Do Cats Bring Angels in The House in Islam?

If you are a cat lover then you must be wondering if keeping them is allowed and if they bring angels to the house.

Do cats bring angels in the house in Islam? No, cats do not bring angels into the house, but they don’t scare them. Meaning that angels can enter the house where there are cats in. Unlike the house in which there are dogs. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or an image.”

[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3322; Muslim, 2106.]

Many people love cats, as they are cute and adorable little animals, and they are one of the animals that are permissible in Islam because they are clean and pure. But do they bring blessings? Does touching a cat break the wudu? That’s what we will find out in this article, let’s get started.

Do cats bring Blessings in Islam?

cat with angel lights to answer do cats bring angels in the house in islam

Taking care of animals in general is a good deed that brings us many blessings. So it’s not that cat brings blessings to its owner or the house but taking care of it and being kind to it does.

As Muslims, we are instructed to be kind to animals and take care of them.

There are two hadiths to prove so. As our beloved prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told us the story of the woman who entered hell for mistreating a cat and the man who was granted paradise for helping a dog. You can also learn more about keeping a dog in Islam here.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “A woman entered the (Hell) Fire because of a cat which she had tied. She neither gave it food nor set it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 3318, Book 59, Hadith 124, Vol. 4, Book 54, Hadith 535]

حَدَّثَنَا نَصْرُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ الأَعْلَى، حَدَّثَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عُمَرَ، عَنْ نَافِعٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ دَخَلَتِ امْرَأَةٌ النَّارَ فِي هِرَّةٍ رَبَطَتْهَا، فَلَمْ تُطْعِمْهَا، وَلَمْ تَدَعْهَا تَأْكُلُ مِنْ خِشَاشِ الأَرْضِ ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالَ وَحَدَّثَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ عَنْ سَعِيدٍ الْمَقْبُرِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم مِثْلَهُ‏.‏

 Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“A man felt very thirsty while he was on the way, there he came across a well. He went down the well, quenched his thirst, and came out. Meanwhile, he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He said to himself, “This dog is suffering from thirst as I did.” So, he went down the well again and filled his shoe with water, and watered it. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him. The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He replied: “Yes, there is a reward for serving any animal (living being).”  [Sahih al-Bukhari 2466, Book 46, Hadith 27, Vol. 3, Book 43, Hadith 646]

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مَسْلَمَةَ، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ سُمَىٍّ، مَوْلَى أَبِي بَكْرٍ عَنْ أَبِي صَالِحٍ السَّمَّانِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏”‏ بَيْنَا رَجُلٌ بِطَرِيقٍ، اشْتَدَّ عَلَيْهِ الْعَطَشُ فَوَجَدَ بِئْرًا فَنَزَلَ فِيهَا فَشَرِبَ، ثُمَّ خَرَجَ، فَإِذَا كَلْبٌ يَلْهَثُ يَأْكُلُ الثَّرَى مِنَ الْعَطَشِ، فَقَالَ الرَّجُلُ لَقَدْ بَلَغَ هَذَا الْكَلْبَ مِنَ الْعَطَشِ مِثْلُ الَّذِي كَانَ بَلَغَ مِنِّي، فَنَزَلَ الْبِئْرَ، فَمَلأَ خُفَّهُ مَاءً، فَسَقَى الْكَلْبَ، فَشَكَرَ اللَّهُ لَهُ، فَغَفَرَ لَهُ ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَإِنَّ لَنَا فِي الْبَهَائِمِ لأَجْرًا فَقَالَ ‏”‏ فِي كُلِّ ذَاتِ كَبِدٍ رَطْبَةٍ أَجْرٌ ‏”‏‏.‏

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Do cats break the wudu?

No, cats don’t break the wudu, and we can conclude that from the recent incident that affected the whole world when a cat climbed on the imam shoulder while praying tarawih.

The imam simply carried out the prayer like nothing happened and the cat stayed calm listening to his recitation of the Quran.

So, simply, no cats don’t break the wudu as they are pure animals. 

Proof that Cats are pure

It was narrated by Abu Dawood (75), at-Tirmidhi (92), an-Nasaa’i (68), and Ibn Maajah (367) from Kabshah bint Ka‘b ibn Maalik, that Abu Qataadah came in when she had prepared water for Abu Qataadah to do wudu.

A cat came and drank from the water, and he tilted the vessel for it so that it could drink. Kabshah said: He saw me looking at him and said: Do you find it strange, O daughter of my brother? The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “They (cats) are not impure, they are of those who go around amongst you.” [Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood and elsewhere.]

As-San‘aani (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “In this explanation, there is an indication that Allah has made them like servants in that they are very close to the people of the household and spend a lot of time with them. Therefore Allah has made things easy for His slaves by ordaining that cats are not impure, so as to avoid hardship. The hadeeth indicates that cats and water that they have drunk from are pure (taahir)” [from Subul as-Salaam, 1/24]

From all of this we conclude that the water in which cats drink from is pure and we can perform Wudu with it. so, whether cats’ hair or saliva is pure and doesn’t break the wudu.

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