Animal rights

May God forgive me and guide me regarding any sign that would have been misinterpreted in this study and elsewhere. May He always guide us to a better understanding of His profound scripture so we can purify ourselves and increase our knowledge.

Tragically, we live in a world where most human societies allow people to mistreat animals. Animal cruelty takes many different forms ranging from disrespecting them denying them enough space to live a normal life, debeaking birds, dehorning and tail docking cattle (amputating part or most of an animal’s tail), subjecting them to violence, killing them in horrific conditions where they experience intense fear of death, genetically modifying them to produce more or to conduct mad science experiments and research in medicine.

Far from all this human madness, we are first going to show that the Bible and the Quran teach us to love and respect animals; they are God loving creatures and form communities like ours and the Quran shows us the crucial importance to protect them, preserve them and respect their rights.

The second part of this article will focus on the horror and scientific deviance of the meat industry we will see that such a behavior is no less than satanic from a Quranic point of view.

Table of contents

1. God teaches us to love and respect animals

1.1 Righteous men care for their animals

1.2 The example of the sabbath

1.3 The Quran teaches us the extreme importance to preserve the animal kingdom

1.4 God cares for the entire creation and commands us to be kind, humble and do justice

1.5 Animals are God loving creatures

1.6 David and the judgment regarding the female sheep: Defense of Animal rights

1.7 The parable of the lost sheep

2. The horror of the meat industry and genetic manipulations

2.1 The extreme mistreatment of animals in the meat industry

2.2 The abomination of genetic manipulations

2.3 An extreme example of animal cruelty: The mistreatment of chickens

2.4 The Quranic prohibition of cloning, GMO and their satanic origin


1. God teaches us to love and respect animals

1.1 Righteous men care for their animals

Proverbs 12:10: The righteous care for the needs of their animals,but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

This not only shows that righteous men care for animals, it also clearly condemns animal cruelty.

For instance, crowding animals in giant facilities or sheds for their entire life just for the purpose of making more money is cruel and should be illegal in any decent human society.

1.2 The example of the sabbath

The Bible teaches us through the institution of the sabbath that, just like humans, animals shall rest on the seventh day:

Exodus 20:8-11: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

The Quran provides the example of an Israelite community that used to live by the sea and used to transgress the sabbath by fishing:

In other words, the Bible and the Quran teach us through the example of the sabbath that animals, just like us, have the God given right to rest and when it comes to the fish and other wild animals that they shall not be constantly hunted and have the right to enjoy a peaceful life. The sabbath was abolished for Muslims, but God’s way is immutable (33:62) and the exact same spirit of respecting animals and God’s creation in general remains.

1.3 The Quran teaches us the extreme importance to preserve the animal kingdom

Another Quranic example demonstrating that the animal kingdom must be respected and protected is the prohibition of hunting during the hajj:

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ لَا تَقْتُلُوا۟ ٱلصَّيْدَ وَأَنتُمْ حُرُمٌ وَمَن

قَتَلَهُۥ مِنكُم مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَآءٌ مِّثْلُ مَا قَتَلَ مِنَ ٱلنَّعَمِ يَحْكُمُ

بِهِۦ ذَوَا عَدْلٍ مِّنكُمْ هَدْيًۢا بَٰلِغَ ٱلْكَعْبَةِ أَوْ كَفَّٰرَةٌ طَعَامُ مَسَٰكِينَ

أَوْ عَدْلُ ذَٰلِكَ صِيَامًا لِّيَذُوقَ وَبَالَ أَمْرِهِۦ عَفَا ٱللَّهُ عَمَّا

سَلَفَ وَمَنْ عَادَ فَيَنتَقِمُ ٱللَّهُ مِنْهُ وَٱللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ ذُو ٱنتِقَامٍ

(5:95) O you who believe, do not kill any game while you are in a state of Ihram. Whoever among you kills any purposely, incurs a cattle penalty equivalent to what he killed. Two just men will judge over this matter, whether it be an offering destined to the Ka’bah, an expiation feeding needy people, or its equivalent fasting (i.e. fasting a number of days equivalent to feeding a given number of people), that he may taste the consequence of his act. God pardons what happened in the past, but whoever recidivates, God will inflict His retribution upon him. God is Almighty, and presides over any retribution.

God appointed us as caliphs of the earth (2:30) and this verse teaches us that we have a sacred duty to preserve the animal kingdom in the world for their sake as well as ours. Furthermore, the spirit of the verse instructs us that an Islamic society shall punish people who do not respect the laws meant to protect the fauna and flora.

