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Humane Treatment of Animals in Islam

written by alhannah-blog August 30, 2017
Ahmed & Arabian Horse Waleed Standing Together

Meet Alhannah’s Founding Partner

– Ahmed Alomari shown with his favorite Arabian, is a founding partner of Alhannah Islamic Clothing.  When he is not chatting with customers or helping out in the alhannah.com warehouse, he spends much of his time caring for and training horses.  He is not only an avid horseman, but he is also an ardent animal lover.

How Ahmed and Waleed Became Partners

Ahmed and his horse, Waleed (shown) have been riding partners for over ten years and have developed a special bond that horsemen only dream of and we seldom see between man and animal.  Waleed is a 20 year old Arabian Bay gelding who Ahmed acquired from an auction barn for just a few hundred dollars because no one wanted him.  Their friendship began on a bright, sunny summer afternoon ten years ago, when Ahmed arrived late to a horse auction.  In fact, too late to bid on any of the horses as they were just taking the last horse away because nobody wanted him.  The horse being led away from the auction floor just happened to be Waleed, and if  Ahmed hadn’t purchased him that day it was likely that he would have been loaded up on a truck bound for some  horse slaughter house in Canada.  Waleed was extremely thin, unkempt and had a very frightened look in his eye.  But Ahmed looked past all of that and saw something special in that small terrified horse–something that no one else at the auction saw that day.  Amid the complete and utter chaos of the horse auction, Waleed just wanted someone who he could turn to and trust. Ahmed could see that Waleed was desperately looking for someone to soothe him and provide him with relief from the state of panic he was in.  Since it was too late to bid on Waleed, Ahmed sought out the person in charge of the auction and asked if he could purchase the horse that no one had wanted.  After some thought the man said, “Sure, as long as you give me as much as the slaughter house would give me.”  Ahmed took Waleed home that same day and they have been together ever since.

Over the years Ahmed has treated Waleed with nothing but kindness and patience.  Waleed is not the same frightened  horse that Ahmed bought at the auction barn ten years ago.  Ahmed has spent time caring for, grooming and training Waleed.  The two have spent many hours on the trail together and Waleed has proven to be a perfect mount for Ahmed.  When people learn that Waleed  was so close to going to the slaughter house, they are amazed.  As time passed, Waleed developed a special trust in Ahmed.  Similarly, Ahmed developed a special trust in Waleed and they have turned into the best of partners.  The treatment that Ahmed has given Waleed, is the same kindness towards animals that is taught in the Quran and Sunnah.  Islam is very specific about how  we are required to treat animals humanely and justly.  Anyone who spends time with animals will tell you that animals, like humans have very distinct personalities and are thinking, feeling creatures–precisely what the Quran explains.

Allah tells us in the Quran:

There is not a moving (living) creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its two wings, but are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered.

(Al-An’am 6:38)

 

And in hadith it is mentioned:

If the prophet (s.a.w.) saw any animal over-burdened or ill-fed he would pull up alongside the owner and say, “Fear Allah in your treatment of animals.”

(Abu Dawud)

 

Ahmed often expresses how very blessed he has been to have partnered with Waleed and to have the Quran Kareem as a guidebook to teach him  what may have taken a lifetime or longer to learn on his own.

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And of course, if you are ever in the area please visit our warehouse and meet Ahmed and Waleed  for yourself  when you are here.

Jazak Allah Khair – God Bless.

 

Products shown on this page can be purchased at the following locations:

The Smagh (also referred to as a ghutra) Ahmed is wearing can be purchased at Alhannah.com

The Kurta Shirt Ahmed is wearing can be purchased at Alhannah.com

The blue and white braided rope halter and lead rope Waleed is wearing can be purchased at the Tractor Supply Co.

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