Keeping cats

Q: What is the status of cats in Islam, is it Sunnah to keep them? Is there any reward attached to keeping cats?

A: There is no virtue mentioned in the Hadith for keeping pets. However, it is permissible for one to keep a pet (e.g. a cat), and if one feeds it halaal food and takes good care of it, one will receive reward.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)