As a proud owner of a White German Sheppard (WGSD) dog, I often get questions from Muslims and non-Muslims alike about Islam and its position regarding the taking care of dogs. Most Muslims have been misinformed through superstition or culture regarding the ownership of dogs as pets.

Allah (S) – God – the creator of all things seen and un-seen, created all things in the heavens and the Earth for us to marvel in its creation and to admire and preserve its existence. Animals are also God’s creation and it is inhumane and cruel to give less respect to any of Allah’s beautiful creation. Dogs, may be considered as ferocious or  filthy animals, but in reality, they share a companionship with their masters that rival that of mother-child bonding. In the days of plenty that we live in, it is more than possible to have a dog as a pet and maintain a level of cleanliness that facilitates the keeping of dogs as pets.

It is required of Muslims to change their clothes and perform wudu (ablution) prior to performing salaat (prayer). This is completely fine, and one should be in a state of purity before praying to God.

Well, I’ve found a well written and insightful article written by Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker (BVMCh), who is a veterinarian doctor – regarding dogs in Islam. Here is an excerpt from his article:

” Traditionally, dogs have been seen as impure, and the Islamic legal tradition has developed several injunctions that warn Muslims against most contact with dogs. Unfortunately, many Muslims have used this view to justify the abuse and neglect of dogs, even though cruelty contradicts the Qur’an’s view that all animals form “communities like you.” We are pleased to present several articles examining the place of dogs in Islam. “

Its worth a read. Check it out @ Islamic Concern: Dogs In Islam.

// This blog has been inspired by my favorite four legged buddy, my step child, the reason I’m a single parent, my bo-bo, my doggy  – Beckham Khan. //