Keeping a Dog in the House…

Salam,

Arf Arf! Maybe one day when you have a big house, with a white fence, green sparkling grass and are eating sunny side up eggs, it might cross your mind to have a dog in your house. You know the American dream. Hopefully the devil won’t whisper in your ears like he did with mike vick and make you enjoy dog fights.

As Muslim’s we follow what Islam tells us to follow and we try our best to understand the wisdom in all that it teaches us. Meaning rulings which lay out what is permissible for us in our life’s and what is impermissible.

Even if we don’t understand why something is haram or halal completely, if God Almighty tells us its not allowed, we have an obligation to follow it. Remember divine rights?

So if you love God and you love all of his Blessed Prophets ( Peace be upon them all), you will make constant effort to follow what they tell us. We seek knowledge and we don’t transgress the parameters which Allah has laid out for us.

So going back to the “dog topic”, I’m not here to follow DMX’s phatwa… I am here to give you the reasons why we can’t have a dog in the house from authentic narration’s.

From the Hanafi Position as Said on Sunnipath, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani states ” In the Hanafi school of Sacred law owing a dog is allowed when the dog is needed for a task dogs are suited fro, such as hunting, shepherding, or protecting cattle or domestic property.”

That’s the first part, now let’s get to the main issue. Can I keep a dog in my house?

It has been reported in Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Talha that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or pictures.

No Angels means more devils. Now obviously that is pretty straight forward and should be sufficient for you as Muslim to understand the reason why we can’t have a dog in the house. Some people tell me but dog’s tongues are real clean, they are house pets, so on and so fourth. The bottom line is no, and I hope inshallah you believe it and recognize that there is benefit in keeping it outside the house.

Meow, go buy a cat. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said ” They (cats) are not najis, rather they are of those who go around amongst you”

Every dog has it’s day, I don’t hate any animal. As Muslim’s we have to recognize animal rights. I wrote an article on it here.

Also to specify another issue, WE AS MUSLIM’S CANNOT ABUSE ANIMALS. Our Prophet Muhammad said “Do not abuse the creation of Allah.” [ Narrated by Abu Dawud and others]. We all know the story of the prostitute who gave the thirsty dog water and God gave her heaven.

On the flip side, there is also an hadith Abd-Allah ibn ‘umar (May Allah be pleased with them both), according to which the messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) said : ” A woman was punished because of a cat which she kept locked up until it died, and she entered hell because of it, because she did not feed it or give it water when she kept it locked up, neither did she let it eat from the vermin of the earth.

So May Allah increase us in knowledge and help us understand the wisdom in the Quran and Sunnah…Ameen!

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52 Responses to Keeping a Dog in the House…

  1. Halima April 13, 2008 at 7:03 am #

    What about Surat al-Kahf? The people trapped in the cave had a dog.

    • Muslimah CA September 23, 2009 at 6:57 am #

      Sister, these were other muslims. Part of another ummah. They probably didn't have that restriction as we do. We are the Ummah of Muhamed peace and blessing be upon him. We implement the Quraan in our lives, and we do what he asks us to and abstain from what he forbid.

      • Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

        OOOOOOOTHER MUSLIMS?????

        WOW, there is such a thing as "OOOOOOTHER MUSLIM"?

        WOW ????

        i HAD NO IDEA

        UH, is there like a club, or how do i enroll?

        Cause last time I read the Qur'an (only devine Guidance to mankind from only ONE Devine God) I remember those guys In a Cave were really dear to ALLAH? so I definitely want to be in that club, now I am not kidding anymore , really

        AND Should i tell to people I give Dawa to, that if they decide to give their Shahada, they can pick to become:

        a.) Muslim or

        b.)"OTHER MUSLIM???

        Or should I tell them it's now optional?

        Also About beliving in all prophets and making no difference between them, you think that part of our belief is also optional? I mean, you tell me.

