Animals

Animals (also called Metazoa) are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the biological kingdom Animalia. With few exceptions, animals consume organic material, breathe oxygen, are able to move, can reproduce sexually, and grow from a hollow sphere of cells, the blastula, during embryonic development. Over 1.5 million living animal species have been described—of which around 1 million are insects—but it has been estimated there are over 7 million animal species in total.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 3 days ago

If they are Americans, ask them what they do on Thanksgiving. If they are English, ask them what they eat at Christmas. And so on. Most cultures have some sort of feast where they eat some kind of meat or animal product, and oftentimes those feasts are associated with religious commemorations.

(Apart from the vegetarians of course!)

Usually people see their own cultural practices as normal and other religious or cultural practices as cruel. 

It is not the people who are suffering from malnutrition or poverty who are saying that it is cruel to sacrifice an animal and share the meat with people who are deprived. The sacrifice is not just to kill the animal and destroy it for the sake of killing or feeding an idol, but rather it is intended to go to good use.

As the Qur'an says, it is not the flesh or the blood of the animal that reaches Allah, but rather it is the piety. In the book 'Ilal al-Shara'i', it is also related that the Prophet (S) said: "This sacrificial offering of the slaughter animal has indeed been established [as part of the pilgrimage rituals] so that your poor may be able to partake of meat, so feed them [with it]."

And, are the people who are criticizing this eating meat? If they are, there is no more discussion to be had. Even if they don't meat, do they have access to a variety of food or nutritional supplements so that they don't suffer from not eating animal products?

Perhaps if the people who are criticizing this spend a year in a situation where they have very limited types of food and are in need of basic protein and nutrition, they would appreciate the gift of meat more. (Especially currently as the world is facing food shortages.)

Similarly, before modern methods of food production, storage, and transportation, which allows for a variety of food, many people relied on having some meat to get proper nutrition, and this was not considered cruel. 

However, it is of course good to look after matters such as the kind treatment of animals, human and sensitive slaughter, and not wasting the meat at hajj, since it was the Sunnah of the Prophet (S) to be kind to animals. These are modern issues that the world is facing due to large numbers of people and the industrialization of animal raising, that are not related to or limited to Islam or Eid al-Adha specifically, but which still should be taken into consideration on a practical level. 

 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 weeks ago

Animals will be resurrected on the Day of Judgement and many animals will be Paradise like the Boraaq of the Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), the Camel-she of prophet Saleh (AS), the dog of the people of the Cave etc.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

It is highly recommended to sacrifice on Eid Al-Adha, but it is not obligatory except on pilgrims in Hajj. The narration you mentioned means the importance of the sacrifice and the great reward of it but does not mean that it is obligatory.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

Animals have their own level of choice between doing good or doing bad. Animals which do bad to other animals can face the results of that bad. Animals suffering with out doing bad to other animals will definitely be compensated by Allah, The Most Merciful. Allah never punish or let any creature suffer for no reason or compensation. His Mercy has showered on every thing (Any My Mercy Has embraced everything),Sura 7, Verse 155. And also (Our Lord, Your Mercy and Knowledge has comprehend every thing) Sura 40, Verse 7.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 7 months ago

It is not Makrouh to eat liver nor brain of Halal animal but it is Haraam to eat the gland inside the brain.

It is Makrouh to eat the kidney of Halal animal, as well as the veins and two small parts of meat out of the heart of the animal which are called the ears of the heart آذان القلب.

'Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 8 months ago

Yes it is permissible but it is better to avoid wearing cloth with animals pictures during Salah.

'Wassalam.

Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 8 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

As far as permissibility, yes, it is permissible. It could be said though that it might be makruh, due to it being an image. 

And Allah knows best.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 10 months ago

We should not encourage nor help companies or persons in doing wrong. 
Animal testing rules depend on the degree of the harm on the life and safety of human beings which is intended by such testings. Harming animals with out necessity for saving human lives is definitely wrong and we should not help it.
Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

According to many narrations, certain animals (either mentioned in Quran or authentic Hadeeths) will enter the Paradise like:

1.The she-camel of prophet Salih (AS) which was killed by the disbelievers, mentioned in Quran Sura 91, Verse 13.

2. The calf of Ibraheem (AS). (Sura 51, Verse 26.)

3. The ram of Esmaeel (AS). (Sura 37, verse 107).

4. The cow of Musa (AS. (Sura 2, Verse 67).

5. The whale of Younus  (AS). (Sura 37, verse 142).

6. The donkey of al-Ozair (AS). (2:259).

7. The ant of Sulaiman (AS). (Sura 27, verse 18).

8. The hoopoe of Bilqees. ( Sura 27, verse 20).

9. The dog of the people of the Cave. (Sura 18, verse 18.

10. The She-camel of the Prophet Muhammad (AS).

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

Animals will come in the Day of Judgment ant get compensated if they were wronged by other animal or human being, or punished if they wronged another animal. The Hadeeth states that in the Day of Judgment,  every one will face the results of the deeds even the animal with out horn which was been wronged by an animal with horn will get its compensation from it. Biharul Anwar 7/90.

Hadeeth stated that if a person kills a sparrow for no benefit but playing, that sparrow will come on the Day of Judgment complaining to Allah against the killer saying : O My Lord, Please judge between me and him who killed me for no benefit. He did not utilize my meat nor let me eat from the plants of the earth.  (Biharul Anwar V.61, P. 306).

'Some animals of special importance will be in the Paradise like the hoopoe of Suleman, the ant of Dawood, the camel she of Salih, the cow of Musa, the whale of Younus, the goat of Ebraheem, the sheep of Esmael  and other animals linked with Allah's most pious servants.

'There are narrations the after the animals get compensated or punished because of their deeds and according to the level of its senses, they will be ordered to be clay. That is why, the disbeliever will wish to be clay and escape the punishment. (Tafseer Majma3 al- BayanAlslam by al-Tabarsi 10/674).

Wassalam.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 year ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Violence is not tantamount to sin in Islam and so the slaughtering of animals, fishing, eating lawful eggs, the picking of not fully ripened fruits and the uprooting of vegetables for the sake of sustenance is not considered sinful. 
 

May you always be successful 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

Sheep, goats, cows, camels, chicken, ducks, swans, certain bird which are not wild and fly with moving the wings more than keeping them steady, fish with scales, prawns.

Wassalam.