Thursday, December 29, 2011

Euthanasia and Pets

Putting Down a Sick Cat: Permissible?

As-Salamu `alaykum. My parents have a pet cat and it is very sick now.
They are planning to have it put down. Is this kind of mercy killing allowed in Islam?


Name of Counsellor
Ahmad Kutty


Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear sister in Islam, we are very pleased for the great confidence you place in us, and we commend your interest in having a better understanding of the teachings of Islam and the rulings of this great religion in all matters. In fact, Islam is a religion that encompasses all aspects of life and secures guidance and light for all mankind.

Concerning your question, Islam, the true religion of Allah, cares about the well-being of all creatures. Therefore, animals should be treated kindly and mercifully. If a pet cat becomes sick it should be treated.

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada states:

“If your cat is sick and it can be treated you must do so if it is within your means and ability. Simply allowing a cat to be put down because it is sick is not allowed in Islam; should you do so, you will be responsible before Allah for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

If, however, your cat is too sick to recover and there is no hope of it ever being able to lead a normal life, or you do not have the means and resources to obtain adequate treatment for it, then you must hand it over to the humane society. It is up to them to decide what to do with the cat. If they decide to put it down because of not being able to find a home, or because of their decision that such an animal cannot be cared for or set free, it is permitted to do so according to the principles of the Shari`ah. It is generally agreed by scholars that if leaving certain animals free becomes a cause of genuine concern for the safety of society, it is permitted in Shari`ah to put them down as a lesser of the two evils.”

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p/s: I didn't PTS my cat. He passed away naturally.

Requiem for Yoyo...

My beloved, handsome, darling cat, Yoyo, or his pet name,
A-yo passed away this afternoon, at 3pm because of FIP.
He was 3 years, 1 month. 

I have a lot of cats, and each and every one of them is special
to me, but he was way too special. Every night he slept beside
me and every morning he would wake me up. He was the alpha,
dominant male, but he was very gentle with any kitten that
he met. He would go out every morning and waited for me
by the house gate when I returned home. And what I remember
most about him is that he would stay quiet whenever I kissed his
face. During a visit to the clinic, when he was screaming at the
vet, I kissed his face and he became quiet. Such is the 
bond that we shared

For him, i dedicate a poem.

Missing You

When I was yours and you were mine
You missed me.

When I went to work
Or to the store
You missed me.

When I talked too long to a neighbor
Or went out with the girls
You missed me.

When I worked in the garden
Or hiked in the woods
You missed me.

When I was yours and you were mine
You greeted me.
You sang
You danced
You hurdled the couch
You knocked me down
You greeted me!
I’m still yours, but you are gone.

When I am at work
Or at the store
I miss you!

When I talk too long to a neighbor
Or go out with the girls
I miss you.

When I work in the garden
Or hike in the woods
I miss you.

I’m still yours, but you are gone.
No one greets me.
No one sings
No one dances
No one hurdles the couch
No one knocks me down
No one greets me!

I’m still yours but you are gone
Missing You!

Written by Sonjalyn Dickson Rine