        PS Uh, I still love you though, can;t help it, have a soft heart for all you guys and hope to see you end up in a good place after all

        May God Help us ALL

        Sallam

        • Abdullah October 23, 2010 at 11:15 am #

          Salaam brother/sister,

          I think our sister, Muslimah CA, meant that they are muslims in another period. Not the ummah of our Prophet Muhammad pbuh. We are all muslims InsyaAllah. Just not the same period as sahibul kahfi.

          There is no restriction in having dogs, for the right reasons. We are to be united in our belief in the Oneness of Allah.

          I think to give a clearer picture on the difference between laws of the past and till the perfection of our religion, there was a period whereby alcohol wasn't prohibited.

          The prohibition of alcohol during the period of our Messenger pbuh was done in stages. So we cannot deem some companions who did not avoid alcohol before the Revelation (surah Maidah 90-91) as being unlawful. As with the case for the dwellers of the cave having a dog. Only Allah knows what the laws are for that period.

          Waaalahu a'lam.

        • Arshad October 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

          he does not mean with other Muslim = other Muslim
          And you should know this

          you could use better words to explain what he is meaning with other moslims..

          be cool

        • Arshad October 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

          May Allah help you with your wording

      • Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 6:47 am #

        . your logic is very lame.

  2. Z April 14, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    Great job, brother… This topic was needed..

  3. Asim August 13, 2009 at 5:47 am #

    hey,

    what about keeping the dogs out side of the main house, like in a villa you have boundary and then the main house in the center and behind the house a garden or space..can i keep the dogs their in big huge cage where they can walk around and are not tied up.

    this way the angels can enter the house as its not dirty or Najs.

    let me know

    peace

    • reverted September 22, 2009 at 11:49 am #

      dogs are fine in the house and angels have no fear of dogs and will come into a house with dogs in it. this is false hadith written by a man that hated dogs and wrote mostly false hadiths and was a known lier and fraud.

      • Muslimah CA September 23, 2009 at 7:02 am #

        No, you are wrong. Fear Allah and don't insult the compaions of your Prophet SAW. They were the truth…more than we can ever be. And that hadith about Angels is true in the name of Allah. It was narrated in Bukhari, and Muslim. The hadiths conatined in those 2 books are the most saheeh, unless the imam writes an afternote mentioning a weakness of some kind.

        Brother Asim,

        In Islamic Law, keeping dogs for security is allowed in Islam, so are dogs that are used to guide some people, or the ones that help the blind. And Dogs should be treated as kindly as you would treat any other creature. A woman went to Paradise because she gave a thirsty dog some water to drink.

        Allah knows best.

        • Mathew September 24, 2009 at 5:39 am #

          Reverted, you are on the right track. The fact is, whatever the Quran says about dogs, a dog is an animal who would protect you no matter what. A dog is the most faithful living creature in the entire planet, they are incapable of evil. It is an animal who only lives to serve you and follow you, and is happy with just that. If a dog bites someone, there is always a reason, it is a case of humans not understanding the dog, not the otherway round. A dog will never hurt anyone just because it feels like it, there is always a reason and we jsut need to understand dog psychology. In any case, no matter what you do, if you are your dog’s leader and carer, he will never, ever even think about hurting you. Dogs hate being filthy, and are happy to do their business outside of the home. Their saliva is full of bacteria, yes, that is right, but it is bacteria that helps them clean and heal wounds. General hygine guides state you shouldn’t kiss your dog like an idiot, but there is little health risk of just having one share a house with you. Cats on the other hand, have no sense of loyalty towards anyone but themselves, they will scratch anything that moves if they feel like it, they torture mice and birds before killing them, and it is very easy to catch diseases from an animal that roams outside all day. Dogs are not like this. Ever heard the phrase “don’t disturb a sleeping dog”? Not true for children. I’ve seen children pull on sleeping dogs’ ears, pinch their skin, pull their hair, tug their tail, and the dogs tolerate it, they know it is only an innocent child playing. Have a stranger bother your dog, however, and they will defend themselves bravely, no matter their size. They ARE predators, but if they hunt, they only hunt for you. Mankind has been using dogs to hunt for millions of years. They don’t torture and play with their pray in the way a cat would, they simply kill it painlessly. And in case that makes you feel bad, remember we are predators too.

