Is It Sunnah to Have a Cat? ~ Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation about cats in Islam? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because in this article I will explain that. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you have to read it to the end.
Specifically, there are three important things about “is it sunnah to have a cat?” which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:
The Meaning of Sunnah to Have a Cat
The first important thing about “is it sunnah to have a cat?” What I will explain here is the meaning of the phrase “it is sunnah to have a cat”. I want you to understand that so that you have a complete understanding of the focus of our discussion.
If we look at the sentence “it is sunnah to have a cat”, then we will understand that there are two points that we must understand. The two points I mean are as follows:
By the way, do you know what sunnah is? If you don’t know about it, then you should remember that sunnah is everything that is attributed to Prophet Muhammad. That is an explanation of what the sunnah is in general.
The specific meaning of the sunnah is as follows:
كُلُّ مَا نُقِلَ عَنْ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ – صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – مِنْ أَقْوَالٍ وَأَفْعَالٍ وَتَقْرِيْرٍ ، وَصِفَاتٍ خَلْقِيَّةٍ وَخُلُقِيَّةٍ، سَوَاءً أَكَانَ ذَلِكَ قَبْلَ الْبِعْثَةِ أَمْ بَعْدَهَا
Everything that is narrated from the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, such as sayings, deeds, decisions, attributes of creation and ethics, either before he was sent as a Prophet and Messenger or after that.
That is one of the definitions of sunnah according to hadith experts.
You can find an explanation of the sunnah in the hadith below:
مَنْ سَنَّ فِي الْإِسْلَامِ سُنَّةً حَسَنَةً فَلَهُ أَجْرُهَا وَأَجْرُ مَنْ عَمِلَ بِهَا بَعْدَهُ مِنْ غَيْرِ أَنْ يَنْقُصَ مِنْ أُجُورِهِمْ شَيْءٌ وَمَنْ سَنَّ فِي الْإِسْلَامِ سُنَّةً سَيِّئَةً كَانَ عَلَيْهِ وِزْرُهَا وَوِزْرُ مَنْ عَمِلَ بِهَا مِنْ بَعْدِهِ مِنْ غَيْرِ أَنْ يَنْقُصَ مِنْ أَوْزَارِهِمْ شَيْءٌ
Whoever sets an example of good habits in Islam, then he will get his reward and the reward of those who imitate it, without reducing their reward in the slightest. And whoever sets an example of a bad habit, then he will get his sin, and the sin of those who follow him without reducing their sin in the slightest.
Two: have a cat.
As for what is meant by “having a cat” is very simple, that someone has a cat.
So, we can understand the “sunnah to have a cat” in the following ways:
One: that Prophet Muhammad owned cats or told Muslims to be kind to cats.
Two: that having a cat is one of the good things in Islam.
But, in general, if we find someone explaining the sunnah to have a cat, then it means that the Prophet Muhammad had a cat or told Muslims to be kind to him and that is a good thing in Islam. But if we find someone asking about the sunnah to have a cat, it means that the person is asking if it is permissible in Islam.
That is a brief explanation of the meaning of “sunnah to have a cat” that we must understand.
Hadith About Cat
The second important point about “is it sunnah to have a cat?” what I will explain here is the hadith about having a cat. I want you to understand that so that you understand the basic argument for answering this question.
The hadith about cat is as follows:
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.
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.”
That’s a hadith about cats that we must understand.