1.4 God cares for the entire creation and commands us to be kind, humble and do justice

Micah 6:8: What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your god?

God cares not just for us, but for the entire creation:

Psalm 145:9: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

In the same way, the Quran invites us to open our hearts and realize that animals are communities just like we are:

وَمَا مِن دَآبَّةٍ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَلَا طَٰٓئِرٍ يَطِيرُ

بِجَنَاحَيْهِ إِلَّآ أُمَمٌ أَمْثَالُكُم مَّا فَرَّطْنَا فِى

ٱلْكِتَٰبِ مِن شَىْءٍ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يُحْشَرُونَ

(6:38) There is no creature on earth, nor any bird that flies deploying its wings that are not communities just like you are. We haven’t omitted anything in the book. Then, unto their Lord shall they return.

1.5 Animals are God loving creatures

Animals believe in God and praise Him just like people of faith do and have a God given right to be respected and live a happy life:

أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُۥ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ

وَٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱلطَّيْرُ صَٰٓفَّٰتٍ كُلٌّ قَدْ عَلِمَ

صَلَاتَهُۥ وَتَسْبِيحَهُۥ وَٱللَّهُ عَلِيمٌۢ بِمَا يَفْعَلُونَ

(24:41) Do you not see that everything in the heavens and the earth praises God, and so do the birds extending their wings? Everyone knows his prayer and his praise and God is fully cognizant of everything that they do.

1.6 David and the judgment regarding the female sheep: Defense of Animal rights

The Bible informs us that David was a shepherd who deeply cared for his sheep:

1 Samuel 17:34-37: 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

This extraordinary passage gives us insight concerning the conversation between David and Saul right before David killed Goliath. It also enlightens us that David was a shepherd who loved his herd so much that he cared more about his sheep than for his own life. His unconditional love and dedication to defend his herd clarifies the judgment rendered by David quoted in the Quran regarding the dispute between two brothers over the fate of a female sheep:

وَهَلْ أَتَىٰكَ نَبَؤُا۟ ٱلْخَصْمِ إِذْ تَسَوَّرُوا۟ ٱلْمِحْرَابَ

(38:21) Have you received the news of the disputants when they climbed over the wall of the sanctuary?

إِذْ دَخَلُوا۟ عَلَىٰ دَاوُۥدَ فَفَزِعَ مِنْهُمْ قَالُوا۟ لَا تَخَفْ

خَصْمَانِ بَغَىٰ بَعْضُنَا عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ فَٱحْكُم بَيْنَنَا

بِٱلْحَقِّ وَلَا تُشْطِطْ وَٱهْدِنَآ إِلَىٰ سَوَآءِ ٱلصِّرَٰطِ

(38:22) When they suddenly came forth towards David, he was startled by them. They said, “Have no fear! The two of us are in a disagreement. One of us has wronged the other, so judge between us in a truthful manner. Be impartial and guide us towards the path of equity”.

إِنَّ هَٰذَآ أَخِى لَهُۥ تِسْعٌ وَتِسْعُونَ نَعْجَةً وَلِىَ

نَعْجَةٌ وَٰحِدَةٌ فَقَالَ أَكْفِلْنِيهَا وَعَزَّنِى فِى ٱلْخِطَابِ

(38:23) “In fact, Here’s my brother. He owns ninety nine sheep while I own one single ewe. He then exclaimed, “Entrust her to me” and he keeps on harassing me verbally.”

قَالَ لَقَدْ ظَلَمَكَ بِسُؤَالِ نَعْجَتِكَ إِلَىٰ نِعَاجِهِۦ وَإِنَّ

كَثِيرًا مِّنَ ٱلْخُلَطَآءِ لَيَبْغِى بَعْضُهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ إِلَّ

ا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ وَقَلِيلٌ مَّا هُمْ وَظَنَّ

دَاوُۥدُ أَنَّمَا فَتَنَّٰهُ فَٱسْتَغْفَرَ رَبَّهُۥ وَخَرَّ رَاكِعًا وَأَنَابَ

(38:24) He (David) answered, “Assuredly, he is unfair to you by demanding your sheep to join his herd. Indeed, a lot of business partners defraud each other, except those who believe and accomplish righteous deeds, and those are few.” David concluded Afterwards that we were putting him to the test. He thus implored his Lord for forgiveness, bowed down devotionally, and repented himself.

(38:25) We thus forgave him in this matter. Verily, he deserves to be close to Us, as well as an honorable destination [in the afterlife].

