Believe Muslims and Islam in souls

In Islam, animals also have a soul

By Thilo Guschas

An example is given of Muhammad and the cats. (AP archive)

Muslims are real animal fools! At least when it comes to the Koran and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Atmo: lions, camels

This is what the secret side of Islam sounds like. Not even all Muslims are aware of it.

"And see, you truly have a lesson in cattle."

But actually "secret" is the wrong word. Most of the time, this side of Islam is simply overlooked. The Koran is teeming with animals. Many suras are named after them: the cow, the cattle, the bee, the ant, the spider, the elephant.

"The Messenger of God has forbidden the killing of the sparrow, the frog, the ant and the hoopoe."

Not to mention countless traditions. Mohammad Taghavi, Islamic Center Hamburg:

"It is reported that a woman drew water from a well to quench her thirst. When she looked up again, she saw a very thirsty dog ​​standing there. She then moistened part of her clothing with water to protect the animal to give a drink. This act alone resulted in God forgiving her sins and leading her on the right path. "

Those who pass a pasture should ride their camels slowly. Because they should be able to graze in peace. Those who milk cows should cut their fingernails beforehand. So as not to injure the udders. Many of these instructions can be found in the hadiths, the traditions of the prophet. Was Muhammad an animal lover? The publicist Hilal Sezgin:

"If you think about the person Muhammad like that - of course we don't know one hundred percent what he really was like - he must have thought about it quite often, and tried quite a lot to teach his fellow human beings something about it. Otherwise it wouldn't be like that much has been passed down. There was no need to make this up. "

Atmo: bee

From their bodies comes a drink of different color, in which there is a medicine for people. Behold, in this there is verily a sign for pensive people.

Atmo: cat

Hilal Sezgin: "Cats play a very big role with Muhammad. One tells about Muhammad and the cats, for example, when he was called to prayer, that he had a kitten sleeping in his sleeves. then he wakes the kitten. He cut off the sleeve instead. "

Mohammad Taghavi: "On his journey into heaven the Prophet experiences how a woman is punished. He asks: Why is this woman punished so severely? He gets the answer that she has held a cat and gave her nothing to eat or drink Has."

The reference to the heavenly journey means: Anyone who tortures animals must atone for these sins in the hereafter. Hereafter punishments are no less than the heaviest club for believers. Animal welfare can hardly be formulated more emphatically. By the way, life after death is not just for people.

Atmo: trumpeting elephant

Hilal Sezgin: "They will probably be gathered together on the Last Day. But only gathered, they will not be judged. One has to understand it this way: Animals are not guilty, but they have souls, and these souls survive, they have souls just like us. The only thing that falls away is the judiciary because they cannot sin. "

"The wild animals will approach from the desert regions and the mountains, with bowed heads, and - despite their previous wildness - mingle with people, so full of humility they are through the day of resurrection. Thus says He: And if the wild ones Animals gather. "

Hilal Sezgin: "No one except an adult who has been spoiled by centuries of stupid philosophy believes that only humans have souls and no animals. How is that supposed to come about?"

Incidentally, Islam is not limited to the subject of animal welfare, explains Hilal Sezgin, herself the proud owner of 39 sheep, four goats and nine chickens:

"I do think that we are repeatedly called in the Koran to look at animals too. Not only through the verses as to the signs of God - animals also belong to the signs of God, like the rest of creation - but also in such verses that animals are peoples like us, which is clearly a call to humans - we have a certain role in the world, because of certain characteristics we may have a prominent role in the world, but it is not the only role that counts, we are not the only creatures who count, and the others also have their own way of living life. "

The one and only topic that reaches the media is another. The shafts. In which the animals are allowed to bleed to death - while their bodies are alive. A contradiction to the Koran's love for animals?

Mohammad Taghavi: "Everything that helps to reduce the suffering of an animal is recommended by Islam. Even in times when it was not yet possible to stunning an animal, it was advised that the slaughter should be carried out in such a way that it suffers as little as possible. For example in the selection of the location, or in the selection of the knife that it is as sharp as possible, or that killing the animal has a purpose - for human consumption. However, one must also ensure that the consumption is safe for humans has no harm. So the animal has to bleed to death. "

It is religiously prescribed that the animal bleed to death alive. It should be numb, however, says Taghavi. Leaving the animals conscious is neither necessary nor good. Most Islamic scholars share this view, says Taghavi. The animal activist and vegetarian Hilal Sezgin has an unusual point of view. She is indignant not so much about the slaughtering - but about conventional animal slaughter.

Hilal Sezgin: "The way we kill animals in this society - also in the industrial slaughterhouses - is barbaric! Everything is barbaric! The way animals are raised is already barbaric. The extent of the tortures we inflict on these animals Committing is so big - and the Muslims are taking part, with cow's milk, for example, it is now not a question of "Muslims against the rest of the world" - we all participate in the infinite meanness that is committed against animals me such a little maneuver, shafts yes or no. "

But slaughter is not the only contentious issue. The Islamic countries are not exactly famous for their animal welfare. Cats and dogs often have torturous lives in Egypt and Turkey. It is not uncommon for German tourists to take them home with them out of pity.

Hilal Sezgin: "The funny thing is that the animal-ethical legacy, which is very strong in Islam, also in the Koran, animals appear so often that Muslims have completely forgotten today."

Mohammad Taghavi: "Basically you have to state one thing: If a person describes himself as a Muslim or a Christian, then he has not automatically reached the highest level of humane way of life. Only through the degree of his faith does he develop to a certain level. "

Hilal Sezgin: "Well, it's a little bit like that with women. The Koran contains a lot more progressive elements as far as women are concerned than those who later want to admit it: and then tradition has forgotten it. It is natural not practical. I think that people simply have an interest in the exploitation of animals. Muhammad has already tried to counter the practice of humanity, but then the usual human egoism prevailed. "