Facts That You Should Know About A “Cat”

As a religious point of views as being a Muslim, it is indeed very important to know the facts that our religion teaches us and why we should know. We often perform such acts in the name of religion which are highly debate-able, because some of us have interpreted Islam differently without understanding and reading it properly.

Therefore when it comes to Animals, there were many myths about owning a Cat and that is why we are sharing some facts that are needed to be shared.

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Friday Post: Cats Are Pure

Always be kind towards Animals as this is what our religion teaches us, being king to those who cannot give you anything in return actually defines you what kind of a human you are.

Animals are pure at heart, they won’t bother you until you do. They share the same feelings, sentiments and affection just like Humans, so please don’t hit them, don’t be mad at them for no reason. If you think you don’t like their presence then atleast don’t hit them. You have no right to hit any animal at any cost.

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Are You Superstitious?

It is a common myth that the people are superstitious when they witness a black cat that crosses a path, or they by mistake walk under the ladder and etc, there have been many stories that I have been listening to since I was born, really! The point is that these are the colors and there isn’t anything wrong with any specific color, unlike the way people interpret it.

In my religion, it is learned that Islam doesn’t believes in superstitions because they don’t exist and it only exist if you don’t believe in God, our faith is strong that we don’t need to be involved in any of such baseless things. Honestly, it’s just a black cat and that’s it, people take it so negatively that they don’t even want to have them around. I remember, when I had my Black Labrador beautiful pair, I use to get to hear a lot of things from my closed ones that why do I own black Labrador pair and why this color and why didn’t I chose any other color. My point at that time was that it’s just a color and apart from that, they stand out in their jet black tint, honestly I really use to feel bad that why are people telling me to let them go and return them from where I got them. I just felt so bad that I made it a point that I am going to keep them until I am alive and that was it, no matter how many things I got to hear from everyone I kept on keeping the, we shared a beautiful bond of love and affection and I got to explore another breed to a whole new level. I had visitors over and they use to ask me whether I would take them to any Dog Show, as they had all the points that needed for a trophy. The only thing that made me contended was they turned out to be a handsome and a beautiful couple. Over a period of a year, they had their first litter and to my surprise I didn’t even know that the female labrador was expecting her first litter and I didn’t have any clue on how to take care of the new born babies, where would she give the litter and so on. Until the day arrived, the beautiful puppies came into my life and filled it with lots of poop and pee :), apart from that, I got to learn how dogs can teach us to be a good parent. Most of all, the puppies were of two different colors, this time it was 2 blacks and 2 white and 1 chocolate brown. It was such a beautiful sight that I can’t even tell in words. I was only thanking my Almighty for the beautiful babies, the creation is just so perfect that we as Humans cannot deny it. I really didn’t care about the Black color of the puppies, it was the people who use to make fuss out of it but I didn’t care as well. I could have kept them if I hadn’t traveled to the united states of America. That year was a game changer for me, a total eclipse of my life, where I was not able to understand the distance that I was getting away from my dogs and myself, but I guess it is the time that heals and we get to understand the master plan by the Almighty.

I guess it is the mindset that we are brought up with, nothing else really matters, as what matters is your faith, that’s it. This is what I believe, if you guys have your perception then do let us know in the comment section below.

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Saturday Post: What Does ‘Quran’ Says About Dogs?

Dogs are mentioned in the Quran 5 times, not just once, NO WHERE does God call the dogs dirty animals or give any indication that they should be avoided or treated the way many Muslims think they should because majority of the Muslims don’t know the teachings of Quran, They are just blindly following their religion and blindly following their sects and Ulemas.

⦿ DOGS ARE FRIENDS OF HUMAN: In Quran chapter 18, the story of a group of youths is described, who hid inside a cave to escape a religious persecution. God made them fall in sleep and they had woken up some 300 years later. When the people of the cave were sleeping, THEIR DOG ACCOMPANIED THEM. This dog did not cause a break in the supply of God’s mercy to them. For they were continually been fed by God. GOD MENTIONS NOTHING WITHOUT PURPOSE. HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS PREFERENCE OF DOG AS FAITHFUL COMPANIONS OF HUMANS AND THEIR BENEFICIARY NATURE. In fact, in the very same chapter God said:• ”We have mentioned in this Qur’an all kind of examples for the benefit of people, but, more than anything else, man is argumentative! (Quran 18:54) Actually the story of the people of the cave, in Sura 18, God is telling us these righteous people were in the cave with their dog, if it is not righteous to have dogs, God would not have told us that story in which the dog has to be remembered as being there.WE HAVE TO KNOW THE QUALITY OF GOD, IF WE WERE TO WORSHIP GOD CORRECTLY. WHEN GOD SAYS SOMETHING HE MEANS IT, AND WHEN HE DOES NOT, HE MEANS IT AS MUCH. If God did not curse the dog, it is because God wants us to know that He created that beautiful creature and He expects us to make all use and companionship with that animal that accompanied these righteous people of the cave. Muslims are not forbidden to be around dogs. It becomes clear that God sees dogs as part of men’s lives.

