Cats in Islamic Culture (Part I)

“The grammarian Ibn Babshad was sitting with his friends on the roof of a mosque in Cairo, eating some food. When a cat passed by they gave her some morsels; she took them and ran away, only to come back time and time again. The scholars followed her and saw her running to an adjacent house on whose roof a blind cat was sitting. The cat carefully placed the morsels in front of her. Bashbad was so moved by God’s caring for the blind creature that he gave up all his belongings and lived in poverty, completely trusting in God until he died in 1067 (oral tradition recorded in the late 14th century by the Egyptian theologian and zoologist Damiri (d. 1405)” (Lorraine Chittock, Cats of Cairo, p. 40).

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8 Responses to “Cats in Islamic Culture (Part I)”


  1. 1 Shahrzad February 28, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Interesting story..Why cats in islamic culture now and not horses? :P

  2. 2 Aafke February 28, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Duuhhh, because Umm lol CATS is a CAT-nutter!
    I liked the story and the website you linked to very much!

  3. 3 Krishna.N.c February 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    My Dear Amina,
    Salaam and a warm hug for you :) Hope you are fine..I must tell you that you are doing a really good job and i love your fiery spirit :))
    Nice post as well! Thanks for sharing and keep up the creativeness.
    My Love, Hugs and Prayers for you :)

  4. 4 Amina Ae Sook March 1, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Shahrzad, Cats are way cooler than horses, that’s why. :D

    Aafke, I will take that as a complement.

    Krishna.N.c Good to see you here. Thank you for the kind words, greatly apppreciate it. P.S: The URL to your blog is not working.

  5. 5 dontbesadblog March 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Peace be upon you,

    Such a curious story– the stealing of the food reminded me of the parable of the fly in the Qur’an.

    Keep up the worthwhile posts.

    Kind regards,

    Dont be sad

  6. 6 Aafke March 1, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I first read: ”Aafke, I will take that as a complement.”
    So I was going to reply: everything I say to you, Umm lol cats, is a compliment.

    And then I read: ”Cats are way cooler than horses”
    Hum
    Grrrrr
    Not true! >:(

  7. 7 Shahrzad March 1, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    HORSES are the best!

  8. 8 Krishna.N.c March 2, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Dearest Amina,
    Salaam and hugs!
    There was smistake in typing the correct spelling of the URL from my end…you would now sure be able to log in.

    its Decipheringspirituality.blogspot.com


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