Animals in Islam

In Islam, God has a relationship with animals: according to the Qur'an, they praise Him, even if this praise is not expressed in human language.[1][2] Baiting animals for entertainment or gambling is prohibited.[3][4]

The Quran explicitly allows the eating of the meat of certain ḥalāl (Arabic: حَـلَال, lawful) animals.[2][5] Although some Sufis have practised vegetarianism, there has been no serious discourse on the possibility of vegetarian interpretations.[2] Certain animals can be eaten under the condition that they are slaughtered in a specified way.[6] "Stunning cannot be used to kill an animal, according to the Halal Food Authority (HFA), a non-profit organisation that monitors adherence to halal principles. But it can be used if the animal survives and is then killed by halal methods, the HFA adds," reports the BBC.[7] Prohibitions include swine, carrion,[8] and animals involved in dhabīḥah (Arabic: ذَبِـيـحَـة, ritual slaughter) in the name of someone other than God.[6] The Quran also states "eat of that over which the name of Allah, hath been mentioned."[9]

Animals in pre-Islamic Arabia

In pre-Islamic Arabia, Arab Bedouin, like other people, attributed the qualities and the faults of humans to animals. Generosity, for example, was attributed to the cock; perfidy to the lizard; stupidity to the bustard; and boldness to the lion.[10]

Based on the facts that the names of certain tribes bear the names of animals, survivals of animal cults, prohibitions of certain foods and other indications, W. R. Smith argued for the practice of totemism by certain tribes of Arabia. Others have argued that these evidences may only imply practice of a form of animalism. In support of this, for example, it was believed that upon one's death, the soul departs from the body in the form of a bird (usually a sort of owl); the soul-as-bird then flies about the tomb for some time, occasionally crying out (for vengeance).


Although over two hundred verses in the Qur'an deal with animals and six surahs (chapters) of the Qur'an are named after animals, animal life is not a predominant theme in the Qur'an;[11] haywan, the Arabic word meaning "animal" (plural haywanat) makes one appearance.[10][11] On the other hand, the term dābba, usually taken to mean "beast of burden", occurs a number of times in the Qur'an, while remaining rare in medieval Arabic works on zoology. By implication, animals in the Qur'an and early Muslim thought are usually seen solely in terms of their relation to human beings, producing a tendency toward anthropocentrism.[11]

The Qur'an teaches that God created animals from water.[11] God cares for all his creatures and provides for them.[11] All creation praises God, even if this praise is not expressed in human language.[1][2] God has prescribed laws for each species (laws of nature). Since animals follow the laws God has ordained for them, they are to be regarded as "Muslim", just as a human who obeys the laws prescribed for humans (Islamic law) is a Muslim.[12] Just like humans, animals form "communities". In verse 6:38, the Qur'an applies the term ummah, generally used to mean "a human religious community", for genera of animals. The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an states that this verse has been "far reaching in its moral and ecological implications."[13]

There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.

Quran 6:38

The Qur'an says that animals benefit humans in many ways, and that they are aesthetically pleasing to look at. This is used a proof of God's benevolence towards humans.[11] Animals that are slaughtered in accordance with sharia may be consumed.[11] According to many verses of the Qur'an,[14] the consumption of pork is sinful,[8] unless there is no alternative other than starving to death (in times, for example, of war or famine).[15]


Sunnah refers to the traditional biographies of Muhammad wherein examples of sayings attributed to him and his conduct have been recorded. Sunni and Shi'a hadith (anecdotes about Muhammad) differ vastly, with Shi'a hadith generally containing more anthropomorphism and praise of animals.

Treatment of animals

Animals must not be mutilated while they are alive.[16]

Muhammad is also reported (by Ibn Omar and Abdallah bin Al-As) to have said: "There is no man who kills [even] a sparrow or anything smaller, without its deserving it, but God will question him about it [on the judgment day]" and "Whoever is kind to the creatures of God is kind to himself."[2][10]

According to another hadith, Muhammad issued advice to kill animals that were fawāsiq (Arabic: فَـوَاسِـق "Harmful ones"), such as the rat and the scorpion, within the holy area ḥaram (Arabic: حَـرَم, holy area) of Mecca. Killing other non-domesticated animals in this area, such as zebras and birds, is forbidden.[17]

