Why are Muslims so cruel to animals? What does a Muslim do when he sees a dog? He picks up a stone and throws it at the poor creature. I once owned a salt works in the coastal area of Karachi. There was plenty of wild life there in 1978, but a few years later, most of it had disappeared. I remember large lizards (more than three feet in length) and coloured snakes, all which had been wiped out by humans before 1991 (when I left the salt trade). One day I came across a worker trying to kill a chameleon. “Why do you want to kill it. What harm has he done to you?” I asked. “Why does he keep changing colours?” the man retorted. I managed to convince him not to kill the poor creature, but I know that the minute I left the place, he went ahead and killed it anyway. Back in 2003, when I went to live in Block 5 of Clifton, a couple of dogs in the street outside the apartment complex became very friendly with me. They would accompany us whenever I and my wife went for a walk. Maybe they thought I cared about animals because apparently I was the only one who hadn’t tried to hit them with stones. The watchmen at the gate would be appalled when they saw me petting the dogs (who, according to their primitive way of thinking, are unclean creatures). A few days later, the dogs disappeared. Someone had shot the dogs, said the guards. I am fairly certain it was one of them.

I know there is a Hadith about angels staying away from houses where dogs are kept, but no one knew this when I was growing up. We had a couple of dogs, as well as exotic birds and peacocks (which we kept in a large cage). And I knew many other families who also kept dogs as pets. I have also heard another Hadith about a prostitute going straight to heaven because she fed a hungry dog, but apparently this one is ignored by Muslims. In Saudi Arabia, the only dog I saw was one being taken for a walk by an American (in Jeddah). In practically all countries where Muslims live, no one cares for animals.

5 comments
  1. Hend August 27, 2009 10:59 am  

    Is it because by nature Muslims are cruel not just to animals but also to other humans?

    Religions like Budhhism and Hinduism specially preach not hurting others whereas in Islam the Qorbaneh actually makes Muslims kill animals that too the prescribed way not being too nice on the animal.

  2. hira August 30, 2009 4:24 am  

    i cannot understand why people mix the behavior of a certain group of ppl with believes of a whole nation..this is a criminally biased statement.This can be seen anywhere & by anyone regardless of which religion he/she belongs to.

  3. Noman Khatri August 31, 2009 1:57 pm  

    Mister Shakir Lakhani please respond to what Hend has commented.

  4. Shakir Lakhani September 01, 2009 1:23 am  

    Hend, by now you know (from Chowrangi)that Islam does not permit cruelty to any living thing. Unfortunately, Muslims do not understand their religion and that's why they indulge in cruelty to animals.

  5. ayub_thedan November 20, 2009 1:50 am  

    You Shouldant say that because not all muslims are cruel to animals