From the mercy of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ his mercy towards animals. He taught his followers that even animals have rights and that we must show them mercy and kindness. He warned his Companions from harming or abusing their animals. On one occasion, the Nabi Pakﷺ came across an emaciated camel that was tied up to a column. Seeing this distressed him. Nabi Pakﷺ told his Companions to fear God with respect to these animals, as they will be held accountable on the Day of Judgement in their treatment regarding them.

On another occasion, Nabi Pakﷺ passed by a man who was milking a sheep. Nabi Pakﷺ said: “When you milk her, leave some for her lamb because it is one of the gentlest of animals.’

Speaking of the rights of animals, Nabi Pakﷺ also said: “Ride these animals as long as they are healthy, and do not take them as seats (when not riding).”³ And: ‘God orders you to treat these beasts of burden well when you put them to work and keep them at their places, and when afflicted with drought, hasten with them until they are agile and energetic.””

¹ Set forth by Aḥmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 1:205 $1754. •Abû Dawud in al-Sunan, 3:23 $2549.

2 Set forth by al-Tabarani al-Mu’jam al-Awsat, 1:271 $885. 3 Set forth by Aḥmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 3:440 S15677. •alDarimi in al-Sunan, 2:371 $2668. 4 Set forth by Harith in al-Musnad, 2:838 $885,

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