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October 20, 2014, 07:34:19 pm Heba: w'salam. InshAllah just a day or 2 more & I'll put it up. Hav compiled all info,only need to format it. I've also included the issue u mentioned as to why hadisers say that, coz they wholly ignore the concerned  Quranic verses & the connotation of those verses.
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« on: February 07, 2007, 06:34:50 am »

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To know the most correct and authentic Islamic perception about dogs, first we need to read Surah Al-Kahf, verses 13-27, which I quote as under.

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We narrate unto thee their story with truth. Lo! they were young men who believed in their Lord, and We increased them in guidance.
 
And We made firm their hearts when they stood forth and said: Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. We cry unto no God beside Him, for then should we utter an enormity.
 
These, our people, have chosen (other) gods beside Him though they bring no clear warrant (vouchsafed) to them. And who doth greater wrong than he who inventeth a lie concerning Allah ?
 
And when ye withdraw from them and that which they worship except Allah, then seek refuge in the Cave; your Lord will spread for you of His mercy and will prepare for you a pillow in your plight.
 
And thou mightest have seen the sun when it rose move away from their cave to the right, and when it set go past them on the left, and they were in the cleft thereof. That was (one) of the portents of Allah. He whom Allah guideth, he indeed is led aright, and he whom He sendeth astray, for him thou wilt not find a guiding friend.
 
And thou wouldst have deemed them waking though they were asleep, and We caused them to turn over to the right and the left, and their dog stretching out his paws on the threshold. If thou hadst observed them closely thou hadst assuredly turned away from them in flight, and hadst been filled with awe of them.
 
And in like manner We awakened them that they might question one another. A speaker from among them said: How long have ye tarried ? They said: We have tarried a day or some part of a day, (Others) said: Your Lord best knoweth what ye have tarried. Now send one of you with this your silver coin unto the city, and let him see what food is purest there and bring you a supply thereof. Let him be courteous and let no man know of you.
 
For they, if they should come to know of you, will stone you or turn you back to their religion; then ye will never prosper.
 
And in like manner We disclosed them (to the people of the city) that they might know that the promise of Allah is true, and that, as for the Hour, there is no doubt concerning it. When (the people of the city) disputed of their case among themselves, they said: Build over them a building; their Lord knoweth best concerning them. Those who won their point said: We verily shall build a place of worship over them.
 
(Some) will say: They were three, their dog the fourth, and (some) say: Five, their dog the sixth, guessing at random; and (some) say: Seven, and their dog the eighth. Say (O Muhammad): My Lord is Best Aware of their number. None knoweth them save a few. So contend not concerning them except with an outward contending, and ask not any of them to pronounce concerning them.
 
And say not of anything: Lo! I shall do that tomorrow,
 
Except if Allah will. And remember thy Lord when thou forgettest, and say: It may be that my Lord guideth me unto a nearer way of truth than this.
 
And (it is said) they tarried in their Cave three hundred years and add nine.
 
Say: Allah is Best Aware how long they tarried. His is the Invisible of the heavens and the earth. How clear of sight is He and keen of hearing! They have no protecting friend beside Him, and He maketh none to share in His government.
 
And recite that which hath been revealed unto thee of the Scripture of thy Lord. There is none who can change His words, and thou wilt find no refuge beside Him.
 
GLORIOUS QURAAN:  18:13-27


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This story in the Quraan is about a group of believers thousands of years ago, who sought refuge in a cave to escape persecution for their belief in Allah from the people of their town.  They also had a pet dog whom they took with them.  This dog stayed with them all the time in the cave, and Allah protected all of them, including the dog.  Allah says clearly in this very vivid and moving narration that only Allah knows the exact number of individuals who were hiding in that cave, and only Allah knows how long precisely they stayed in the cave.  We are not to guess and make our own pronouncements concerning them. 

Yet, I am surprised to find that there are several Ahadith narrations (written by the medieval imams of course) that declare dogs as "unclean" or even "evil" saying that the presence of dogs prevent angels from entering our homes.  There are various other harsh Hadiths about dogs that clearly say things for which Allah has given NO warrant.  I won't quote them here as I find them far too offensive and unauthentic.  Besides, just think of it this way .. would the beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ever come up with such bizarre an unwarranted ideas and attribute them to the Islamic code of ethics?  Nauzbillah!  Never.  Those who accept such Ahadith only prove their own disloyalty toward the Quraan and the Prophet (pbuh) in preference to the clerics.

On the contrary, the Prophet's love, kindness and tenderness toward animals are well established in history.  There's a very popular and well-known historical incident, which the followers of the present-day Salaf doctrine purposely conceal.  According to this incident, as the Prophet's (pbuh) army marched toward Makkah to conquer it, they passed a female dog with puppies.  On seeing this, the Prophet (pbuh) felt so much compassion that he not only gave orders that the puppies and their mother must not be disturbed, but also posted a man to see that this was done. 

