Hadiths on the Killing of Snakes in Islam
Is it haram to kill snakes?
Date: 6/10/2012 5:38:35 AM ( 11 mon ) ... viewed 1913 times
I tried to post a picture of a snake, but the mere looking at a snake harms me incredibly. I am afraid of them and I hope you will too. Me personally, I could never remain in a home that had a snake and warn him 3 times, but the hadiths are listed below.
(5) Narrated Ibn Umar: That he heard the Prophet delivering a sermon on the pulpit saying, "Kill snakes and kill Dhu-at-Tufyatain (i.e. a snake with two white lines on its back) and ALBATROSS (i.e. a snake with short or mutilated tail) for they destroy the sight of one's eyes and bring about abortion." ('Abdullah bin 'Umar further added): Once while I was chasing a snake in order, to kill it, Abu Lubaba called me saying: "Don't kill it," I said. "Allah's Apostle ordered us to kill snakes." He said, "But later on he prohibited the killing of snakes living in the houses." (Az-Zubri said. "Such snakes are called Al-Awamir.") (Book #54, Hadith #518)
(6) Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet said, "Kill the snake with two white lines on its back, for it blinds the on-looker and causes abortion." (Book #54, Hadith #527)
(7) Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet ordered that a short-tailed or mutilated-tailed snake (i.e. Abtar) should be killed, for it blinds the on-looker and causes abortion." (Book #54, Hadith #528)
(8) Narrated Abu Mulaika: Ibn Umar used to kill snakes, but afterwards he forbade their killing and said, "Once the Prophet pulled down a wall and saw a cast-off skin of a snake in it. He said, 'Look for the snake. 'They found it and the Prophet said, "Kill it." For this reason I used to kill snakes. Later on I met Abu Lubaba who told me the Prophet said, 'Do not kill snakes except the short-tailed or mutilated-tailed snake with two white lines on its back, for it causes abortion and makes one blind. So kill it.' " (Book #54, Hadith #529)
(9) Narrated Nafi: Ibn 'Umar used to kill snakes but when Abu Lubaba informed him that the Prophet had forbidden the killing of snakes living in houses, he gave up killing them. (Book #54, Hadith #530)
Blessed be the sahabah who gave up killing of snakes because our most beloved Prophet forbade the act.
Narrated Nafi: Ibn 'Umar used to kill all kinds of snakes until Abu Lubaba Al-Badri told him that the Prophet had forbidden the killing of harmless snakes living in houses and called Jinan. So Ibn 'Umar gave up killing them. (Book #59, Hadith #352)