Dogs in Islam

Question:

salaaam,

Why is it not allowed to have a pet dog in home if it is kept clean and hygienic,if all the precautions are taken with respect to the cleanliness of the dog is it still prohibited if yes why,please explain.

allahhafiz

Answer:

wa `alaykum salam,

This question has already been addressed here on eShaykh. You may read here and here. Mawlana Shaykh Nazim has been clear about being the servants of dogs instead of our Lord in his suhbat, The Shelter of  Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmaani ‘r-Raheem:

O People! Come and listen. Allah Almighty created you to be His servants and you are leaving that servanthood. Civilized Europeans, civilized western people, for what they are -called civilization? They are servants of their dogs; 24 hours they are serving their dogs. Everything, every care taking for dogs and morning walking and once again evening walking for them. And they are speaking with their dogs, “O my darling, are you happy with me?”

(Mawlana Shaykh stands up, upset.) What is this foolishness!? What is this civilization?! Allah created those people to be dogs’ servants or for His servanthood? What is that! What is that! Allah is unhappy with those who are keeping dogs (in their homes)! (Mawlana Shaykh sits down.)

(He) may do, The Lord of Heavens because dogs are from wild animals, running, hunting and eating meat. They are so wild, eating meat and bones also. Be fearful, whole mankind! Particularly.. beware. Maybe one night that dogs are sleeping with you they may attack you on your throat, biting you, and killing you, may be! Because you are living a life that everything is possible and it is so possible, so easy, for The Creator to change dogs to be a jackal or a wolf and attacking its owner, biting and even killing (their owners).

(Jackals, wolves and wild dogs may even) drink the blood, even eat the flesh, and even eat the bones. Beware! I am not speaking on behalf of me but I am a warner to all nations! Don’t keep dogs (inside your homes)! Don’t be servants for dogs but try to be your Lord’s servants, or divinely anger may come, so mighty, so strongly! Don’t waste your life to be servants of dogs! Your honor is to be your Lord’s servants. (This is a divine) warning…

Mawlana has given clear advice on Keeping Domestic Animals. Listen, hear and obey!

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