Islamic Quotes

“Islam’s concern for animals goes beyond the prevention of physical cruelty or even condescending kindness to them, which is a negative proposition. It enjoins on the human species, as the principal primates of animated world, to take over the responsibility of all creatures in the spirit of a positive philosophy of life and to be their active protectors.”

— Al-Hafiz BA Masri ‘Animals in Islam’

“Do not allow your stomachs to become graveyards.”

— Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

“A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.”

— The Prophet Muhammad: Hadith

“The people asked ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving (the) animals?” He replied: ‘Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate (living being).’ ”

— Narrated by Abu Huraira Volume 3, Book 40, Number 551

“The Qur’an says only that permitted meats may be eaten if one so wishes. Nowhere in Islam are Muslims required to eat meat. Meat consumption is neither encouraged nor even recommended. Neither the kindness to animals taught by the Prophet (pbuh) nor the special place of animals as described in the Qur’an is reflected in modern methods of raising animals for food. Adopting a vegan diet (a diet free from meats, dairy products, and eggs) is the easiest way for Muslims to live in accordance with the ethical, environmental, and health precepts of Islam.”

— Islamveg.com ‘Islam and Vegetarianism’

“Whoever is kind to the creatures of God is kind to himself.”

— The Prophet Muhammad : Hadith

“He who takes pity even on a sparrow and spares its life, God will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgement.”

— The Qur’an

“There is not an animal that lives on the Earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but forms part of communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they all shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.”

— The Qur’an 6:38

“Seest thou not that it is Allah whose praises are celebrated by all beings in the heavens and on earth, and by the birds with extended wings? Each one knows its prayer and psalm, and Allah is aware of what they do. Yea, to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; and to Allah is the final goal (of all).”

The Qur’an 24:41 42

“At one time the Rasul of Allah said to his cousin ‘Ali, ‘O ‘Ali, you should not eat meat. If you eat meat for 40 days, those qualities will come within you. Because of that, your human qualities will change, your compassionate qualities will change, and the essence of your body will change.’ ”

— Bawa Muhaiyaddeen – Sufi Qadiri Teacher

“There is not a creature on earth but God provides its sustenance.”

— The Qur’an 11:6

“We have made animals subject to you, that ye may be grateful.”

— The Qur’an 22:36

“He it is that has made you vice-regent (inheritors) in the earth.”

— The Qur’an 35:39

When describing Islamic slaughter (qurban), he said that the knife-bearer should “… look into the animal’s eyes, he has to watch the tears of the animal, and he has to watch the animal’s eyes until it dies – hopefully, his heart will change.”

— Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen ‘Ninety Nine Beautiful Names of Allah’ Section 182

Camels are gentle giants with their own strong willed personalities. We have no right to enslave and kill them. Photo © 123RF jahmaica.

“When another prophet in the past who having been stung by an ant ordered that the whole colony be burnt. Allah reprimanded him saying: ‘Because one ant stung you, you have burned a whole community which glorified Me.’ ”

— The Prophet Muhammad : Hadith

“Avoid ye the seven obnoxious things {deadly sins}: polytheism; magic; the killing breathing beings! Which God has forbidden except for rightful reason.”

— Narrated by Abu Huraira. Sahih Mulim – Kitab-ul-Imam

“We were on a journey with the Apostle of God(s), and he left us for a while. During his absence, we saw a bird called hummara with its two young and took the young ones. The mother bird was circling above us in the air, beating its wings in grief, when the Prophet came back and said: ‘who has hurt the FEELINGS of this bird by taking its young? Return them to her’.

— Narrated by Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah bin Mas’ud. Muslim

“The Prophet(s) told his companions of a woman who would be sent to Hell for having locked up a cat; not feeding it, nor even releasing it so that it could feed herself.”

