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Is Euthanasia permissible on animals
 
Q. As salaam u alaikum Respected Mufti Sahib I have a pet hamster who is old and quite ill. Is it permissible to have him euthanased at the SPCA? 
 
(Question published as received)
 
A. If an animal is in pain and agony and there is no hope of its recovery and it is close to dying, it will be permissible to euthanize such an animal to relieve it of its pain. (Shaami 6/474)
 
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
 
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
 
Confirmation: 
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
 
(Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh) 
 

Fatwa Department

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians

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