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Having caged birds as pets

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Question:

Can we keep caged birds as pets? Are there ahadeeth about the permissibility to own birds in a cage as pets? jazaaki’Allahu khairan.

Zaynab El-Kateb:

There is a difference of scholars’ opinions on this issue. Some scholars allowed the keeping of birds in cage providing they are well cared for. Others said it was not allowed because it is considered as an abuse for the birds. My advice is to avoid keeping them in a cage to be on the safe side. There is no need to participate in a habit resulting in putting birds in a cage.

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