IN ISLAM AND THEIR RIGHTS/Animal care and welfare
ANIMALS IN ISLAM AND THEIR RIGHTS
ANIMAL CARE AND WELFARE IN ISLAM
In Islam we are taught that...
Almighty has created/ made, mankind, animals and all the
is the Vicegerent of GOD/khalifah and is placed in charge
of all the creatures like animals
-This status gives man a great responsibility/accountability
and he should be caring for what
is placed under his control.
- Man was created directly from dust/sand,Animals were
This means that:
Darwin Theory is a theory/a myth and is not correct!
Evolution of man from animals is not a true fact and is
not accepted in Islam
But some "evolution" did occurs in the same
species: in both:man and animals.
Muslims believe in the unique separate creation of each
- Each animal should be treated with gentlness and respect,love
Holy Book: AL QUR'AN and the Sayings/AHADITH and the behaviour
of the final prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) contain
a lot of details on ANIMALS and how to treat them?
Several chapters in the Holy Book AL QUR'AN are named/titled
after the animals or some insects,for example: the COW(biggest
chapter),The Cattle,The Ant,The Bees,The Spider, The Elephant
... and many other animals which were mentioned include
:sheep, goat, camel, horse, donkey, fish, birds,frog,monkey,whale
and so on..
kind of animal is a COMMUNITY like us,according to the
("THERE IS NO ANIMAL ON EARTH,NOR BIRD WHICH FLIES
ON WINGS,BUT THEY ARE
COMMUNITIES LIKE YOU!
WE HAVE NEGLECTED NOTHING IN THE BOOK,THEN TO THEIR LORD
THEY WILL BE GATHERED!") Chapter 6/verse 38
means that each kind of animal(& insect), has its
own unique way of eating, sleeping, reproduction, language,
recreation, social life, feelings, needs (culture
and habits...) which should be studied, respected ,protected
then fully facilitated!
(Communities of :horse,sheep,cow,birds,whale,seal,monkey,dog,fish,chicken,bear,donkey,spider,bees,
animal praises God the Creator...!(each has his/her own
way of serving
and praising God(prayer)..but we do not understand it,as
mentioned in the
have got souls.
will be raised on the Day of Judgment, man will be questioned
God, if he/she has mistreated any animal in their life
and justice will be
given to every animal and punishment for the wrong doer...!
animals go to Heaven!
Islam, Muslims are ordered to give each animal:
-natural food(no animal protein to the vegeterian animals
which we do eat,no Genetically modified food...) and to
protect them from any filthy harmful food/chemicals...
- natural conception/pregnancy,offsprings ,motherhood
and breast feeding
-security/shelter and safety and protection from wild
-protection from cold/rain/drought...
-To be used for what GOD has created it( its natural function):for
example not to ride a cow.. but ride a horse.
-to be treated when affected by any illness.(vet)
-to live among its own community/society.
-freedom to some extent: access to sun air space and opportunity
for: flying jumping and playing(recreation).
-Healthy living:no bad unnatural diet,no hormones and
antibiotics no dangerous chemicals.
-right for its "complaint and be heard"!
-right to have justice especially on the Day of Judgment
-right for a gentle humane care and welfare.
5 FREEDOMS OF THE FARM ANIMAL WELFARE COUNCIL ARE GRANTED
AND GUARANTEED TO EVERY ANIMAL IN ISLAM:
Freedom from hunger and thirst,freedom from discomfort,freedom
from pain injury and disease,freedom to express normal
behaviour,freedom from fear and distress
(these RIGHTS and Freedoms, are based on some verses in
the Holy BOOK AL QUR'AN and some AHADITH/Sayings and stories
which occured with the prophet Muhammad,peace be upon
(also if you look and search the internet,you will find
Under ANIMAL CARE AND WELFARE IN ISLAM: 1,090,000 sites/studies
Under ANIMAL RIGHTS IN ISLAM : 4,610,000 sites/studies
This is true mainly in domestic animals and the animals
which we are allowed to
eat and consume.(but other wild animals to be protected
in their own communities)
cruelty/harsh treatment or infliction of pain to any animal
is forbidden in Islam and is a SIN and is punishable,as
in fox hunting, bull fighting, cock fighting, factory
farming, caging/imprisoning, painful unnecessary vivisection/
most animal experiments, cloning,stunning before slaughter,
hitting, deprivation from food or water, carrying heavy
weight, misuse and abuse(e.g use as target to hit/shoot
at),branding , docking of dogs tails, maternal deprivation,
the cruel seal hunting,exposure to cold/rain/hot weather...etc
-Keeping every kind of animal alive / protection of
the species, is recommended in Islam, as done in Noah's
Ark before!(Preservationof the species).
