Mosquito catchers

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: Is it permissible to use mosquito catchers that work thus:

“The electronic mosquito catcher is fitted with a radiant high bright blue light that emits UV “A” light spectrum rays. The mosquito would see the blue light and be drawn to it as it is mistaken for “natural moon light”. The flying insects are drawn to the top part of the mosquito catcher. Once they come into close proximity of the light, they are sucked into the unit by a suction fan. The fan sucks the mosquitoes, flies and other small flying bugs and insects into the bottom of the unit. The fan’s suction prevents the mosquitoes and other flying insects, caught in the mosquito catcher, from escaping. The insects therefore simply dry out and perish. Our product works best when the unit is placed at a higher position that what your bed would be. Thus, when sleeping, the mosquito would be attracted by your body temperature, carbon monoxide and body odours, but as it comes to the height of your bed and in close proximity of the mosquito catcher, the mosquito would be sucked into the unit. The unit cleans very easily. Once you feel the unit is full enough to your liking, simply remove the bottom cover from the unit and empty the mosquito catcher’s content in a waste basket. The mosquito catcher is highly versatile due to the fact that it can work off of 220V, 110V or directly off of a 12V battery. Tip: When using a battery, it is best to use a car battery as it will last longer than 10 days continuously.


A: It is permissible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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