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Killing Of Snakes In Islam.. Views And Conclusions

11 Nov

The Messenger (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) enjoined the killing
of snakes, and this is general in meaning
and applies to all kinds of snakes, in any
place. But if the snake is inside the
house, it should not be killed until it has
been warned three times; that is
because of the possibility that it may be
a jinn. Then if it appears after that, it
may be killed.
It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may
Allah be pleased with him) that he
heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings
and peace of Allah be upon him) address
the people from the minbar, saying:
“Kill snakes.”
‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar said: After that, I
would not leave any snake that I saw
but I would kill it.
Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3299) and
Muslim (3233)
Abu Dawood (5249) narrated that Ibn
Mas‘ood said: The Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) said: “Kill all the snakes, and
whoever fears their revenge does not
belong to me.”
Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in
Saheeh Abi Dawood
Muslim (2233) narrated that Naafi‘ said:
One day ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar was was at
a ruin of his, when he saw the flash of a
small snake. He said: Find this snake
and kill it. Abu Lubaabah al-Ansaari said:
I heard the Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) forbid killing the small snakes that
live in houses, except the short-tailed
snake and the one with two stripes, for
they are the ones that cause blindness
and miscarriages.
And Muslim (2236) narrated that Abu’s-
Saa’ib said: We entered upon Abu
Sa‘eed al-Khudri, and whilst we were
sitting there, we heard a movement
beneath the bed. We looked and saw a
snake… and he quoted the hadith, in
which it says: The Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) said: “These houses have
inhabitants. If you see any of them, ask
them to leave for three days. If it goes
(all well and good), otherwise kill it, for
it is a kaafir.”
Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (may Allah have mercy
on him) said:
Some scholars said: It is not essential
for snakes to be warned or urged or
asked to leave except in Madinah only.
Others said that Madinah and other
places are the same in that regard,
because some snakes are jinn and may
be found in Madinah and elsewhere,
and whoever among them Allah wills
may be Muslim. Maalik said: What I
prefer is that the snakes that are found
in houses, in Madinah and elsewhere,
should be warned for three days, but
snakes should not be warned if they are
found in the desert.
Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said:
It is preferable that all snakes that are
found in houses should be warned, as
Maalik said. What is meant by warning is
that the person who sees a snake in his
house should say: I urge you, O snake,
not to appear before us or harm us. End
quote.
At-Tamheed (16/263)
Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (may Allah have mercy
on him) said:
The scholars are unanimously agreed
that it is permissible to kill desert
snakes, whether they are small or large,
no matter what type they are. End
quote.
At-Tamheed (16/28)
So there is nothing wrong with you
killing snakes that are outside the
house. As for those that are found
inside the house, they should not be
killed until they have been warned for
three days.
With regard to the view that killing the
jinn that appear in the form of snakes
brings bad luck, this is a false view for
which there is no basis.

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