Reward for Kindness

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“Islamic Principles offer guidelines on human behaviour and human nature interaction. The prohibition of inflicting harm or reciprocating with harm is a principle which has become one central universal maxims of Islamic law. The Prophetic tradition states: ‘There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.’ People are expected to emphasize with each other and extend compassion to other living things including their natural habitat. The prophet taught that offering a grain like seed to a bird or a sip of water to a thirsty animal is rewarding deed: ‘There is a reward for (kindness to) every living thing,’ Islamic textual sources contain numerous references that demonstrate a Worldview which recognizes the inherent value of non-human life, both animal and plant, and their interconnectedness with human life.”

There is no animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies with its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. [Quran 6:38]

And in cattle (too) you have an instructive example. From within their bodies We produce (milk) for you to drink; and there are, in them, numerous other benefits for you; and of their (meat) you eat. [Quran 23:21]

Prophet Muhammad (p) stated: ‘If any Muslim plants a tree or sows a field and a human, bird or animal eats from it, it shall be reckoned as charity for him.’

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Reference:

Learning and Teaching about Islam: Essays in Understanding [Copyright 2012] by Caroline Ellwood page 59

 

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  1. Amazing work

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