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Keeping of Pets.

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Asalamualaikum, so are we allowed to keep cats, fish and birds in the house, islamically. I thought we were not allowed to keep any pets at all.


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Keeping of Pets

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Islam does not prohibit the keeping of pure animals and birds as pets, if one wishes to do so..but Islam strictly guides that if one chooses to keep animals as pets, they should honor them and provide sufficiently for them. If one is unable to take care of their pets, then it would be best to let them free so that they may search for their own sustenance; but if perchance one were to keep pets but does not provide sufficiently for them, that indeed would be considered a sin in the Sight of the Lord.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.553 Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "A woman was tortured and was put in Hell because of a cat which she had kept locked till it died of hunger."


Sahih Muslim Hadith 6638A Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: A woman was thrown into Hell-Fire because of a cat whom she had tied and did not provide it with food, nor did she set it free to eat insects of the earth until it died inch by inch.


Your Question: ..are we allowed to keep cats, fish and birds in the house,

There is absolutely no restriction if one wishes to keep lawful animals as pets in their homes like cats, fish, birds, etcbut to keep unlawful or impure animals like swine, or dogs, etc. as pets would not be permissible.


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