Can Muslims Keep Dogs? Haram or Halal

You are probably here because of the trending question asking if Muslims can keep dogs as pets. This remains a topic that many people don’t understand. Sometimes, those myths about keeping dogs in Islam makes it difficult to know if keeping dogs is haram or not, especially for the new converts.

This article will help you understand what Muslims think about dogs and the hadith about dogs.

When Can Muslims Keep Dogs?

The question is about dogs in Islam and how they should be handled. A new Muslim convert is around dogs a lot and is wondering what was the prophet’s attitude towards dogs.

What were what the limits around dealing with dogs and how should a Muslim woman respond incase they’re always around dogs.

How should they deal with the situation? Most people seem to get the impression that Muslims somehow have something against dogs. We need to go back and see where this perception comes from.

There are some traditions that mentioned that the Prophet peace be upon him ordered dogs to be killed and then he made an exception only for like for the sheepdog that is used for watching a flock, a guard dog or a hunting dog.

“If we were to start with things in order, then we will understand it better. First, let’s look at the Quran to see if the Quran says anything about dogs and then we go to the Muslim traditions and we put everything together.”

Well, the Quran actually doesn’t say anything negative about dogs. in fact, there is something positive because there is a story of youths who hid in a cave. We have it that they had a companion a dog and many commentators say that this dog will also be in paradise.

Now we know that nothing impure or unclean will be in paradise but this dog will be there. Some will say ok but God will make this dog pure and it shall be in paradise. Nevertheless, the Quran does not show anything negative about the dog and doesn’t show that the dog is impure.

On the other hand, there is actually a mentioned in the Quran that food which is procured for Muslims by means of their hunting animals is permissible to eat. This is specifically mentioned in the fourth verse of the fifth chapter of the Quran.

Among the hunting animals, there were dogs at the time. It is well known that the dog would go hunt the animal, bring it back to the owner or at least retrieve a hunted animal that may have been killed by a spear or arrow.

Hunting dogs would go retrieve the remains and bring it. Definitely the dog comes with the animal in its mouth. In this case and let us be realistic about it, saying that the saliva of the dog is impure is not right because obviously the saliva of the dog gets mingles with the meat which it brings to its master.

Based on this, we can say that the Quranic perspective doesn’t seem to find anything wrong with dogs and dogs may be good hunting animals. If the meat that they bring in their mouths is good for Muslims to eat obviously there is nothing against dogs in this case.

Wherever this idea come from that dogs somehow are impure can only be linked to the rabbis’ outbreak. Definitely, in the past, people did not know how to treat such kind and the only way of dealing with infected dogs was to kill them so that the people could remain safe.

So some may be linking this traditional aspect of killing infected dogs and confusing them to with the question of dogs being haram in Islam. People remember the tradition of dogs being killed without remembering the reason behind it.

It’s not mentioned that the dogs were haram and personally I believe there’d be no good reason to have anything fundamentally wrong with dogs in Islam that’s why obviously exception was made for the hunting dog and the guard dog.

To add on top of it, even in Muslim societies, dogs perform some useful purposes nowadays. We know that dogs perform many more valuable services.

There are blind people with guide dogs that walk them around. If those people were to tend a Muslim service with their dog, I think people should not run away from them.

There are pet dogs that also protect the owners at the same time. There are guard dogs that offer maximum security. There are also dogs at the airport that help us detect bad people and illegal stuff. So saying that Dogs Are Haram in Islam is not right and I think Muslims can keep dogs depending with the reason.

Can Muslims Keep Dogs as A Pet?

Why is owning a dog as a pet wrong in Islam? Well, the prophet (PBUH)S forbade us from owning a dog as a pet. He told us that this would reduce the good deeds of an individual every day in a serious way.

One of the reasons was mentioned in the hadith of “Gibreel” peace be upon him that our angel when he had an appointment with the prophet and the angel was late.

The Prophet went out of the house and found “Gibreel” the angel waiting outside. Then he asked him “why didn’t you come in”. The angel then answered that we angels do not enter a house where there is a statue, a dog or a portrait picture.

At this point, the Prophet is ordered the puppy belonging Hussein to be taken out of the house.  

For the statue, the angel said that he should chop off the head of the statue so it would be like a tree. As for the picture or the portrait, just simply cover the face or color the face.

Allah knows best and this is one of the reasons why Muslims are not allowed to keep dogs as pets in the house. As Muslims, we do not have to ask for the reason for everything that Allah tells us to do or the Prophet PBUH tells us to do.

What The Quran Says About Dogs in Islam

Recently I was talking to someone about dogs in Islam and the common idea is that they are not allowed except for hunting, farming, and a few other exceptions that are mentioned above.

They are apparently dirty animals and from our research, just reading the Quran, I have never come across a verse saying that you’re not allowed to keep dogs, that dogs are dirty or anything indicating negative story about them.

I began doing my research and I will give you every instance that the dog is mentioned in the Quran. It is about five times. Then I’ll go on to say why I believe it is not forbidden in Islam from a Quran based perspective.

so to begin with, let us look at surah 7 verse 176 in which it mentions a dog. He says

“and had we willed, we would have raised him by then. But He clung to the earth and followed his vain desire. His example is like the example of a dog. If they’ll win him over, he pants or if they leave him he pants. this is the example of the people who repudiate our proofs. But narrate thou to them the narratives that they might reflect.”

The Holy Quran

This was simply just using a dog as a metaphor. He was saying he pants like a dog and so there we can see it was nothing negative nor positive about the dog.

Let’s again move to surah 18 verse 18, in which the Quran says

“and now thinkest them awake when they were asleep and we caused them to turn to the right and the left and their dog was stretching out its two paws on the threshold.”

The holy Quran

Again nothing negative about the dog. Very simply just stating a dog present in this verse referring to the fair believers in the cave and I’m moving on to the final verse in which dogs are mentioned.

We are moving on to surah 18 just verse 22,

“and so it says they will say three, the fourth of them their dog, and they will say five the six of them their dog, guessing at the unseen. And they will say seven and the eighth of them their dog. Say thou; my lord knows best their number. None knows them save a few, so argue thou not concerning them save with a patent argument, and ask them not an opinion concerning them from any of them.”

The Holy Quran about Dogs

The common approach from a Quran only perspective is that the Quran mentioned dogs in reference to the believers in the cave and it said nothing negative about them if they were dirty or forbidden.

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