Keeping hamster as a pet

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Assalamualaikum, so I went the pet store and they had these little hamsters and they were sooo cute I just wanted to cuddle them forever and even my dad said they were adorable and my mom agreed but then my mom said they were like haram. Can you help please?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible to keep hamsters as pets as long as one takes care of the hamsters. [1]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Mufti Muhammad I.V Patel

Checked and Approved by
Mufti Nabeel Valli

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah

Lusaka, Zambia

الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (6/ 401) [1]

(قوله وأما للاستئناس فمباح) قال في المجتبى رامزا: لا بأس بحبس الطيور والدجاج في بيته، ولكن يعلفها وهو خير من إرسالها في السكك اهـ


مجموعہ فتاویٰ مولنا عبد الحی صفحہ 595

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