How animals should be treated according to Islamic readings

Animals have always been an amusement to human beings. The bond between animals and humans bring positive results on both creatures. Where animals get shelter, food and love from humans, on the other side, humans get amusement, affection and unconditional love from animals. But still people exist in this era who treats animals unethically. Today article will tell how much importance Islam has given to animals.


All human, especially if we talk about Islam, a good Muslim has to believe that all animals are made by Allah. Allah loves all animals and we being Muslims are supposed to treat animals with much love and care.

Animals must be treated with care. Overloading them, neglecting them, beating them,keeping them off fed, breeding them for money, using them for fight is unacceptable in Islam

Kindness, giving a proper feed is a right of the animals which are used for transportation purpose. Quranic versus put a special emphasis on this.

“And they carry your loads to a land you could not have reached except with difficulty to yourselves. Indeed, your Lord is Kind and Merciful.

And [He created] the horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride and [as] adornment. And He creates that which you do not know.” (Quran 16:5-8)

Proper feed is not only a right for humans but also animals must be given enough food. If you feel hungry,they also. A prostitute was forgiven for all her sins by ALLAH as she gave water to dog in her shoe.

Hazrat Omar (R.A) said, ”If a dog dies hungry on the banks of the River Euphrates, Umar will be responsible for dereliction of duty.” (Omar Ibn al Khattab)



Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) and teachings  about animals:

Our beloved prophet was a great animal lover. One day, the Prophet  entered a grove which belonged to one of the Ansars, and there he saw a camel. When the camel saw the Prophet , he moved toward him. Tears were flowing out of his eyes. The Prophet approached him, rubbed his head, and the camel calmed down. The Prophet asked: ‘who is the owner of this camel?’ A young man from the Ansar said: ‘He belongs to me, O messenger of Allah!’ The Prophet said: ‘Don’t you fear Allah, Who handed you the ownership of this beast? He complained to me that you do not feed him and you over work him’ (reported by Abu Dawud). Then the Prophet asked the camel’s owner ‘What are you going to do with your camel?’ The man answered: ‘we want to slaughter him while he has some flesh’. The prophet said: ‘Don’t do that! Sell him to me.’ The man answered: ‘He is yours O Messenger of Allah’. The Prophet sent him to graze with the Sadaqah camels until he died naturally…


The most disgusted and abused animal by some people is dog but Islamic teachings never says to abuse them.Instead,according to certain teachings, Prophet (S.A.W) himself prayed in front of certain dogs.In the mosque of the Prophet in Madina, dogs were seen moving during His life and afterwards for centuries as well.

So the conclusion of the article is that no religion especially Islam will ever support the brutality with animals in any cost.