Spaying/Neutering Pets
  • Question:

    Is spaying/neutering of pets permissible in Islam? Would we be sinning if we did so for our pets?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    There is no explicit hadeeth about this topic. However, the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) spoke about a woman in hellfire for abusing a cat and he also cursed the one who brands his animal. Therefore, Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) inclined towards it being extremely disliked and even prohibited if it causes pain to the animals.

    The scholars differ on this issue but if it can be avoided then it should be.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Omar Suleiman
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Director – Islamic Learning Foundation
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