          How can an angel not want to enter a house that has a loyal, faithful, good animal that wouldn’t think twice about giving its life for the sake of its owner?

          When I was 13 there was a fire in my house. We all evacuated the building, but we forgot my little sister, who was only a baby. When the firefighters went in, they found our dog sitting besides her, barking and waiting for someone to come, he wouldn’t leave her behind no matter how hot the flames got.

          Would a cat do that?

          Would most humans do that?

          Think about it.

          • Muslima October 12, 2011 at 10:49 am #

            I have dogs and cats. I can for sure, without a doubt, tell you that cats are some of the filthiest creatures to have. They jump on counters, tables, dig in the trash cans, pee and poo all over the house including sofas, closets, anywhere they feel like it. Cats scratch, tear up furniture, cause disease! yes! have you ever heard of cat scratch fever? My husband had it and the doctors first thought it was lymphoma till they took him to surgery.

            My dogs, i keep in one separate room in the house, it is my family room with tv, and office. They sit by the door when thety want to go outside to go potty and they are incredible watch dogs. Even the little ankle biters that they are, they never fail to inform me of someone around our house. And they love unconditionally.

            Allah made dogs with such amazing qualities. The quran has nothing negative to say about dogs. Only hadiths… does that tell you anything?

            Dont you think that something THAT important that angels would not enter your home, Allah would emphasize that IN THE QURAN? That's a pretty big deal.

            Any hadith that goes against the quran is bogus. I'll stick with what i know is true, protected, and unchanged for 1400 years. The Quran.

            Allah says that the quaran is true AND complete and warns against other books. (hadith)

        • Muslimah CA September 24, 2009 at 9:15 am #

          Matthew, we don't hate on dogs. I agree with everything you've said about them. But we don't know the reason ( wisdom) behind the fact that angels won't enter into a house that a dog is in. Evem our Prophet had dogs enter and would feed them. It's nice how you defend them, and in Islam we believe that being kind to animals gives you good deeds to help build toward your hereafter.

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  4. reverted September 22, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    what is the point of having a dog to protect your home if it is not in the house. i live in a bad area and i know the reality of crime and dogs keep people from breaking into your home. trust in Allah and tie your camel to a tree. all these hadiths to not take into consideration that in modern city life a dog in hte house is a safty issue. alarms are expencive and a dog is not. if it is a sin to protect your family and property then there is something wrong with the hadith expecially when the quran says dogs stays in the cave with the people. this is foolish and lacks common sense.

    angels afraid of dogs or avoiding dogs? sounds like a pagan superstition that leaked in the false hadith. pure and simple. having dogs sleeping in your bed or on your furnature is just plain nasty. but in the house i can think of a 100 worse things in our houses then a dog. cats are filthy compared to dogs. cats are dirty animals that have filthy dung and can not be trained to go to leave their dung out doors but dogs can. i would never own a cat. their fur is dirty and they smell horrible and are a serious health threat for cat scratch disease,plague ,Toxoplasmosis, rabies and other viral diseases and the odds are your animal will be sick and you will not know it untill the animal has died if you take the animal to the doctors. dogs on the other hand show illness and you can easy tell when a dog is ill.

    modern medicine will tell you that a dog is a much better animal. like the false hadith about flies some hadith is plain false and anything against keeping a dog in the house or owning a dog is false hadith. the author of the hadith against dogs was a known dog hater and loved cats. cats are terrible pets, they stink and they destroy things and leave hair and allergins that are worse then any dog. you are 100% wrong and your misinforming people with FALSE HADITH! .

    • reverted September 22, 2009 at 11:45 am #

      also cats make poor pets and easyly harm children and dislike children and are prone to many illnesses that dogs rarely get cats easy get and give to humans.

      To protect yourself from cat-related diseases,

      Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water after touching cat feces (stool)

      Avoid cat scratches and bites

      If you are scratched or bitten by a cat, wash the area with soap and running water right away

      Vaccinate your cat against rabies.

      dogs rarely ever harm humans. dogs are easly trained and are clean animals are are a billion time cleaner then a cat. cats are poor pets in general they lack the intelligence of a dog and are generally not worth owning and cats think like large felines such as tigers in other words they would eat humans if they could.

