Killing ants

Q 1: Our village suffers from an amazing spreading of ants that spoil our food and clothes and harm our bodies. Is it permissible for us to kill them? How can we do so? Besides, is this phenomenon considered an affliction? How can we get rid of it?

A: If reality is exactly as what is mentioned in the question, it will be permissible for you to kill harmful ants by any means other than fire. Undoubtedly, such a phenomenon is a warning trial that calls to making Tawbah (repentance) to Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.