Cats and the Story of the Sufis

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The existence of cats is very common among Muslims. From the beginning, Muslim Arabs kept cats as pets. This can also be proven by the words made by Aisha, the widow of the late Prophet Muhammad.

This remark was said when Aisyah made a complaint. At that time, he complained that everyone had left him alone. "Even cats have left me alone," said Aisyah.

Cats also become intimates for various Muslims. From housewives to great scholars. They love, in addition to its beauty, but also because cats have a practical function, including expelling mice.

There are also many Muslim scholars who write poems dedicated to the cats they have. This is an award they give to their cats, because the cats have guarded the books they have from animal attacks.

More importantly, the cat is not only a theme or a pet. However, Muslims also reap wisdom from their interactions with cats. This has happened to a grammar named Ibn Babshad.

The story of Ibn Babshad, written in a book by Lorraine Chittock, Cats of Cairo. At that time, Babshad, was sitting with his colleagues on the roof of a mosque in Cairo. They eat food. When a cat approaches them, they feed it.

The cat then took the food and ran immediately. However, shortly thereafter, the cat returned again, and so on. Curiosity struck them, and finally decided to follow the cat.

They saw the cat running towards the roof of a house and there was a cat whose eyes were blind. The cat they had fed, then carefully placed the food in front of the blind-eyed cat.

The concern of cats in other blind cats has touched Babshad's heart. Awareness hits it, how God nurtures His blind creatures, who surrender everything to Him and live in suffering.

This belief continued to cling to him until death picked him up in 1067. The story of Babshad and the cat that gave him enlightenment was revealed by the Egyptian theologian and zoologist, al-Damiri, who died in 1405.

Cats are also part of thousands of stories about Sufis. Like, the story of a cat in the Madrasa of Sheikh Ashraf, who helped the teachers carry out their duties, and even the cat was willing to sacrifice himself for the madrasa students.

Also, there is a story about a Sufi from Iraq in the 10th century, named Shibli. He dreams, his sins have been forgiven. Because, Shibli has saved the life of a kitten. All of that, contains a very important moral message.

Kitab Al-Hayawan, which is a phenomenal work of a Muslim scholar named Al-Jahiz, in the 9th century, also discusses cats, in general language about animals. Al-Jahiz's work has inspired many people.

A sense of love for cats is also expressed in the arts. The painters make cats as objects of their paintings. The painting, there are also in garment products, coins, and carpets.

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