25 January, 2007

Isalm and Wildlife

 Islam commands us to be kind and caring to all Wildlife and all living Creatures:
There is not an animal (That lives) on the earth, Nor a being that flies On its wings, but (forms Part of communities like you. Nothing have We omitted From the Book, and they (all) Shall be gathered to their Lord In the end. The Noble Qura'an ~ 6:38
Whoever is kind to the creatures of God, is kind to himself. ~ Wisdom of Prophet Muhammad
All creatures are like a family (Ayal) of God: and he loves the most those who are the most beneficent to His family. ~ Wisdom of Prophet Muhammad
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.' (Narrated by Abu Huraira, Bukhari, 3:322. Also Muslim, Vol. 4; Hadith No. 2244. Also Awn (Ref. No. 32), 7:222, Hadith No. 2533. Also Mishkat al-masabih, Book 6; Chapter 6.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "While a man was walking along a road, he became very thirsty. He came to a well, got down into it, drank, and climbed out again. He then saw a dog panting and licking mud because of severe thirst. The man said to himself, 'This dog is suffering from the same state of thirst I did.' So he went down the well (again), filled his shoe (with water), held it in his mouth (as he climbed out), and gave the water to the dog. God thanked him for that deed and forgave him (his sins)." The people then asked the Prophet: "Is there a reward for us in serving animals?" He replied: "(Yes), there is a reward for serving any (living being)." Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 38
When the Prophet was asked if God rewarded acts of charity to the animals, he replied, “Yes, there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive.”

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