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Does One Have To Keep Covered Around One’s Pets?

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Question: It is not uncommon for cat owners to have their furry friends with them in all places of their home, including in the bedroom, sleeping together on the bed, and a curious cat coming into a bathroom or closet. Is there anything wrong with a cat (or pets generally) seeing or coming in contact with one’s awra?


In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate,

Walaikum assalam,

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah.

You do not need to take special precautions to cover in front of your pets—as they are not morally responsible.

However, it is necessary (wajib) to cover one’s basic nakedness (awra)—for both men and women—beyond need or benefit, even when alone. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Ibn al-Humam/Marghinani, Fath al-Qadir Sharh al-Hidaya]

The basis of this is the words of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), “Allah is more deserving of one’s modesty than people are,” when asked about covering when alone. [ِAbu Dawud, Tirmidhi, others; sound]

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