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Hadith on Animals: Allah will hold people accountable for oppressing even a small bird

August 29, 2012

Abdullah ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If someone kills so much as a sparrow or anything larger without a just cause, then Allah the Exalted will ask him about it on the Day of Resurrection.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, what is a just cause?” The Prophet said, “A just cause is that you slaughter it for food, but you should not cut off its head and throw it aside.

Source: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 4445

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Adh-Dhahabi

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَنْ قَتَلَ عُصْفُورًا فَمَا فَوْقَهَا بِغَيْرِ حَقِّهَا سَأَلَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ عَنْهَا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ قِيلَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ فَمَا حَقُّهَا قَالَ حَقُّهَا أَنْ تَذْبَحَهَا فَتَأْكُلَهَا وَلَا تَقْطَعْ رَأْسَهَا فَيُرْمَى به

4445 سنن النسائي كتاب الضحايا من قتل عصفورا بغير حقها

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