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An eight-month PETA undercover investigation at the University of Utah has documented the daily suffering of dogs, cats, monkeys, rats, mice, rabbits, and other animals in the school’s laboratories.

Homeless dogs and cats—who were bought for $15 to $25 from local animal shelters through a Utah state “pound-seizure” law, which requires government-run shelters to turn animals over to laboratories that request them—were used in cruel, invasive experiments. In one study, a litter of kittens born to a cat bought from an animal shelter died after they had a chemical injected into their brains to cause fluid to build up.

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, mice whose back legs were paralyzed, rats suffering epileptic seizures, and mice with huge, ulcerated tumors covering their bodies were left to suffer without adequate veterinary care. Many animals died and were left for days before anyone noticed.

Please be a voice for the animals suffering in labs at the University of Utah. Take a minute of your time to urge the university to stop taking advantage of the animal overpopulation crisis and stop acquiring animals from shelters, which are supposed to protect animals from harm. Also, please call on administrators to release to the public complete records on all the animal experiments at the University of Utah funded by tax dollars, including grant proposals, experimental protocols, veterinary records, and minutes of oversight committee meetings.

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Update: Following our investigation inside Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., 19 indictments for cruelty to animals were filed against former employees. Now, for the first time in U.S. history, two ex-employees have been convicted of abusing factory-farmed turkeys, and one has been jailed. Learn more on our blog.

More than 72 million of the nearly 270 million turkeys killed for food every year in the U.S. are slaughtered for holiday meals. In 2008, just prior to the flesh-focused Thanksgiving holiday, PETA conducted an undercover investigation lasting more than two months at the factory farms of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., the self-proclaimed “world’s leading poultry breeding company.”

While working at a series of Aviagen factory farms in West Virginia, PETA’s investigator documented that workers tortured, mutilated, and maliciously killed turkeys. The following are just a few of the documented offenses:

  • Employees stomped on turkeys’ heads, punched turkeys, hit them on the head with a can of spray paint and pliers, and struck turkeys’ heads against metal scaffolding.
  • Men shoved feces and feed into turkeys’ mouths and held turkeys’ heads under water. Another bragged about jamming a broom stick 2 feet down a turkey’s throat.
  • A supervisor said he saw workers kill 450 turkeys with 2-by-4s.
  • One man said he saw a coworker fatally inject turkey semen and sulfuric acid into turkeys’ heads.

To learn more, please read the investigator’s log notes, view our photo gallery, and visit our blog.

PETA’s investigator repeatedly brought abuses to a supervisor’s attention. The supervisor responded, “Every once in a while, everybody gets agitated and has to kill a bird.” PETA also brought the abuse to the attention of Aviagen, and although the company made assurances and instituted some new rules, the cruelty did not stop.

The suffering typically found on factory farms was also routine in Aviagen’s sheds: Hens’ beaks were cut with pliers, massive birds collapsed and died of exhaustion or heart attacks, and turkeys were thrown into transport cages.

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Foxes on fur farms are forced to spend their entire lives in filthy cages with uncomfortable wire-mesh bottoms, deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, before they are finally killed and turned into fur coats or fur trim for retailers like Burberry.

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shocking investigation in Canada exposed how tens of thousands of black bears are killed each year in North America—often in front of their cubs, who were left orphaned. Bear hunting in Canada involves an indefensible practice known as “baiting and shooting.” PETA sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to support a ban on the baiting of black bears.

While there were probably once as many as 2 million black bears in North America, the population has severely declined. By current estimates, there are fewer than 600,000 living today. The once-wild places that are home to these peaceful animals are disappearing altogether, and black bears continue to suffer from unnatural deaths and terrible cruelty at the hands of “bait and shoot” hunters.

Hunters place bait in a barrel to attract the bears, and when these intelligent, gentle, and curious animals come to eat, they are shot—often several times before they die. Many bears escape wounded and face a slow death from blood loss, gangrene, or other infections, dehydration, or starvation.

Mother bears who are killed leave behind orphaned cubs who are completely dependent on them for food during their first 17 months, and when left in the wilderness alone, they often cannot survive. In many areas there are few restrictions against shooting mother bears with nursing cubs, leading to the destruction of entire families.

Because of the barbaric nature of bear baiting, it has been banned in British Columbia and many U.S. states. Many Canadians and numerous hunting and conservation groups agree that this is a cruel and unsportsmanlike practice, yet black bears continue to be mercilessly slaughtered in Canada.

Please join us in contacting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and urge him to ban bear baiting in Canada. If you are a Canadian resident, please ask your Member of Parliament to help end bear baiting in your province.

 

For the sake of Allah and HIS animals – WATCH THIS and DO something about it! This is sickening! Share this and tell everyone you know to be KIND and LOVING to ALL animals! This is our duty as muslims and as human beings! THE ANIMALS SUFFER SO MUC…H – they do NOT deserve this cruelty! They need our understanding and compassion, we need to help them MORE!!! May Allah protect, preserve and rescue his animals from all the pain and intense suffering. What color is your heart….red or BLACK? MINE BLEEDS RED WITH ALLAH’S GIFT OF COMPASSION!

