Cat in Islam; Clean or Unclean? ~ Hi all readers! Cat is one of the animals that are often kept by humans. Of course, in everyday life, they often come into contact with these animals. The question is, is the cat clean? As Muslims, we must know about it because we must maintain our holiness.
Before I answer the question above, firstly, I will quote a hadith of Prophet Muhammad that is specifically related to our discussion.
Hadith About Cat in Islam
The hadith about cat in Islam that I mean is as follows;
عن أبي قتادة رضي الله عنه قال : في الهرة : إنها ليست بنجس ، إنما هي من الطوافين عليكم . أخرجه الأربعة و إبن خزيمة
From Abu Qatadah radliyallahu ‘anhu, he (Prophet Muhamamd) said about cat; indeed, it is not unclean. That includes the animals that surround you.” The hadith is narrated by four priests (Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’I, and Ibn Majah) and Ibn Khuzaimah.
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 Prophet Muhammad said the hadith because at one time Abu Qatadah gave a dog a drink. That was then conveyed to Prophet Muhammad. He then said the hadith above.
There are several things that can be understood from the above hadith, including;
First; People who do not know a problem must ask people who know. In the context of the hadith above Abu Qatadah asked Prophet Muhammad about the status of the dog.
Second; 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.
Third; Cat and food or drinks that have been drunk and eaten by cat are sacred.
Fourth; 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 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. 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 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.
Okay! That’s enough discussion about cat in Islam. See you again!