10 thoughts on “Islam and Animal Rights

  1. Umair

    Narated By Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “While a man was walking on a road. he became very thirsty. Then he came across a well, got down into it, drank (of its water) and then came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. The man said to himself “This dog is suffering from the same state of thirst as I did.” So he went down the well (again) and filled his shoe (with water) and held it in his mouth and watered the dog. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He said, “(Yes) There is a reward for serving any animate (living being).” – [Bukhari Vol. 8, Book 73, #38] & [Muslim Book 26, Chapter 39, # 5577]

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  2. MANSOOR NABI

    I AM A WORKING ON HANGUL OR KASHMIRI STAG OUTSIDE THE DACHIGAM NATIONAL PARK. I FEEL SOME POPULATION OF HANGUL FOUND IN BORDER AREAS OF POK. I HAVE NO INFORMATION OF HANGUL IN PAKISTAN. IF YOU HAVE AVIALBLE ANY INFORMATION HANGUL IN POK PLEASE SEND ME.

    MANSOOR NABI SOFI
    CONSULTANT HANGUL PROJECT KASHMIR

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  3. MO

    Umair, thanks for sharing.

    Ahud, that’s a great book. It’s by Fakhar Abbas, who is the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) representative in Pakistan. He is also the founder of the Pakistan Bioresource Research Centre (http://pbrc.edu.pk/).

    Mansoor, sounds like a great project. You may want to contact WWF for more information about Hanguls.

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  4. Yawar

    I would like to ask about animal rights in Paklistan.
    I used to visit my collegue Shahabuddin who lives in F.B.Area from the last ten years.
    He is very fond of pigeons and has a cage on roof top. What I always noticed that he never open the door of cage to let pigeons out in open area. I always felt so pity for pets and ask Shahabuddin several times to take good care of pets and admonish him fear from God and animal rights activist, but he always ignore me.
    Now my question is that what should |I do, is anyone here to help those innocent pigeons who are in state of pain.

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  5. MO

    Yawar, talk to him about it again, and try to convince him to do the right thing. Maybe get another pigeon enthusiast to convince him? Many people keep pigeons and let them out regularly to fly about. You can also show him this link here: http://pawspakistan.org/photos/islamic-teachings-on-animal-welfare/

    Hope that helps.

    Also, please do join our facebook page and post your query there too – perhaps someone would be able to help you out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pakistan-Animal-Welfare-Society-PAWS/63595523592

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  6. yawar

    MO thanxx for reply. I will talk to Shahabuddin again and will find out pigeon enthusiast to convince him to refrain from confine the tongueless animals.
    But what if he ignore again and not pay attention? and is there any law to support poor pigeons and take action against Shahabuddin?
    I confirm my support in this cause.

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  7. MO

    Well, it’s up to you to convince your friend. We do have cruelty laws (http://www.scribd.com/doc/975982/Pakistan-Prevention-of-Cruelty-to-Animals-Act-1890) but they are outdated and not implemented. Countless people keep dogs chained up too for 24 hours a day for days on end, and birds in tiny cages, but in a country like Pakistan there’s nothing much one can do about it in terms of the law. Even in the US, just now some laws have been passed in some states against such endless chaining and confinement. Try to reason with your friend about doing what is best for the pigeons, and do keep us posted.

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  8. Owais Ansari

    Dear All:
    I am happy to see this website in Pakistan. But PAWS seems to have limited scope, it is not discussing more about Halal animals (cows, buffalos, goats & sheep). It should clearly condemn the prevailing cruelly with animals in dairy industry of the world ……. like separating of baby cows from their mothers and slaughtering of baby cows, slaughtering of pregnant animals (see in the youtube website, you will be surprised to know). In our society, the same practice is also very common. In dairy industry of the world (like Australia), baby cows are considered as by-products of industry.
    PAWS should highlight the Islamic regulations and teachings on this subject. The Qur’an says, ‘they are a community like you.’ So the rights of the animals in Islam, and their need for normal physiological behavior are:
    • Food (no genetically modified food) and drink (healthy, natural), suckling;
    • Facilities for normal elimination (defecation and urination);
    • Facilities for normal standing, walking, running and flying;
    • Facilities for normal mating and copulation (with no outside interference of their reproductive system) and normal rearing of their offspring (full motherhood and no separation of mother and baby); no beating, cruelty or any harsh treatment to be treated individually with full respect for the body;
    • Facilities for recreation; resting, dozing, lying-down and play facilities;
    • Facilities for social behavior;
    • Full sleeping facilities and protection from harsh weather;
    • Facilities for individual comfort; grooming, playing etc.

    Hope you guys will agree with my views.

    Regards,
    Owais Ansari
    Safety Officer- Oil & Gas
    Email: owais@inbox.com

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