Albalagh Logo

Bismillah hir Rahman ir Rahim

"A hypocrite's tongue is clean, but there is sickness in his heart." (Sayyidna Ali, Radi-Allahu anhu)

Current Affairs | Food for Thought | Q & A | General Articles | Audio | Children | Letters | Bookstore
Halal | Education | Islamic Economics | Prophethood | Women & Family | Population | Book Review | Links

 
  Albalagh Home Q & A Keeping a Snake as a Pet
  

S E A R C H

Text:


A L B A L A G H
N E W S L E T T E R

Email:
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Please make sure your email address is correct.

The newsletter will inform you of updates to this page, as well as provide other useful information.


Keeping a Snake as a Pet

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai


Q.) Is it allowed for a Muslim to keep a rattle snake at home as a pet? I have one cousin who is having a snake and family members would like to know what does Islam says about it. Please also list animals that a Muslim can keep as a pet. [Tahir Khan, Canada]

A.) To keep a snake as a pet is not permissible. Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam has commanded the killing of snakes. (Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim). Mirqat Vol. 7 Pg: 712 [Maktaba Haqqaaniyya] Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam has also discouraged keeping dogs as pets (Mirqaat Vol. 7 Pg. 697) To keep harmful animals or animals deemed impure in the Shariah eg. pigs , as pets would not be permissible. Other animals such as cats, sheep, goats, birds, fish etc. are permissible to keep as pets. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.


    Albalagh Home Q & A Keeping a Snake as a Pet
 
No Copyright Notice. All the material appearing on this web site can be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes. Acknowledgement will be appreciated. The audio files may be copied to tapes, etc. for your listening convenience.