Kindness to Animals (Part 2) – Beasts of Burden

Kindness to Animals in Islam

Beasts of burden are animals such as donkeys, horses or oxen which are used to carry or pull things. Alah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “Fear Allah in treating dumb animals.” (Abu Dawood)

Once the Prophet (pbuh) saw a camel that started weeping with a yearning sound, so he went to it and went on wiping its head until it became silent. Then he went to its owner and said to him, “Will you not fear Allah with respect to this beast which Allah has given you? It has complained to me that you keep it hungry and load it with heavy burdens that tire it out.” (Ahmad and Abu Dawood: saheeh)

A Muslim must take care not to overload a beast of burden. He should not stay mounted for a long time while the animal is kept standing. He must only use it to fulfil his needs and alight once his needs are fulfilled. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Do not treat the backs of your animals as chairs. Surely, Allah has subjected them to you to take you to places which you would not have otherwise been able to reach except with difficulty and hardship. He has subjected the earth for you, so fulfil your needs [but do not overburden them].” (Abu Dawood: saheeh)

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