Hadith - Bukhari 3:553, Narrated 'Abdullah bin
[Also in Muslim, Narrated Abu Huraira]
said, "A woman was tortured
and was put in Hell because of a cat which she had kept locked till it died
of hunger." Allah's Apostle
further said, "(Allah knows better)
Allah said (to the woman), 'You neither fed it nor watered when you locked
it up, nor did you set it free to eat the insects of the earth.'
Hadith - Muwatta 2.13
Yahya related to me from Malik from Ishaq ibn Abdullah
ibn Abi Talha from Humayda bint Abi Ubayda ibn Farwa that her maternal aunt
Kabsha bint Kab ibn Malik, who was the wife of the son of Abu Qatada al-Ansari,
told her that once Abu Qatada was visiting her and she poured out some water
for him to do wudu with. Just then a cat came to drink from it, so he tilted
the vessel towards it to let it drink. Kabsha continued, "He saw me looking
at him and said, 'Are you surprised, daughter of my brother?' I said, 'Yes.'
He replied that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him
peace, said, cats are not impure. They intermingle with you .' "
Yahya said that Malik said, "There is no harm in that
unless one sees impurities on the cat's mouth."
Hadith - Muslim, Narrated 'Aisha, Ummul
Dawud ibn Salih ibn Dinar at-Tammar quoted his mother
as saying that her mistress sent her with some pudding (harisah) to Aisha
who was offering prayer. She made a sign to me to place it down. A cat came
and ate some of it, but when Aisha finished her prayer, she ate from the
place where the cat had eaten. She stated: The Messenger of Allah
said: It is not unclean: it is one
of those who go round among you. She added: I saw the Messenger of
performing ablution from the water left over by the
Hadith - Dawud, Narrated Jabir ibn
forbade payment for cat.
Note: The name of Abu
Hurayrah, a major authority on hadith, literally translates to "cat
man" or "father of cats". Both Abu Hurayrah
and the Prophet
enjoyed the presence of cats.
Action Items for
Do not sell a cat
for money or other traded goods.
There is no harm in
the cat's saliva unless the cat has visible impurities on its
Feel free to have
pet cats, but be sure to adequately feed and water, and provide roaming time.
Remember... Allah, subhana watala,
sees everything we do!