⦿ ALLAH DOESN’T ABANDON PEOPLE WHEN DOG IS PRESENT AND THE ANGELS WERE INVOLVED: The people of the cave (Ashab e Kahf) were being taken care off by turning their sides continuously to prevent bed sores. • ”And you would think them awake, while they were asleep. And WE turned them to the right and to the left, while their dog stretched his forelegs at the entrance”. (Quran 18:18 part) THERE WAS SOMETHING ELSE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM (to turn their side) and people could be afraid of seeing them. AND ALLAH IS TALKING ABOUT ANGELS HERE and that means angels use to pass by that dog.If not, then it means that for 309 years that the sleepers were in the cave, no angel ever entered?Yet God says “We turned them….” The use of “WE” clearly indicates the participation of ANGELS. If angels really hated dogs, it would have been quite easy to escape death by having a dog at your place, keeping Azrael (The angel of Death) away from your house.Ashab-e-Kaif had kept dog with them.“It was that dogs duty to protect those young men who left their houses for the sake of Islam, so their dog sat outside their cave.There is absolutely no reason to mention the dog as part of this story, except to make it clear to future generation that dogs are permitted to live among people, right “in their midst.” And Quran 18:22 clearly shows that the dog was counted right along with the believers.

⦿ SALIVA 0F DOG DOESN’T MAKE A FOOD IMPURE TO EAT: • ”They ask you what (is) made lawful for them. Say, “Are made lawful for you the good things and what you have taught (your) hunting animals, ones who train animals to hunt you teach them of what Allah has taught you. So eat of what they catch for you, but mention (the) name (of) Allah on it” (Quran 5:4, literal word to word translation)Here Allah is praising the dogs. If the dog hunts for you then it is Halal without any (Zabiha) and God said, it is but his will, THAT LETS YOU TRAIN THE DOG, what you have trained of hunting animals, AS ALLAH HAS TAUGHT YOU.SO, THEIR SALIVA IS NOT IMPURE.

⦿ ALLAH IS PRAISING THE DOGS AND TELLS ITS STANDARD AND QUALITIES IN QURAN AND HADITH.1 – The dog was protecting the righteous men sleeping in cave. IT WAS HIS DUTY.2 – If a dogs hunts for a human it is Halal without any (Zabiha). THIS QUALITY IS JUST MENTIONED ABOUT THE DOGS. 3 – God said, it is but his will, THAT LETS YOU TRAIN THE DOG, what you have trained of hunting animals, AS ALLAH HAS TAUGHT YOU.4 – According to a Hadith, God once forgave a sex worker who just gave water to a dying dog in her shoe. Sahih Bukhari hadith (3467) narrates: “Allah had once forgiven a prostitute. She passed by a dog panting near a well. Seeing that thirst had nearly killed him, she took off her shoe, tied it to her scarf, and drew up some water. Allah forgave her for that. ”IT CLEARLY TELL US THAT HOW MUCH ALLAH LOVES THE ONE WHO TAKE CARE OF HIS CREATION, that just by watering a thirsty dog, Allah even forgave a sex worker, a Prostitute. Also, Non other Hadith is present addressing any other animal, like it addressed a dog.

