Another Hadith on showing mercy to animals

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Is this Hadith reliable?

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



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.



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

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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