Wahb Ibn Kaysaan (rahimahullaah) narrated that Ibn Umar (radiyallaahu-anhu) saw a shepherd and some sheep in a filthy place, and he saw (another) place better than it. So he said to the shepherd: Woe to you, O shepherd! Move your sheep (to the better place); for indeed I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) saying: ”Every shepherd is responsible for his flock.” [1]

Shaikh Zaid Bin Haadi (rahimahullaah) said: This hadeeth shows the obligation of kind treatment towards those under one’s care, whether a human being or cattle…. [2]

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[1] See Adabul Mufrad of Imaam Bukhaari. Number: 416

[2] Slightly paraphrased. For more benefits derived from this hadeeth, see ‘Awn Al-Ahadus Samad Sharh Adab Al-Mufrad of Shaikh Zayd (rahimahullaah) Vol 1 page: 459