Do Animals go to Heaven?
  • Question:

    My cats died recently. I want to know where they go after they die. Do they go straight to heaven?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question. May Allah bless you with relief and comfort for your loss.

    Based on the verses of the Qurʾan and prophetic reports, animals will be resurrected on the day of judgement, justice will be manifested for them, thereafter they will be made to dust. Refer to the below mentioned source texts:

    “There is no creature moving on the earth, nor a bird flying on its two wings, but they are all communities like you. We have not missed anything in the Book. Then, to their Lord all of them shall be gathered.” (Qurʾan 6:38)

    “Allah will resurrect all the creation on the day of rising; animals, birds, cattle and everything. The justice of Allah will prevail even in favour of the hornless animal against the horned animal. Allah will then instruct, "Become dust". This is the very matter that is referred to in the words of Allah; “… the disbeliever will say [when they shall see animals being turned into soil], “O would that I had turned into dust - Qurʾan 78:40” (Musannaf Abd al Razzaq)

    There are numerous narrations of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) suggesting that certain animals will also be in Paradise.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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