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Muslims on Meat, Cats, and Dogs


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. An example as to how Muslims are punished for mistreating cats can be found in the 'ahadith (oral traditions telling the story of the Prophet Mohammed (s) and which have been recorded in writing). When a woman kept a cat locked up and failed to feed the cat until the cat died, the woman was tortured and "put to hell."


Muhammad made strange and harsh statements about dogs and these edicts affect dogs in a tragic way. His teachings may have come from cultural bias, Pagan concepts, or his own imagination, but wherever they came from they led to the cruel treatment of dogs.

None of the statements regarding dogs are found in the Quran but they abound in the various collections of traditions (hadith). These traditions are a primary foundation of Islamic theology and are the basis of many Islamic laws. They render dogs as "impure" and worse. Per Muhammad's orders most dogs were to be killed and all dogs of a specific color (black) had to be killed.

Muhammad claimed to be a prophet of God and as such his word was to be obeyed. With the teeth of Islam biting worldwide it is vital that Muhammad's teachings be scrutinized to determine if he were a nut or a prophet.

Having a dog as a pet is prohibited in Islam. In fact, if a Muslim keeps a dog as a pet God will take away some heavenly reward for his good deeds! Notice that the amount taken away changed from one to two qirats.

Muslims on eating meat: A closer examination of Islamic teachings reveals that Islam is a deeply compassionate religion, especially regarding animal welfare. In particular, Islam does not prohibit vegetarianism. It is noteworthy that many Islamic countries are now waking up to the benefits of a vegetarian diet and seeing that vegetarianism is supported by the Islamic faith. For instance, the fundamentalist Islamic country of Iran is also home to the Iranian Vegetarian Society, which is very active in promoting the benefits of a pure vegetarian diet in the modern Islamic world, both in terms of health and the well-being of animals. In 1995, a Muslim Vegetarian/Vegan Society was formed in the UK, which promotes vegetarianism in accordance with the Koran’s teachings and demonstrates how kindness and compassion to animals are virtues expounded by Islam.

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