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Eid al-Fitr is coming up on June 25th so watch out for your cat — 5 Comments

  1. It is forbidden to eat cats and dogs in Islam. From Islamweb.net fatwa #84822:

    As for cat, dog and donkey, it is Haram to eat their meat according to the dominant opinion.
    Jabir (Radiya Allahu Anhu) reported that “Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) prohibited eating of the cat” . [ Ibn Majah and al-Tirmizi ].
    Another Hadith from Abu Tha’labah (Radiya Allahu Anhu) reads: “Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) prohibited the meat of donkeys” [Reported by Imams al-Bukhari and Muslim ].
    As for dog, it is impure according to the majority of scholars. Abu Hurairah (Radiya Allahu Anhu) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “Purifying a container that a dog has licked is done by washing it seven times” [Reported by Imam Muslim ].

  2. Michael, once again, excellent article!! I agree with Michele S. on her above comments. The madness of the world needs to be corrected toward the anipals, and humanity in general. The answer to a good life is love, kindness and humility toward ALL living things.

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens in Bangladesh as it’s not a country known for animal welfare. However I would be shocked if domestic cats are being slaughtered in the U.K. and I think we would have heard about it by now. DEFRA or Environmental Health would certainly investigate any illegal slaughter of livestock animals and have closed restaurants which bought unregistered, slaughtered meat.) To be honest, cars and the M25 cat killer cause me more concern for my cats’ safety than having Muslim neighbours.

    I work with people of the Muslim faith (not all are Asian) and have several Muslim families living in my street. The ones I know who have cats, treat them very well and would be as angry as you or I if any harm came to them. The Prophet Mohammed was a well known lover of cats and the mistreatment of one is considered a serious sin.

    I’m sure slaughtering cats for religious ceremonies is not in the Quran because the Islamic faith teaches followers to be merciful to animals. The Syrian ambulance driver, Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel whom many today are calling ‘Abu Hruyrah’ (father of cats)and who bravely remained in Aleppo to rescue and save cats during the on-going civil waris a shining example of those teachings.

    Whilst I agree that a minority of Muslims distort the teachings of the Quran to justisfy acts of violence, cruelty and terror, so do some Christian followers of the Bible. Particularly those fundamentalists who more closely adhere to the Old Testament than the New. Bear in mind too,that there are many different versions of the Bible simply because there are numerous denominations of Christianity. This applies similarly to the Quran and the Muslim faith.

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