Conversation with the animals

There is an account in the Qur'an's sura an-Naml of Sulaymaan (Solomon) talking to ants.[18] and birds.[19]

Hunting and slaughter

Muslims are required to sharpen the blade when slaughtering animals to ensure that no pain is felt .[20] Muhammad is reported to have said: "For [charity shown to] each creature which has a wet liver [i.e. is alive], there is a reward."[2]

Views regarding particular animals


There is a whole chapter in the Quran naming "The Ants". In Sunni Islam killing of Ants is prohibited. [21] [22]


In Shi'ite ahadith, bats are praised as a miracle of nature.[17]


Bees are highly revered in Islam. The structural genius of bee is thought as due to divine inspiration. Their product honey is also revered as medicine. Killing a bee is considered a great sin.[23][24]


Birds are commonly revered in Islamic literature, especially in the Sufi tradition, where they are a metaphor for the soul's divine journey to God (e.g. in The Conference of the Birds). In the Nahj al-Balagha, the Shi'a book of the sayings of Ali, an entire sermon is dedicated to praising peacocks.[25]


Muhammad, the messenger of Allah (God) in Islam, is also reported as having reprimanded some men who were sitting idly on their camels in a marketplace, saying "either ride them or leave them alone".[2][10] Apart from that, the camel has significance in Islam.[26][27]


The dhi’b (Arabic: ذِئـب, wolf) may symbolize ferocity.[37][38] As for the kalb (Arabic: كَـلـب, dog), there are different views regarding it.[39][40] Some schools of Islamic law consider dogs as unclean (najis), [41] while others, such as the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence distinguishes between wild dogs and pet dogs, only considering the saliva of the former to be impure.[42]

According to the Qur’an the use of hunting dogs is permitted, which is a reason the Maliki school draws a distinction between feral and domesticated dogs―since Muslims can eat game that has been caught in a domesticated dog's mouth, the saliva of a domesticated dog cannot be impure.[42] Abou El Fadl "found it hard to believe that the same God who created such companionable creatures would have his prophet declare them 'unclean'", stating that animosity towards dogs "reflected views far more consistent with pre-Islamic Arab customs and attitudes".[43] Furthermore, "he found that a hadith from one of the most trustworthy sources tells how the Prophet himself had prayed in the presence of his playfully cavorting dogs."[43] Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson teaches that for followers of other schools, "there are many other impurities present in our homes, mostly in the form of human waste, blood, and other bodily fluids" and that since it is common for these impurities to come in contact with a Muslim's clothes, they are simply washed or changed before prayer.[42] The Qur’an (18:18) praises a group of dogs that guarded Muslims who were fleeing religious persecution.[42] Mattson thus notes that "This tender description of the dog guarding the cave makes it clear that the animal is good company for believers."[42]

The historian William Montgomery Watt states that Muhammad's kindness to animals was remarkable; he cites an instance of Muhammad, while traveling with his army to Mecca in 630 CE, posting sentries to ensure that a female dog and her newborn puppies were not disturbed.[39] On the other hand, in a tradition found in the Sunni hadith book al-Muwatta’, Muhammad is reported as saying that the company of dogs voids a portion of a Muslim's good deeds.[40] However, in "two separate narrations by Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet told his companions of the virtue of saving the life of a dog by giving it water and quenching its thirst. One story referred to a man who was blessed by Allah for giving water to a thirsty dog, the other was a prostitute who filled her shoe with water and gave it to a dog, who had its tongue rolling out from thirst. For this deed she was granted the ultimate reward, the eternal Paradise under which rivers flow, to live therein forever."[44]