      Campylobacter Infection (campylobacteriosis): A bacterial disease associated with cats.

      Cat Scratch Disease (Bartonella henselae): A bacterial disease associated with cat scratches and bites.

      Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever): A bacterial disease occasionally associated with cats.

      Cryptosporidium Infection (cryptosporidiosis): A parasitic disease associated with cats.

      Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm): A parasitic disease associated with cats.

      Hookworm Infection: A parasitic disease associated with cats.

      Leptospira Infection (leptospirosis): A bacterial disease associated cats.

      Plague (Yersinia pestis) Infection: A rare bacterial disease associated with rodents and cats.

      Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii): A bacterial disease occasionally associated with cats.

      Rabies: A viral disease associated with cats.

      Ringworm: A fungal disease associated with cats.

      Roundworm: See Toxocara Infection.

      Salmonella Infection (salmonellosis): A bacterial disease associated with cats.

      Tapeworm (flea tapeworm): See Dipylidium Infection.

      Toxocara Infection (toxocariasis, roundworm): A parasitic disease associated with cats and their environment.

      Toxoplasma Infection (toxoplasmosis): A parasitic disease associated with cats and their environment.

      • Annie November 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

        Theres an equally long list of diseases that can be contracted by dogs.
        Ive had cats for atleast 17 years now, a number of them at that. And i, or any memeber in my family, has never contracted any of these diseases. I have been scratched to no end by my 8 year old cat (people have speculated if i liked cutting myself, thats the extent of the scratches). Do they exist? Sure they do, but in cats that are strays, not domestic cats. Same goes for dogs. And if anything, dogs are more susceptible to diseases than cats because they go outside daily for their walks. Theres no way your animal will catch a disease if its domesticated and vaccintated.

        And you forget, if they were “poor” pets, the Prophet (PBUH) wouldnt have had one. And he loved his cat, she sat on his lap during sermons, and he was extremely respectful towards her so much so that he didnt even disturb her while she was alseep.

      • Vigilante March 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

        whoa cat-hater in the house!

    • Nazia Khan March 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

      You have absolutly NO IDEA of what a cat is like!

      First of all, cats are known to be pure in islam, secondly dogs are haram in islam unless kept as guard dogs. Did you know if a dog licks you it is so dirty that you must perform wudu in several washes insted of 3?

      I have both a cat and a dog, the dog lives outside and my cat lives inside the house. The cat is 100x more cleaner than that dog and does not smell at all, she is such a simple pet to look after with no hassle whatsoever, shes got her own catflap door that she can go outside from and come back inside whenever she wishes, whenever she needs to poop or go for a pee she will go outside automatically, simply because a cat does not like to make her own home flithy, if a cat knows where her home is, she will not make it dirty at all unless she is locked up inside one of the rooms and has no choice! A dog however, if he is inside the house and needs to poo, he will poo with no second thoughts no matter where it is. Thirdly, my dog smells so bad and terrible that you would puke if you smelt his breath, it really is that bad, even his fur smells so much that you can smell it from inside if the window is open. The cat never ever smells, she cleans herself and always poos outside without us even putting her outside.

      You have obviously not ever owned a cat, I have had several cats in the past and know absolutly everything about them. Try actually owning a cat before judging one! Also, Allah's creations are NOT flithy! All that he has made is beautiful mashallah and we should be happy with what he has given us in life, he has provided us with beautiful animals, flowers, fruits everything that we see.

      So I suggest you ask for forgivess because what you said was a sin.

