Taken from Islamonline website,
Cats in Islam
The Prophet Muhammad taught mercy to all of God’s creation. There are many reports of his love for cats resulting in their historical acceptance among Muslims. Cats were very common among the people during the time of the Prophet, and he said, “They (cats) are not impure and they intermingle with you.” The cat is such a clean animal that according to authentic narrations one may make ablution for Prayer with the same water that a cat drank from. Yet, it is known that some people nowadays have opposed the traditions of the Prophet by taking up the evil practices of torturing and poisoning cats. In Islam, punishment for such acts is severe. Both Al-Bukhari and Muslim reported a hadith regarding a woman who locked up a cat, refusing to feed it and not releasing it so that it could feed itself. The Prophet Muhammad said that her punishment on the Day of Judgment will be torture and Hell.
Oh well, for all the bad deeds we have done in this world, knowingly or unknowingly, I pray that during THE day, these feline ‘children’ we have taken to be our own, loving and caring and bringing them up with sometimes sleepless nights and extra holes in our pockets, I pray that they will meow to HIM to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon us both. Ameen
Nursing Tito in our room now. Feisty boy still fighting for his life and health. Back to the vet tomorrow for drips/oxygen tank/observation. Over there, he mewed so loudly, it agitated the bulldog below his ‘cell’. Looking at the bulldog all fierce looking and menacing, but when the vet scolded him, he turned meek and quietly ate his food.
I giggled, thinking of the phrase coined by Tun Salleh Abbas, the ‘toothless bulldog’. The real bulldog below Tito’s cell somehow gave me cartoon image in my mind how some politicians here are so ‘gah kat depan sajer’… you know, the berbual champion ye ye orh kinds but whether they dare to deliver, is a different story. Oh well.. bulldogs, they are so ugly but really funny. And I mean that literally and metaphorically too. 😉