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IslamQA: On the ritual purity of cats in Islam

Does cat fur invalidate our prayers?

Regarding cats, the Prophet Muhammad is quoted as saying:

إنها ليست بنجس، إنها من الطوافين عليكم

It is not impure. It is allowed to be a tawwāf (that which freely moves around) upon you (in your homes).1

The purity extends to its hair according to the Yemeni scholar al-Ṣanʿānī (1687 – 1768 CE).2, meaning that there is no issue with praying with cat hairs on you while praying.

Footnotes

  1. Narrated in the collections of al-Nāsaʾī, Abū Dawūd, al-Tirmidhī and Ibn Māja.
  2. According to the Qatari website IslamWeb, fatwa #138669 [archived link].
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