  5. Mathew September 23, 2009 at 3:29 am #

    Reverted, you are on the right track. The fact is, whatever the Quran says about dogs, a dog is an animal who would protect you no matter what. A dog is the most faithful living creature in the entire planet, they are incapable of evil. It is an animal who only lives to serve you and follow you, and is happy with just that. If a dog bites someone, there is always a reason, it is a case of humans not understanding the dog, not the otherway round. A dog will never hurt anyone just because it feels like it, there is always a reason and we jsut need to understand dog psychology. In any case, no matter what you do, if you are your dog's leader and carer, he will never, ever even think about hurting you. Dogs hate being filthy, and are happy to do their business outside of the home. Their saliva is full of bacteria, yes, that is right, but it is bacteria that helps them clean and heal wounds. General hygine guides state you shouldn't kiss your dog like an idiot, but there is little health risk of just having one share a house with you. Cats on the other hand, have no sense of loyalty towards anyone but themselves, they will scratch anything that moves if they feel like it, they torture mice and birds before killing them, and it is very easy to catch diseases from an animal that roams outside all day. Dogs are not like this. Ever heard the phrase "don't disturb a sleeping dog"? Not true for children. I've seen children pull on sleeping dogs' ears, pinch their skin, pull their hair, tug their tail, and the dogs tolerate it, they know it is only an innocent child playing. Have a stranger bother your dog, however, and they will defend themselves bravely, no matter their size. They ARE predators, but if they hunt, they only hunt for you. Mankind has been using dogs to hunt for millions of years. They don't torture and play with their pray in the way a cat would, they simply kill it painlessly. And in case that makes you feel bad, remember we are predators too.

    How can an angel not want to enter a house that has a loyal, faithful, good animal that wouldn't think twice about giving its life for the sake of its owner?

    When I was 13 there was a fire in my house. We all evacuated the building, but we forgot my little sister, who was only a baby. When the firefighters went in, they found our dog sitting besides her, barking and waiting for someone to come, he wouldn't leave her behind no matter how hot the flames got.

    Would a cat do that?

    Would most humans do that?

    Think about it.

    • Annie November 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      Keyline “….will catch disease if allowed to roam around outside all day”. Thats good, because the same applies to dogs. Any domesticated animal that comes in contact with stray animals is being exposed to a number of diseases and eventually the owner. And if you want them to be outdoor animals,mthen get them vaccinated!

      Reading ur views on cats, its hardly a surprise no cat as shown you loyalty. They dont “scratch anything that moves” genius….theyre “chasing” the moving object. They like to hunt, ever heard of that? Ever seen big cats in the wild hunt? Similar instincts. So theyre not “torturing birds and mice”..,,because that would mean that have a brain big enough to process things such as vileness and torture whereas infact they do not. They have tiny brains and they function on INSTINCTS. When they see a moving object, their INSTINCT is to chase it. The “torturing” you mention is actually them capturing the animal and holding it down, when they move, ofcourse the caught animal tries to escape which is when they apply more force to hold it down. Smetimes they die, smetimes they escape. Ive never seen a domestic cat eat mice. They tend to catch them and bring the ALIVE mice to the owner. Its their way of protecting them.

      I have a vicious cat, she hates humans. I mean, really hates everyone and everything EXCEPT my brother. She was rescued from a GARBAGE can. She couldnt have been older than a day, she looked like a rat. Point being, she wasnt socialized by her mother and therefore shes not psychologically stable even though shes been with us even before she opened her eyes. BUT she knows my brother raised her…shes LOYAL to him. In her 8 years, shes never slept ANYWHEre but with him, and she will come running if he calls her from any corner in the house. She will even let him bathe her, and shes down the stairs in front of the door even BEFORE hes put the key in the lock. Is that not loyalty? Can it get any better than that?

      Dogs arent as sweet and docile as you make them out to be. Just like every individual is different, so is every animal. There are some vicious dogs, inwas attacked by a rockweiler when i was 7. Do i hate them? Certainly not.

  6. Mathew September 24, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    "Matthew, we don’t hate on dogs. I agree with everything you’ve said about them. But we don’t know the reason ( wisdom) behind the fact that angels won’t enter into a house that a dog is in. Evem our Prophet had dogs enter and would feed them. It’s nice how you defend them, and in Islam we believe that being kind to animals gives you good deeds to help build toward your hereafter."

    Maybe angels won't enter a house that a dog is in, because they don't need to. The house already has an angel.

