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Is Cat Hair Impure (Najasah)?

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Is the cat hair impure?

الحمد لله رب العالمين ، وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين، وبالله التوفيق

إذا جز شعر أو صوف أو وبر من مأكول اللحم فهو طاهر بنص القرآن واجماع الامة (المجموع: 1: 129)
إذا جز الشعر والصوف والوبر والريش من حيوان لا يؤكل أو سقط بنفسه أو نتف فاتفق أصحابنا على أن له حكم شعر الميتة لان ما أبين من حي فهو ميت … (المجموع: 1: 130) ويعفى عن يسير منه (المجموع: 1: 123)

“The hair, wool, or fur from the animals whose meat is permitted to eat is pure due to the proof-text (nass) of the Qur’an and the Ijma’ (consensus) of the Ummah.” (Al-Majmu 1:129)

Every animal is pure except dog, swine and the offspring one of them. Hair of edible animals is pure. Cat’s hair that intact to a living cat is pure. When the hair of non-edible animals, except human beings, separate from the body, the hair becomes impure, (al-Majmuʿ: 1: 130). However, a few of them are excused, (al-Majmūʿ: 1: 123).

والله تعالى أعلم
Allah Most High knows best.

Answered by:
Abdullah Muhammad al-Marbuqi al-Shafi‘i.

Checked by:
Al-Ustāż Fauzi ibn Abd Rahman

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