February 24, 2007

The Prophet*, cats and dogs

As I was walking with friends on our way to a café in Alexandria, we met with these two darlings. One of them was limping and the other stood by its side all the time, leaving only to try and find something to eat by the boats that had been put on the corniche by a busy road. there was nothing but sand and dust.

We searched the corniche for a place with raw meat to feed them with, and as I fed the injured one, I noticed that this was the first time it had seen real fresh food, and thus wouldn't approach it. After patiently sitting with my arm stretched out holding the piece of meat, it slowly approached limping, taking small bites off it.

In Cairo I remembered the children sleeping on the side of the busy roads, homeless and dirty. Was it wrong of me to give the food to the cat? Maybe the children would have had better use of it. Don't they deserve it more?

I then remembered the saying of Prophet Mohammad* about kindness to animals which was narrated by one of his companions who was in fact nicknamed after his love for cats, Abu Huraira;

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may pace be upon him) as saying: "A prostitute saw a dog moving around a well on a hot day and hanging out its tongue because of thirst. She drew water for it in her shoe and she was pardoned (due to this act of hers)." Sahih Muslim, Book 026, Number 5578

*May peace and blessings be upon him


Destitute Rebel said...

Shaira, it definately was not wrong of you to feed the poor hungry animals. All living things deserve to at least eat enough to survive, someone has to feed the animals who can't fend for themselves. Obviously their injuries further made it difficult to hunt for food. It was a really nice thing to do on your part, especially in times when people dont even think about human beings let alone animals.

Faisal said...

Of course, and Allah will reward you for that.
I wish we all could however give the same love to humans, which for example here in Berlin people give to their pets.

BuJ said...

kittens are cute!
I once almost drove over one at night, but managed to avoid it and stop. I then picked up the little cutie and took her with me.. I even gave her a name!

I was going to keep her was it not for the stupid UK regulations about not keeping pets in flats.. and also because it was only about 3 weeks old it needed milk every 2 hrs and i couldn't give her that! she was abandoned by her mummy.

i remember i got her special cat milk etc.. and feeder bottle thingie! it couldn't even lick from a bowl.. it was so small it could stand on my palm (without my fingers extended)..

anyway it lasted for a week with me then i had to give her to an animal shelter.. they loved her!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Faisal, welcome! Well of course we should treat our fellow humans well but that does not mean it has to be done at the expense of anyone else. One can be good to both animals and humans without either losing out.

Buj that was a very nice thing of you to do. It is probably a happy kitten now.

clayfuture said...

I love cats! I had a cat for 7 yrs and she was a part of the family! Sadly, we had to give her away coz we were moving. The good thing is that I picked a nice young couple to look after her. I'm sure she's happy! :)

Diligent Candy said...

We are all God's children.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Ohh Clay The Cat lover...maybe we can call you Abu Cat? lol

Absolutely D Candy.