21 نوفمبر 2012

The Prophet Muhammad : A Mercy for Animals

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
A mercy for all creation .
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A Mercy for Animals .
His compassion encompassed not only human beings, but also animals.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade his companions to keep the unintelligent creatures hungry or thirsty, to disturb or to overburden them. He commended that kindness and putting them at ease were meritorious acts tending to bring man nearer to Allah. Abu Hurairah (peace be upon him) reports the Prophet (peace be upon him) as saying:
"A traveler who was thirsty saw a well in the way. He got inside the well and when he came out he saw a dog licking mud due to thirst. The man realised that the dog was as thirsty as him, so he got into the well again, filled his leather sock with water and carried it out holding it with his teeth. Thus, he quenched the thirst of the dog. Allah was pleased with this act of kindness and pardoned his sins."
The Companions asked: "O Messenger of Allah is there recompense in the matter of beasts and wild animals also?" The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied: "There is recompense in regard to every creature that has a living heart."
'Abdullah bin 'Umar related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
"A woman was cast away to hell only because she had withheld food and water from her cat and refused to set it free so that the cat might satisfy its hunger by eating worms and insects."
Once on return from a military campaign, a few Companions took away the chicks of a bird from their nest to stroke them. The mother bird came back and when it could not find its chicks in the nest, it began to fly around screeching. When informed of the matter, Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) became angry and ordered the chicks to be put back in the nest.
(Abu Dawood )

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