The Prophet Muhammad
(SAW) was tender and kind towards cats. He appreciated cats. Muhammadâ€™s (SAW) favorite
cat was called Muezza. There is a well known story regarding the Prophet Muhammad (s) and Muezza.
“When the call to prayers was heard, Muezza was asleep on one of the sleeves of the Prophetâ€™s (SAW) robes. The Prophet (s) wanted to wear the robe to go to prayers.
Rather than disturb Muezza, Muhammad (SAW) cut off the sleeve to leave Muezza in peace. Prophet (s) then stroked the cat three
times, which, it is said, granted Muezza seven lives and the ability to land on his feet at all times (as you might know, cats have a
self-righting mechanism,a righting reflex, which is a complex series of movements when a cat falls and which protects the cat
from breaking her back).”
Islam teaches Muslims to treat cats well and that the cat is a creature to be cherished and loved.
Mistreating a cat is regarded as a severe sin in Islam.
Isn’t this true? Sometimes we meet certain people for the first time and it feels like we’ve known them all our lives. I am sure it must have happened to you atleast once.
Also sometimes you walk along a certain road for the first time and suddenly you get this feeling that you’ve been to that place before, but you know you were never ever there before. Even some incidents happen and you just feel like that particular incident had taken place before.
Its interesting when these things happens and some people have suggested that its as a result of rebirth. That people who lived before are reborn or that in their before-life they were certain animals or insect…..this is totally false and wrong.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him) said: “A woman was punished (by God) because of a cat. She had not provided (the cat)
with food or drink, nor had she set it free so that it might eat the insects of the earth.” – Sahih
Muslim, Hadith 1047
The Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him) said: “While a man was walking along a road, he became very thirsty. He came to a well, got down into it, drank, and climbed out again. He then saw a dog panting and licking mud because of severe thirst. The man said to himself, ‘This dog is
suffering from the same state of thirst I did.’ So he went down the well (again), filled his shoe (with
water), held it in his mouth (as he climbed out), and gave the water to the dog. God thanked him for
that deed and forgave him (his sins).” The people then asked the Prophet: “Is there a reward for us
in serving animals?” He replied: “(Yes), there is a reward for serving any (living being).” Sahih
Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 38
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Once while a prophet amongst the prophets was
taking a rest underneath a tree, an ant bit him. He, therefore, ordered that his luggage be taken
away from underneath that tree and then ordered that the dwelling place of the ants should be set on
fire. God sent him a revelation:
‘Wouldn’t it have been sufficient to burn (the) single ant (that bit you)?'” – Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4,