Ok to kill ants?


Salams respected scholars!

What is the best way to get rid of ants in the kitchen? I heard it’s unislamic to kill them.

Someone told me I must ask them to leave, is there a particular way of doing this? It worked once (I also banged on the table repeatedly to warn them), but all the other times they kept coming so I had to use Raid. Is that bad?

Thanks for letting me know. There are really tons of them as I live in a Middle Eastern country.

Alf Shukr


wa `alaykum salam,

You may ask them to leave by reciting to them:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّمْلُ ادْخُلُوا مَسَاكِنَكُمْ لَا يَحْطِمَنَّكُمْ سُلَيْمَانُ وَجُنُودُهُ وَهُمْ لَا يَشْعُرُونَ

ya ayyuha an-namlu adkhulu masakinakum la yahtimanakum sulaymana wa junudahu wa hum la yash`urun.

Recite this and they will leave insha-Allah.

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

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