It Is Sufficient to Repent to Allah for Transgression against Animals
Fatwa No: 429037

Question

Assalaamwalakum wa rahmat ul a hi wa barakatahu. My cat is pregnant for the second time in the last three months. We have kept her previous litter of three surviving kittens who we love as much as we love her. One fajr time I was feeding all of them as usual and she beat one of her kittens and without thinking I smacked her on her head. I feel so regretful and ashamed. I don't know how to repent and if she will forgive me or not. Please advice me what to do best. May Allah swt bless you abundantly. Jazak Allah hu khairun.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

You should ask Allah for forgiveness and repent to Him in all circumstances; for a Muslim is enjoined to repent constantly. Allah, The Exalted, Says (what means): {And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.} [Quran 24:31] Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: "A person is commanded to always repent to Allah, The Exalted." [End of quote]

Assuming that what you did was a sin, it is sufficient for you to seek forgiveness of Allah and repent of it. Seeking the forgiveness of animals has no basis in the Sharee‘ah! As far as the forbidden aggression against animals is concerned, repentance between the doer and his Lord is sufficient.

Bareeqah Mahmoodiyyah reads: “An example of the sins that are kept between a sinner and Allah, The Exalted, is a transgression against animal rights, such as by way of bestiality, killing, beating without a valid excuse, hitting its face even with an excuse, riding and overloading it beyond its capacity, and denying it fodder and water.

This category is very problematic because such aggression is only expiated by sincere repentance, imploring Allah, and weeping (out of remorse).” [End of quote]

Allah Knows best.

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