A heavenly animal

Children’s Hadith

A heavenly animal

Mawlana Muhammad Jawaid Attari Madani

The final Prophet of Allah, our master Muhammad صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said:

اَكْرِمُوا الْمَعزَ ي وَامْسَحُوا رَغَامَہا  عَنْهَا فَإِنَّهَا من دَوَابّ ِ الْجنَّةِ

Respect the goat and brush away dust from it, as it is a heavenly animal.[1]

Goat here means every type of animal in this category (male goat, female goat, sheep, ram, etc). They were described as heavenly animals, due to the fact they came to Earth from Paradise, or they shall enter the latter on the Day of Judgement.[2]

Allah Almighty has created many things, and each of them has their own importance and reason for existing. The goat is one of these things and is universally loved by people from all walks of life.

On Eid al-Adha, Allah Almighty commands us to sacrifice an animal. Just as other animals are sacrificed, goats are also sacrificed for His sake. Many children are seen to be taking animals for walks during this occasion. Some children sadly cause harm to animals, however. They make them run too much and keep pulling on the ring big animals have in their noses. They also do other things that cause these poor animals pain.

Dear children! Whether it is a goat or any other animal, we must not cause them any harm. We should try to make them as comfortable as possible, just as the hadith mentioned in the beginning instructs us to treat goats well. Make intention to act upon this hadith by respecting goats and protecting them from harm. By doing this, you will gain the blessings of this hadith.  

May Allah Almighty grant us ability to act upon hadith after reading them.اٰمِیْنْ

[1] Majmaʿ al-Zawāʾid, vol. 4, p. 113, hadith 6253

[2] Al-Taysīr bi Shar Jamiʿ al-aghīr, vol. 1, p. 203




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