    • Muslimah CA September 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

      Maybe. If you think that's the case, you can believe in it.

    • Anonymous July 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

      I can't believe you would say that Mathew. Shame on you.

  7. sultana December 18, 2009 at 4:03 am #

    keep dogs, just be clean and wash your hands, follow the quran. true if cats are dangerous would't god have something to say about them too!

  8. Angel-rose April 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    i've kept so many cats (20 at one time) and i've neva had any illnesses.. also my cats always protected me from strangers and dogs by either chasing them away or scratching the hell out of em. trust me cats are pure, they clean themselves n take care of themselves and most of all care very much for their owners. mine used to nuzzle n cuddle up at me when i would cry n not leave me at all until i stopped crying, cats have a heart of gold, all they wantnis your love.. and lots of cuddles ^.^

  9. Mr Khan April 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Salaam. You know on a side topic I think it's a big myth that a dog is "man's best friend." If, in the city, a couple of stray dogs get loose they may form their own pack and start hunting humans. Also some dogs are downright dangerous instinctively. This is well known although not talked about because of the myth of "a boy and his dog." I was told from a Dr friend that many ER cases are from little girls with dog bites.

    A tamed dog will be loyal for the most part. But just because you are a man doesn't mean he's automatically your best friend.

    Cats, birds, fish, lizards, etc. are alternatives but really look at your intention. Are you keeping the dog out of fashion or as a companion pet? It is a naturally wild animal after all. You will likely neuter it and possibly euthanize it just for your personal company and entertainment. Allah swt knows best.

  10. Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    Salaam..

    If you start a subject daring to say that you are supported by "both" Qur'an and Sunnah (by which you actually meant Hadith), and to state what you are stating, then I challenge you to come out right here, right now and give me at least one ayat from the only one and perfect Book existing, only one which can not be faked. And (you'll all have to agree)there is only one such book and it's called Qur'an. So, I ask you for just one, single, uno, einz,tiny, little ayat (porfavor) which will clearly explain (quran is a clear book)and tell us the message that dogs are "haram'?, that angels are 'turned away' by them? that their mouth, hair anything is unclean? they serve only for hunt and sheeping? (btw whould you dare repeat that in front of a blind or desabled person with a companion dog?), So just one ayat is all I am asking you… and when you find it let me know number of verse,

    number of that ayat?

    To save you the trouble – I am expecting that you will fulfill my challenge exactly as requested – Never!

    (btw. Images (hand paintings/drawings of animals and humans are clearly forbidden, aaaall the way since Musa received Ten Commandements, yet you have bunch of those on your website.??? Something I honestly think you should remove (if you really care about yourself), but that's just my hint, don't have to take it if it's gonna hurt your ego in any way.

    …and to all those arogant people out there, muslim or no…Don't you honestly think we got much more serious problems in this life yet you waste time on this subject!???

    My advise to you is – get a dog! or at least a hampster, or a mouse, at this stage anything will do to give you a little feeling of love and connection with true natural world and help you out of that darkness of your arrogance towards Allah's beautiful creatures and also your dangerous road down where you seek guidance from many others besides Allah and His Massenger (who brought us QURAN and nothing else,(unless offcourse that Book is not enough for you)???

    Is it enough? or is it not?

    decide already!

    OK then,

    My Sallam to all and my ALLAH guide us indeed and open our hearts to Quran again..

    • Abdullah October 23, 2010 at 10:31 am #

      Bismillahirahmanirrahim,

      Praises be to Allah for all that He has bestowed upon us. O Allah! Send blessings on Muhammad (pbuh), our chief the unlettered Apostle and his Family Thy favours and thy Salutations.

      Syukran jazzilan brother Saad for the intention to give people a better understanding of Islam thru this website.

      • Abdullah October 23, 2010 at 10:46 am #

        Salaam brothers and sisters,

        I read the posts with great interest and it is good to know there are many muslims who want to better themselves in understanding Islam.

        From these, I am reminded that Islam does not wish to burden us and Islam is simple. The Quran is a mukjizah from Allah sent through His Messenger Muhammad (pbuh). The Messenger of Allah is a mercy to the worlds. He brought us Quran, mercy, blessings, knowledge and guidance. We are slaves of Allah and we only know what Allah has decreed for us to know.

