Kindness to Animals
Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “While a man was walking on his way he became extremely thirsty. He found a well, he went down into it to drink water. Upon leaving it, he saw a dog which was panting out of thirst. His tongue was lolling out and he was eating moist earth from extreme thirst. The man thought to himself: ‘This dog is extremely thirsty as I was.’ So he descended into the well, filled up his leather sock with water, and holding it in his teeth, climbed up and quenched the thirst of the dog. Allah appreciated his action and forgave his sins” The Companions asked: “Shall we be rewarded for showing kindness to the animals also?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “A reward is given in connection with every living creature.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
In the narration of Al-Bukhari, the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said:
“Allah forgave him in appreciation of this act and admitted him to Jannah.”
This Hadith emphasises the importance of kindness to every creature, even animals, because Allah is pleased with such kindness.
Allah’s Quality of mercy and forgiveness is immensely vast. If He wants He may forgive a person even on a minor good action done by him.
And Allah Knows Best!