Islamic concept of Animal Welfare

In the Name of Allah Most Merciful Most Beneficent

Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet Muhammad , his noble family and companions.

While today's Muslim world who don't follow the Islamic principles of animal welfare in some part of the world and anti-Islam groups who are the direct beneficiary of such misbehaviour of some so called Muslims, who label it as the evil of Islam and attack our religion and our Prophet!

Therefore an insight into Islam's view on Animal welfare is important in current world.

Below are some of the Prophetic statements (Hadith) regarding the welfare of animals.


The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Do not clip the forelocks, manes or tails of horses. For they use their tails to drive away flies, and their manes provide them with warmth, and the goodness is tied in their forelocks". Sunan Abu Dawood 2542

It was reported from Abu Hurairah (R.A) that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Once while a man was walking walking on the road, he became extremely thirsty . He found a well and went down into it. He drank from the water and came out . He saw a dog panting heavily and eating soil due to it's thirst. The Man said: "This Dog must be in the same condition of thirst as I was". So he went down into the well and filled his khuff with water, and held by his mouth until he climbed up. He gave water to the dog to drink. Allah accepted his deed and forgave him". They said: O Messenger of Allah! Are there rewards for us in our animals?. He said : "For every moist liver (living creature) there is a reward (Sahih) Sunan Abu Dawood 2550, Also in Shaih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

Anas bin Malik (R.A) said; "Whenever we dismounted at a camp, we would not perform any voluntary prayer until we let the mounts gaze (Sahih) Sunan Abu Dawood 2551

"The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) prohibited instigating fight between beasts" Sunan Abu Dawood 2562

It was reported from Abu Az-Zubair , from Jabir who said: "A donkey which had been branded in the face , passed by the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) . He said: 'Has it not reached you people, that I have cursed those who brand animals on their faces?'So he prohibited that". (Sahih) Sunan Abu Dawood 2564

On the authority of Abu Ya’la Shaddad bin Aws (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Verily Allah has prescribed ihsan (proficiency, perfection) in all things. So if you kill then kill well; and if you slaughter, then slaughter well. Let each one of you sharpen his blade and let him spare suffering to the animal he slaughters.” [Muslim]

On the authority of Abu Muhammad Abdullah bin ’Amr bin al-’Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “None of you [truly] believes until his desires are subservient to that which I have brought.” [Imam an-Nawawi says:] We have related it in Kitab al-Hujjah with a saheeh chain of narrators. Reference : 40 Hadith Nawawi 41
English translation : Hadith 41

عَنْ أَبِي مُحَمَّدٍ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه و سلم "لَا يُؤْمِنُ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى يَكُونَ هَوَاهُ تَبَعًا لِمَا جِئْتُ بِهِ".
حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ، رَوَيْنَاهُ فِي كِتَابِ "الْحُجَّةِ" بِإِسْنَادٍ صَحِيحٍ.

Islam paved the way for Renaissance and the world learned Welfare principles from Islam. How old is the European Animal welfare system? 
This is 1400 years old  Islamic Animal Welfare principles

Peace be upon the Prophets of Allah

Praise be to Allah the LORD of the Worlds