        For the topic in mind, let us not put aside our scholars who had painstakingly compiled hadiths and knowledge for our benefit. The longer version from sahih Muslim:

        Maimuna reported that one morning Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) was silent with grief. Maimuna said: Allah's Messenger, I find a change in your mood today. Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Gabriel had promised me that he would meet me tonight, but he did not meet me. By Allah, he never broke his promises, and Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) spent the day in this sad (mood). Then it occurred to him that there had been a puppy under their cot. He commanded and it was turned out. He then took some water in his hand and sprinkled it at that place. When it was evening Gabriel met him and he said to him: you promised me that you would meet me the previous night. He said: Yes, but we do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture. Then on that very morning he commanded the killing of the dogs until he announced that the dog kept for the orchards should also be killed, but he spared the dog meant for the protection of extensive fields (or big gardens)

        Muslim :: Book 24 : Hadith 5248

        The killings and restrictions are with reasons and as Muslims, we are to be kind to everything. If something is harmful, we are permitted to act.

        Allah's Apostle said, "It is not sinful (of a Muhrim) to kill five kinds of animals, namely: the crow, the kite, the mouse, the scorpion and the rabid dog."

        Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 29 :: Hadith 54

        I agree with you there are more serious things to ponder about. We are at the age of fitnah. As Muslims, let us post and ask with adab for we are brothers and sisters. I seek forgiveness for any harshness or wrong information. Do correct me if need to. Allah knows best.

        Wasalam,

    • Annie November 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Yes, follow the Quran….but the Quran also says follow the Prophet (PBUH). And how do you propose we do that? Until we build a time machine and are able to go back and observe his lifestyle and his sayings, this is what we will have to go by.

  11. MoSlim September 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    You Muslims are seriously lacking education in what the quran says about dogs. The hadiths came after the quran not before. So believe in the quran not hadiths.

    • KMD November 4, 2010 at 7:50 am #

      Your comments not to believe in hadith is Haram.. Hadith explain the Quran and Allah said in the Quran " Whatever the Prophet permit you to do , you can do it, whatever the prophet order you not to do. then don't do it"..

      Clearly we are following the Quran by Following the instructions of the prophet Muhammad (PBH)

  12. asmaa October 22, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Just a quick point, I am an emergency room nurse and it is well documented that cat saliva for example carries much more harmful bacteria than dog saliva and we routinely prescribe co-amoxiclav for cat bites but not dog bites. Incidently, human saliva is far more harmful than either cats or dogs. This is the way Allah made his creation and He knows this. Also our religion emphasises the importance of ummah. If angels and dogs are muslim (as by their nature they are submitters), then would Allah really order them to be separated?

  13. muslim4marriage October 24, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Dogs are not allowed at home thats clear,,and we can fight and argue for life just not ready to accept this.

  14. asmaa October 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    there's nothing in quran about dogs not being allowed in houses. Quran first hadith second. companions in the cave clearly had their dog with them and that is quran!!!!!

    • KMD November 4, 2010 at 8:00 am #

      There is nothing in Quran about not smoking weed, not using bad drugs…but they are Haram..why because the Quran said " Kulu Muskerin Haram" meaning anything you consume that takes away your consciousness is haram. The Prophete (PBH) said in what translates: My nation without scholars is a lost nation" known muslim scholars ruling is as valid to a point that the prophet has compare them to the inheritant of prophets…and all scholars agree to the prohibited things not mentioned by name by the Quran or Sunna…but have the symtoms described in the Quran..

      Back to the dog issue.. certain wisdom's were not shared of certain ruling by allah, because we would not understand it even if mentioned.. we live in our bubble called earth and that is all we know , anything that defies physics and common knowledge is foreign to us. therefore why the angels do not enter a house that have dogs…we do not know but Allah knows and that should be enough to rap around our small brain

  15. zion January 29, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    brothers n sistas. Am a zionist by rilign but i do follow muslm,i read n feed frm the noble Qur'an

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  17. v October 23, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    is it haram to euthanize a vicious dog?

