As the Qur’an talks about the Creations of Allah the Almighty, it describes the variation of His creation in a verse that reads,
And there is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered. (Al-An`am 6:38)
The verse tells that animals as well as other living creatures on the Earth share Allah’s mercy, bounty and care the same as humans and the Jinn do. His absolute and boundless Justice and Mercifulness encompass all of His creatures.
Islam stressed on the rights of animals. There is nothing evidential to that more than the well-known statement of `Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) when he became the ruler of the Muslim state as he said, “If a she-camel stumbled in Iraq, I will be called into account before Allah because I did not pave the road for it.”
Indeed, Islam confirmed the rights of animals and threatened against causing harm to or mistreating them. Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “A woman was punished in Hell because of a cat which she had confined until it died. She did not give it to eat or to drink when it was confined, nor did she free it so that it might eat the vermin of the earth.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Regarding the rights of animals in Islam and the mercy of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) towards them, Sheikh Ahsan Hanif delivers this interesting Friday Khutbah (sermon). Enjoy watching this precious sermon to know how Islam deals with the rights of animals, and the utmost care that Islam has given to them.
Source: Digital Mimbar channel on Youtube