Kindness towards Animals in Islam

“Once Imam Hassan (as) saw an African servant who had a loaf of bread eating a piece himself and giving one to a dog each time until he finished. Imam (as) asked him: What made you give a piece to the dog each time after eating a piece yourself? The man replied: I was ashamed of seeing worry in the eyes of the animal. Imam (as) said: Whose servant are you? He said: I am Aban ibn Uthman’s. Imam (as) asked: Whose garden is it? He answered: It is Aban ibn Uthman’s.  Then Imam (as) told him: Please stay here until I’m back. He bought the servant and the garden, came back and said: I bought you. The servant stood up and said: I listen to and obey God, the prophet (as) and you my master. Imam (as) replied: I bought the garden also and I free you for the sake of God and grant you the garden.

This is how he thanked a person’s beneficence toward an animal and he made the servant reach freedom and wealth.”

The Prophets Fragrant Flower, Imam Hassan al-Mujtaba by Ayatollah Sheikh Wahid Khorasani page 17


Dealing with Autism

I wanted to write something about the topic of Autism, because when I looked back I have never seen this topic addressed by anyone in our Muslim community. Autism is a growing issue in the world as one in 68 children are diagnosed with this condition. I wanted to address a few issues about dealing with Autism in hopes that it may help someone who is a parent, loved one or a friend of someone with a child who has Autism. I’m not going to go into what Autism is exactly, because that would be a lengthy discussion and there are plenty of websites and books dealing with this topic. I will just say briefly that it is a neurological disorder that affects ones social and communication skills. It is termed as being on the spectrum, because there are so many different variations of Autism that every child is different…

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