Islam Faith is Unfair to Dogs

There is a distorted attitude amongst many Muslims with regard to the dog or there is uncertainty and confusion.

Keeping dogs can be considered “haram” (forbidden or sinful). This is particularly unpleasant and unfair as the cat is meant to be revered and loved. It is worse than unpleasant, it is illogical and stupid.

Addendum: Ahsan living in Pakistan, a wise and gentle person who loves animals says this:

As far as Islam is concerned about dogs, This is a matter of SHARI’ah and Shariah has allowed moslems to keep dogs.Islam is not concerned with the cruelty of DOGS/ CATS. I have full proves. What is then going WRONG? ANSWER: IGNORANCE. Lack of Islamic knowledge and behavior of Islamic state governments.

Muslims are unfair to dogs

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Just because, by chance, the Prophet Mohammed liked cats and kept cats, the Islamic faith tells Muslims to be kind to cats. It doesn’t matter whether the cat is domestic, stray or feral. Cats should be treated nicely under “the rules” as set out in the Koran (Qur’an) and the al-Bukhari’s authentic hadith (the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed handed down).

But what of dogs? Muslims throw stones at them, beat them and despise them. This is grossly unfair and there is no justification for it other than the fact that the Prophet Mohammed had a preference for cats, which logically cannot be a good reason because if Mohammed was kind to cats, he would have been kind to dogs. He would be kind to all animals. A prophet can’t be especially kind and gentle towards one species of animal and hate another. If he was then he’d have been a fake or have had a rare and unfortunate experience with a particular species of animal.

The Prophet Mohammed lived in 570-632 AD. We know that half the population of the world like cats and the other half like dogs. That is a gross simplification but judging by cat and dog ownership across the developed world it is about right.

In Mohammed’s time, preferring cats to dogs would have been exceptional. Dogs would have been the primary domestic animal for utility purposes so why the ambivalence in attitude towards dogs amongst Muslims today?

It is not that Muslims hate dogs. Some might but that isn’t the point. The point is that the Koran is almost silently on how to treat dogs yet it is clear on the matter of the domestic cat: they should be treated with great kindness. This must be wrong. Some hadith are hostile towards dogs.

Apparently, The Prophet said:

“Angels do not enter a house which has either a dog or a picture in it.” (Sahih Bukhari)1

Also it seems that Muslims believe that a dog in the house prevents angels entering the house and Muslims like angels to come into the house because angels pray for the occupants.

I have read articles written by Muslims in Islamic countries where there are stray dogs and they say people throw stones at stray dogs. They treat them callously.

The problem seems to be that some hadith are false or fabricated. They distort the Islamic faith. On the website the author says that it is traditional for Muslims to treat the dog as a dirty animal that carries impurities and infectious agents. Don’t go near one, is the implication. The dog is a diseased animal that will hurt you, make you dirty.

So some of the sayings in hadiths, which Muslims are meant to abide by, are fabricated, I am told. Great. That doesn’t give me much faith in the religion of Islam.

In one hadith, it is stated that people should kill black dogs because they are devils. Ridiculous, obviously. Some hadith mislead Muslims while the Quran is more or less silent. This is bound to lead to abuse of dogs in undeveloped countries such as Pakistan. An educated scholar of the Islam faith and the Koran will normally understand and treat dogs properly but many less educated Muslims, of which there are many in undeveloped countries (through no fault of their own), will develop misguided attitudes and abuse dogs for no good reason.

This is a failing of the Islamic faith. It needs to be rectified. Imams need to teach and educate followers that all animals are to be treated with respect including all dogs, stray or otherwise. A truly decent Muslim will be tender towards the most unhealthy and neglected dog because that is a charitable and decent way to behave. The Prophet Mohammed would have wanted it that way.

Ref: 1. This information comes from Yahoo Answers.

