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Ruling On Keeping Pets In Islam

09 Dec

Keeping and raising pets is something
that is permitted in Islam and there is
nothing wrong with it.
Al-Bukhaari (6203) and Muslim (2150)
narrated that Anas (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) was the best of people in attitude.
I had a brother who was called Abu
‘Umayr. He (the narrator) said: I think
he said: He was a weanling. When the
Messenger of Allaah (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) came
and saw him, he said: “Abu ‘Umayr,
what happened to the nughayr
(nightingale)?” He used to play with it.
Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have
mercy on him) said:
It indicates that it is permissible for
children to play with birds, and it is
permissible to spend money on
permissible things that will entertain
children, and it is permissible to keep
birds in cages and the like, and to clip
the wings of birds, because one or the
other must have been done in the case
of Abu ‘Umayr’s bird, and whichever is
the case, the other comes under the
same ruling. End quote.
Fath al-Baari (10/584).
With regard to the conditions and
guidelines on keeping animals, these
include the following:
1.
The animal that is kept should not be a
dog, because Islam has forbidden
keeping dogs except guard dogs and
hunting dogs.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “The angels
do not enter a house in which there is a
dog.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3225)
and Muslim (2106). Would the Muslim
be happy for the angels of mercy not to
accompany him in his house because of
an animal he is keeping?
2.
Not going so far with regard to this
matter that it reaches the stage of
blameworthy extravagance. We have
seen some people who pay thousands
and even millions competing to buy a
certain animal or take care of it and
provide services for it. Some of them
even bequeath some of their wealth to
them. In some countries there are
festivals and shows for all kinds of
animals, on which huge amounts of
money are spent. All of this is
foolishness and lack of common sense.
3.
The animal must be treated kindly. If a
Muslim keeps an animal, he must
provide it with proper food and drink,
and not cause it any harm or injury by
mistreating it or using it for target
practice or making animals fight one
another, or exposing it to heat or cold.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah
(may Allaah be pleased with him) that
the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “Whilst a man
was walking on the road, he became
very thirsty. He found a well so he went
down into it and drank, then he came
out. There he saw a dog that was
panting and biting the ground out of
thirst. The man said: this dog is feeling
the same thirst that I felt. So he went
back down into the well and filled his
shoe with water, then he held it in his
mouth until he climbed back up, and he
gave the water to the dog. Allaah
appreciated (his action) and forgave
him.” They said: O Messenger of Allaah,
will we have reward with regard to
these animals? He said: “In every living
thing there is reward.”
Look at how the believer will be
rewarded for taking care of animals;
rather he may even enter Paradise
because of his kind treatment of a
single animal, as happened to the man
mentioned in this hadeeth. Allaah, may
He be glorified and exalted, loves those
who do good.
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) has told us of a
woman who went to Hell because of her
neglect of a cat which she detained and
it died of hunger; she did not feed it or
let it go and eat of the vermin of the
earth.

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