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Is Euthanasia permissible on animals

Nasihah (Advice): Do not kill animals needlessly
 
Sayyiduna Abdullah Bin Amr Bin Aas Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Whoever kills a small bird for no reason, it will beseech Allah on the Day of Resurrection saying: O my Lord, so and so killed me for no reason. And he did not kill me for any beneficial purpose.” (Musnad Ahmad)
 
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Question and Answer:
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) 

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