Updated: Our Salaf and Kind Treatment towards Animals

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu): The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ‘’A man felt very thirsty while he was on the way, there h came across a well. He went down the well, quenched his thirst and came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He said to himself, ‘This dog is suffering from thirst as I did.’ So, he went down the well again and filled his shoe with water and (provided the) dog with water. Allaah thank him for that deed and forgave him. The people said, ‘’O Messenger of Allaah! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?’’ He replied: ‘’Yes, there is a reward for serving any animal (living thing). [Ref 1]

Wahb Bin Kaysaan said, ”Ibn Umar saw a shepherd (with his animals) in a repulsive place and he saw (another) place that was (cleaner); so Ibn Umar said, ‘Woe to you O Shepherd! Relocate them, for indeed I heard the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) saying’, ”Every shepherd is responsible for its flock.”[Ref 2]

Abu Dardaa (radiyallaahu-anhu) used to have a camel called Damoon, and whenever the people hired it from him, he would say, ‘’Do not make it carry such and such, for indeed it is not able to carry more than that.’’ When death came to him, he said, ‘’O Damoon! Do not argue against me to my Lord on the morrow, for indeed I never used to make you carry except what you were able to.’’ [Ref 3]

[Ref 1: Reported by Imaam al-Bukhaari (rahimahullaah) in [Kitaab Al-Mazaalim -Book of Oppressions’ Hadeeth Number 2466 under Chapter Heading: The Digging of wells on the ways (is permissible) if they do not cause trouble to the people] and also in [Kitaab Al-Musaaqaati- ‘The Book of Watering’, Hadeeth Number 2363 under chapter Heading: The Superiority of providing water (to those who need it)]

[Ref 2: Reported by Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) Number 5869]

[Ref 3: Reported by Abul Hasan Al-Ikhmeemiy (rahimahullaah) in his Hadeeth collection 1/63]

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