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Keeping Rodents as Pets

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Dear Sirs, what are the rules concerning rodents as pets (rabbits, hamsters, cavies, mice, rats)? Thank you.




It is not advisable for one to keep rodents as pets since it is of no avail. There is no harm in keeping these animals if one derives such benefit from them which is not in any way contrary to the teachings of Shari’ah.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Ebrahim bin Zainul Abedeen Backus

Attested to as correct by:

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah



25 August 2004

08 Rajab 1425

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