 

” ‘An Abi Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu qal, qala Rasul Allahi, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam….” (On the authority of Abu Hurayrah , may Allah be pleased with him, he said: Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said…) Through this phrase millions of Muslims from the early history of Islam to the present have come to be familiar with the name Abu Hurayrah. In speeches and lectures, in Friday khutbahs and seminars, in the books of hadith and sirah, fiqh and ibadah, the name Abu Hurayrah is mentioned in. this fashion: “On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may God be pleased with him who said: The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, said… “. Through his Prodigious efforts, hundreds of ahadith or sayings of the Prophet (saw) were transmitted to later generations.

His is the foremost name in the roll of hadith transmitters. Next to him comes the names of such companions as Abdullah the son of Umar, Anas the son of Malik, Umm al-Mumininin Aishah, Jabir ibn Abdullah and Abu Said al-Khudri all of whom transmitted over a thousand sayings of the Prophet (saw). Abu Hurayrah became a Muslim at the hands of at-Tufayl ibn Amr the chieftain of the Daws tribe to which he belonged. The Daws lived in the region of Tihamah which stretches along the coast of the Red Sea in southern arabia.

When at-Tufayl returned to his village after meeting the Prophet (saw) and becoming a Muslim in the early years of his mission, Abu Hurayrah was one of the first to respond to his call. He was unlike the majority of the Daws who remained stubborn in their old beliefs for a long time. When at-Tufayl visited Makkah again, Abu Hurayrah accompanied him. There he had the honor and privilege of meeting the noble Prophet (saw) who asked him: “What is your name?” “Abdu Shams – Servant of a Sun,” he replied. “Instead, let it be Abdur-Rahman – the Servant of the Beneficent Lord,” said the Prophet (saw). “Yes, Abdur-Rahman (it shall be) O Messenger of God,” he replied. However, he continued to be known as Abu Hurayrah, “the kitten man”, literally “the father of a kitten” because like the Prophet (saw) he was fond of cats and since his childhood often had a cat to play with. Abu Hurayrah stayed in Tihamah for several years and it was only at the beginning of the seventh year of the Hijrah that he arrived in Madinah with others of his tribe.

The Prophet (saw) had gone on a campaign to Khaybar. Being destitute, Abu Hurayrah took up his place in the Masjid with other of the Ahl as-Suffah. He was single, without wife or child. With him however was his mother who was still a mushrik. He longed, and prayed, for her to become a Muslim but she adamantly refused. One day, he invited her to have faith in God alone and follow His Prophet but she uttered some words about the Prophet (saw) which saddened him greatly. With tears in his eyes, he went to the noble Prophet (saw) who said to him: “What makes you cry, O Abu Hurayrah?” “I have not let up in inviting my mother to Islam but she has always rebuffed me. Today, I invited her again and I heard words from her which I do not like. Do make supplication to God Almighty to make the heart of Abu Hurayrah’s mother incline to Islam.” The Prophet (saw) responded to Abu Hurayrah’s request and prayed for his mother. Abu Hurayrah said: “I went home and found the door closed. I heard the splashing of water and when I tried to enter my mother said: “Stay where you are, O Abu Hurayrah.” And after putting on her clothes, she said, “Enter!” I entered and she said: “I testify that there is no god but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.” “I returned to the Prophet, peace be on him, weeping with joy just as an hour before I had gone weeping from sadness and said: “I have good news, O Messenger of Allah. God has responded to your prayer and guided the mother of Abu Hurayrah to Islam.”

Abu Hurayrah loved the Prophet (saw) a great deal and found favor with him. He was never tired of looking at the Prophet (saw) whose face appeared to him as having all the radiance of the sun and he was never tired of listening to him. Often he would praise God for his good fortune and say: “Praise be to God Who has guided Abu Hurayrah to Islam.” Praise be to God Who has taught Abu Hurayrah the Quran.” “Praise be to God who has bestowed on Abu Hurayrah the companionship of Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.” On reaching Madinah, Abu Hurayrah set his heart on attaining knowledge. Zayd ibn Thabit the notable companion of the Prophet (saw) reported: “While Abu Hurayrah and I and another friend of mine were in the Masjid praying to God Almighty and performing dhikr to Him, the Messenger of God appeared. He came towards us and sat among us.

We became silent and he said: “Carry on with what you were doing.” “So my friend and I made a supplication to God before Abu Hurayrah did and the Prophet (saw) began to say Ameen to our dua. “Then Abu Hurayrah made a supplication saying: “O Lord, I ask You for what my two companions have asked and I ask You for knowledge which will not be forgotten.” “The Prophet, peace be on him, said: ‘Ameen.’

“We then said: ‘And we ask Allah for knowledge which will not be forgotten, and the Prophet (saw) replied: ‘The Dawsi youth has asked for this before you.” “With his formidable memory, Abu Hurayrah set out to memorize in the four years that he spent with the Prophet (saw), the gems of wisdom that emanated from his lips.