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Islam Faith is Unfair to Dogs — 20 Comments

  1. As far as Islam is concerned about dogs, This is a matter of SHARI’ah and Shariah has allowed moslems to keep dogs.

    Islam is not concerned with the cruelty of DOGS/ CATS. I have full proves.

    What is then going WRONG?

    IGNORANCE. Lack of Islamic knowledge and behavior of Islamic state governments.

    What kind of behavior of Islamic state governments?
    I mean they do not pay any attention to their PUBLIC welfare so DOGS/CATS are not anything in front of their INTERESTS.

    No we have not, Because the rulers are acting more worst than KINGS.

    Are these people MOSLEMS which live in so called Islamic states?
    I am doubtful, If you just consider that person a MOSLEM who just bark out loudly ALLAH is GOD and MOHEMMUD SAW is my prophet. He has just entered the door of ISLAM, but he has not walked through the full CASTLE of ISLAM. My question is, who will obey the rest orders and obligations???? And when???? 🙁

    I was 18 years old, a feral puppy was beaten by four kids. I went to them and I was an angry man in the youth. I loudly said to kids,”Stop or I will smash your A_S !” They ran away because they knew me that I was always looking for trouble with PAKIS.

    I took the puppy in arms and she was weeping, I abused as many words as I could to these (So called ) MOSLEMS. It is the duty of parents to teach the right ISLAM to their children so they become a nation, they know what is to be done for human / animals welfare. But no! They them self don’t know, what shall they teach children. My D_ck.

    I raised the puppy. Out side the terrace. She grew up and one day I came to know that a boy killed her and burnt her ALIVE.

    So, my DAD never accepted that girl (puppy) nor my MOM. No family member no neighbor.

    I wept, Yes MICHAEL YES, A strong bodybuilder, athlete, Blue Belt in Marshall Arts Weaponry specialist boy AHSAN UL HAQ wept. The you AHSAN who never felt any pain on his body WEPT like children as to cry over “Where is my TOY? give my toy back”

    Islam is not to do with the cruelty, It is so called MOSLEMS who do it. And I straight away say they are not MOSLEMS until they will not adopt MERCY on humanity / animals. Thats ALL.

    You can not hate a single religion because they do not follow the orders of (their )GOD/messenger.

    Sorry I don’t agree with the results about faith of ISLAM what you have determined. Its not ISLAM, its people. (I don’t call them moslems) sorry.

    • Excellent comment. Wonderful comment. Very emotional and it educated me. Thank you Ahsan. I’ll change the article.

      ANSWER: IGNORANCE. Lack of Islamic knowledge and behavior of Islamic state governments

      Education is the great cure for humanity. Ignorance is the killer of humanity.

  2. I am not here to defend Islam. I consider myself non-believer, but it’s important to be objective in all cases. We should ask in which countries and societies all of this happening? Arabic countries which follow strict Sharia law? What about Turkish Republic then? Many people here identify themselves as Muslims. Do they stone or abuse dogs? Do they regard them as dirty animals? Certainly not, many keep them as pets. Do not forget that Kangal dog breed also comes from here.

    A hate for dogs comes from Islam? Is there direct correlation?

    Does it written in Koran? No, it’s not.

    Hadiths not accepted by many scholars(99 % lies, fabrications) have claims that dogs are”dirty”, prohibited animals. But Koran or Mohammed never said this… Blame imams for spreading this nonsense even further.

    My uncle is very religious person who reads Koran in Arabic and when asked if there is anything written about dogs being ”haram”, he said ”No”. Besides dogs are the only animals he likes.

    Talking about pork Turkish in general don’t eat it. It is available in touristic resorts however.

    • Good, I am pleased to hear that a lot or most Muslims ignore this hadith. But the point is that the cat is held up as clean and nice etc. by the teachings and the dog is not. If Muslims ignore these hadiths or hadith then they should be deleted, erased and a new one written that states that dogs should be looked after and treated well as should all animals. It just seems very backward to me.

