Can one keep hamster rat as pet.

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Are we allowed to have Hamster in Islam as a pet at home.

Hope you will reply in the light of Quran and Sunnah.


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Can one keep hamster rat as pet

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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.531         Narrated by Aisha

The Prophet (saws) said, "Five kinds of animals are mischief-doers and can be killed even in the Sacred Sanctuary (in Makkah): They are the rat, the scorpion, the kite, the crow and the rabid dog."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.532         Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "It is not sinful of a person (even if) in the state of ‘Ihram’ to kill any of these five animals: ‘The scorpion, the rat, the rabid dog, the crow and the kite."


A rat is inherently an impure animal, and the absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that it would not be permissible for a believer to keep an impure animal like a rat or a hamster as a pet in their homes…..And Allah Alone Knows Best.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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