He realized that he had a great gift and he set about to use it to the full in the service of Islam. He had free time at his disposal. Unlike many of the Muhajirin he did not busy himself’ in the market-places, with buying and selling. Unlike many of the Ansar, he had no land to cultivate nor crops to tend. He stayed with the Prophet (saw) in Madinah and went with him on journeys and expeditions. Many companions were amazed at the number of hadith he had memorized and often questioned him on when he had heard a certain hadith and under what circumstances.

Once Marwan ibn al-Hakam wanted to test Abu Hurayrah’s power of memory. He sat with him in one room and behind a curtain he placed a scribe, unknown to Abu Hurayrah, and ordered him to write down whatever Abu Hurayrah said. A year later, Marwan called Abu Hurayrah again and asked him to recall the same ahadith which the scribe had recorded. It was found that he had forgotten not a single word. Abu Hurayrah was concerned to teach and transmit the ahadith he had memorized and knowledge of Islam in general.

It is reported that one day he passed through the suq of Madinah and naturally saw people engrossed in the business of buying and selling. “How feeble are you, O people of Madinah!” he said. “What do you see that is feeble in us, Abu Hurayrah?” they asked. “The inheritance of the Messenger of God, peace be on him, is being distributed and you remain here! Won’t you go and take your portion?” “Where is this, O Abu Hurayrah?” they asked. “In the Masjid,” he replied. Quickly they left. Abu Hurayrah waited until they returned. When they saw him, they said: “O Abu Hurayrah, we went to the Masjid and entered and we did not see anything being distributed.” “Didn’t you see anyone in the Masjid?” he asked. “O yes, we saw some people performing Salat, some people reading the Quran and some people discussing about what is halal and what is haram.” “Woe unto you,” replied Abu Hurayrah,” that is the inheritance of Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.”

Abu Hurayrah underwent much hardship and difficulties as a result of his dedicated search for knowledge. He was often hungry and destitute. He said about himself: “When I was afflicted with severe hunger, I would go to a companion’ of the Prophet (saw) and asked him about an ayah of the Quran and (stay with him) learning it so that he would take me with him to his house and give food. “One day, my hunger became so severe that I placed a stone on my stomach. I then sat down in the path of the companions. Abu Bakr passed by and I asked him about an ayah of the Book of God. I only asked him so that he would invite me but he didn’t. “Then Umar ibn al-Khattab passed by me and I asked him about an ayah but he also did not invite me. Then the Messenger of God, peace be on him, passed by and realized that I was hungry and said: “Abu Hurayrah!” “At your command” I replied and followed him until we entered his house. He found a bowl of milk and asked his family: “From where did you get this?” “Someone sent it to you” they replied. He then said to me: “O Abu Hurayrah, go to the Ahl as-Suffah and invite them.” Abu Hurayrah did as he was told and they all drank from the milk. The time came of course when the Muslims were blessed with great wealth and material goodness of every description.

Abu Hurayrah eventually got his share of wealth. He had a comfortable home, a wife and child. But this turn of fortune did not change his personality. Neither did he forget his days of destitution. He would “I grew up as an orphan and I emigrated as a poor and indigent person. I used to take food for my stomach from Busrah bint Ghazwan. I served people when they returned from journeys and led their camels when they set out. Then God caused me to marry her (Busrah). So praise be to God who has strengthened his religion and made Abu Hurayrah an imam.” (This last statement is a reference to the time when he became governor of Madinah.)

Much of Abu Hurayrah’s time would be spent in spiritual exercises and devotion to God. Qiyam al-Layl staying up for the night in prayer and devotion – was a regular practice of his family including his wife and his daughter. He would stay up for a third of the night, his wife for another third and his daughter for a third. In this way, in the house of Abu Hurayrah no hour of the night would pass without ibadah, dhikr and Salat. During the caliphate of Umar, Umar appointed him as governor of Bakrain. Umar was very scrupulous about the type of persons whom he appointed as governors. He was always concerned that his governors should live simply and frugally and not acquire much wealth even though this was through lawful means. In Bahrain, Abu Hurayrah became quite rich.

Umar heard of this and recalled him to Madinah. Umar thought he had acquired his wealth through unlawful means and questioned him about where and how he had acquired such a fortune. Abu Hurayrah replied: “From breeding horses and gifts which I received.” “Hand it over to the treasury of the Muslims,” ordered Umar.

Abu Hurayrah did as he was told and raised his hands to the heavens and prayed: “O Lord, forgive the Amir al- Muminin.” Subsequently, Umar asked him to become governor once again but he declined. Umar asked him why he refused and he said: “So that my honor would not be besmirched, my wealth taken and my back beaten.” And he added: “And I fear to judge without knowledge and speak without wisdom.”

Throughout his life Abu Hurayrah remained kind and courteous to his mother.Whenever he wanted to leave home, he would stand at the door of her room and say: As- salaamu alaykum, yaa ummataah, wa rahrnatullahi wa barakatuhu, peace be on you, mother, and the mercy and blessings of God.” She would reply: “Waalayka-s salaam, yaa bunayya, wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu – And on you be peace, my son, and the mercy and blessings of God.” Often, he would also say: “May God have mercy on you as you cared for me when I was small,” and she would reply: “May God have mercy on you as you delivered me from error when I was old.” Abu Hurayrah always  encouraged other people to be kind and good to their parents. One day he saw two men walking together, one older than the other. He asked the younger one: “What is this man to you?” “My father,” the person replied. “Don’t call him by his name. Don’t walk in front of him and don’t sit before him,” advised Abu Hurayrah.

