Pupils celebrated World Animal Day during form registration.
Protecting animal welfare is highlighted in Islam as one of the qualities of a believer. Here’s what the Prophet (saw) said about kindness towards animals: Firstly, we should not cause them any pain.
Abdullah (ra) reported, ‘We were on a journey and we saw a red sparrow that had two chicks with her. We took her chicks, so the sparrow started to flap her wings. The Prophet (saw) came to us and he said, “Who has upset her by taking her children? Give her children back to her”’. [Abu Dawud]
The Prophet (saw) was ‘a mercy to the worlds’ [The Noble Qur’an, 21:107] – thus, he showed compassion to animals too, not just people. We should not consider their pain to be any less than ours; they deserve to be treated with gentleness.
Secondly, active kindness towards animals carries great rewards. The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, ’Once a man suffered from thirst while he was walking on a journey. When he found a well, he climbed down into it and drank from it. Then he came out and saw a dog lolling its tongue from thirst and licking the ground. The man said, “This dog has suffered thirst just as I have suffered from it”. He climbed down into the well, filled his shoe with water, and caught it in his mouth as he climbed up. Then he gave the dog a drink. Allah appreciated this deed, so He forgave him’. [Bukhari].