How Islam See's Dogs

Do dogs prevent the presence of angels?

The Al-Azhar International Center for Fatwa stated that a dog was one of the most loyal animals, they were the companion of the owners of the cave, and they were mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, so how can it be said that a dog prevents angels from entering your home? This hadith must be from the false Israelites.

The center said in its response via its official website, “Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog” is a true hadith, agreed upon, and on the authority of IBN Abbas, may God be pleased with them, he says: I heard Abu Talha say: I heard the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, he says: “The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog, picture or statues.”


He added: “The hadith speaks about angels not entering a house where a dog lives, and according to our limited capabilities and our finite perceptions, we cannot look at the angels to see if they really enter a house or not? The hadith comes from the matter of informing about the unseen that we do not know. Thus, there is no reason to deny it or to prove it, and as long is not seen through the rational mind but through the lens of belief, we must believe it as it was said by God.”

What about dogs and purity?

Sheikh Mahmoud Shalabi, a trustee of fatwas at the Egyptian Iftaa House, said that touching a dog or its saliva does not invalidate ablution, because if purity is established according to legal evidence, it can only be lifted with legal evidence, and there is no evidence in the reversal of touching a dog or its saliva, so the scholars did not mention it in the nullifiers of ablution.

Shalaby added, that there is nothing wrong with reading the Qur’an and prayer, so you must perform ablution and pray, but the problem you have is with dogs, as many of the sheikhs said that dogs are pure and this chosen for fatwas, which is what the Maliki jurists were talking about, pointing out that touching a dog does not invalidate ablution and also does not transfer You can touch the impurity, and there is nothing wrong with that, and the prayer will be valid.

What is the ruling on “owning dogs”?

Sheikh Muhammad Wissam, Secretary of Fatwa at the Egyptian Ifta House, said that raising a dog in the house if it is for hunting, guarding, or for a valid purpose, then it is permissible to raise it, because the Messenger of God “peace be upon him” says: Of his reward, two karats every day (two portions of food).

Wissam added, in answer to the question, “Is it correct for me to keep a dog at home, or is it forbidden? And is it preventing angels from entering my home?” That raising dogs in the house if it is for someone who needs a dog, then it is permissible to keep a dog.

And he continued, saying: “If there is a permissible purpose for keeping a dog, then it is possible to own it. According to the opinion of a group of jurists, it does not prevent the angels from entering.”

Is it permissible to sell or trade dogs?

Al-Azhar from fatwas said that the audience of Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali state that dogs can not be sold or traded, and quoted Abu Masood Ansari, “may Allah be pleased with him that the Messenger of peace is upon him forbade the price of a dog”.

The Fatwa Committee indicated that some jurists permitted, like the Hanafis, in the permission of selling dogs that have a benefit, such as hunting and guard dogs…etc., and some Malikis said that it is permissible with it being makrooh. While it was in the book of choice for the reasoning of Al-Mukhtar (2/9): “It is permissible to sell a dog and the leopard and the caribou, whether or not they teach; Because it is an animal that benefits from guarding and hunting”.

What about killing dogs?

As for killing a dog, the Al-Azhar International Center for Fatwas said that if the dog is sick or will cause harm, you are allowed to kill it. It was said by Aisha, may Allah be pleased, said: The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him: five Vosq, murdered in the solution and the Temple: Scorpio, mouse, and Alhdia, crow, dog Alakor. Sahih Muslim (2/856).

The Egyptian Dar Al-Iftaa said, “It is not permissible to kill stray animals unless they will cause harm, such as threatening the security of society and the safety of citizens, provided that killing it is the only way to stop them causing harm. While taking into account charity in killing them. They should not be killed in a way that would torture them, and bearing in mind that it is better to resort to collecting them in designated places in order to save them from the torment of starvation so that they can rest by death or acquisition.”

She added that it is no secret here that killing harmful animals with poison if the dog cause harm, then it is not permissible according to Islamic law. Because preserving life is one of the supreme principles in Islamic law, and the same applies if poisoning leads to the killing of harmless animals. Because killing innocent animals is not allowed. Just as killing should not become a general behavior in which humans dominate these animals by extermination and destruction. Rather, the competent authorities should find alternatives that protect people from harm and at the same time help maintain the ecological balance in nature that God created in the best order. Create and control it.

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