Muslims owe a debt of gratitude to Abu Hurayrah for helping to preserve and transmit the valuable legacy of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace. He died in the year 59 AH when he was seventy-eight years old.

He died after having accomplished his duty and his desire to preserve and transmit the teachings of the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), leaving Muslims a great debt of gratitude for helping to preserve the teachings of the noble Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and setting them a perfect example and platform to follow in preaching and conveying to the humanity what he and others had worked relentlessly, facing all sorts of hardships, in order to preserve. We ask Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to reward Abu Hurayrah and grant him the companionship of the holy Prophet in the hereafter just as he was granted his companionship in this world.

Unity… Cooperation… Self-sacrifice… Devotion…

These may be regarded as exemplary qualities in all societies. Every human being would wish to live among individuals who possess these virtues.

This book deals with just these examples of proper morality. Yet the main characters in it are not human beings at all… But can a beetle or bird really know compassion, mercy or selfless devotion? Can an animal possess high moral values? How can we account for a penguin developing so strong a bond with its mate and young that it will risk its life for them? Why do antelopes or zebras throw themselves between their young and pursuing predators?

Each of these questions poses an insurmountable problem for the theory of evolution, which maintains that life formed by chance from inanimate matter. In fact, the truth is clear and evident for all to see: The examples of altruism, compassion and mercy cited in this book are signs of our Lord’s infinite compassion and mercy, He Who has created and sustains us and everything else. God is most compassionate and most merciful, He is the Creator and Sustainer of all living things, and it is He Who makes animals devoted, compassionate and merciful.

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“One of the most touching cat stories in early Arabic history relates the tale of the Sufi from Baghdad, Abu Bakr al-Shibli (d. 945) who dies and was seen by one of his friends in a dream. On being asked what ALLAH had done to him, he said that he had been granted admission to Paradise but was asked by the ALLAH if he knew the reason for this blessing. Shibli enumerated all his religious duties – fasting and praying, performing the Pilgrimage and giving alms – but none of these acts of piety had saved him. Finally ALLAH asked him, ‘Do you remember the cold day in Baghdad when it was snowing and you were walking in your coat when you saw a tiny kitten on a wall shivering with cold, and you took it and put it under your warm coat? For the sake of this kitten We have forgiven you.’”

WHAT DOES THE EU SAY ABOUT THIS?

Why WWF (World Wildlife Fund) organizations are Silent?

Is is acceptable just because it does happen in Denmark, so called civilized country?

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While it may seem incredible, even today this custom continues, in Dantesque – in the Faroe Islands, ( Denmark ). A country supposedly ‘civilized’ and an EU country at that. For many people this attack to life is unknown– a custom to ‘show’ entering adulthood. It is absolutely atrocious. No one does anything to prevent this barbarism being committed against the Calderon, an intelligent dolphin that is placid and approaches humans out of friendliness.

WHAT A SHAME, A SAD SCENE!. THERE IS NO WORSE BEAST THAN MAN!

As for keeping pets Sheikh Muhammad Saleh Al-Munajjid states:

“There is nothing wrong, as far as Islam is concerned, in keeping animals for which there is no prohibition on keeping them (such as dogs and pigs). It is reported that some of the Prophet’s Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) were in the habit of keeping animals for farming purposes or for fun and pleasure.

It is reported that Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) had a young brother who had a nughayr (a small bird or nightingale). The bird died, and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) noticed that the Anas’ younger brother was so sad and grieved, so he joked with him, and said to him words which implied approval of his keeping this bird. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to him, “O Abu `Umayr, what happened to the nughayr?”

In another hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings of be upon him) is reported to have stated that a woman is doomed to enter Hell because of a cat “which she neither fed nor let it eat from the vermin of the earth.”

It is clear from the above hadith that if the woman had fed the cat, she would have been spared from Hell.

It was also narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) was called so because of a cat, which used to accompany him.

Therefore, it becomes clear that keeping animals, so long as you do not neglect them, is something which is permitted and it may even be one of the means of earning reward, as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, “In every living being there is reward.”

In conclusion, we would like to say that the care and concern for human beings should take higher priority over the care of animals, and that the reward for that is greater.

As for keeping dogs:

the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) explained: “Whoever keeps a dog, his good deeds will decrease every day by one qeeraat (a unit of measurement), unless it is a dog for farming or herding.” According to another report: “. . . unless it is a dog for herding sheep, farming or hunting.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, al-Fath, 2322)

Dogs are extremely naajis (impure, unclean). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If a dog drinks from the vessel of any one of you, let him wash it seven times” (reported by Muslim, no. 279). According to another report: “. . . and clean it the eighth time with earth.” (Saheeh Muslim, no. 280).

