Asalam Alaykum Brothers and Sisters:
I have a couple odd questions that have been running through my head of late. Well some are more of a 'where can I find' type... so that should be easy.
First, is owning reptiles considered wrong for a Muslim? I know dogs are considered bad and should not be kept in the house etc. But cats are fine. I am curious about how keeping reptiles as pets is viewed. (I know mention was made of Arabian eating local lizards (Egyptian uromastyx I believe) but the Prophet (Salallahu alayhi wasalam) refused to eat the flesh but didn't say anything against others doing so (I think this was referred to in a book about Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wasalam) I read by Martin Ling (I believe).
I currently don't have any pets but have kept reptiles in the past. Also, if reptiles are fine as pets is there any issue about 'changing' how they are naturally via selective breeding? OR owning ones that have already been bred to a particular trait/mutation (ie albinos)? For an idea, http://www.ballpython.ca/collection.html
. I am feeling doing all these changes to what a snake or lizard would appear 'naturally' in the wild may be wrong as its changing how Allah made these creatures (though in some cases, there are naturally occurring mutations...but many don't' survive much past birth due to aberrant patterns./colors robbing them of natural camouflage and they are easy pickings for predators).
Second question: anybody know where I can find nice clear recitations of the Qur'an? I know there are links to many such recitations but all that i have found seem to have an 'echo' effect applied to them which...really makes them hard for me to listen to. I get headaches after a few ayats..even if I have it at a low volume. There are some youtube vids I have found which demonstrate how to pray which lacks the echo but its pretty repetitive throughout the various prayers (they say pretty much the same surahs etc per raket, no matter which prayer is used..so very limited on what is heard).
Third: hmmm I forget... if i remember I will add it in a reply.