    • Annie November 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

      Find the underlying reason for his viciousness. Theres obviously something thats not right. Maybe his basic needs arent being met adequately or he has a psychological probelm (VERY possible.) what kind of dog is it? Is he a pitbull or a rockweiler living in a 1 bedroom apartment? Before getting the animal, did u reasearch to see if he suits ur lifestyle? This is the main reason alot of rockweilers and other big dog species wind up being abused and abandoned.

      I suggest giving him to a no-kill shelter….not fair to euthanize him because some dogs are vicious by nature and its not his fault you adopted him without knowing his basics.

  18. Annie November 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    The people who claim to own cats and then continue to call them “vile, vicious, and dangerous” clearly dont know what theyre talking about! The only thing vile and vicious are the people who unfortunately are responsible for them.

    First of all, there is NO NEED to put one animal down to make the other look better, both are created by Allah and serve a purpose just like we do! Its this ignorance that causes so many animals like cats and dogs to be mistreated in the Muslim countries. Educate yourself!

    Moving on, the poster who said their cat “pooped” all over the house andthey contracted diseases from the cat….well NEWS FLASH, buddy. You are obviously not getting ur cat vaccinated and most of all WHY ARE YOU SENDING YOUR CAT OUTDOORS? Youre risking their health and THATS where they contract the diseases from, with interaction through cats (fights, et all). Same with dogs, given free roam, they WILL contract a disease and risk you. And secondly, a cat thats been shown the litter box WILL NOT poop anywhere else. Theyre extremely clean, i dont know how anyone can say theyre dirty. And if youre cat is not using her literr box (this is assuming that one exists for her) then theres obviously something medically wrong with her that requires immediate attention. Because remember the little fact that they cant TALK to us so they COMMUNICATE through a CHANGE in BEHAVIOR. How can u not know these little details if you have animals?

    I cant stand IGNORNAT people and clearly they exist in spades. People cant even treat animals that are harmless to us with proper nicities, how can we expect them to treat humans civily? We’re a community people, we have responsibilities not only to ourselves and family but the community at large which includes animals and STRAY animals as well.

  19. confused November 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    This is kinda irrelevant to the whole animal thing.

    I couldn’t help but notice you mentioned two people, the prostitute who went to heaven and the abusive owner who went to hell.

    I could be wrong but I was always taught that Jannah (heaven) and Jahannam (hell) were empty. (Apart from prophet Ibrahim pbuh, being the only one in heaven).

    So my point being, if no one was to be admitted in either hell or heaven until the Day Of Judgment, how is it that you’ve already mentioned two people who have?

    Just genuinely concerned…

    • bilal wigglesworth December 1, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      The prophet (saw) seen the future, how could women in hell be wearing the clothes of the future if they were there in his time? he was given knowledge of the unseen. just talked to my imam about this today actually interestingly enough.

  20. confused November 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    This is kinda irrelevant to the whole animal thing.

    I couldn’t help but notice you mentioned two people, the prostitute who went to heaven and the abusive owner who went to hell.

    I could be wrong but I was always taught that Jannah (heaven) and Jahannam (hell) were empty. (Apart from prophet Ibrahim pbuh, being the only one in heaven).

    So my point being, if no one was to be admitted in either hell or heaven until the Day Of Judgment, how is it that you’ve already mentioned two people who have?

    Just genuinely concerned…

  21. Ira Green November 22, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    It is also said that god favourite animal the dog, HE love them some much he gave him his name backwards. R.G

  22. bilal wigglesworth December 1, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    reverted, can you give us some proof to your claims of false hadiths? thanks.

  23. Asma June 21, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Salaam

    If dog saliva is haram , according to Hadith, how can Quran say the game hunted by the dog is halal ? please answer.
    Allah Knows Best . May Allah forgive those if having Dogs in the house is haram. The fact that hadith mentiones we have to wash the plate licked by the dog 7 times, doesnot mean that if the plate is licked by cat it is OK.

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