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Another Hadith on showing mercy to animals

Question

Is this Hadith reliable?

عن معقل بن يسار، قال قلت يا رسول الله إني لآخذ العنز لأذبحها فأرحمها، قال وإن رحمتها رحمك الله

 

Answer

Imams Hakim and Tabarani (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith with a weak chain.

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 3 pg. 587, Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 466, vol. 20. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 4 pg. 33)

 

However, the Hadith in question is well corroborated and suitable to quote. See a corroborating narration here.

 

Translation

Sayyiduna Ma’qil ibn Yasar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) relates, I said, “O Rasulullah! Sometimes I take a goat to slaughter and then have mercy.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘If you show mercy to it, Allah will show mercy to you.'”

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar