This week, the terrorist group Daesh announced a fatwa against keeping cats. They have claimed cats are not in line with their (frankly bizarre) ideology and have gone around searching houses for kittens in Mosul. Look out Tom cats everywhere, ISIS are after you!
Ironically, these terrorists, who claim to be Muslim, are going against the prophet (PBUH) who advised all Muslims to show kindness to cats. There are also many stories from the history of Islam about cats and their importance in our lives.
Here are three things you might not have known about cats in Islam and why we should follow in the footsteps of our prophet.
Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) kept a cat called Muezza
The prophet was so attached to this cat that it is said that when he gave his sermons he would let Muezza sleep in his lap. Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is said to have found Muezza sleeping in one of the sleeves of his robes, which he wanted to wear to go to prayers, so he cut the sleeve off the robe so as not to disturb the cat. Now that is real kindness!
Cats are clean animals, according to the prophet
Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) mentioned cats in Hadiths and how as Muslims we are allowed to keep them at home as they are clean and useful. The prophet even drank from the same water as his cat!
Mistreating a cat is a serious sin
Islam teaches us that cats should be well treated and loved and that hurting them is a severe sin. One Hadith states that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said: “A woman entered Hell because of a cat which she tied up and did not feed, nor did she let it loose to feed upon the vermin of the earth.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3140; Muslim, 2242)
Do you have a cat? Tell us all about your cat stories and how you follow in footsteps of the prophet!