Sunday, 9 December 2012

A Dog in My House: What to Do I Do?

File This One Under The Heading Of Just Plain Nuts!

Dear brother, thank you very much for your question and for your sincere interest to be a good practicing Muslim.
It is known that keeping a dog for no valid reason is not acceptable in Shari`ah. 

However, if one is forced to live in a place where a dog resides, he has to keep himself away from its salvia so that he may not get impure (najis).

In his response to your question, Dr. Wael Shihab, PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Azhar University, and the Head of the (English) Shari`ah Dept. of website, stated,
Thank you for your question.
As you have said, a Muslim is not allowed to keep a dog except for an acceptable reason such as guarding. However, he has to take every precaution not to have contact with its saliva, and also arrange for a separate living space.
If you live in a place where a dog is kept for no valid reason and it is beyond your control to correct the situation, then you are blameless. However, you have to keep your room, food, clothes, etc., away from the dog’s direct contact.
May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

I'm Speechless (Too Graphic)


  1. Dog saliva is bad ... but drinking camel urine is medicinal, apparently.

  2. You (as usual) have a a keen eye for detail!