Is it haram to have a cat? Cats have a sense of humour. Due to which cats are very dear to many people.
I have seen a man love his kitten-like his own child. and I even kept kittens near the little ones myself. I used to play with kittens.
Once one of my kittens died suddenly. I cried a lot after the cat died. Sadly, I left home and went to different houses for a few days.
Then my grandmother brought me a cat of white and mixed black colour and gave it to me. You kept that cat with me for a long time.
Although the cat is a favourite animal, what is the provision of the cat in Islam? Is it haram to have a cat? I am discussing this answer in today’s blog.
Is it haram to have a cat?
No, having cats is not haram in Islam. Rather it is halal. If someone keeps a cat as a hobby, there is no problem.
Cats kill rats. Destroys harmful insects in the house. Remains loyal to the owner. In addition, there are many benefits to cats. So keeping cats is legal.
However, cats cannot be stingy in providing food and drink. He needs to be given adequate food.
Appropriate kindness should be shown to him. He cannot be harmed in any way. Because it is haram to hurt animals.
And if the cat gets dirty or unclean in any place or cloth, it should be cleaned. You have to be careful about this all the time.
It is narrated in the hadith:
A female cat caught a cat and died. As a result, the woman has been tormented. That woman has gone to hell.
He kept the cat in check and did not give him food or drink. He did not give up again so that he could live by eating the insects of the land. (Sahih Muslim – 5645)
In the interpretation of this hadith, the eminent hadith scholar Allama Ibn Hajar Askalani (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Imam Qurtubi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: This hadith proves that it is permissible to keep a cat and keep a cat tied unless there is a mistake in feeding it. (Fathul Bari: 6/412)
If you have mercy on any of God’s creations, including animals and birds, then God is also merciful. He donated innumerable rewards.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
‘The Most Merciful has mercy on the merciful. Have mercy on the inhabitants of the earth, then He who is in heaven will have mercy on you. (Abu Dawood – 4941)
There is another hadith
The Companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah, is there any reward for us among the animals?” He said, “Every fresh heart has thawab.” (Sahih Bukhari – 347)
The hadith also mentions that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) made the cat drink water from his ablution vessel. The famous Companion Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) is also famous for his love of cats.
Is it haram to buy a cat?
Ibn Rajab said in his book Jamiul Uloom wal Hikam,
There is disagreement among the ulama about the sale of cats. Many scholars consider it Makrooh.
Abu Hurairah, Jabir, Ata, Taus, Mujahid, Jabir Ibn Zayd, Awzai, Ahmad Ibn Humble are the best among those who consider the sale of cats as Makrooh.
Again, many scholars have said that the sale of cats is legal. They do not consider it Makrooh.
Among them – Ibn Abbas, Hasan, Ibn Sirin, Hikam, Hanna, Sufyan Sauri and Imam Abu Hanifa – Rahimahumullah – are particularly noteworthy.
Is the remains of cats haram?
Cat remains are not unclean. This is the opinion of Imam Shafi, Imam Malik, Imam Abu Yusuf. Because it is narrated in Al-Muwatta, Al-Musnad and Al-Sunan-
Abu Qatada went to his son-in-law Kabsha bint Ka’b bin Malik. Kaisha gave him the water of ablution.
At that time a cat came to drink from that pot. Abu Qatada tilted the pot for the cat. Until he is satisfied and drinks.
Kaisha said, then Katada looked at me and said are you surprised? I said – yes.
He said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘The cat is not unclean.’ He is a very wandering animal in the house.
However, Imam Abu Hanifa and Muhammad said: The remains of the cat are Makrooh. This is mentioned by Badruddin al-Aini in his Sunan Abi Dawood’s interpretation.
And cat urine is unclean according to most scholars. Imam al-Nawawi said in al-Majmoo ‘: The animals whose meat cannot be eaten do not urinate. This is like Imam Malik, Abu Hanifa, Ahmad and all the scholars.
Similarly, according to the correct opinion, cat dung is also unclean. So it is necessary to be careful of urine and dung and take purity from it.