The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, taught Muslims to have mercy for all of God’s creation. There are many reports of his love for animals, resulting in their historical acceptance among Muslims. One of it is Narrated by Abu Huraira (which meaning):
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “A man saw a dog eating mud from (the severity of) thirst. So, that man took a shoe (and filled it) with water and kept on pouring the water for the dog till it quenched its thirst. So Allah approved of his deed and made him to enter Paradise.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 173]
Let us reflect upon this and beware of our duty towards Allah’s creatures, which He has put on earth for our use and not for our abuse. When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was asked if Allah rewarded acts of charity to the animals, he replied: “Yes, there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive.”
Let us fear Allah with regard to His creatures, lest we earn His Wrath. Let us go forth in support and love for animals, knowing that Allah, The Most High, considers such a deed done for His Sake as being worthy of the reward of Paradise.
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