Animal #iḥsānology – collection 6

This is the sixth collection of short summaries of content from Shajarat al-Maʿārif which I post to my Twitter and Facebook accounts. There are other collections. The numbers at the end of entries refer to the item number in the printed text in order to facilitate its reference.

This collection focuses on beneficence and excellence towards animals.


Iḥsān while working includes: resting one’s animals; being gentle & not excessive in its load or speed; feeding it well #iḥsānology [373]

Give animals their sufficiency: feed or graze, otherwise sell. #iḥsānology [390]

Muslim judges can remove mistreated & neglected animals from their keepers. Their welfare is a communal concern. #iḥsānology [390]

Be gentle when loading or travelling with an animal. Never burden or use them beyond their capacity. #iḥsānology [390]

When milking an animal, take only what is in excess of its children’s needs. #iḥsānology [390]

Treat sick animals. The Prophetﷺ treated his own camels’ mange [Muslim]. #iḥsānology [390]

When slaughtering an animal, be merciful & kind: sharpen the blade out of sight, lay it down gently, slice quickly. #iḥsānology [390]

Separate an animal from whatever harms or annoys it, whether caused by man or animal. #iḥsānology [390]

Heﷺ said: “There is a reward for service to every living animal” [Bukhari, Muslim] #iḥsānology [390]

After Resurrection “hornless sheep will be retaliated for by punishing the horned sheep which broke its horns” [Muslim] #iḥsānology [390]

Command the good & forbid the wrong on behalf of animals. (Change by hand, words, or abhor in [390] your heart.) #iḥsānology

A prostitute was forgiven for giving water to a thirsty dog. #iḥsānology [390]