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Does a pet have to be buried or can it be cremated


How is handling of pet different from humans after death?
Can our cat be cremated or does it have to be buried?
Is there a time period for disposal like humans?


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

It has been reported in several Islamic sources that the Prophet have said angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or paintings and sculptures of living beings (humans and animals). These words seems to indicate that keeping a dog in the house is discouraged in Islam but not a prohibition.

Keeping pet wouldn’t be a problem if it doesn’t cause hardships such as problems and hurdles in worshiping which makes it very difficult for the Muslims to handle the purity while living with the najis pets.

Question: Does cat hair affect ones prayers?

Answer: If there is a few cat hairs (one to three) on a person’s body or cloth, his prayer is in order but if there are more than that, his prayer becomes void, as an obligatory precaution.

Pets such as dog, cat etc are to be thrown away and neither need to be cremated nor buried as they do not have any Islamic ruling of burying them and do not hold the value of such as a Momin who passes away must be buried in a nice way.


Syed Haider