Camel And Sheep Owners Spoke About The Superiority of Their Animals! Which Animal Did The Prophet Consider to Be Better?

In Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

The owners of camels and the owners of sheep praised [the animals they look after or own], so the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said: “Moosaa was sent [i.e. as a messenger] and he was a shepherd; Dawud was sent and he was a shepherd, and I was sent and was a shepherd at Aj’yaad [i.e. a neighbourhood in Makkah]”.

Shaikh Zaid Bin Haadi [rahimahullaah] said: Those who look after livestock are different in what they look after:  camels, cows and sheep. Ownership [of these animals] depends on what a human being is in need of. So, which type of livestock did the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] consider to be better? The hadeeth is proof to show that sheep is better, greater in blessing and more beneficial for their owners. [However], this does not negate the fact that one should be eager to own a camel and a cow, so that he can benefit from them in a number of other ways, such as to obtain milk, carry things and other than that. And Allaah knows best. [At-taleeqaatul Maleehah Alaa Silsilah Al-Ahaadeeth As-Saheehah vol 159. Slightly paraphrased]

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