You’ve probably heard the old myth that cats bring angels into the house. There’s something whimsical about the idea of our feline friends attracting heavenly creatures into our homes.
While it’s a sweet notion, the truth is a bit more complicated. For some faiths and cultures, cats are indeed seen as companions to angels or spiritual guardians. In Islamic tradition, however, cats are not believed to have a special connection with angels.
The Myth That Cats Bring Angels Into The Home
The myth that cats bring angels into the home has been around for centuries. While some religious groups, like Christians, do believe cats can attract divine spirits and even bring them into your home, others, like Muslims in Islam, do not share this view.
Guardian Angels or Just Good Luck?
Many cat owners report experiencing a sense of calmness, comfort, and even good fortune after adopting a cat. Some attribute this to the animal bringing “guardian angels” into the space. However, there is no evidence to suggest cats can actually attract or communicate with spiritual beings.
Rather, the benefits of cat ownership may come from the emotional support an animal can provide, as well as the relaxation that petting and playing with a cat can bring. For some, the myth about angels is more symbolic – a way to characterize the positive effect of a cat on one’s life and home environment.
While a heartwarming notion, there are certainly logical explanations for why cats make their owners feel good that don’t involve the supernatural. As with many myths, the angel story has been perpetuated more due to optimism and faith rather than fact. For those who do choose to believe it, as long as no harm comes from the belief, it can still be a poetic way of appreciating our feline friends.
Whether or not cats attract angels comes down to a matter of personal faith and interpretation. However, one thing is certain – cats can bring joy, laughter and tender moments into our lives in their own magical way.
Why Some Believe Cats Attract Angels
Those who think cats attract angels point out that cats seem to stare off into empty space at times, as if seeing invisible spirits. Cats also seem drawn to certain areas of homes for no apparent reason. Some believe they detect the presence of angels or other ethereal creatures in those spots.
Cats are also seen as independent yet comforting companions, similar to how angels are depicted. With their soft fur, purring, and lap-sitting, felines evoke a sense of peace in many cat owners. This leads some to view them as small angels themselves or as conduits for heavenly messengers.
However, in Islam, angels are said to avoid entering homes with cats. Muslims believe angels dislike the foul smell of cats’ excrement and fur. So, while some cultures associate cats with spiritual guides, others see them as deterring such divine beings.
At the end of the day, there is no consensus on whether cats attract or repel angels. For most owners though, cats bring comfort and joy regardless of their celestial connections or lack thereof. Our feline friends don’t need wings or halos to feel like little angels in our lives.
A Muslim Perspective
Muslims do not believe that cats bring angels into the home. According to Islamic teachings, angels are spiritual beings created by Allah to obey Him, carry out His commands, and praise Him. Angels do not enter homes or places due to the presence of cats or any animals.
Angels are not physical beings and do not inhabit the material world. They exist in the spiritual realm to serve Allah. While cats are revered in Islam and cherished as beloved companions and helpers, especially for controlling pests, they do not attract or bring angels into the home.
Some Muslims may keep cats as pets because the Prophet Muhammad had a favorite cat named Muezza, but the notion that they invite angels in or bring good luck is considered a myth without basis in Islamic doctrine. Muslims rely on the Quran and Hadith for religious guidance, and there are no verses or sayings of the Prophet indicating cats have a special connection to angels or the ability to draw them near.
Muslims believe Allah alone decides where and when angels go. Their duty is to obey His commands, not be influenced by earthly animals or objects. While cats are appreciated and even respected in Islam for their usefulness in controlling vermin and providing companionship, they hold no power over angels or ability to bring their presence into a home. That belief contradicts core Islamic teachings about the nature and role of angels as spiritual beings devoted to serving Allah.
For Muslims, angels exist in a separate realm and visit the earthly domain to fulfill the will of Allah alone, not because they are attracted to cats or any other part of the material world. However cherished cats may be, they do not bring angels into the home according to traditional Islamic theology. Any such notion is considered mere myth and superstition.
Cats can certainly bring comfort, joy, and companionship into our lives, but according to Islam and other religions, they don’t actually attract celestial beings or serve as conduits for divine intervention. At the end of the day, cats are cats—delightful, independent, and entertaining in their own right.
Appreciate them for the wonderful creatures they are, but don’t count on any angelic assistance just because you have a cat curled up on your sofa. The only angels in your house are the ones you invite in through your own spiritual practice and connection with the divine.