The An­i­mal World

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

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

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