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The Ever-Glorious Qur’an presents to us the stories of the Prophets and the friends of Allah. Within these stories we find a group of animals that have played a great and significant role in history.

  • The crow that Allah sent to Adam’s son in order to show him how to hide the dead body of his brother.

  • The birds that Ibrahim (Abraham) had killed and divided upon the mountaintops and then Allah gave them life again.

  • The cow of Banu Israel that Musa (Moses) ordered to be slaughtered in order to disclose the identity of a mysterious murderer.

  • The wolf that was falsely accused of eating Yusuf (Joseph).

  • The hoopoe of Sulayman (Solomon) that informed him about the Queen of Sheba.

  • The termite that ate the staff of Sulayman on which he was leaning while he was sitting dead on his chair. After the termite had eaten through the wood, the Prophet fell down and his death became known.

  • ‘Uzayr’s donkey whom Allah put to death for a hundred years and then gave it life once again, right in front of his owner’s eyes.

  • The whale that swallowed Yunus (Jonah) for a while and then threw him out to the land because he was among those who praise Allah.

  • The dog of the people of the cave that slept with them for three hundred and nine years.

  • Sulayman’s ant that had called the ants to escape to their dwellings, lest Sulayman and his hosts crush them, while they perceive not.

  • Abrahah’s elephant that was ordered to destroy the Ka’bah but was frozen in its place because of his fear of Allah and so he could not proceed.

This group of animals was mentioned in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an along with another group that included a bird, animal or plant but was actually a miracle of Allah. For example, Musa’s staff that was turned into a snake. ‘Isa’s clay that he had formed and breathed onto it, and it became a real bird by Allah’s Permission. The flocks of birds that Allah (Exalted and Glorified be He) sent to the companions of the elephant to strike them with stones of baked clay.

The spider of the cave is also another creature that was not mentioned in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an but was mentioned in the purified Sunnah. It wove its web over the door of the cave in which Allah’s Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Companion Abu Bakr were hiding.

In these stories we come to know a group of beings from the animal kingdom that played their roles in life and appeared on the platform of events for a while before the curtain was finally let down. The Ever-Glorious Qur’an has only mentioned them or flashed a certain instance of their life before us, while the details of their lives remain vague.

During my childhood, I loved this group of animals. I would read or listen to the stories of the Prophets but I was not able to absorb their deep meanings because of my young age. So, it was enough for me to think only about the animal that enjoyed the Prophet’s company or served him.

Later on, as I got a little older, my love for animals took on a whole new horizon. Every stray dog on the road was a dog I wanted to feed, and pat its head. It may be a distant grandson of the dog of the people of the cave. Every skinny donkey in the rural areas was for me a beloved creature and friend. It may have been a distant relative of Uzayr’s donkey that had experienced death and resurrection.

Moreover, throughout my teens I was looking for a hoopoe. Then, a friend of mine was able to catch one and he gave it to me as a present. I took the hoopoe home, set it loose in my room and looked at it. It was a desperate looking hoopoe and its loss of freedom put it to death on the second day after it refused to eat or drink. I remember the deep sense of sadness I felt when it died. I did not know what to do with him. So I brought out the Ever-Glorious Qur’an and started reading the story of Sulayman and the hoopoe to it. I remember that the hoopoe had lifted up its beautiful head once or twice while it was listening to the Qur’anic verses then it rested his head and surrendered its soul.

At that time, I imagined that it had died content while listening to the glories of its distant grandfathers.

My love for animals caused me a lot of problems. Countless times I returned home carrying a small puppy or a stray cat to my family. Then, a conflict would begin between them and I… My family would usually refuse this new and strange guest. I tried uselessly to convince them that I would die if I gave it up.

I was a frequent visitor to the zoo. I would stand in front of the animals’ cages, trying to break the barrier of silence that encompasses these creatures and try to understand what they wanted to say and what we fail to comprehend.

The writer of these lines has grown older. He has come to believe that truth is the greatest value in existence; and he has found it as a raw material in animals just like you find unpolished diamonds in the ground. When an animal looks at you, it looks at you with a frank, straight and steady look. A look void of illusion, lies and obscurity. Even if this animal that looks at you is a beast in the jungle, you will find that its eyes reveal a clear desire to devour you. It does not lie or deceive you. It is that pure truth, which is aligned to nature that we find in beasts, that has no place among human beings.

If an animal’s savageness is sincere, then its pain is even more sincere and its tears are the most sincere. Sometimes a human cries as a part of a pre-conceived plan. However, when an animal cries, it is from true pain.

The writer of these lines grew older and older. My love for the animals that enjoyed the company of the Prophets became greater and greater. My body does not feel the essence of this love, as I cannot touch any of them. However, I managed to replace the body with the soul and I have read a lot about the behavior and habits of animals.

I stood in a state of consternation in front of the Glorious Qur’an that was revealed fourteen

centuries ago, concealing within its lines hints to these tales about animals that kept the company of Prophets and the friends of Allah. My amazement stemmed from the fact that no book has been written about this group of animals. “Why? What secret lies behind that indifference?” I asked myself. Such a question troubled me greatly, then I was guided to the secret. Is it because this group of animals was at the service of Allah’s Prophets and friends?

