KANGAR – Muslims are advised not to rear cats in their homes if this creates problems in the family and with their neighbours.
Perlis Mufti associate professor Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said it is worse when people claim that they should keep cats as Prophet Muhammad said so.
“There is no hadis which mentions Prophet Muhammad as telling Muslims to keep cats but he said they should not be tortured or harmed,” he said.
Mohd Asri was replying to a question from a member of the audience present in his weekly class held at Masjid Alwi here last night who said he could not stand the stench of faeces caused by his neighbour’s cat.
He said people who reared cats should not inconvenience their neighbours who have to discard the faeces left in their homes.
He said in such instances, it would not be sinful for a neighbour to catch a cat which had defecated in his compound and throw the animal away.
He added that there had been instances when husbands did not want go home because their wives kept cats as the house smelt bad due to cat poo and urine.
Similarly, he said, there were also cases when children went out of their homes as their parents reared too many cats as they claimed Prophet Muhammad said they should do so in order to get to heaven.
Mohd Asri reminded cat rearers not to let their love for the felines to affect family harmony and their relationship with neighbours.