For a long time, there has been debate among Muslims about the “cleanliness” of animals, in particular dogs, as pets and companions for humans. But why and what exactly causes such a debate in the Islamic community, while many people of other religions around the world enjoy dogs as close members of their families?
“Unclean” and impossible or can it still?
Similar prejudices about dogs have arisen due to different historical points of view on these animals. Some historical sources claim that the Prophet Muhammad himself performed daily prayers directly in the presence of dogs. Such sources also claim that his followers usually bred puppies and that dogs often lived in the holy city. However, there are also beliefs that contradict these statements.
One of the hadiths (conversational and practical lessons of the Prophet Muhammad) claims that Muhammad himself considered the dogs to be “unclean”, and therefore it is considered that the Koran forbids even touching the animal, not to mention having it at home. This statement, as it turned out, is only partially true.
According to an article written by a veterinarian surgeon and Muslim Ayub Banderker, Islamic law has several considerations regarding dogs and prohibitions that may well be misinterpreted.
He addresses Muslims in his article to dispel several myths about the Qur’an and dogs. “Each animal was created for a specific purpose. Everyone is obliged to respect the creation of Allah. If we treat any of His creations badly, they will interrogate us about this on the Day of Judgment. ”
In fact, here is what is prohibited and allowed:
- The dog is not prohibited, although keeping it in the house is not hygienic.
- There is no prohibition on touching this or any other animal. But if dog saliva touches you or any part of your clothes, then you need to wash this part of the body and item of clothing.
- All Muslims who own dogs, whether for agricultural purposes or as pets, are required to provide them with adequate shelter, food, water and, if necessary, veterinary care. If someone is going to leave for some time far from home, then he must make sure that his dog remains under supervision.
- It is forbidden to keep a dog or any other animal on a short leash for a long time without food, water and shelter. Dogs need exercise, walks and are social creatures. Therefore, owners should spend time daily with their pets.
- It is cruel and therefore forbidden to keep any animal in a cage so small that it cannot behave naturally.
- Fireworks in close proximity to animals are forbidden, as they cause untold suffering to most individuals due to their keen hearing.
- It is forbidden to participate in any blood “sport”, for example, in dog fights and trophy hunting.
From extreme to extreme
In his article, Dr. Banderker also notes that many Muslims, due to the misinterpretation of hadiths and prohibitions, are moving to the other extreme from the Qur’an. This is cruelty to animals, particularly dogs.
He writes that several years ago he witnessed how misguided Muslims delivered their dogs (and / or cats) to veterinary clinics during the holy Ramadan festival to lull them with a lethal injection. The reason for this cruelty was the alleged ban of Islam on keeping and breeding dogs.
Another example of cruelty due to ignorance is when some Muslims did not bring their sick pets to the veterinarian just because they should not be “touched”. As a result, the dogs reached the terminal (dying) stage of the disease.
Veterinarian urges Muslims to abandon cruelty and neglect of any animals. Otherwise, ignorance and similar behavior, which is argued by actions “in the name of Islam”, promotes propaganda against this religion by representatives of other beliefs.