We need to dismiss all such anti-dog Hadiths as lies against the Prophet (pbuh).  We absolutely need to protect our beloved Prophet against such falsehoods, and we must keep these beautiful animals of our planet safe from the sort of malicious myths they have been associated with.

It truly saddens me that the Hadith writers pen such false and absurd narrations based on their own whims & desires rather than the dictates and teachings of the Noble Quraan and the Prophet (pbuh).  Nowhere does the Quraan ever mention of any animal as "unclean" or "evil."  In fact, much the opposite.  The Quraan clearly states that every animal is a living being like ourselves who will eventually be gathered before Allah.   The Quraan also states that on the Day of Judgment, a beast will be called as a witness against humans, for humans never had faith in Allah's revelations. 

There is not an animal in the earth, nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are peoples like unto you. We have neglected nothing in the Book (of Our decrees). Then unto their Lord they will be gathered.  (6:38)  Surah Al-Anam

And when the word is fulfilled concerning them, We shall bring forth a beast of the earth to speak unto them because mankind had not faith in Our revelations.  (27:82)  Surah An-Naml

As believers who claim to understand the Glorious Quraan, it's incumbent upon us to care and admire the existence of all animals.

And in your creation, and all the beasts that He scattereth in the earth, are portents for a folk whose faith is sure.   (45:4)  Surah Al-Jathiyah

In the fourth verse of Surah Al-Maidah, Allah says that it is lawful to eat whatever the trained hunting dogs catch.  If dogs were as prohibited as the Hadith states, Allah surely would not allow us to eat the prey caught by the hunting dogs with their mouths.

They ask thee (O Muhammad) what is made lawful for them. Say: (all) good things are made lawful for you. And those beasts and birds of prey which ye have trained as hounds are trained, ye teach them that which Allah taught you; so eat of that which they catch for you and mention Allah's name upon it, and observe your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is swift to take account.  (5:4)  Surah Al-Maidah

(It's important to mention here that Islam allows hunting only for the purpose of food, not for fun or pastime.  The Islamic concept does not conform with killing a living being without a very just cause.  And even for the purpose of food, hunting is disallowed while one is on pilgrimage).

Not to mention all those numerous uses and skills of dogs.  Their innocence, loyalty and deep love for their masters make them excellent companions.  They can be perfect herders for guarding flocks of sheep and cattle.  They can be most helpful around farmhouses.  Dogs have a deep sense of belonging, a natural instinct to protect the place where they are reared and a very accurate olfactory sense.  These skills are often utilized by individuals, police and military for the purpose of protection and search.  Since the last decade or so, it has also been found that dogs of all breeds possess an amazing natural tendency of being able to predict epileptic seizures in people suffering from this disease.  Those dogs in the homes of persons having epilepsy, get restless and begin to bark incessantly an hour or so before the epileptic seizure as a warning signal.  So far, according to reports, this warning signal of dogs has never be wrong.  Then, of course, there are so many people either deaf or blind who depend entirely upon the assistance of trained dogs who actually take care of them a lot better than many of their human companions.

Coming back to Surah Al-Kahf, if you refer again to those above verses, the Quran mentions about a dog as sharing its presence with believing people.  The dog is mentioned as associated with those people who were the favoured ones of Allah.  This makes the portrayal of dogs in the Quraan, very complimentary.  Yet, the present-day imams and sheiks ignore the words, ethics and ideology of the Noble Quraan.  They also purposely disregard the very gentle temperament of the Prophet (pbuh) who was so particular about kindness toward all animals including dogs and forbade people to mistreat them.  According to the Prophet's various biographies and historical data, he considered it very important to take care of the psychological state of all animals.  For this reason, he (pbuh) did not allow people to slaughter an animal (for food) in front of another animal.  He did not even permit anyone to sharpen a knife used for slaughtering in front of the animal to be slaughtered.  But our so-called imams and ulemas concoct their own narrations which are completely contradictory to both the Quraan and the Prophet's temperament.

Concerning various issues, the Hadith writers prefer to go back to the pre-Islamic traditions of superstitious ideas that were specifically abolished by the Prophet (pbuh) in accordance with Quranic values.  According to the Hadith of al-Bukhari and others, black dogs are considered evil and must be killed.  This brings to mind that after the conquest of Makkah, there were various segments of lukewarm 'Muslims' who were not happy with the reforms introduced by the Prophet and were eager to revive the old traditions.  It was much the same in Persia as well.  After all, let's not forget, except of Malik's al-Muwatta, all Hadith writers came all the way from Persia to "collect narrations" 250 years after the death of the Prophet (pbuh) .. something that makes the Hadith institution still more suspicious.  Thus, more than 200 years after the passing away of the Prophet (pbuh), the Hadith writers re-introduced many superstitious customs borrowed either from pre-Islamic Arabia or from the altered versions of the Old and New Testaments.  This is precisely the reason why majority of the Hadith narrations totally clash with the values of the Noble Quraan and the enlightened personality of the Prophet (pbuh).

