Can I keep a pet like a bird or a cat?

Short Answer

It is fine to keep an animal in your house as a pet as long as you take proper care of it.

What the Qur’an and Sunnah Say

The Messenger of Allah said: “A woman was punished for locking up a cat until it died of hunger, and she was sent to hell. She neither fed it nor released it so that it could feed itself.” (Bukhari #2236)

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