Killing Mice and Pests & The Impermissibility of Harming Animals or Making Them Suffer

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What is the best way to get rid of something like a mouse caught in the house?  Should one just kill it or throw it outside (where it would be killed by some other animal anyways)? Secondly, are traps that kill or disable animals allowed?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Abu Hurayra related that,

“The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) forbade making animals suffer.”


In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

To kill animals and insects which are harmful to one’s self or belongings (such as pests) is permissible.

However, maximum effort should be made to minimize the suffering and pain. There is a whole chapter in the famous Hanafi Fiqh reference Fatawa al-Hindiyya regarding the killing of animals and what may and may not be done.

Therefore, to keep traps which kill the animals is permissible, although traps which disable them or cause slow, painful death may not be kept as harming the animal and making it suffer is not permissible.

Abu Hurayra related that, “The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) forbade making animals suffer.” [Bukhari]

The Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, ” Do not harm the creation of Allah.” [Abu Dawud, from al-Ma`rur ibn Suwayd. Imam Jamal al-Din al-Zayla`i declared it to be a rigorously authenticated (sahih) hadith in Nasb al-Raya.]

This is why Ibn Hajar al-Haytami (Allah have mercy on him) mentions in his work on the major sins, al-Zawajir, that the scholars have explicitly stated that causing animals undue harm, such as hitting them painfully, without a sound reason is a major sin (kabira). [Ibn Hajar al-Haytami, al-Zawajir `an Iqtiraf al-Kaba’ir, 2.140]

And only Allah knows best.

Muhammad ibn Adam & Faraz Rabbani

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