      There is no point having a hadith that people ignore. There is no purpose and in any case some Muslims do believe in this hadith. I have seen comments about it. There are a lot of uneducated people around in undeveloped countries.

      • Sadly there are many uneducated people in all countries, just consider the declawing of cats for a start, most people who still do that to their pets in the USA and Canada are uneducated as to what it really means, only a minority know but don’t care.
        There is too much hatred in all countries of the world, how many times do we hear ‘I hate cats’ ‘I hate dogs’ ‘I hate kids’
        What is all this hatred? Why can’t people live and let live and respect each other and all other living beings?
        But while even in civilised countries animals are treated as disposable possessions, nothing is going to change in Islamic countries.

        • Excellent point Ruth. We don’t have to go to undeveloped countries to find uneducated people. They’re everywhere in developed countries. If religious teachings are defective then they should be rectified because uneducated people are more likely take religious teachings as the gospel truth.

          I think we have a world war going on but not in the conventional sense. It is endless terrorist bombings by extremists, usually Muslims. There was a time when there were no terrorist bombs. Now they are routine. Lives shattered by the hundreds monthly.

      • Agreed Michael. Those Hadiths and various nonsense preached by İmams are very influential in most of underdeveloped Muslim countries, with the exception of Turkey…

        (there is a mistake in my previous comment I wanted to say Quran* (not Koran). I think it needs to be corrected. Thanks).

  3. Well as sorry as I am for dogs because I love all animals, it’s a change for cats to be loved and dogs to be hated!
    It’s usually cats targeted and chased and abused and hated and blamed for everything!
    I think every religion should value and respect all living beings, people, animals, birds and fish, but while people continue to consider themselves superior and to use and abuse them and to eat them then this will never happen.

  4. Animals and people should be equal.

    The US military understand how musilms feel about dogs very well because many of the people they capture in muslim countries get stripped down and subjected to dogs barking at them – a hugely offensive thing to do.

  5. I had visited Kashmir in March-2013, a Muslim population dominated State of India and was surprised to see numerous stray dogs on the streets but not a single stray cat ! I had previously mentioned this subject on a previous topic on “P.O.C”.In any Indian city its common to come across stray dogs and cats and i have traveled most city’s and states barring the North-East region of the country. Srinagar in Kashmir was the only city where i found it difficult to spot cats but saw numerous stray dogs, especially near the “Dal Lake” tourist locality.This means that Muslims are not offensive to dogs and tolerate them but the mystery of the missing stray cats of Srinagar baffles me.I have attached a photo of a stray dog foraging in a street side waste dump in Srinagar. Normally such a place would be a common food source for cats.

    • Interesting Rudolph. Firstly although the Islam faith is unkind to dogs, Muslims seem to be generally ignoring the writings in the hadith, which is great. As for the lack of cats might it be because there are so many stray dogs attacking cats? Wild guess? I don’t think there is a policy of killing cats nor are there any TNR programmes.

  6. It’s not just with dogs that they choose to differ. Pork, bacon, and any kind of booze you like is freely available. They have the English type “Off License” shops. I don’t know why because the supermarkets stock everything from Johnny Walker Blue Label to Becks beer from Germany. On the way to town there is a shop with a big sign “Pork Butcher” and nobody gives it a second thought. There are lots of English style pubs and great restaurants where you can order wine, beer, or spirits with your food. It’s pretty much the same in Turkey but I don’t know about pork being on sale.

  7. In Turkish North Cyprus many Turks have dogs and many prefer them to cats. That doesn’t mean that cats get ignored . Many families have at least one cat and multi-cat outdoor colonies depending on daily handouts are common.

    • Thank you Harvey for that information. I presume they are Muslim. Clearly not all Muslims apply the sayings of Mohammed as stated in the hadiths. Thankfully. They apply common sense and decency instead. Great. I don’t like this aspect of the Islam faith because of the stark contrast in treatment with respect to cats and dogs.

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