Assalamualaikum , Brothers And Sisters.

It is said that keeping a pet dog will keep the Angels away and deduct the rewards from the prayers.

But I didn't get exact research about keeping any other animal

I am really curious about cats. Surely it's said that cats are admired for it's cleanliness and was loved by Prophet Muhammed. But can I keep it as a pet ? Is it allowed ?..... Or will my rewards get deducted for it too?..

  • Wa Alaikum As Salam. No, that only applies to dogs. Cats are fine to keep. – Muslimah Jun 29 '20 at 20:56


Abu Talha reported Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) having said:

"Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture." [HR. al-Bukhari and Muslim]

To answer your question, other animals that does not belong to the following categories are allowed to be taken care as a pet :

  1. Animals that cause harm or damage, such as snakes, lions and tigers. The proposition is the hadith of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam:

"No harm to yourself and others." [HR. al-Hakim]

  1. Animals that are basically haraam to eat, such as pigs (QS. 2: 173).

  2. Animals that are endangered and protected by law. It is not advisable for these animals to be kept at home, but given to zoo, wildlife or government protection (QS 4: 83).

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