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A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being
The Prophet Muhammad:
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Islam

Islam, The Arabic root of the word means 'Peace', also submission to Allah(God) arose in Arabia in the 6th century AD.

The prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca in 570 AD. According to Islamic belief while in his forties during one of his regular meditations in a cave on Mount Hira The prophet Muhammad experienced visons of both an auditory and visual nature. The

visons which included revelations were delivered by the Angel Gabriel who commanded him to recite. The words spoken by the Angel Gabriel were remembered and recorded and form the text of the Muslim Scripture known as the Holy Qur'an. These revelations continued throughout life of the Prophet.

Muhammad though was not the founder of Islam;  Muslims view him not as the creator of a new religion, but as the restorer of the original. Muslims believe that Islam has always existed as an uncorrupted monotheistic religion which has over a period of time been revealed to humanity by several prophets amongst them Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. The final revelation was made through the Prophet Muhammad, considered by Muslims as the last and most perfect, in the circumstances mentioned above.

Although Islam does not advocate Vegetarianism it has had an influence upon animal rights and the way animals are treated. In the faith of Islam not only the  rights of humans were clearly defined and laid down but also the rights of animals. In Islam it is considered that animals are also part of Allah's creation. Referring to the Prophet Muhammad the Quran states:

We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures. Quran 21:107

In the Quran and other scriptures of Islam there are many references to the way animals should be treated. Islam instructs its adherents to be kind to animals. For example it is forbidden in Islam to hunt for pleasure or to strike an animal on the face.

The Ancient teachings of Islam concerning  the treatment of animals continue today.

You can read more Islamic quotations in this website concerning the effect of Islam on animal rights including references to Islamic scripture and the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad.

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