person can go to Heaven/Paradise even for just providing
food/drink to a
A person can go to Hell just because of cruelty or food
deprivation to an animal ! (as stated by the prophet Muhammad,peace
be upon him).
is a reward in offering food or water to any animal,as
the prophet said!
prophet MUHAMMAD(peace be upon him)/the teacher: here
is some STORIES in brief from his life:
* Was angry one day when he discovered a mother bird distressed
and agitated because someone had taken her babies and
he said: "who has distressed
this mother by taking her babies! give her back her babies..!"
*Was angry when a cat was locked inside the house and
died from starvation?
He said the owner is in hell!
*Defended a weak camel who was suffering and in tears
and complaining ... he told the owner:fear Allah with
this animal..do not make him hungry or suffer..!
*Cursed who use the animal as a target to shoot at.
*Prohibited the hitting of the animal especially on the
*Prohibited to provoke fight between animals,as in cock
*Opposed the use the animal for different function,like
riding the cow...
*Opposed the harsh cruel pulling of a sheep from the ears..
* Treated a sick dog...
*Opened the door for a cat,who was scratching it, while
he was in prayer..
*Opposed the burning of a colony of aunts..(burning any
animal or man are forbidden)
*Changed the direction of the army one day to a different
road ,when he saw on his way a dog in labour/ giving birth
, and tried to avoid disturbing her...!
* Gave many Sayings/Ahadith ,ordering us to treat each
animal gently,with utmost care and welfare...as the way
We should not forget also that the prophet Muhammad himself
was a shepherd and he looked very well after the sheeps..with
best care and welfare(organic natural farming);
-The Khalifah (president) Omar Bin Khattab, used to say:
I will be worried if I will be punished on the Day of
Judgment when the animals complain to GOD that they could
not walk properly on the roads during their lives
because Khalifah Omar did not fix/smooth the road for
-In early Islam:A charitable trust (WAQF) was established
in order to look after
animals,especially those homeless, injured or disabled
Hourayrah one of the most famous companions of the prophet
Muhammad(peace be upon him) and narrators of Hadith/prophet's
sayings,used to look after kitten/hourayrah..this is why
he was called Abu Hourayrah(the father of kittens).
a sick animal is a duty on every muslim and is highly
Killing an animal for food, should be done quickly, painlessly
without any suffering ( as it happens in Religious slaughter,
the use of any stunning )/please see separate scientific
religious articles on stunning.
It is an order by the prophet Muhammad,when someone is
killing an animal(domestic/wild),to do it PAINLESSLY and
without causing any pain or torture to the animal before
-pork/porcine substance and carniverous animals are prohibited
-Cats can be kept inside the house as a domestic pet,but
not dogs...as they are NAJIS/unclean,cause some diseases,bites
and injuries and deaths,noise/complaints/court cases and
many other marietal/family problems.
However a person can go to Heaven for providing water
to a thirsty deprived dog...according to the prophet Muhammad(peace
be upon him)....
( ALL THESE ARE THE BELIEFS OF 1400 MILLION MUSLIMS IN
there is a great need to establish here in the UK/ West
Islamic organisations for animal care and welfare and
Islamic animal rights organisations which are based on
the rich sources of the Holy Islamic Scriptures:
many Muslims/and most non Muslims, do not know or are
not aware of the fascinating Rights and the welfare of
the animals in Islam ...and because animals today are
suffering a lot of CRUELTY and ABUSE in our society!
British muslims(about two million), should join also the
many animal welfare organisations who are campaigning
sincerely for the welfare and care of the animals,and
should join in many of their campaigns and activities
Royal Society for the Protection of Animals(RSPCA)
Farm Animal Welfare Council
Compassion in world farming
International fund for Animal welfare
DR A.MAJID KATME (MBBCh,DPM)
Spokesman on Halal meat/Religious slaughter(DHABH)
Muslim Campaigner for animal care and welfare
0208 345 6220 M: 07944 240 622
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