One early morning in Madinah the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) woke just before the athan. He sat up and said the morning dua, “All praise is for Allah who gave us life after having taken it from us and unto Him is the Resurrection.” Then he rose from his bed and began readying himself for prayer in the dark. He heard the voice of Bilal (RA) calling the athan. He stopped what he was doing and repeated each word until it finished.
The end of the athan signaled that it was time to go the mosque for Fajr prayer, but when he reached for his cloak he felt the tug of a weight on the sleeve. Reaching out in the dark room, he felt soft fur, he listened closely and heard soft purrs.
His favorite cat, Muezza was asleep on the sleeve. He loved Muezza very dearly and she often came to sit on his lap while he taught about Allah. He hated the idea of disturbing her warm bed and waking her, but he needed his cloak. He thought a moment, then pulled his knife from its holder at his waist and cut away the sleeve, leaving Muezza to keep resting on it undisturbed.
Muezza, woke up and saw the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) enter his home wearing a cloak without a sleeve. That’s odd she thought. She remembered falling asleep on the warm and comfy cloak. She looked beneath her and found a sleeve without a cloak.
Rising to her feet Muezza walked over to the Prophet (PBUH) and bowed down her furry head. She was grateful the Prophet (PBUH) had allowed her to sleep without being woken up to move off the warm cloak. The prophet (PBUH) bent down to her and pet her head three times. Muezza purred happily then settled back down on the sleeve for another cat nap.
“Those who are kind and considerate to Allah’s creatures, Allah bestows His kindness and affection on them. Show kindness to the creatures on the earth so that Allah may be kind to you.” Hadith – Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi
*Adapted from an Islamic traditional story. Read more about animals and Islam here: http://islam.ru/en/content/story/love-and-importance-cats-islam