1.7 The parable of the lost sheep

The magnificent parable of the lost sheep in the Gospel also mentions a hundred sheep and one of them gone astray – which is most certainly not a coincidence – and enlightens us further regarding David’s judgment:

Matthew 18:12-14: 12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

We all are lost sheep at various times in our lives. God’s love is immense that He will often give us numerous opportunities to save and redeem ourselves because He wants us to become better persons, be forgiven and, by His infinite grace, go to heaven. God instituted in our daily prayers that we shall implore Him to guide us (“Guide us in the right path”, 1:6). He is our Guide, and is therefore allegorically our Shepherd (“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”, Psalm 23:1). Messengers are guided and inspired by God to act as good shepherds to protect human communities, animals and God’s creation as illustrated numerous times in the Bible and the Quran and are good examples for us (33:21, 60:4). It is our duty to embrace faith fully and remember the lessons of the Holy Scriptures such as the parable of the good shepherd and David’s verdict mentioned in the Quran and, God willing, become good shepherds ourselves. We shall love and protect our neighbor and animals alike and go the extra mile every time they go astray or are mistreated and be ready to do whatever it takes to help save them.

2. The horror of the meat industry and genetic manipulations

2.1 The extreme mistreatment of animals in the meat industry

The mistreatment of animals in the meat industry in an absolute abomination. We mentioned in the introduction that the abuse ranges from denying them enough space to live a normal life, debeaking birds, dehorning and tail docking cattle (amputating part or most of an animal’s tail), subjecting them to violence, killing them in horrific conditions where they experience intense fear of death.

2.2 The abomination of genetic manipulations

In addition, many scientists around the world mistreat and torture animals in laboratories going as far as modifying them genetically to develop horrific diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease under the pretense that such research could eventually potentially save human lives. Why don’t they conduct such experiments on themselves?

2.3 An extreme example of animal cruelty: The mistreatment of chickens

– Chickens and turkeys represent about 99% of animals slaughtered every year in the United States (source: United Poultry Concerns).

– Most chickens are intensely fed with antibiotics because they often live in giant factory farms where they are crowded by the thousands and farmers want to avoid mass casualties due to a variety of diseases.

– The overuse of antibiotics creates antibiotic resistant super bacteria and eating these chickens makes us eat the same antibiotics, which is obviously extremely unhealthy.

– Chickens designed to produce meat are called “broiler chickens” and have been subjected to such rapid and extreme genetic manipulation or selection for decades that they are typically four times heavier than chickens bred in the 1950s. Broiler chickens bred in 1957 used to weigh about 905g when the 2005 breed now typically weighs 4202g (Zuidholf, MJ, et al. 2014 poultry science 93:1-13).

– The high concentration of ammonia resulting from the accumulation of feces causes respiratory disease and fatalities (Source: Poultry welfare in developing countries, pages 1-2, Poultry Development Review, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

– Because of the intense genetic manipulation and selection they are subjected to, broiler chickens grow 65 times faster than a normal chicken body normally would (Source: Tom Horton, “42 day Wonders”, Washingtonian, republished under permission by UPC). As a result, farmers have to starve them, otherwise, they would die because of bones and skeletal disorders or heart failure.

– “Only” 4.7% of broiler chickens die of heart failure in the 42 days of their lives. If their lives is prolonged, an experiment led by Harms rescue showed that about two thirds of them die in the first three to four months because their young hearts cannot stand their extreme body weight due to the intense genetic manipulation they have been subjected to.

– Non-organic chickens are also fed with genetically modified food (GMO) which is a leading cause for cancer in humans.

– Many of them are born with genetic defects.

– Many of them are affected with diseases such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, E-coli, including skin diseases such as gangrenous dermatitis like MRSA (an antibiotic resistant super bacteria). We can add to the list tumors, blisters, wounds and cellulitis. Their death rate is 7 times higher than laying hens at a comparable age.

– The slaughter conditions are also often worthy of a horror movie where animals are for instance electrified and scalded alive, causing their eyes to pop out.

At the end of the day, consumers eat chickens that are so highly genetically manipulated that they would be strictly incapable to survive more than a few months when a normal chicken typically lives 10 to 15 years. They are often extremely sick, infected, poisoned by GMO and antibiotics and have been subjected to hellish living and slaughter conditions.

2.4 The Quranic prohibition of cloning, GMO and their satanic origin

Yes, God submitted animals to us (22:36), but He never allowed us to abuse or torture them (Proverbs 12:10) and, when it comes to genetic modification, He strictly prohibited us from changing His creation (30:30) which the Quran describes as inherently satanic (4:119).