All of the Kutub al-Sittah record Hadiths prohibiting one from keeping dogs except for farming, herding and hunting, with those not keeping them for such purposes punished with deduction of qirat from their rewards each day.[45] In a chapter on al-Musaqat (sharecropping), Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj records fifteen traditions on the spiritual loss incurred from domestication of dogs, with seven being on the authority of 'Abd Allah ibn 'Umar and the other eight on Abu Hurairah's authority. While five reports of Ibn Umar state two Carats (Qiratan) as daily deduction for keeping dogs without a genuine purpose, the other two refer to deduction of only one Carat (Qirat). Only one report of Abu Hurairah mentions the deduction as two carat, while the other seven mention it as one.[46] Three hadiths in "Dhaba'iḥ and Sayd" of Sahih al-Bukhari are among some of the hadiths which include Ibn Umar's tradition regarding deduction of two qirats for the same.[47] According to a narration classified as authentic by Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, jet-black dogs with two spots on the eyes are a manifestation of evil in animal form;[48] however, according to Khaled Abou El Fadl, the majority of scholars regard this to be "pre-Islamic Arab mythology" and "a tradition to be falsely attributed to the Prophet".[49] It may derived from the belief in Hinn.[50] In spite of El Fadl's views, the hadith today continue to publish that dogs are unclean and they annul prayers.[51] Sahih Muslim, one of the most authentic hadith collections describes Muhammad's order to kill dogs on a large scale.[52] Another tradition attributed to Muhammad commands Muslims not to trade or deal in dogs.[53]

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a decree in 2002 banning public dog walking and sale of dogs, calling them as "offensive to the sensitivities of Muslims."[41] In Malaysia in 2016, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, prohibited the use of the term hot dog to refer to the food of that name. It asked food outlets selling them to rename their products or risk refusal of halal certification. Per local media, Malaysian halal food guidelines prohibit naming halal products after non-halal products.[54] Islamist organization Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip, banned public dog walking in May 2017, stating it was to "protect our women and children". Hamas officials stated that the ban was in response to rise in dog walking on the streets which they stated was "against culture and traditions in Gaza".[55]

However, "jurists from the Sunni Maliki School disagree with the idea that dogs are unclean."[56] Individual faṫāwā (Arabic: فَـتَـاوَى, "rulings") have indicated that dogs be treated kindly or otherwise released[57] and earlier Islamic literature often portrayed dogs as symbols of highly esteemed virtues such as self-sacrifice and loyalty, which, in the hands of despotic and unjust rulers, become oppressive instruments.[58]


Surat Yusuf of the Quran mentions that a reason why Ya‘qub was reluctant to let his son Yusuf to play in the open, even in the presence of his brothers, was that a wolf could eat him.[37][59]

The Quran contains three mentions of dogs:

  • Verse 5:4 says "Lawful for you are all good things, and [the prey] that trained [hunting] dogs and falcons catch for you."
  • Verse 18:18 describes the Companions of the Cave, a group of saintly young men presented in the Qurʼan as exemplars of religion, sleeping with "their dog stretching out its forelegs at the threshold." Further on, in verse 22, the dog is always counted as one of their number, no matter how they are numbered. In Muslim folklore, affectionate legends have grown around the loyal and protective qualities of this dog, whose name in legend is Qiṭmīr.[60][61][62]

Hunting dogs and the dog of the Companions of al-Kahf (Arabic: الـكـهـف, the Cave) are described in a positive light, and the companionship of these dogs is mentioned with approval. The Qurʼan, thus, contains not even a hint of the condemnation of dogs found in certain ḥadīths.[63]


There is a hadith in Muwatta’ Imam Malik about Muslim Pilgrims having to beware of the wolf, besides other animals.[38]

Muhammad said that the angel Gabriel came to him and said: "You promised me and I waited for you, but you did not come, whereupon he said: It was the dog in your house which prevented me (to come), for we (angels) do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture."

Ibn Mughaffal reported: "The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered the killing of rabid dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time." (From Muslim Book #002, Hadith #0551)

Ibn 'Umar reported "Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) giving command for killing dogs..." (From Muslim Book #010, Hadith #3809)

Some Muslim commentators (e.g. Bassam Zawadi) suggest however that these killings were to be limited to "rabid dogs".[64]

Bukhari 4:538:

A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of that.


The majority of Muslim jurists consider dogs to be ritually unclean, though jurists from the Sunni Maliki school disagree.[58] However, outside their ritual uncleanness, Islamic fatāwā, or rulings, enjoin that dogs be treated kindly or else be freed.[65] Muslims generally cast dogs in a negative light because of their ritual impurity. The story of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus in the Qur'an (and also the role of the dog in early Christianity) is one of the striking exceptions.[66] Though dogs are not recommended as pets, they are allowed to be kept, especially if used for work and protection, such as guarding the house or farm, or when used for hunting purposes.


