Syed Rizvi in SA Global Affairs:
SouthAsia has once again allocated its pages to issues of Animal Rights, with fine articles from two reputable Pakistani writers: Nilofer Ahmed and Anees Jillani. I recall that, for last year’s October issue, also devoted to Animal Rights, many authors of international stature were invited to contribute their articles, which they very graciously did. Contributions from high profile names like Maneka Gandhi, Ingrid Newkirk, Tom Regan, and Peter Singer indeed raised public awareness, and laid the foundation for future work.
Maneka Gandhi in SouthAsia Magazine:
Cruelty to animals is strongly condemned in the Qur’an and the Hadith of the Prophet and punishments are provided for it. Most of the Sahih Hadith collections have Abdullah Ibn Umar’s report, “The Prophet cursed the one who treated animals harshly.” Al-‘Asqalani specified that “The cursing indicates that the action is prohibited. Whoever treats harshly a living being and then does not repent, God will treat him just as harshly on judgment day.” Abdullah Ibn Umar reported that the Prophet said: “A woman went to hell because of a cat that she confined and did not feed or allow to feed.”
Guest post by Syed Rizvi, President and Founder, Engineers and Scientists for Animal Rights, San Jose, CA
The mentality that conveys the message that we should help humans before we help animals is the same mentality among some who say we in America should help the poor in America before we help the poor in the third world countries. There are still some whites in the west who believe their predominantly white country should help the whites before helping blacks. Continue reading
A few links to resources on Islam and animal rights.
A letter in DAWN about animal rights in Pakistan.