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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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Jinns and Animals (Ahadith 2916 – 2923)

Bismillah.

Chapter: The mention of Jinn, their reward and retribution

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 517 :
Narrated by Abdur-Rahman bin Abdullah bin Abdur-Rahman bin Abi Sasaa Ansari

That Abu Said Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu) said to his father. “I see you are fond of sheep and the desert, so when you want to pronounce the Adhan, raise your voice with it for whoever will hear the Adhan whether a human being, or a Jinn, or anything else, will bear witness, in favor on the Day of Resurrection.” Abu Said added, “I have heard this from Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam).”

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Chapter: The Statement of Allah Jal Jalaaluhu: “And when We sent towards you a group of the jinn…”
Chapter: The Statement of Allah Taa’la: “… And the moving creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein…”
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 518 :

Narrated by Ibn Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
That he heard the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) delivering a sermon on the pulpit saying, “Kill snakes and kill Dhu-at-Tufyatain (i.e. a snake with two white lines on its back) and al-Abtar (i.e. a snake with short or mutilated tail) for they destroy the sight of one’s eyes and bring about abortion.”
(‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar further added): Once while I was chasing a snake in order, to kill it, Abu Lubaba called me saying: “Don’t kill it,” I said. “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) ordered us to kill snakes.” He said, “But later on he prohibited the killing of snakes living in the houses.” (Az-Zubri said. “Such snakes are called Al-Awamir.”)

Snakes living in houses could be jinns so the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) instructed us to warn them for three days and then kill them if they don’t leave. Snakes outside houses may be killed on sight. Read more here.

Chapter: The best property of a Muslim will be sheep

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 519 :
Narrated by Abu Said al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “There will come a time when the best property of a man will be sheep which he will graze on the tops of mountains and the places where rain falls (i.e. pastures) escaping to protect his religion from afflictions.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 520 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The main source of disbelief is in the east. Pride and arrogance are characteristics of the owners of horses and camels, and those bedouins who are busy with their camels and pay no attention to Religion; while modesty and gentleness are the characteristics of the owners of sheep.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 521 :
Narrated by ‘Uqba bin ‘Umar and Abu Mas’ud (radiallaahu `anhumaa)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) pointed with his hand towards Yemen and said, “True Belief is Yemenite yonder (i.e. the Yemenites had True Belief and embraced Islam readily), but sternness and mercilessness are the qualities of those who are busy with their camels and pay no attention to the Religion. Where the two sides of the head of Satan will appear, such qualities belong to the tribe of Rabi’a and Mudar.”

These ahadith point to the virtues of owning and herding sheep. Every Prophet was a shepherd by the will of Allah. It teaches a person leadership, instills attributes of caring and looking after others and encourages contemplation on Allah’s creation as he’s out looking after the herd while they graze more than once a day.

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 522 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “When you hear the crowing of cocks, ask for Allah’s Blessings for (their crowing indicates that) they have seen an angel. And when you hear the braying of donkeys, seek Refuge with Allah from Satan for (their braying indicates) that they have seen a Satan.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 523 :
Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “When night falls (or it is evening), keep your children close to you for the devils spread out at that time. But when an hour of the night elapses, you can let them free. Close the doors and mention the Name of Allah, for Satan does not open a closed door.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 524 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A group of Israelites were lost. Nobody knows what they did. But I do not see them except that they were cursed and changed into rats, for if you put the milk of a she-camel in front of a rat, it will not drink it*, but if the milk of a sheep is put in front of it, it will drink it.” I told this to Ka’b who asked me, “Did you hear it from the Prophet ?” I said, “Yes.” Ka’b asked me the same question several times. I said to Ka’b. “Do I read the Torah? (i.e. I tell you this from the Prophet.)”

*Camels were haraam for the Bani Israel hence they refused to drink their milk.

Belief Returns to Madinah (Hadith No. 1595)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 30, Number 100:

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Verily, Belief returns and goes back to Medina as a snake returns and goes back to its hole (when in danger).”

So just like a snake returns to its hole when in danger, similarly Islam will return to Madinah in its true form when it’ll be in danger (due to trials, doubts etc.), since Madinah was where it came out (emerged) from.

Whoever then wishes to save their Imaan can go to Madinah, for Imaan only grows while living there; so does the love for Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). <3

Killing Snakes (Hadith No. 1579)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 29, Number 56:

Narrated ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu):

While we were in the company of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) in a cave at Mina, when Surat-wal-Mursalat were revealed and he recited it and I heard it (directly) from his mouth as soon as he recited its revelation. Suddenly a snake sprang at us and the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said (ordered us): “Kill it.” We ran to kill it but it escaped quickly. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It has escaped your evil and you too have escaped its evil.”

Kill the snakes wherever you find them, whenever you find them. Even in Salah. Yes.

Just had to.. :P

Just had to.. :P

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

Kill the two black ones during prayer, the snake and the scorpion.

(Narrated by the authors of Sunan and classed as saheeh by Ibn Hibbaan).

If you can kill it whilst still praying, without moving more than what is regarded as acceptable, then this is OK and the prayer is still valid.

Eating snakes?

That is not permitted. The person who grills a snake then eats it has obeyed the Shaytaan. There is something in it which is inherently devilish and something which is connected to the shaytaateen (devils); it is a like riding beast for them or something like that. Whoever mixes its flesh with his flesh [by eating it] should be avoided because of that.

From Fataawa Samaahat al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (may Allaah have mercy on him) p.1/95
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