Having Ihsan Towards Other Creations

أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَتَبَ الْإِحْسَانَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ فَإِذَا قَتَلْتُمْ فَأَحْسِنُوا الْقِتْلَةَ وَإِذَا ذَبَحْتُمْ فَأَحْسِنُوا الذِّبْحَةَ وَلْيُحِدَّ أَحَدُكُمْ شَفْرَتَهُ وَلْيُرِحْ ذَبِيحَتَهُ

Shaddad bin Aws narrated: that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Indeed Allah has decreed Ihsan in everything. So when you kill, then do the killing well, and when you slaughter, then do the slaughtering well. Let one of you sharpen his blade, and let him comfort his animal (before slaughtering).”

Reference: Hadith 17, Hadith Arbain Imam Nawawi

https://sunnah.com/nawawi40/17

Lessons:

1. It is obligatory for Muslims to do good to all of Allah’s creations

2. Having Ihsan is not confined to only other Muslims or even to non-Muslims, but towards all of Creation

3. Doing good towards animals include sharpening the knife before slaughtering the animal (i.e. to ensure as quick and as painless a death as possible)

Let us always display Rahmah towards all of Allah’s creations.

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