Overcoming phobia of cats

Question ID: 25977

As-Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatu

When I was about 5 years old my cousin (also 5 years) threw 3 kittens in the air and they landed on my back and scratched me. Since then I have developed a mega phobia for cats. My phobia grew as I got older. I am now 56 years old but still cannot look at a cat or visit family/friends who have cats as pets. They are not very sympathetic and thinks it is very funny that a grown woman is afraid of a “harmless” cat.

I know in the Western culture, hynothism is used to treat this kind of phobia which is haraam in Islam.

Please advise how I can overcome or treat my phobia for cats in an Islamic way?


Your sister in Islam

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Asked on December 8, 2012 1:02 am
Private answer

The fear is hard to get rid off.
You have to condition your mind and break this fear slowly - a little at a time.
Look from far, then nearer, then more closer. If this aids, good. Also if it does not get cured then just avoid cats, life can still go on comfortably.

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