Killing Harmful Animals (Ahadith 2924 – 2931)

Bismillah.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 525 :
Narrated by Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) called the Salamander, a mischief-doer. I have not heard him ordering that it should be killed. Sa’d bin Waqqas (radiallaahu `anhu) claims that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered that it should be killed.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 526 :
Narrated by Um Sharik (radiallaahu `anhaa)
That the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered her to kill Salamanders.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 527 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Kill the snake with two white lines on its back, for it blinds the on-looker and causes abortion.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 528 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered that a short-tailed or mutilated-tailed snake (i.e. Abtar) should be killed, for it blinds the on-looker and causes abortion.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 529 :
Narrated by Abu Mulaika
Ibn Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) used to kill snakes, but afterwards he forbade their killing and said, “Once the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) pulled down a wall and saw a cast-off skin of a snake in it. He said, ‘Look for the snake. ‘They found it and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Kill it.” For this reason I used to kill snakes. Later on I met Abu Lubaba who told me the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘Do not kill snakes except the short-tailed or mutilated-tailed snake with two white lines on its back, for it causes abortion and makes one blind. So kill it.’ “

We believe whatever the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) tells us without any doubt but his commands are full of wisdom. Spitting cobras can spit venom in a person’s eyes which may result in blindness. And there have been cases of fetus’ death due to snakebites in pregnancy.

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Volume 4, Book 54, Number 530 :
Narrated by Nafi
Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) used to kill snakes but when Abu Lubaba informed him that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had forbidden the killing of snakes living in houses, he gave up killing them.

They may be Jinns so warn them first.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 531 :
Narrated by ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Five kinds of animals are mischief-doers and can be killed even in the Sanctuary: They are the rat the scorpion, the kite, the crow and the rabid dog.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 532 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It is not sinful of a person in the state of Ihram to kill any of these five animals: The scorpion, the rat, the rabid dog, the crow and the kite.”

Narrated by Tirmizi, that Abdullah Bin Masood reported that once, Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was praying and when he was in Sajdah, a scorpion suddenly stung him on the finger. When the Prophet finished his prayer, he said “May Allah put His Curse on the scorpion, as it never leaves even the Prophets or others”. Then he asked for a pot filled with water; in which some salt was also added. He began dipping his finger (stung by the scorpion) in that salted water, and he was reciting Surah Ikhlaas & Muawwazatain, and blowing on his finger till the pain was all gone.

Muslim narrated that Abu Hurayrah said, “A man came to Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and said to him, “O Messenger of Allah, I have suffered greatly from a scorpion that stung me last night”. Prophet Muhammad said: “Had you said these words when you went to sleep, “I seek refuge with Allah’s Perfect Words from the evil of what He Has Created”, it would not have harmed you”. [Ahmad]

أعُوذُ بكلماتِ اللهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ ما خَلَقَ

In summary, you’re permitted to kill these harmful animals at all times:

  • Snakes
  • Lizards/Salamanders
  • Scorpions
  • Rats
  • Rabid dogs
  • Crows (specific vulturous kind only – mentioned in hadith)
  • Kites
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