Domestic cats have a special place in Islamic culture. Muhammad is said to have loved his cat Mu‘izzah (Arabic: مُـعِـزَّة)[67] to the extent that "he would do without his cloak rather than disturb one that was sleeping on it."[35]

Big cats like the asad (أَسَـد, lion), namir (نَـمِـر, leopard), and namur (نمر, Tiger), can symbolize ferocity, similar to the wolf.[38] Verses 50 and 51 of Surat al-Muddaththir in the Quran talk about ḥumur (حُـمُـر, 'asses' or 'donkeys') fleeing from a qaswarah (قَـسـوَرَة, 'lion', 'beast of prey' or 'hunter'), in its criticism of people who were averse to Muhammad's teachings, such as donating wealth to the less wealthy.[68][69] Apart from ferocity, the lion has an important position in Islam and Arab culture. Men noted for their bravery, like Ali,[70] Hamzah ibn Abdul-Muttalib[71] and Omar Mukhtar,[72] were given titles like "Asad Allāh" (أَسَـد الله, "Lion of God") and "Asad aṣ-Ṣaḥrā’" (أَسَـد الـصَّـحْـرَاء, "Lion of the Desert").

Lizards and Geckos

Eyewitnesses of the medieval Arabia are recorded by Islamic scholar Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj as saying that Muhammad called geckos "little noxious creatures" and ordered his followers to kill them.[73]


Scorpions are considered to represent viciousness and evil.[17]


A spider is supposed to have saved Muhammad and Abu Bakr by spinning a web over the entrance of the cave in which they hid. Because of the web, the persecutor of them thought the cave must be empty, otherwise there would not have been a web. Therefore, Muslims consider killing spiders as a sin.[74][75]


Pork is ḥarām (Arabic: حَـرَام, forbidden) to eat, because its essence is considered impure, this is based on the verse of the Qur'an where it is described as being rijs (Arabic: رِجـس, impure) (Quran 6:145).

Muslim cultures

Usually, in Muslim majority cultures, animals have names (one animal may be given several names), which are often interchangeable with names of people. Muslim names or titles like asad and ghadanfar (Arabic for lion), shir and arslan (Persian and Turkish for lion, respectively) are common in the Muslim world. Prominent Muslims with animal names include: Hamzah, Abd al-Rahman ibn Sakhr Al-Azdi (called "Abu Hurairah", the Father of the kitten), Abdul-Qadir Gilani (called al-baz al-ashhab, the white falcon) and Lal Shahbaz Qalander of Sehwan (called "red falcon").[76]

Islamic literature contains many stories of animals. Arabic and Persian literature boast a large number of animal fables. The most famous, Kalilah wa-Dimnah or Panchatantra, translated into Arabic by Abd-Allāh Ibn al-Muqaffaʿ in the 8th century, was also known in Europe. In the 12th century Shihab al-Din al-Suhrawadi wrote many short stories of animals. At about the same time, in north-eastern Iran, Attar Neyshapuri (Farid al-Din Attar) composed the epic poem Mantiq al-Tayr (meaning The Conference of the Birds).[76]


Ritual slaughter

The ritual methods of slaughter practiced in Islam (dhabihah) and Judaism (shechita) have been decried by some UK animal welfare organisations as inhumane and causing "severe suffering".[77][78] According to Judy MacArthur Clark, Chairperson of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, cattle require up to two minutes to bleed to death when halal or kosher means of slaughter are used: "This is a major incision into the animal and to say that it doesn't suffer is quite ridiculous." In response, Majid Katme of the Muslim Council of Britain stated that "[i]t's a sudden and quick haemorrhage. A quick loss of blood pressure and the brain is instantaneously starved of blood and there is no time to start feeling any pain."[78]

In permitting dhabiha, the German Constitutional Court cited[79] the 1978 study led by Professor Wilhelm Schulze at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover which concluded that "[t]he slaughter in the form of ritual cut is, if carried out properly, painless in sheep and calves according to the EEG recordings and the missing defensive actions."[80] Muslims and Jews have also argued that traditional British methods of slaughter have meant that "animals are sometimes rendered physically immobile, although with full consciousness and sensation. The application of a sharp knife in shechita and dhabh, by contrast, ensures that no pain is felt: the wound inflicted is clean, and the loss of blood causes the animal to lose consciousness within seconds."[81]

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