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Cats in Islam & Muslim Culture

Cats are revered animals in Islam & considered the quintessential pet. Admired for their cleanliness, they're allowed to enter homes & mosques


Here is why cats are important in Muslim culture, with cats mosques & prayer mats...

In Islam, cats are taught to be well-cared-for, treasured, appreciated and loved.

Cat on prayer mat

A cat outside Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Some Muslims believe that having a pet cat brings angels into your home.

Cats on prayer mat.

A cat at Hagia Sophia Mosque

In Islam cats are thought to be ritually clean. According to authentic narrations, one may make ablution for prayer with the same water that a cat has drunk from. It’s even permissible to eat from the same bowl that a cat has eaten from.

Cat on prayer mat.

A cat outside Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Mosque

Cats have been revered for centuries in Muslim culture. So much so, that one of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) companions was known as Abu Hurairah (Father of the Kittens) for his attachment to cats.

Kittens on prayer mat.

Gli, the famous cat of Hagia Sophia Mosque who sadly passed away. Gli means "union of love" in Turkish.


Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) himself was a great cat-lover. Many Muslims believe that Muezza (or Muʿizza; Arabic: معزة) was his favorite cat. However, there is no mention of this particular cat in the hadith.

Cat on prayer mat.

A cat outside Al-Aqsa Mosque.