In fact, I have written many books about the tales of the Prophets and the friends of Allah. However, it was not possible to pay attention to such weak creatures in the serious stories that discuss the salvation of man and the Hereafter.

Animals were considered too trivial to deserve any attention concerning their thinking, if they originally had any kind of thought or the ability to express their astonishment while they were living with Prophets, witnessing marvelous miracles or constituting an integral part of these miracles. In such away, this group of animals was subject to the oppression of being ignored throughout fourteen centuries. We know that when the sun rises, the light of the stars sets. This is exactly what happened with this group of animals. They remain in their place, but their star like light melted in the brilliant light of the Prophets (peace be upon them). For example, in the story of `Uzayr, who died by the Permission of Allah for one hundred years along with his donkey, and then Allah resurrected him and then his donkey before his eyes, we care for nothing but the Prophet `Uzayr. Who pays attention to1he donkey except one of his own species?

Moreover, in the story of Yusuf (Joseph) (peace be upon him) whose brothers accused the wolf of devouring him, we are moved by Ya’qub’s sadness over his son. At the same time, who cares about the wolfs innocence or sadness except a wolf like him? This is also what we can find concerning the dog, the whale and the other animals that were in the company of the Prophets.

The experience of this group of animals has remained a silent secret looking for a tongue to express its stories, especially after the death of Sulayman and Dawud, who were able to talk to them and understand the language of birds and animals.

I think that I envy Sulayman and Dawud a great deal. I do not envy Sulayman for the gold that covered the walls of his castles, for I know that when Sulayman died, he did not take anything with him. For sure, like any human being, Sulayman was born naked, with nothing in his hands and died barehanded.

Sulayman realized before anyone else that gold is nothing but a servant for human beings and so he made use of it. Sulayman gave more attention to the lilies of the fields that rose from the dust, than gold. I do not envy Sulayman for the subjugation of Jinn for him for I do not like to have all the Jinn of the earth under my command. I do not envy Sulayman for having Islam, for I have received Islam at the hands of the sun of the Prophets and the first and most perfect Muslim.

I envy Sulayman for one thing; his ability to understand birds and animals and to talk with them.

How amazing it is to sit and talk with a hoopoe, and to command it and witness its obedience; to have a discussion with a hoopoe; to smile at an ant warning the rest of its fellow creatures about man. This kind of ability makes one’s mind and heart dizzy with wonder.

Anyway, although Sulayman and Dawud are dead, art will last until the end of time. Art can be the tongue by which we can describe the life of those animals that were in the company and service of the Prophets. There is no harm in obtaining help from science concerning the nature, habits and behavior of an animal. There is no objection to using one’s imagination in regard to the animal’s way of life, emotions and way of thinking, but in regard to the stories of the Prophets, art accepts them as they are and receives honor in being a servant calling for Allah.

We are told that the animal has certain instincts that lead it and it does not have a mind. We are told that the animal is a deaf creature that has no language.

Concerning the animal’s language and its ability to understand, scientists are divided into two groups. The first group thinks that the animal is devoid of consciousness or a mind of any kind. This view is not new as it descended from Descartes who considered animals as no more than self-acting machines. However, the other group considers animals as being equipped with the same mental capacities as humans. This view is known as “Anthropomorphism.” It is an old opinion that is older than Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Many famous scientists were influenced by this school of Anthropomorphism. The famous German scientist Brehm, the author of the huge encyclopedia concerning the life of animals, said, “Mammals have a memory, intelligence and moods. Moreover, they have definite independent characters and can differentiate between different things and realize the differences in time, space, color and melody. They are able to recognize things and identify where danger lurks and they think about the different ways to avoid it. They show love and hatred, anger and tenderness, cunning and skill, and faithfulness and treachery. They love those who are amicable and their children. They are able to express their thanks and their loyalty as well as their respect and their contempt. The skillful animal is able to prepare for every thing before doing it and the sensitive and chivalrous animal can risk its life and freedom voluntarily for the sake of the whole group.” These were the words of a famous scientist, who dedicated his whole life to the study of animals.

It has been proven scientifically that animals have a language in spite of being different in their significance from that of humans. For example, it has been proven that each group of animals has its own way of communication. Sometimes they communicate by voice, touch, dancing, smell or by signs. What is important is that they have a way of communication. For sure, science has failed to decode this way but it has been proven that there is a language for animals that does not resemble ours. This is the conclusion of several studies that occupied the efforts of scientists and researchers. But the Glorious Qur’an has proven this fact fourteen centuries ago, at a time when animals were thought to be nothing but dirty, mindless, devoid of any logic or language and without any value except what could be obtained by man. In plain language, the Ever-Glorious Qur’an proves that animals have a language of their own and certain way of thinking. They contemplate one ant addressing other ants and warning them against Sulayman and his soldiers.

The ant did not know that Sulayman could understand its language or even hear it. The ant was able to suppose that Sulayman’s army could destroy the ants without feeling that.

The ant used the word “feeling” which means that the ants know feelings.

