Hadith on Cats: 3 Important Things You Must Understand

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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of the hadith on cats? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

Specifically, there are three important things about the hadith on cats which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:

  1. Hadith on the Sin of Torturing Cats.
  2. Hadith That Explains That Cats Are Not Unclean.
  3. Hadith on Cat Saliva in Islamic Law.

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Hadith on the Sin of Torturing Cats

The first important thing about the hadith on cats that I will explain now is the hadith on the sin of torturing cats. I want you to understand that first before you read any more explanation in this article because it is very important.

I said that the hadith on the sin of torturing cats is very important to understand because cats are one of the weak animals that are very easy to torture.

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As for the hadith on the sin of torturing cats what I mean is as follows:

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : … دَخَلَتِ امْرَأَةٌ النَّارَ فِيْ هِرَّةٍ ربَطَتْهَا فَلَا هِيَ أَطْعَمَتْهَا وَلَا هِيَ أَرْسَلَتْها تَأكُلُ مِنْ خَشَاشِ الْأَرْضِ حَتَّى مَاتَتْ

From Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, that the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “…a woman enters Hell because she binds a cat and does not feed it nor does she let it go so that can eat small animals that are on the ground until it (the cat) dies.”

In the above hadith it is explained that there was a woman who tortured a cat. The cat was tied up and not fed until the cat died. That’s why the woman went to Hell.

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If we understand the hadith on cats above, we can conclude several things as follows:

One: we must not torture any animal.

Two: people who torture animals will go to Hell.

Three: Islam really loves all creatures.

That’s a brief explanation of the hadith on the sin of torturing cats. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Hadith That Explains That Cats Are Not Unclean

The second important thing about the hadith on cats that I will explain now is the Hadith that explains that cats are not unclean. I want you to understand that now because there are some people who think cats are unclean animals.

If we read some Islamic legal literature, we will find an explanation that cats are not unclean animals. So, we can hold the cat.

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We can find this explanation in the hadith below:

عَنْ أَبِيْ قَتَادَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : فِيْ الْهِرَّةِ : إِنَّهَا لَيْسَتْ بِنَجَسٍ ، إِنَّمَا هِيَ مِنَ الطَّوَافِيْنَ عَلَيْكُمْ . أَخْرَجَهُ الْأَرْبَعَةُ وَ إِبْنُ خُزَيْمَةَ

From Abu Qatadah radiyallahu anhu, he (Prophet Muhammad) said about cats; “Actually, it is not unclean. That includes the animals that surround you.” The hadith was narrated by four people (Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’I, and Ibn Majah) and Ibn Khuzaimah.

All readers! If we understand the hadith above, we can conclude several things as follows:

One: cats are not unclean animals as I explained earlier.

Two: cats are one of the animals that are not unclean and roam around us.

Three: we can keep a cat on condition that we really have to take good care of it.

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That’s a brief explanation of the hadith that explains that cats are not unclean. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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