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Yahya ibn Sa’id reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Beware of meat, for meat can be as addictive as wine.”

Al-Muwatta’ 1742

Narrated by Abu Hureira: “The Prophet(s) was asked if acts of charity even to the animals were rewarded by God. He replied: ‘yes, there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive.’

Sahih Bukhari, 3:322. Also Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, Hadith No. 2244, Awn (Ref. No. 32), 7:222, Hadith No. 2533, and Mishkat al-masabih, Book 6; Chapter 6.

‘A good deed done to a beast is as good as doing good to a human being; while an act of cruelty to a beast is as bad as an act of cruelty to human beings’ and that: ‘Kindness to animals was promised by rewards in Life Hereafter.’

Mishkat al-Masabih; Book 6; Chapter 7, 8:178.

The worst of shepherds is the ungentle, who causes the beasts to crush or bruise one another.

Sahih Muslim

May God curse anyone who maims animals.

Ibn Al-Athir

Whoever is kind to the creatures of God is kind to Himself.


Narrated by Ibn ‘Omar and by Abdallah bin Al-As: “There is no man who kills {even} a sparrow or anything smaller, without its deserving it, but God will question him about it.

An-Nasai, 7:206, 239, Beirut. Also recorded by Musnad al-Jami Ad-Darimi, Delhi, 1337 and Mishkat al-Masabih; English translation by James Robson, in four volumes; Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, Lahore, Pakistan; 196

Narrated by Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah bin Mas’ud: “We were on a journey and during the Prophet’s absence, we saw a bird with its two chick; we took them. The mother bird was circling above us in the air, beating its wings in grief. When the Prophet Muhammad returned he said: ‘Who has hurt the feelings of this bird by taking its chicks? Return them to her!’”

Muslim. Also Awn (Ref. No. 32) Hadith No. 2658 and Guillaume (Ref. No. 57); p. 106

It is reported by the same authority that: “a man once robbed some eggs from the nest of a bird. The Prophet(s) had them restored to the nest.”


Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar reported: “The Prophet cursed the one who treated animals harshly.”

Sahih Bukhari 5091; also Ibn Hajar, vol 20, p. 56, 5515

Whoever treats harshly a living being and then does not repent, God will treat him just as harshly on judgment day.

Sahih Bukhari 5091; also Ibn Hajar, vol 20, p. 56, 5515

A prostitute suffered from thirst while she was walking on a journey. When she found a well, she climbed down into it and drank from it. Then she came out and saw a dog lolling its tongue from thirst and licking the ground. The woman said: ‘This dog has suffered thirst just as I have suffered from it.’ She climbed down to the well, filled her shoe with water, and caught it in her mouth as she climbed up. Then she gave the dog a drink. God appreciated this deed, so he
forgave her sins.

Sahih Bukhari 3208

Narrated by Anas: “All creatures are like a family (Ayal) of God: and he loves the most those who are the most beneficent to His family.

Mishkat al-Masabih,3:1392; quoted from Sahih Bukhari.

Truly Allah is kind and He loves kindness. He rewards for kindness what is not granted for harshness and he does not reward anything else like it.

Sahih Muslim 2593

It is a great sin for man to imprison those animals which are in his power.

Sahih Muslim

Narrated by Abu Hureira: “Avoid ye the seven obnoxious things {deadly sins}: polytheism; magic; the killing of breathing beings! Which God has forbidden except for rightful reason.”

Sahih Muslim – Kitab-ul-Imam (Ref. No. 46); chp. XXXIX, vol. I, p. 52; also Bukhari, 4:23 and Awn (Ref. No. 32)
Hadith No. 2857

You will not have secure faith until you love one another and have mercy on those who live upon the earth.

Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, and Abu Dawud

’Fear God with regard to animals’ said the Prophet of Islam, ‘ride them when they are fit to be ridden, and get off their backs when they are tired; surely, there are rewards for being kind and gentle to animals, and for giving them water to drink.’

Sunan Abu Dawud

Narrated by Abu Umama: “He who takes pity {even} on a sparrow and spares its life, Allah will be merciful on him on the Day of Judgement.

Transmitted by Al-Tabarani

Reported by Abdullah b. Ja’fir Abi Talib: “The Prophet went into a garden of a man from the ansār and there was a camel. When the Prophet saw the camel he felt compassion and his eyes shed tears. The Prophet went up to the camel and stroked him between his ears, and the camel calmed down. The Prophet then said: ‘Who is the owner of this camel?’ A young boy from the ansār came and said, ‘He is mine, Prophet.’ The Prophet said: ‘Don’t you fear God with regard to this animal, whom God has given to you? For the camel complained to me that you starve him and work him endlessly.”

Sunan Abu Dawud, Vol 2, 784

Narrated by Abdullah bin ‘Omar: The Prophet(s) told his companions of a woman who would be sent to Hell for having locked up a cat; not feeding it, nor even releasing it so that it could feed herself.”

Sahih Bukhari, 4:337; recorded in Riyad (Ref. No. 28), Hadith No. 1605; p. 271. Also Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, Hadith No. 2242. English translation by Abdul Hamid Siddiqi; Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, Lahore, Pakistan; 1976; Vol. 4, Hadith No. 5570; p. 1215

Reported by Abu Hurayra: “The Prophet said that among us there was a man who was traveling and he became very thirsty. So he found a well and descended into it and drank, then exited, when he saw a dog panting and eating the ground from his thirst. The man said: ‘This dog has reached a level of thirst that I almost reached,’ and so he descended into the well and filled his shoe with water and provided the water to the dog. God thanked the man and forgave him of all his sins. The men listening to this story said: ‘Oh Prophet, will we be rewarded for assisting
animals?’ The Prophet said: ‘There is the possibility for a rewarded for helping each living being.”

Sahih Bukhari 3071; also Ibn Hajar, vol. 10, p. 112, hadith 2364, and Ibn Hajr, vol. 10, p. 112, hadith 2365

Qurra ibn Iyas reported: A man said, ‘Oh Messenger of God! I was going to slaughter a sheep but I had mercy on it (or felt sorry for it).’ The Messenger of God said, ‘If you have mercy on the sheep, then God will have mercy on you twice.”

Al-Adab al Mufrad 368