Then consider the words of the hoopoe addressing Sulayman. The hoopoe said words to Sulayman that could not be uttered by the greatest philosophers on the earth. The hoopoe did not accept the prostration of the people of Sheba in worship of the sun. He mocked them in front of Sulayman and asked surprisingly, “How could they refuse to prostrate themselves in worship to Allah Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth!”

What was proven by the Ever-Glorious Qur’an fourteen centuries ago while modern science is still trying to uncover some of it, is undoubtedly a miracle that bears witness to the fact that the Ever-Glorious Qur’an is a Divine Revelation.

It also proves the greatness of the first Muslims, as in their time people believed that animals could not speak, feel, understand or realize. In spite of the fact that the Ever-Glorious

Qur’an came with the opposite of their beliefs, they’ believed’ without any reluctance. They believed without asking or looking for any proof.

I found myself inclined to write about the animals that kept the company of the Prophets. I decided to give this group of animals the chance to express their viewpoints in the form of a biography. I decided to borrow their minds, instincts, sorrows and dreams and to write their biography being guided by the light of the following words by Van Gogh who said, “When I draw a flower …I become that flower.”

It was a short time before Ramadan and I was asked to write something religious for Al-Ahram newspaper. Therefore, I decided to introduce this group of animals on the religious page. The task was not easy but it was interesting.

Maybe it was easy to play the role of a dog or a wolf but how I could be a hoopoe and how could I imagine myself as a huge whale like that white whale that swallowed Yunus.

In the beginning, I was bewildered, then Allah’s Mercy inspired me so the most difficult task turned to be quite easy. Thus, I felt that the stones of the mountaintops were addressing me and telling me about the hoopoe that flew over them one day. Moreover, the echoes of the voice of the Dog of the cave came back taking the form of deep night thoughts and retold its story. A seashell thrown by the water of the sea told me that it had witnessed the glorious festival held by Yunus inside the dark belly of the whale.

I escaped from the atmosphere of Cairo to the house of my friend Mahmud Lotfy ‘Abd al-Wahhab in az-Zaqaziq where I spent my time reading and writing. For sure, it was necessary to relieve myself from my daily life in Cairo and to completely dedicate myself to writing.

I completely depended on the tales from the Ever-Glorious Qur’an as a reference in relation to the part concerned with the Prophets in these tales. I derived my information about the nature and habits of the animals from the Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom written by eight scientists from the Biology Museum of Washington University. After these two sources, I have given license to my imagination to dig deep and wide.

In spite of having a very long and difficult period of study and reading, the process of writing was very easy as ideas flooded my mind like a tremendous river. Moreover, it became apparent to me during the process of writing, that most of the animals that were in the company of the Prophets were symbols of Allah’s Might and Mercy. The animal’s body was a body and a symbol of something greater than itself.

Then, the month of Ramadan came while I was still writing. 1 started publishing in AI-Ahram newspaper, beginning with the tale of Yusuf’s wolf. The tales were not completely published because of limited space.

So, I chose certain tales and published them after a daily process of summarizing that proved to be a cause of great frustration in the printing office. For example, I remember that they asked me to summarize the story about the dog of the people of the cave. So, at the end of the story I wrote, “I imagined that we were entering the door of the cave again… to sleep really at this time. I imagined that Nahish was there in this dark corner. I am not going to talk about what hit us after that. Maybe I will be able to talk about this one day in another book. They said to me, ‘Summarize!’ I barked in anger. I want to relate …but I must summarize.”

Months passed, then Al-Mukhtar Al-Islamy magazine asked me to publish this collection of tales in a book, so I went back to my solitude to complete my tales.

The book was published twice and its tales were translated into French. Moreover, Mrs. Nafisa Al-Baqly prepared it for the European program in the Egyptian Broadcasting. These parts were part of exchanged production with the French Broadcasting. These stories were broadcasted on French Radio.

All the time, I was thinking about the work that had not yet been finished, as at that time, I had not finished writing all the stories. I dreamed of completing and publishing them in a book with colored pictures. To my surprise, Mickey magazine found the book suitable for children so it decided to publish it with the colored drawings of the artist, Ihab Shakir.

Then the month of Ramadan came and I finished the book. Thus, the book was published in Ramadan throughout three years. I preferred to publish the last edition in Dar Ash-Shoruq after being convinced about this by my friend Ibrahim Al-Mu’allim.

I have a little confession for the reader …My pleasure while writing this book was greater than my pleasure while reading it. And for your information, I have never read it after writing it but I have felt the noblest feeling that could be felt by a writer, during the time I was working on this book. Throughout the whole time, I felt that the pages of this group of animals were turned over a long time ago. However, I was quite sure that nothing could be lost; not a word, a feeling, a scene nor a situation. Everything keeps itself hidden in the heart and memory of this universe. All of this turned to be secrets and it is known that looking for secrets is so difficult, but I confess that my journey in searching for secrets was amusing, because I was writing easily as if there was somebody whispering to me all the secrets that he exerted great efforts in collecting them.

The reader may ask whether this is a book about religion, art or science. I think it is a work of art as it is imaginary, creative and innovative. However, it also contains both religious and scientific elements.

