Islam And Kindness To Animals

Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb’s رحمه الله compassion was not restricted to human beings only. Rather it extended to animals as well. Once, he intended sleeping on his bed but, instead, found a cat sleeping there.

He could not bear waking up the cat and disturbing its sleep. He spent the entire
night on the floor without any bedding.

Once, he was going on a journey for which he hired a horse and cart. After sitting in the cart, he noticed the driver mercilessly hitting the horse. Hadhratjee Moulana Maseehullah رحمه الله ˛ immediately cautioned the driver that he should not be hitting the animal like that unnecessarily.

The driver refused to listen. He immediately stopped the horse and got off the cart. He paid him the full fee and walked the rest of the journey which was about 7 miles in the sweltering summer heat. On the way to the masjid there is a drain which is always filled with water. Due to the water overflowing, most of the road is always wet. There is only a small area on the road which remains dry. One day whilst walking, he noticed a dog was sitting on the dry area thereby blocking off the road. One of Hadhrat’s khuddaam
(attendants) moved forward to chase the dog away. He vehemently stopped him saying, “Do not move the dog. This is a public road.

Humans and animals both have a right to use it. It is sitting in a place where it has the right to sit. What right do we have to chase it
away?”

Adapted from Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb, His Life And Works

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