Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ottawa Muslim community labels animals as spiritual pets

When a member of the Ottawa Muslim community defines particular pets as having the same nature as human beings, the world takes notice. Also a member of the Christian-Muslim dialogue and the Capital Region Interfaith Council, Abdul Rashid discusses what the spirituality of animals is about. 

Tired Rosie after playing with all her toys.
More than a member of the family. 
"Do I HAVE to say cheese?"
"Our scripture, the Holy Koran, tells us that the creation of human being became complete when the Creator "breathed into him something of His spirit and He gave you (the faculties of) hearing and sight and feeling (and understanding)" (32: 9). God Almighty also gave the human person order, proportion and relative perfection (91: 7). He further gave the human being the ability to choose between right and wrong and face the consequences both in this world and in the Hereafter.

We do not know if a similar process occurred in the creation of other life forms. But the Holy Koran tells us that "there is not an animal on the earth nor a being that flies on its wings but (forms part of) communities like you" (6: 38). Although the objective of the verse is for us to observe the life forms around us to appreciate the workings of God's Plan, it also tells us that all these other beings live individual and collective social lives like us (45: 4). We also know that non-human life forms experience affection, fear and other emotions.

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