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Is Cat Unclean Like a Dog? Read This!

Islamic Law Today: Is Cat Unclean Like a Dog? ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will discuss about cats. This animal is one of the animals that we often meet, either because we keep it or because in our neighborhood there are many wild cat communities. The question then arises; is this animal like a dog? That is, is it unclean?

As always, before I answer the question above and speak more about is cat unclean like a dog, I will quote the hadith of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam 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 radliyallahu ‘anhu, he (Prophet Muhamamd) said about cats; indeed, it is not unclean. That includes the animals that surround you. The hadith is narrated by four people (Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’I, and Ibn Majah) and Ibn Khuzaimah.

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Well, do you understand? The cat is not unclean. So, for example, it drinks water or eats food, then the water and food are not unclean. Likewise, if it licks objects. It’s different with dogs!

You need to know, that the Prophet Muhammad said the hadith because at one time Abu Qatadah gave a dog a drink. That was then conveyed to the Prophet Muhammad. He then said the hadith above.

There are several things that can be understood from the above hadith, including;

One; People who do not know a problem must ask people who know. In the context of the hadith above Abu Qatadah asked the Prophet Muhammad about the status of the dog.

Two; We must be friendly to animals. If we are only required to be friendly to animals, then that obligation is increasingly binding on us when we interact with fellow humans. This is one proof of Islamic humanism.

Three; Cat and food or drinks that have been drunk and eaten by cat are sacred.

Four; If the cat’s mouth is unclean, the mouth is automatically unclean. His mouth becomes unclean because there is unclean sticking. So, if the unclean is gone, then the mouth is holy again.

Now about the person who narrated the hadith. Above mentioned that he was Abu Qatadah. Do you know who he is? He is Abu Qatadah al-Harits bin Rubiyiy al-Ansari as-Sulami, one of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad. He was involved in the Uhud war and many other wars. He has narrated 170 hadith. He died in the year 54 of Hijria in Medina.

I think that is enough for this article about is cat unclean like a dog? May be useful! Amen!

Oh yeah, there is something I hardly say here. Do you still remember Abu Hurairah? He was one of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad who narrated many hadith. In some of the previous articles I have explained a little with the biography. The information I want to convey about it here is that the name Abu Hurairah means “Father of Cats”. He got the nickname because he kept a lot of cats. Perhaps this little information can add data to confirm the conclusion above, that the cat is not unclean.

See you again in the next article!

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