are not slaughtered by saying in the name of Allah (Bismillah).
  • We have to be nice to animals.
  • We can not torture animals if we have to kill the animal.

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