— Narrated by Abdullah bin ‘Omar. Bukhari, 4:337

“The Prophet(s) was asked if acts of charity even to the animals were rewarded by God. He replied: ‘yes, there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive.’ ”

— Narrated by Abu Huraira, Bukhari, 3:322

“Jabir told that God’s Messenger(s) forbade striking the face or branding on the face of animals…The same companion of the Holy Prophet(s) reported him as saying, when an ass which had been branded in its face passed him by: ‘God curse the one who branded it.’ ”

— Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah. Muslim, Vol 3, Hadith No 2116

“Do not clip the forelock of a horse, for a decency is attached to its forelock; nor its mane, for it protects it; nor its tail, for it is its fly-flap”

— Narrated by ‘Utbah ibn Farqad Abu Abdillah al-Sulami. Abu Dawud.

“On a recent shopping trip, I happened to pass by a pet shop, where a big monkey in a small cage outside the entrance broke my heart. I gathered up the guts to enter the shop, only to leave in tears deeply saddened by what I had seen. Poor, helpless animals imprisoned in tiny cages without even enough space to turn around. Their sad, pleading eyes haunted me as I fought the urge to set them free. I wondered if the pet shop owner ever thought about what it would be like to be paralyzed, as he has incarcerated birds in little cages. And for what beneficial purpose? Weren’t birds meant to fly? Maybe only a fellow animal lover would really understand what I felt that day, yet the importance of kindness to animals is something every Muslim should understand as a part of his worldview. It is such a serious matter that in Islam, it is understood that one could gain Heaven or Hell due to one’s treatment of animals.”

“Mistreating animals is considered a sin in Islam. A Muslim is responsible for the care of animals so much so that an ill-treated animal will testify against the one who abused it on the Day of Judgment. Islam forbids branding animals and killing them in vain, such as for sport. The Prophet Muhammad forbade people to capture birds, burn anthills, and whip animals.”

— Hediyah Al-Amin ‘The Love of Animals’

” ‘Islam was one of the earliest faiths to care about the rights of animals,’ he waxed eloquent. ‘In general, kindness to animals has been promised by reward in the life hereafter’. We find this sentiment in line 178 of verse 8, Chapter 7, Book 6 of the Mishkat-al-Masabih. This is the groundwork: it tells us what our attitude should be in general towards animalkind. Then we have more specific references. Consider this line from Abu Umama, Al Tabarani: ‘He who takes pity even on a sparrow and spares its life, Allah will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgement.’ ‘Yes, but Islam allows the killing of animals for food and for religious sacrifice,” I interposed. “If Islam cares so much about animal welfare, why does it allow meat-eating and slaughter?’ ‘A good point,’ the scholar conceded good-humouredly instead of taking umbrage. ‘We have to remember that several customs and conventions prevalent in Arab lands may be pre-Islamic and thus without specific Islamic sanction. Furthermore, nearly 1500 years ago, what was Arabia? Mostly desert land, and war-torn at that. There were few peaceful and settled agricultural communities as we had in India, for instance. The nomadic tribes found food when they could – by hunting animals and eating them. That is no longer true, and Arab countries today are very modern in many ways. They have plenty of vegetarian food available, as with India. So there is absolutely no compulsion as such to eat meat. I can only hope that individual Muslims will voluntarily give up meat-eating because nowhere is it said that meat-eating is compulsory….’ ”

— Vasumathi Krishnasami interview with an anonymous, eminent Islamic scholar ‘Islam and Animal Welfare’

“Mistreating animals is considered a sin in Islam. A Muslim is responsible for the care of animals so much so that an ill-treated animal will testify against the one who abused it on the Day of Judgment. Islam forbids branding animals and killing them in vain, such as for sport. The Prophet Muhammad forbade people to capture birds, burn anthills, and whip animals.”

— Hediyah Al-Amin ‘The Love of Animals’

“O Muslims, I see you fasting during the day,
But then to break your fast you slaughter cows at night.
At one end is devotion, at the other murder –
How can the Lord be pleased?
My friend, pray cut the throat of anger,
And slaughter the ravages of blind fury,
For he who slaughters the five passions,
Lust, anger, greed, attachment and pride,
Will surely see the Supreme Lord face to face.”

— Kabir Sahib, 15th Century Sufi Poet ‘On Eating Meat’