⦿ ALLAH HAS RESEMBLED ONE OF THE NATURES OF THE DOGS IN A PARTICULAR TYPE OF HUMANS, HERE IS WHY:• In Surat al-A`raf, God is blaming the one who has been guided to the truth yet chooses to follow their desires. He likens that type of person to a dog that pants whether you chase him, he pants, or you leave him, he [still] pants. (Qur’an, 7:176). The ayah describes a man (his name was Bal’am) who received Allah swt’s Hikmah and he knew that it was the Truth. But still he chose to throw them away. SO HIS DESCRIPTION IS THE DESCRIPTION OF A DOG: if you chase him, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out. Such is the description of the people who reject Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect. (Quran 7:176)SUCH PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOUR ARE LIKE PANTING DOGS. It is in the nature of the dogs kept by the creator that they keep lolling their tongues out for getting something and they don’t feel shame in doing this act. But to Men ALLAH gave intellect to think but still if they are blind for acquiring material benefits only or follow blindly their false believes and rejects the clear truth when it comes to them, so much so that they sacrifice Allah swt’s ayahs so there this kind of behavior is resembled to the nature of a dog. The verse simply refers to how dogs often pant all the time regardless if they are active, scared or just sitting there, they don’t have intellect like men to know the truth. WHEREAS A HUMAN SHOULD THINK, PONDER AND REACT TO THINGS ACCORDINGLY; ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO DIVINE GUIDANCE.SO WE SHOULD USE OUR INTELLECT PROPERLY AND SHOULD TREAT ALLAH’S CREATURES WITH COMPASSION. IF THAT IS NOT THE CASE THEN WHY AND HOW IS ISLAM A DIFFERENT RELIGION? AND WHAT MUSLIMS SHOULD BE PRAISED FOR? VIOLENCE? HATRED? INJUSTICE? It is obvious and basic Common sense that tells you that DOGS ARE ALLAH’S CREATION and Allah will not tell people to treat them badly or to kill them brutally or unlawfully. EVERY ANIMAL HAS BEEN CREATED FOR A PURPOSE. It is a duty upon every human being to respect Allah’s creation. If we ill treat any of His creation, we will be questioned about it on the Day of Judgement and we will face the consequences here in the world and hereafter. THE QURAN DOESN’T MENTION ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT DOGS, SO CLEARLY, THIS ANTI-DOG ATTITUDE IS NOT INSPIRED BY THE HOLY QUR’AN.

The problem with cultural Islam is that much of it is an exaggeration of scripture. People go overboard in their interpretation or application of our scripture. People need to see the context of the hadiths to understand it, the time, the situation and the purpose. But most people do not know the scholarly discourse on such Ahadith, even many scholars do this mistake and misinterprets the hadith without knowing its true wisdom and the actual context and misguides the people. Especially when it comes to combining the texts or understanding their application in juristic derivation.

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A Little Bit Of Consideration Towards The Ones Who Cannot Speak For Themselves

It gives a shock when I open my facebook and there unlimited posts about animal abuse and crazy silly videos of animals being used as props or either has a bait, it gives me shivers down my spine. It makes me so sick that I literally get upset and feel like puking. What I don’t understand is why cannot people just mind their own business? Is it really important to disturb the animal who is sitting at the corner of the road minding his own business, and do you really feel comfortable with the fact that you would simply honk on his head while is is trying to sleep? Seriously, does this all makes any sense to any of you? Because to me, it doesn’t at all.

There has been a video of a guy who has been using horns on sleeping dogs on the road. Now where this happened have no clue, but such a sick act is a sign of a coward. People who do not have the guts of facing the ones of their type can only attack those who cannot speak for themselves. But they forget that the nature is watching them and they will face their karma one day and that too in any form. This is totally ridiculous. Every day, there isn’t any case of hit and run accidents, children mistreating animals on the roads, strays are easily a bait of incidents or abuse or abandonment or even molestation (I hate to say this, but yes, this is a fact). I usually avoid bringing up sensitive topics, but since this has been going around so one has to talk about it. I think as a Nation, we need to stand up and speak for these animals, because they also deserve to live on this land with the same right as of Human. It is not us who needs to decide about anyone’s life, it is our Almighty who decides everything. We cannot let anyone harm his creation, neither we can demean any of his creation looks which unfortunately we do! Which is totally not acceptable, Humans have forgotten their purpose of life, they purpose of living each day, as what the Human in today’s world is doing is not what he was brought to do. Don’t you think that the strays live their lives on the roads without knowing what is their future. They don’t even have proper place to sleep or rest, we have no clue what and how they fetch food throughout the day and how they manage to survive the horrible traffic and rude behavior of Humans. If you think about it for a second, you would realize that it’s not easy. Animals are the easy target of any Human to harm because they cannot speak, they cannot ask for help neither can return the favor that you do to them, but they always say a prayer for the good that you do for them, no wonder our Almighty has given reward for every good deed we do with the animals.

It is mentioned in Sahih Bukhari hadith (3467) narrates: “Allah had once forgiven a prostitute. She passed by a dog panting near a well. Seeing that thirst had nearly killed him, she took off her shoe, tied it to her scarf, and drew up some water. Allah forgave her for that.”

So who are we to discriminate when our Lord has commanded and has given a special reward to do good with the Animals. It is HIS creation and we are the ones who are suppose to take care of each and every living and non living thing on this planet.

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