On 7th October 2013 from Everyman:-
In Islam it is forbidden to kill an animal unless strictly for food, nor to torment an animal.
Why? – because animals are created by Allah and as such they are aware of the wider spiritual plane, just as we are.
“And the earth, He has assigned it to all living creatures” (Quran 55:10 )
It is related from Abu Umama that the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wassalam said:-
“Whoever is merciful even unto a sparrow, Allah will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgement.
“A good deed done to an animal is like a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as to a human”
“A prostitute once saw a dog on a hot day going round a well, lolling its tongue because of its thirst. She drew some water for it using her shoe, and for this action all her sins were forgiven”
It is related that the Messenger of Allah said:-
“Once was seen a donkey which had been branded on its face and he said: “May Allah curse the one who branded it.”
It is related from Abu Huayra that the prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:
“Do not use the backs of your animals as chairs. Allah has made them subject to you, so that by them you can reach places that you would not otherwise be able to reach except with great fatigue” (Abu Dawud)