عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ الْجَعْفَرِيِّ عَنِ الرِّضَا عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ جَدِّهِ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ قَالَ لَا تَأْكُلُوا الْقُنْبُرَةَ وَ لَا تَسُبُّوهُ وَ لَا تُعْطُوهُ الصِّبْيَانَ يَلْعَبُونَ بِهَا فَإِنَّهَا كَثِيرَةُ التَّسْبِيحِ وَ تَسْبِيحُهَا لَعَنَ اللهُ مُبْغِضِي آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ
Sulaiman al-Ja’fari (r.a.) informs, “I heard (Imam) Aba al-Hasan al-Reza (peace be on him) say,
‘Don’t kill the lark, don’t abuse it and don’t give it to the children to play with it because it glorifies (Allah) excessively and its glorification is, ‘May Allah curse those who bear hatred against the progeny of Muhammad (peace be on him and his progeny)’.”
1. Al-Kaafi, vol. 6, p. 225, H. 3
2. Al-Amaali of al-Shaikh al-Toosi (r.a.), p. 687, H. 1459, Majlis 39 (with slight variation)
3. Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 27, p. 273, H. 27
1) Lark is a small brown bird known for its singing.
2) Due to its excessive glorification of Allah the Almighty, which is cursing the enemies of the Ahle Bait (peace be on them), killing a lark and eating is flesh is considered as abominable in the Shia law.
3) Obviously, such cursing is not possible for a bird without divine inspiration.
4) Narration also emphasizes the importance of cursing the enemies of the Ahle Bait (peace be on them).
5) One should not look at such traditions with skepticism as to how a bird can glorify and curse because the Holy Quran and several traditions have declared in no uncertain terms that all creatures, whether inanimate or animate or vegetation or humans, all glorify Allah the Almighty. Scoffing at such narrations only exposes the ignorance of the scoffer about the Holy Quran and Islamic culture.