As always, Islam has always called for kindness in everything we do; especially when it comes to treating a weaker creature; let it be a human, an animal, or even a plant. Islam commands Muslims to treat animals with compassion, and it forbids abusing them. In numerous Qur’anic verses and Hadiths, it was clarified that animals should be treated with dignity and due care. These aspects of kindness towards animals were reflected in Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s Hadith “A good deed done to an animal is just as noble as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is just as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.”.
Not only that, but in Surat Al-An’am, Allah swt shows us that there is a lot of similarity between human and animal communities, with an intent to highlight that being human doesn’t make us much different, and that we should give due respect to all creatures.
May Allah swt soften our hearts and bless us with compassion and mercy ❤