Killing of black dogs and cats was a culture rampant during the Days of Ignorance, not just in the Arabian Peninsula but also in the North and across Europe.  During Halloween, the practice of exorcism and killing of black cats was frequently practiced in Europe.  Black cats were considered bad omen.  Even nowadays in North America during Halloween, there are certain deviant cults that kidnap and kill black cats.  The law enforcers often caution owners of black cats, telling them not to let their pets wander outside of their homes.  Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic traditions of Ireland, and Celts were pagans.   

Similarly, according to superstitious ideas of ancient Europeans and Celts, and also in many pagan communities of pre-Islamic Arabia, black dog was a metaphor of depression and misfortune, and symbolic of a devil.  Author Nancy Marano writes in her article “Black Dog Syndrome” :

“Superstitions give black dogs bad press. In European and British folklore black dogs often appear as evil forces portending death to those who see them. Writers like Sir Walter Scott and Arthur Conan Doyle perpetuated these superstitions by using spectral hounds, usually black and fearsome, in their stories and poems. These tales may pass into people’s beliefs subconsciously.”

Even today, some sections of the society carry such notions in their sub-conscious minds.  Marano further states:

“Did you know that black dogs, especially big black dogs, such as Labs and Lab mixes, Rottweilers, Chows, or Newfoundlands, are usually the last ones to be adopted from shelters or rescue groups? Black dogs, and cats too, are euthanized at a higher rate than other animals.”

Check this site for Marano's article.

The clerics who have written such Hadith about black dogs are only reviving the ancient  pagan practices. 

Also, it's no secret that many Hadith narrations contradict each other.  Regarding the topic of dogs, the Hadith language itself indicates that there is a sort of debate going on within it, between those who are against dogs and those who are for them.  As mentioned, there are various harsh Hadeeth narrations that despise dogs.  Then again, there are some that are moderate.  For example, check the following.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1:174, narrated by Abu Huraira. The Prophet said: "A man saw a dog eating mud from (the severity of) thirst. So, that man took a shoe (and filled it) with water and kept on pouring the water for the dog till it quenched its thirst. So Allah approved of his deed and made him to enter Paradise."

And narrated Hamza bin 'Abdullah -- My father said: "During the lifetime of Allah's Apostle, the dogs used to urinate, and pass through the mosques (come and go), nevertheless they never used to sprinkle water on it (urine of the dog)."

We find certain narrations stating that dogs are so unclean that they shouldn't be allowed into homes .. and then, contrary to that, the above Hadith states that during the time of the Prophet, dogs would pass through mosques and also urinate freely within its premises.  The contradiction of values is glaring!  This is because so many different people have barged into the institution of Hadith, each one trying to promote what they think fit .. and everything is done in the name of the Prophet, only for the purpose of providing leverage to their words and ideas.   It's truly unfair for the Prophet (pbuh). 

The conclusion would be, all rulings pertaining to dogs come from the deeply controversial Hadith and NOT from the Noble Quran. The Quran does not state a single word against dogs, and the Prophet never disallowed or discouraged anything that isn't forbidden in the Quran.  Unfortunately, the institution of Hadith (the brainchild of the clerics) happens to be notorious for spreading falsehood for selfish reasons.  Considering the fact that Allah is the only One Who declares what is Halal and what isn't (check Surah At-Tahrim), and Allah has said that the Quran is complete & comprehensive, and nothing is omitted from it, one is left to conclude that the jurists too often propound their own personal ideologies in the name of Islam and the Prophet.  I find such an approach very sad, disturbing and disgusting to say the least.


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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007, 01:11:03 am »

 wsalam and Alhamdulilah, very insightful piece of writing.  as an animal and dog lover i've also often wondered on this issue.  why have the poor dogs been targetted?  what's this got to do with Islam or being pious?  it has no connection at all.  i think u have correctly discerned the desire of many to go back and revive the superstitious practices of the ignorant past.

Ya Allah, why do people have to be so blind?  the guidance of Allah is needed now as never before!

thanks sister for this work


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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2008, 02:48:31 am »

The other day I had an argument with a hadither lady on email over this issue.  I got a cat and a puppy.  She's was telling me something to the effect that prayers won't be valid with a dog in the house.  I told her she was talking nonsense.  I also forwarded her this post.  She never replied back.

