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Are we obligated to cure pets?

Salamo alikom yesterday I was having a discussion with my friend about rights of pets in Islam but he said that he read that if we own a pet we of course have to feed it but if it is ill we can treat it by the doctor but it is not an obligation as the obligation is only to feed it. I did not believe him but what is the correct opinion on that matter?

Answer

Raising animals at home necessitates providing them with good treatment and care. A raised animal is also entitled to regular and suitable food and drink intakes that meet its needs, medical treatment and safe shelter that protect it from weather changes.

These are the simplest rights of animals guaranteed by all faiths. Islam is the religion of mercy to all creatures alike. Islam commands to treat animals kindly. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) informed us of how to treat animals as he mentioned a man entered paradise for he quenched a dog's thirst. On the contrary, the Prophet (pbuh) informed us of a woman entered the Hellfire because of a cat which she had tied, neither giving it food nor setting it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.

Rather, Islam went further than this, the Prophet (pbuh) commanded us to be kind to animals allowed for consumption at the time of slaughtering them. The Prophet commanded not to allow the animal see other animals being slaughtered or the knife used in slaughtering. Also the knife should be sharp enough to facilitate the slaughtering without causing pain to the animal.

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