Is­lam and An­i­mals

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

Very rarely do you come across an ar­ti­cle talk­ing about the im­por­tance of an­i­mals from an Is­lamic per­spec­tive. By those who don’t un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance, Mus­lims are of­ten ac­cused of be­ing cruel to an­i­mals, es­pe­cially with re­gard to the sac­ri­fice made on Eid-ul-azha. This is, how­ever, not true. Is­lam speaks about an­i­mals in depth and ad­vo­cates that kind­ness and hu­man­ity be shown to them. As your writer beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated, there are nu­mer­ous ex­am­ples when God has sent an­i­mals to save the lives of prophets or has asked his peo­ple to res­cue and pro­tect his other cre­ations. Iron­i­cally, the real aware­ness needs to come from within the global Mus­lim com­mu­nity that needs to re­al­ize that an­i­mals are as im­por­tant as hu­man life and that we are sup­posed to cher­ish and pro­tect them.

Rukhsana Babar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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