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Question & Answer » Animals

1 Question: Can I keep a cat in my house?
Answer: There is no problem.
2 Question: If a dog licks my body or clothes, how should I purify it?
Answer: It is sufficient to wash it once. However, if the water is little, it is necessary to rid it of the water by wringing.
3 Question: Is it permissible to keep a dog? If not, why?
Answer: It is permissible to keep a guard dog but dogs are najis.
4 Question: Does cat hair affect your prayers.
Answer: If there is one cat hair or there are two or three hairs on a person's body or clothe, his prayer is in order but if there are more than that, his prayer becomes void, as an obligatory precaution.
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