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Udhiyyah (Qurbani) & Kindness to Animals Print
"Verily Allah Most Honourable and Majestic has written kindness for everything. So when you kill, kill in a kind way. When you slaughter, slaughter in a kind way. You should sharpen your knife and put the slaughter-animal at ease." [Ibn M?jah]

Thus spoke Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam and thus is the way of the Muslim - kindness to all of creation including animals. Let alone being rewarded for fulfilling the rights of Allah and humans, a Muslim is rewarded for showing kindness to every living animal. [al-Bukhari, Muslim]

Allah does not overlook any good deed, however insignificant the deed or the recipient. Whilst the dog is unclean, Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, "A dog was circling a well. It was close to death due to thirst. A prostitute from the Children of Israel saw it and removed her leather sock to give it water. Because of that, she was forgiven." [al-Bukhari]

Conversely, Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam showed great concern over abusing the weak and defenceless, be they orphans, women, slaves or animals. He forbade hunting [including fishing] for mere entertainment, "If someone kills a sparrow for sport, the sparrow will cry out on the Day of Judgment, "O Rabb!  That person killed me in vain!  He did not kill me for any useful purpose." [Nasaai]

Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam was greatly distressed to see an undernourished camel. He exclaimed, "Fear Allah in regards these beasts which cannot speak [for themselves]. Ride them kindly, eat them kindly." [Ab? D?w?d]

Even slight misuse is not allowed. Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam passed by people sitting on their mounts, not riding. He said, "Ride them healthily and leave them healthily. Do not make them into seats for your chatter in the roads and markets. Some mounts are better than their riders. They remember Allah Most Blessed and High more than the rider." [A?mad]

Let alone physical mistreatment, Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam was even distressed at emotional trauma of animals. Once some men removed two chicks from a nest. The mother circled them, beating her wings in grief. Upon determining what happened, Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam ordered them to return them to their mother." [Muslim]

Abuse of animals is not just a loss of reward, not just a sin, but an embarrassment to the D?n of Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam when non-Muslims claim we abuse animals. The time for Udhiyyah is upon us. May Allah grant us complete acceptance. Let us not lose reward through negligence of the Sunnah.
  • Be kind and gentle to the animals.
  • Feed them well.
  • Do not physically or emotionally abuse them.
  • Let your knife be as sharp as possible to give them as quick and painless a death as possible.
  • One animal should not see another being slaughtered.
  • In short, "Fear Allah in regards these beasts which cannot speak [for themselves]."
 
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