Everything about animals in The Quran
There are over two hundred verses in the Quran that refer to animals and six of its chapters are named after animals. The Quran reveals that animals function as a community in the same way that human beings do. Animals praise and worship Allah through prayers, although this is not expressed in any form of comprehensible language to humans.
“Each one knows its prayer and psalm, and Allah is aware of what they do.'' (Quran 22: 18)
Passages in the Quran declare that all animals are endowed with spirit and mind. Furthermore, the scriptures state that the consciousness of mind and spirit of an animal is indeed more than mere impulse and instinct. The word ‘Muslim’ is also applied to animals. For instance, a bee is a Muslim precisely because it lives and dies obeying the sharia (the ‘way’ or ‘path’) that Allah has prescribed for the community of bees. This is true of a person being a Muslim because he or she submits to the revealed sharia ordained for humans in the Quran.
Mankind is to be held responsible for any injustice committed to any of Allah’s creatures because every creature on earth has a share in all the natural resources. The kind treatment of animals is considered a good deed and the Quran calls for Muslims to treat all members of the animal kingdom with compassion and not abuse.
Issues regarding experimentation on animals are grouped into three categories:
The necessities without which life could not be sustained (al-Masalih ad-darurfyah).
The needs vital for pain relief, distress, and the improved quality of life (al-Masalih-al-haiya).
The comforts desired for enjoyment or self -indulgence (al-Masalih at tahsiniyah).
Inciting animals to fight for game, pleasure, and profit is strictly forbidden in Islam. Also forbidden are the mutilation of animals without just reason, and the performing of unnecessary experiments in search of remedies for self-induced ailments. Islamic traditions employ humane slaughtering regulations by applying the least painful method to slaughter an animal. For example, the slaughtering instrument must not be sharpened in front of the animal and the slaughtering of one animal in front of another is prohibited.
Prior to Islam, the ancient world had not practised such regard for animal life.
*The Quran applies the word ‘Muslim’ to animals and according to this Islamic thought all animals are Muslim. Therefore, allowing for the migration patterns of wild animals, and the population of domesticated animals in towns and cities, it can be reckoned that a person is never more than 100 feet away from an animal obeying the sharia set out by Allah in the Holy Quran.
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