The Cat & the Imam – Responds

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AI: Summary © The speaker discusses the upcoming video, which went viral and has been a success for Muslims. They highlight the importance of planting trees for social benefit, and encourage people to plant trees for their ecosystem. They also mention that Islam extends their ecosystem and their environment, and that they are not supposed to be eating animals.
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. My brothers and sisters. A few days ago, there was an imam from Algeria who was fulfilling the evening prayer known as tarawih. And the cat happened to jump on him. And it actually spent a bit of time there. The beauty of all of that was he did not panic, and he did not cut his recitation, he didn't even pause or stop or jerk And subhanAllah he maintained his concentration as he was prior to the jumping of the cat. That was something amazing, Mashallah. And may Allah bless the Imam and grant him goodness. What I want to say is, this video went viral and rightly so mashallah, Mashallah. And many people got to see a side of bearded people, or should

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I say, practicing Muslims with animals, I want to seize this opportunity to say, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him has told us that people have entered Paradise because of their good treatment of dogs and cats. And people have entered Hellfire because of their bad treatment of cats. There is a narration which means these animals, and the Prophet peace be upon him says feel equally can be didn't rot, but in agilon, every creature that has a liver, every creature that has life Subhanallah, we need to be good to eat, and we will get a reward for being kind and good. Not only that Islam extends to your ecosystem, your environment, the trees that you have, you don't just chop

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them down in a destructive manner. But we are encouraged very strongly to plant trees. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says whoever plants a tree will continue to get a reward for as long as the tree is standing even beyond that person's death, for as long as it is providing some form of benefit in terms of shade, in terms of fruit, or whatever else it may be for the people or the birds, and the animals and so on. So this is Islam. I'm so happy that this video went viral. Because many people think as Muslims, we're not supposed to be kind to animals, and so on, including dogs and pigs SubhanAllah. I've mentioned quite a few times in the past that the fact that something is

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prohibited to consume, such as a pig or pork does not make it permissible for us to be nasty to those animals. Those animals are still animals created by Allah Almighty be kind and the Almighty will be kind not just to you in this world, but even in the hereafter. So if people can earn paradise, through being kind to animals, imagine what they would earn by being kind towards fellow human beings. Subhan Allah may Allah Almighty make us from those who happen to be very kind. This is the month of kindness and generosity the month of Ramadan, and this is the message I have for you tonight, as salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.