According to Islamic scriptures animals,like birds ,ants,etc…,they are communities and nations like us that Allah has send them messengers,here is the rest of story:
=() Quran 6:38 ” وَمَا مِنْ دَابَّةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا طَائِرٍ يَطِيرُ بِجَنَاحَيْهِ إِلَّا أُمَمٌ أَمْثَالُكُمْ ۚ مَا فَرَّطْنَا فِي الْكِتَابِ مِنْ شَيْءٍ ۚ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يُحْشَرُونَ “Sahih International: And there is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered. ” [ http://corpus.quran.com/translation.jsp?chapter=6&verse=38 ]
What we read here is that all the animals they ” (are) communities “( أُمَمٌ )like us(Mohsin Khan/Muhammad Sarwar/Yusuf Ali ),they are “people” like us( Pickthall ) ,they are “nation” like us(Arberry ) ,and they will be brought in front of Allah on judgement days(like us) !!!they will be punished the same way that we are punished in front of Lord!!!!!the question that remains is that how the animal will be punished in front of Allah it is not clear,do they follow Quran or they have their own Noble book? (probably these issues goes under the mysterious work of Allah)!!!!
=() Muslim Book of Greetings #5567
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Sahih Muslim Vol. 5, Book 26, Hadith 5567
MAbu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) as saying: An ant had bitten a Prophet (one amongst the earlier Prophets) and he ordered that the colony of the ants should be burnt. And Allah revealed to him:” Because of an ant’s bite you have burnt a community from amongst the communities which sings My glory.”
( رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم
“ أَنَّ نَمْلَةً قَرَصَتْ نَبِيًّا مِنَ الأَنْبِيَاءِ فَأَمَرَ بِقَرْيَةِ النَّمْلِ
فَأُحْرِقَتْ فَأَوْحَى اللَّهُ إِلَيْهِ أَفِي أَنْ قَرَصَتْكَ نَمْلَةٌ أَهْلَكْتَ أُمَّةً مِنَ الأُمَمِ تُسَبِّحُ ” . )
We see here that community of ants glorifying Allah.Even in Quran 24:41 we read that:” أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَالطَّيْرُ صَافَّاتٍ ۖ كُلٌّ قَدْ عَلِمَ صَلَاتَهُ وَتَسْبِيحَهُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِمَا يَفْعَلُونَ “Mohsin Khan: See you not (O Muhammad SAW) that Allah, He it is Whom glorify whosoever is in the heavens and the earth, and the birds with wings out-spread (in their flight). Of each one He (Allah) knows indeed his Salat (prayer) and his glorification, [or everyone knows his Salat (prayer) and his glorification], and Allah is All-Aware of what they do.
Yes birds they do salat and prayers(صَلَاتَهُ ) and they glorifying (تَسْبِيحَهُ ) Allah!!!
Since a Muslim literally means “one who submit (to Allah)”here we see that all animals,and birds they are all like us they are communities,they are nation,they are people ,they are all aware of situation then they submit to Allah that is why they glorifying him( يُسَبِّحُ ),and they perform pray(salat , صَلَاتَهُ)submitted to Allah exactly like us.
Lets see what Allah try to tell us in this verse :
Quran 10:47 وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَسُولٌ ۖ فَإِذَا جَاءَ رَسُولُهُمْ قُضِيَ بَيْنَهُمْ بِالْقِسْطِ وَهُمْ لَا يُظْلَمُونَ“ Mohsin Khan: And for every Ummah (a community or a nation), there is a Messenger; when their Messenger comes, the matter will be judged between them with justice, and they will not be wronged.” in this verse there is very important point that there is messenger for each community and nation, since we already knew that animals and birds are “people”,”community” and “nation”,then we should expect they have messengers. that is another reason that they will be responsible in front of Lord in judgement day!!!!As usual details for those animal messengers go under mysterious work of Allah!!!!
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