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَتَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِى

فَطَرَ ٱلنَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ ٱللَّهِ ذَٰلِكَ

ٱلدِّينُ ٱلْقَيِّمُ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

(30:30) Therefore, you shall devote your face to the true monotheistic religion: The natural instinct instilled by God in the human race. There shall be no change in God’s creationThis is the correct religionbut most people do not know.

وَلَأُضِلَّنَّهُمْ وَلَأُمَنِّيَنَّهُمْ وَلَءَامُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُبَتِّكُنَّ ءَاذَانَ

ٱلْأَنْعَٰمِ وَلَءَامُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُغَيِّرُنَّ خَلْقَ ٱللَّهِ وَمَن يَتَّخِذِ

ٱلشَّيْطَٰنَ وَلِيًّا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ فَقَدْ خَسِرَ خُسْرَانًا مُّبِينًا

(4:119) “I (satan) will surely mislead them (humans); I will surely entice them; I will surely command them to cut/extract [samples] from the ears of livestock, and I will command them to distort the creation of God.” Anyone who accepts the devil as an ally instead of God, has most certainly incurred a profound loss.

4:119 prophecies the cloning of cattle which is done using cells extracted from the ears of animals as predicted in the verse, as well as the equally catastrophic sin of changing God’s creation which most advanced stage is the creation of genetically modified organisms. We have to make a choice: Do we want to be on God’s side or on satan’s side?

The love, kindness, and mercy of a person of faith cannot be associated with barbarism towards animals and scientists and human beings in general must find solutions in medicine and other areas of science that are inspired by the spirit of Holy Scriptures and their inherent message of love, the right way, instead of resorting to mad satanic science and animal cruelty that defy imagination.

The Quran teaches us a profound lesson regarding the importance of listening to our hearts:

(22:46) Have they not travelled throughout the land, do they not have hearts to reason or ears to hear with? For indeed, the real blindness is not that of the eyes, but the blindness of the hearts inside the chests.


Muslims and believers in general are commanded to be kind, loving people (Micah 6:8, 24:22, 57:27) and must be at the forefront regarding defending animal rights everywhere on earth (Proverbs 12:10) and protect God’s creation in general. Changing God’s creation, especially in the form of genetic manipulation, including genetically modifying animals to develop horrific diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, etc…), is not only prohibited (30:30) but inherently satanic (4:119). How can so called men of science fall as low as intentionally genetically modifying animals condemning them to develop terrifying diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer, Parkinson? And how can we let such criminals perpetrate such crimes without saying nor doing anything? Such despicable perversion and animal cruelty, as well as animal testing in general, must be eradicated from any Muslim society and everywhere on earth. We are dealing here with one of the foundation of the Bible and the Quran, and therefore Islam.

Animals are intelligent, sensitive, God loving creatures that have the right to live normal happy lives in a natural environment. God invites us to meditate upon the fact that animals are communities just like we are (6:38) and are God loving creatures that praise His Glory (24:41). The example of the sabbath in the Bible and the Quran (Exodus 20:8-11, 7:163) teaches the importance not to overwork domesticated animals allowing them to rest and used to prohibit hunting wild animals on that blessed day. In the same spirit, pilgrims do not have the right to hunt during the hajj (5:95) because the animal kingdom must be protected and preserved. By extension, it gives us the right to legislate to protect animals for instance by banning hunting during part of the year, or completely ban hunting some species that are endangered so we can protect the beauty and diversity of God’s kingdom.

David’s judgment mentioned in the Quran (38:21-25) acknowledges the fact that animals have God given rights that prevail over our rights in the course of justice when it comes to protect their well-being. For instance, it is despicable to see that so many animals live confined in small and completely unnatural indoor spaces and that they are condemned to live a miserable, hellish life from the day they were born to the day they die. We shall respect the way God designed them to live a happy life and legislate accordingly. The parable of the good shepherd (Matthew 18:12-14) also demonstrates that we shall love and care for animals and human beings alike, and do whatever it takes to protect them and lead them in the right path when they go astray, just like David the shepherd who cared less for his own life than the life of his sheep to the point that he did not hesitate to pull them from the claws and mouths of lions and bears to save them (1 Samuel 17:34-37). This is the spirit we shall have when it comes to defend animals and their well-being.

Life is not a game. It is not about money, greed, selfishness and cruelty. It is about believing in God and do good deeds (2:25, 2:103, etc…). We have hearts, and our hearts must shine with God’s love in order to fulfill our God given mission to be good stewards and caliphs of the earth (2:30) and love and protect His magnificent kingdom.

Article published on 2/18/2023