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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Cruel Woman

Abdullah bin Umar (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that Allah's Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A woman was tortured and was put in Hell because of a cat which she had kept locked till it died of hunger.” Allah's Messenger further said, “Allah said (to the woman), ‘You neither fed it nor gave it water when you locked it up, nor did you set it free to eat the insects of the earth.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

This hadith teaches us that showing mercy to animals is obligatory. If animals or birds are caged then those who keep them must be very particular about feeding them and taking care of their needs. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has not created insects and vermin without reason, and the cat could have fed itself had it not been locked up. It was hard heartedness in the extreme to kill a cat in such a manner. This cruelty landed the woman in Hell.

Mercy, benevolence and compassion are the attributes of the Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem (the Most Merciful Allah). When they are found in a slave of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) he/she becomes nearer to Him. In contrast, hard heartedness, brutality and cruelty are attributes of Shaytaan and tend to take their owner to the Fire of Hell.

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