MERCY FOR THE ANIMALS
Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was very kindhearted and merciful.
He not only preached to the people to show kindness to each other but also to all living souls. He always treated animals with great care and love. He forbade the practice of cutting tails and manes of horses, of branding animals at any soft spot, and of keeping horses saddled unnecessarily.
If he saw any animal over-loaded or ill-fed he would call the owner and say, Fear Allah in
your treatment of animals. (Abu Dawud)
Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Verily, there is heavenly
reward for every act of kindness done to a living animal.”
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also used to command mercy for all animals such as that they were fed well, watered well, not forced to carry too heavy a burden, and not tortured or maimed for one’s enjoyment.
At one occasion the Prophet observed a donkey being branded on the face. He inquired the reason for this and was told that the Romans had recourse to this practice for the purpose of identifying highbred animals. The Prophet said: As the face is a very sensitive part of the body, an animal should not be branded on the face, and that if it had to be done, the branding should be done on its haunches. (Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi). There is another Hadith which throws flood of light upon kindness and mercy of the HolyProphet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that he had for the animals. It is narrated by Sahl ibn Amr, He says:
The Messenger of Allah passed by a camel whose stomach almost touched it’s back (from lack of food). Upon seeing this he said: ‘Fear God in treating these unspeaking animals! Ride them while they are in good health, and eat them while they are in good health.’ (Abu Dawud)
By M. A. Cheem