The religious element is evident in the story of the Prophet whom the animal served. This part has been taken, as it was mentioned before, from the Ever-Glorious Qur’an. I made use of several interpretations of the Ever-Glorious Qur’an such as Ibn-Kathir, Al-Qurtubi and Al-Manar for the Glorious Qur’an as well as the stories of the Prophets. I was keen to stick to the original incidents of the story as mentioned in the most correct interpretations without any changes.

I made use of the scientific element that was derived from a scientific encyclopedia in regard to the nature and habits of the animals. Except for these two elements, I gave rein to my imagination without boundaries.

In a word, I mocked at man’s oppression against the animal. I have invented names for this group of animals and imagined previous situations in this life before keeping the company and service of the Prophets. In this way, I was acting under the influence of art alone.

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Just because few animals are haram for us to consume does not mean that these animals are evil and are accountable for their najis. The human beings are accountable for consuming najasa animals, but the animal is not accountable. Animals are all Muslims and do not have freewill.

Day of Judgement:

There are different stages throughout the Day of Judgement which is equivalent to 50000 years in length. I go through the different stages and tell you what happen to animals in each stage to keep it organized.

1. The Hour: The Hour is the first stage of the Day of Judgement:

The Angel Israfeel is going to blow into the horn or trumpet and in a sudden manner the Hour will occur. The Hour is going to occur on the worse of people when the believers are not on Earth anymore.

What happens to the animals during the Hour?

When the Hour arrives everything will be in a state of swoon and die. Humans, jinn, angels, and the animals are going to cease to exist for a temporal time. We don’t know how long the it takes. Every living thing will perish including the animals you asked for.

2. The Changes of the Universe:

The stages of the Day of Judgment is not necessarily exactly in chronological order or consecutive. The changes of the universe will begin with the Sunrise From the West then then it will continue during the Hour and when you are resurrected you still witness the changes of the universe.

What happens to us and the animals: In that stage the earth will be spread and other changes happen. We are going to be in the swoon before the resurrection. When we are resurrection we will see the mountains exploding, the oceans in flames and the stars are falling down into hell. You see how the earth is spread etc. You see how the heavens are wrapped up like a scroll.

3. The Resurrection:

This is when you and all the creatures will be given a new life and emerge from the graves or whatever.

4. The Assembly:

All the creatures will be assembled together in this court of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and none of the creatures are missing. I am not sure if we might even see the dinosaurs because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will assemble on that spread earth (sheet of paper) all the creatures including animals, humans, jinn, insects, and other.

Every creature will have only the spot where he put his/her feet to stand on. This shows how crowded it will be on the Day of Judgement. During this stage.

The animals will be assemble among themselves in that stage.

If a human being mistreaded an animal this animal my take revenge in that stage.

If someone did not pay Zakah on his livestock such as camels or cattle, the person will be laid down on the ground and these animals will stampede him and run over him and bite him throughout the Day of Judgement.

These are some of the examples when the animals may do in this stage.

5. Waiting Period:

The people and animals are going to stand there standing on the same spot all the time. They are waiting for the Accountability to begin. The humans will be side by side with jinn, animals etc. on the Day of Judgement waiting.

6. The Intercession:

This is the stage where our Prophet Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam will intercede for all mankind etc. and ask for the Accountablility to begin.

7. The Accountablility stage:

In this stage the people will receive the books of deeds and they will be interrogated if they did this or that sin. In this stage the deeds will be reckoned together and collected to be placed on the scale in the next stage.

The settlement of accounts among humans and creatures in general will happen in that stage.

If there is a dispute between two humans then it will be settled on this Day. If there is a oppression between a human being and an animal then it will be settled here. If a human being mistreats an animal then the animal may witness against this man on the Day of Judgement.

The is also settlement of accounts among animals and among jinn etc. If a horned goat hurts a hornless goat then Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala allowed the hornless horn to take revenge on this Day. However, if the account is settled then these animals are turned in to dirt, all of them.

Animals may we a witness against or for us. If we call the adhaan in the wilderness then the animals, the jinn, the mountains, the plants etc. who are present are going to witness for the caller of adhaan on the Day of Judgement.

In this stage the animals will turn into dirt and only those who are in takleef remain such as human beings and jinn.

6. The Scale:

The people now have to weigh their deeds. The animals don’t way their deeds because they are already gone and dirt. However, in some cases some animals are places on the scale. For example, someone who prepared a horse or camel for jihaad and rides to battle with it, then this horse or camel will be put on the scale which make it heavier.

7. The Bridge:

There are no animals going over this bridge. This bridge is made for the human believers and hypocrites.

Paradise and Hellfire:

The animals are not going to receive punishment of hellfire or reward in paradise. There may be animals in hellfire, but for the punishment of the people of hellfire. There are animals in Jannah, but they are going to become a good meal for the people of Jannah or a means of transportation. May be Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala let us have our pets with us in Jannah as a reward for us. If you love your cat in dunya, then you might meet with your cat in Jannah. Ameen

Allah knows best.


 

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