The Animal World
Your Special Feature on Animal Rights was very informative and thought provoking. Few publications in the South Asian region accord such importance to animals and even fewer attempt to create awareness of their rights. As presented by your writers, animals have always held a special place in Islam, with their own rights pertaining to their survival and treatment. It is heartening to read about the numerous organizations and publications already working for animal treatment and awareness in the region and the international recognition they have deserved (including SouthAsia magazine). Reading through your articles, I realized that while international observers may sometimes view the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Azha as a day of brutal massacring of animals, few Muslims are able to reason with such a narrative and actually present the true meaning of such a sacrifice. In Islam, animals are viewed as beings with feelings, emotions and senses thus deemed worthy of respect and care. Today however, Muslims treat them as objects or inferior entities; a practice condemned in Islam as well. When Muslims sacrifice their animals they are to perform the act with respect and honor rather than brutality. Animals must be cared for and much more awareness needs to be accorded to God’s creations that have also been accorded rights in His book.
Ali Rizvi Los Angeles, USA