You know, if you read the verses quoted above of Surah Al-Kahf (18:13-27), you'll realise that the Noble Qur'an is the only Divne Book that presents dogs as man's best friend.  It tells us about a group of believers on the move to avoid persecution from disbelievers.  The dog belonged to the group of believers, accompanying them in their journey ..... just as dogs always accompany their masters while hiking, walking, on picnics, on vacations, while relocating and while escaping danger. 

It's intolerable that the hadith scheme thru its nasty manipulations has turned this faithful animal and man's best friend into an outcast.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010, 05:14:47 am »

The Noble Quran is the only Book which presents dog as man's best friend.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 02:13:21 am »

The Noble Quran is the only Book which presents dog as man's best friend.

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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2012, 08:28:40 am »

 wsalam jazak Allah khair sis

And speak not, concerning that which your own tongues qualify (as clean or unclean), the falsehood: "This is lawful, and this is forbidden," so that ye invent a lie against Allah. Lo! those who invent a lie against Allah will not succeed.:16:116

   

so much flaws in hadith work i am sure they have never read Quran nor used their brains for a second while writing anti-dog hadiths  Angry we  all muslims must dismiss all these hadith that fabricate lies against the beloved prophet Muhammad (pbuh).In the presence of both verse 5:4 and surah al kahf 18:18  where the impure come from for dog ?? ya Allah such stone heart people as pet it's so innocent loyal animal.sister zeynab i am very thankful on the behalf of all dog lovers Cheesy Allah bless u wonderful post
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2012, 03:40:19 pm »

Thanks for quoting this great verse sister Muslima.  As usual, your references to the Quranic verses are always so accurate, Subhan'Allah.  Verse 16:116 is a clear commandment from Allah to believers not to fabricate.  And yet the Muslims have deviated so much that more than 95% of Islamic laws today are based on fabrication in the name of "Shariah."  What a pity.  A well-known imam of our community here once mentioned in a public lecture that the percentage of laws taken from the Quran are only 4%.  So, my question to these people is, where is the bulk of 96% from?  That's how much the so-called Muslims have distorted our beautiful Faith .... and one of those distortions is this hadith law against dogs .. that dogs are "unclean" or "najis."   Even if you show them Quranic verses to refute their claim it falls on deaf ears.  Dogs are such wonderful, innocent and loyal animals.  Only because of this wicked & false hadith law, they have been made  outcasts for nothing.  Really sad  Sad 
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 05:27:25 pm »

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 Thanks and u are welcome sister Smiley u have valid question sis If it's only 4% from Quran then how Is it's called sharia /Islamic law ,Quranic law ? It's  Hadith sharia Muslims are following men-made law, hadith sharia and who's  responsible ? Ulma's . The Problem are ulma's they are mischief makers ,ulma's are Psychologically attached to this literature so-called Hadith and they continuously fooling ummah but it's their own loss.Quran's state is very clearly about them .

That they may bear their burdens undiminished on the Day of Resurrection, with somewhat of the burdens of those whom they mislead without knowledge. Ah! evil is that which they bear! 16:25

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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2014, 01:55:43 pm »

There's another evidence that in the early days of Islam, dogs were neither ostracized nor tabooed as pets.  I have come across several paintings of the Islamic era by medieval European artists who depicted the various spheres of the medieval Islamic society through their paintbrushes after acquiring the necessary details & facts of that society from their friends and other contemporaries in the Muslim world.  A number of such paintings show Arab Muslims with pet dogs while relaxing or walking, not necessarily only while hunting.  The following portrait is one such example.

 

Source: http://healinghistory.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/the-moors-arab-african-01pdf.pdf
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 01:39:01 am »

O dear!  what a nice painting.  I would also like to put it up along with the collection of Islamic paintings we already have in the Writing Room.  I'm glad you've already loaded it in our Photo Bucket a/c.  Will take it from there, InshAllah. 

There's another evidence that in the early days of Islam, dogs were neither ostracized nor tabooed as pets.  I have come across several paintings of the Islamic era by medieval European artists who depicted the various spheres of the medieval Islamic society through their paintbrushes after acquiring the necessary details & facts of that society from their friends and other contemporaries in the Muslim world.  A number of such paintings show Arab Muslims with pet dogs while relaxing or walking, not necessarily only while hunting.  The following portrait is one such example.   

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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2014, 07:49:52 am »

That's a very logical point you've conveyed thru this painting Sister Heba.  It's a wonderful painting.  One of the doggies also got its paw on the guy's clothing.  I'm thinking which country?  Landscape looks like Palestine.
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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2014, 09:13:10 am »

No I don't think it's Palestine.  This artist usually portrays Arabs as dark skinned somewhat African Arabs like Sudanese.  I think it could be Sudan or Egypt or Libya or some neighboring location.

Btw, here is another one by the same artist, having the same backdrop but instead of a meeting, the title is interesting.  "Arab tale tellerCheesy   Isn't that what hadith is primarily all about?



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