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Dogs off limits in Islam

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Black Dog

 

 

Why? Well in Bukhari's set of Hadith, Muhammed explains:

Vol. 4, #540 - Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle ordered that the dogs should be killed.
From the Hadith of Abu Dawud #2839 - Abd Allah B. Mughaffal reported the apostle of Allah as saying: Were dogs not a species of creature I should command that they all be killed; but kill every pure black one.
However, "The prophet did not order the killing of all the dogs, for some are to be retained for hunting and watching. He ordered to kill the jet black ones. They might be more mischievous among them.
From Sahih Muslim

 

 

Other problems with dogs include:

1) From Bukhari Vol. 3, #515 - Narrated Abu Huraira: "Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever keeps a dog, one Qirat of the reward of his good deeds is deducted daily, unless the dog is used for guarding a farm or cattle
2) From Bukhari Vol. 1, #490 - Narrated 'Aisha: "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)." I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away, for I disliked to face him.""
3) From Bukhari Vol. 4, #448 - Narrated Abu Talha: "I heard Allah's Apostle saying; "Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture of a living creature (a human being or an animal).”

 

The Shorter Encyclopaedia of Islam relates on page 215:

"The dog, is also in Islam one of the "unclean beasts", primarily because it's flesh may not be eaten and further because, according to the Hadith, there are several special regulations regarding it. For example dogs render food which they lick impure and render unavailable water intended for ritual purification.
Vessels, likewise, which have been licked by dogs, require to be cleaned several times, including once with sand.  They render impure the whole room in which they are; for angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog and Muhammad had first to sprinkle the place on which a young dog had lain concealed with purificatory water before Gabriel would appear to him.
Dogs cut off the salat (prayer), i.e. they make the salat worthless when they come into the immediate vicinity of the man at prayer....

 
To sum up , God takes away reward in heaven for Muslims who own dogs as pets, a dog passing in front of a group of praying people will nullify their prayers and angels will not enter a house if it contains a dog.

Now let’s hear from Mufti Muhammad Kadwa FATWA DEPT:

“Similarly Allah Taãla created the dog from among His creation. This does not mean that we should love the dog. It is perhaps the indoctrination of the Western culture that 'The dog is Man's best Friend'… On the contrary, we are instructed not to keep dogs as pets and 'love' them as exemplified by the non-Muslims. Remember our life is structured and bound by the Shariah i.e. The Noble Qurãn and the beautiful example of Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu Álayhi Wasallam).
Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, "Angels do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or an animate picture. (Sahih Bukhari Hadith no. 2986).

Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (Radhiyallaahu Ánhuma) reports from Hadhrat Maimoona (Radhiyallaahu Ánha) that once Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu Álayhi Wasallam) became sad; and said that Jibra'eel (Álayhis Salaam) promised to meet him at night but did not turn up. "By Allah what has kept him back," said the Prophet (Sallallaaahu Álayhi Wasallam). Then he realised a puppy was under his bed. He ordered that the puppy be removed and the area be sprinkled with water. In the afternoon when Jibra'eel (Álayhi Salaam) came, Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu Álayhi Wasallam) enquired as to the delay. Jibra'eel (Álayhi Salaam) said that we, the group of Angels do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or pictures. (Sahih Muslim Hadith no.3928).

 In the light of these Ahaadith and other narrations it is not permissible to keep dogs as pets. The household is deprived of the Mercy of Allah Taãla.

 Well, there you have it on good authority!

Daniel Pipes pointed out that these beliefs can have repercussion with regard to seeing-eye dogs, who must by law be allowed into premises. Muslim taxi drivers consistently refuse to allow the guide dogs into their cars.
In July 1997, for example, a New Orleans taxi driver, Mahmoud Awad, got so incensed at his passenger, Sandi Dewdney, trying to bring a dog into the cab that he physically yanked her out of it by the arm while yelling "No dog, No dog, Get out, get out." He harmed her broken wrist. To this, CAIR replied by pointing out that "the saliva of dogs invalidates the ritual purity needed for prayer" and left it to the scholars of Islam to decide whether a guide dog should be allowed in a cab. The judge, after researching Islamic attitudes and finding no support for the driver's claims, called his behavior "a total disgrace.

 In Melbourne, where about 20% of the city's 10,000 taxi drivers are Muslims, the Herald Sun Sunday reported :

Muslim taxi drivers are refusing to carry blind passengers with their guide dogs. At least 20 dog-aided blind people have lodged discrimination complaints with the Victorian Taxi Directorate
Victorian Taxi Association spokesman Neil Sach said the association had appealed to the mufti of Melbourne to give religious approval for Muslim cabbies to carry guide dogs. One Muslim driver, Imran, said yesterday the guide dog issue was difficult for him. "I don't refuse to take people, but it's hard for me because my religion tells me I should not go near dogs," he said.

So, if Australia becomes Islamic, it will be strictly no dogs as pets.
Still, think of the benefits – no more long walks and endlessly throwing sticks!
Plus, more time to pray to Allah!

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2008 13:33  

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