Saturday Post: What Does ‘Quran’ Says About Dogs?

Dogs are mentioned in the Quran 5 times, not just once, NO WHERE does God call the dogs dirty animals or give any indication that they should be avoided or treated the way many Muslims think they should because majority of the Muslims don’t know the teachings of Quran, They are just blindly following their religion and blindly following their sects and Ulemas.

⦿ DOGS ARE FRIENDS OF HUMAN: In Quran chapter 18, the story of a group of youths is described, who hid inside a cave to escape a religious persecution. God made them fall in sleep and they had woken up some 300 years later. When the people of the cave were sleeping, THEIR DOG ACCOMPANIED THEM. This dog did not cause a break in the supply of God’s mercy to them. For they were continually been fed by God. GOD MENTIONS NOTHING WITHOUT PURPOSE. HE WANTED TO SHOW HIS PREFERENCE OF DOG AS FAITHFUL COMPANIONS OF HUMANS AND THEIR BENEFICIARY NATURE. In fact, in the very same chapter God said:• ”We have mentioned in this Qur’an all kind of examples for the benefit of people, but, more than anything else, man is argumentative! (Quran 18:54) Actually the story of the people of the cave, in Sura 18, God is telling us these righteous people were in the cave with their dog, if it is not righteous to have dogs, God would not have told us that story in which the dog has to be remembered as being there.WE HAVE TO KNOW THE QUALITY OF GOD, IF WE WERE TO WORSHIP GOD CORRECTLY. WHEN GOD SAYS SOMETHING HE MEANS IT, AND WHEN HE DOES NOT, HE MEANS IT AS MUCH. If God did not curse the dog, it is because God wants us to know that He created that beautiful creature and He expects us to make all use and companionship with that animal that accompanied these righteous people of the cave. Muslims are not forbidden to be around dogs. It becomes clear that God sees dogs as part of men’s lives.

⦿ ALLAH DOESN’T ABANDON PEOPLE WHEN DOG IS PRESENT AND THE ANGELS WERE INVOLVED: The people of the cave (Ashab e Kahf) were being taken care off by turning their sides continuously to prevent bed sores. • ”And you would think them awake, while they were asleep. And WE turned them to the right and to the left, while their dog stretched his forelegs at the entrance”. (Quran 18:18 part) THERE WAS SOMETHING ELSE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM (to turn their side) and people could be afraid of seeing them. AND ALLAH IS TALKING ABOUT ANGELS HERE and that means angels use to pass by that dog.If not, then it means that for 309 years that the sleepers were in the cave, no angel ever entered?Yet God says “We turned them….” The use of “WE” clearly indicates the participation of ANGELS. If angels really hated dogs, it would have been quite easy to escape death by having a dog at your place, keeping Azrael (The angel of Death) away from your house.Ashab-e-Kaif had kept dog with them.“It was that dogs duty to protect those young men who left their houses for the sake of Islam, so their dog sat outside their cave.There is absolutely no reason to mention the dog as part of this story, except to make it clear to future generation that dogs are permitted to live among people, right “in their midst.” And Quran 18:22 clearly shows that the dog was counted right along with the believers.

⦿ SALIVA 0F DOG DOESN’T MAKE A FOOD IMPURE TO EAT: • ”They ask you what (is) made lawful for them. Say, “Are made lawful for you the good things and what you have taught (your) hunting animals, ones who train animals to hunt you teach them of what Allah has taught you. So eat of what they catch for you, but mention (the) name (of) Allah on it” (Quran 5:4, literal word to word translation)Here Allah is praising the dogs. If the dog hunts for you then it is Halal without any (Zabiha) and God said, it is but his will, THAT LETS YOU TRAIN THE DOG, what you have trained of hunting animals, AS ALLAH HAS TAUGHT YOU.SO, THEIR SALIVA IS NOT IMPURE.

⦿ ALLAH IS PRAISING THE DOGS AND TELLS ITS STANDARD AND QUALITIES IN QURAN AND HADITH.1 – The dog was protecting the righteous men sleeping in cave. IT WAS HIS DUTY.2 – If a dogs hunts for a human it is Halal without any (Zabiha). THIS QUALITY IS JUST MENTIONED ABOUT THE DOGS. 3 – God said, it is but his will, THAT LETS YOU TRAIN THE DOG, what you have trained of hunting animals, AS ALLAH HAS TAUGHT YOU.4 – According to a Hadith, God once forgave a sex worker who just gave water to a dying dog in her shoe. Sahih Bukhari hadith (3467) narrates: “Allah had once forgiven a prostitute. She passed by a dog panting near a well. Seeing that thirst had nearly killed him, she took off her shoe, tied it to her scarf, and drew up some water. Allah forgave her for that. ”IT CLEARLY TELL US THAT HOW MUCH ALLAH LOVES THE ONE WHO TAKE CARE OF HIS CREATION, that just by watering a thirsty dog, Allah even forgave a sex worker, a Prostitute. Also, Non other Hadith is present addressing any other animal, like it addressed a dog.

⦿ ALLAH HAS RESEMBLED ONE OF THE NATURES OF THE DOGS IN A PARTICULAR TYPE OF HUMANS, HERE IS WHY:• In Surat al-A`raf, God is blaming the one who has been guided to the truth yet chooses to follow their desires. He likens that type of person to a dog that pants whether you chase him, he pants, or you leave him, he [still] pants. (Qur’an, 7:176). The ayah describes a man (his name was Bal’am) who received Allah swt’s Hikmah and he knew that it was the Truth. But still he chose to throw them away. SO HIS DESCRIPTION IS THE DESCRIPTION OF A DOG: if you chase him, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out. Such is the description of the people who reject Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect. (Quran 7:176)SUCH PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOUR ARE LIKE PANTING DOGS. It is in the nature of the dogs kept by the creator that they keep lolling their tongues out for getting something and they don’t feel shame in doing this act. But to Men ALLAH gave intellect to think but still if they are blind for acquiring material benefits only or follow blindly their false believes and rejects the clear truth when it comes to them, so much so that they sacrifice Allah swt’s ayahs so there this kind of behavior is resembled to the nature of a dog. The verse simply refers to how dogs often pant all the time regardless if they are active, scared or just sitting there, they don’t have intellect like men to know the truth. WHEREAS A HUMAN SHOULD THINK, PONDER AND REACT TO THINGS ACCORDINGLY; ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO DIVINE GUIDANCE.SO WE SHOULD USE OUR INTELLECT PROPERLY AND SHOULD TREAT ALLAH’S CREATURES WITH COMPASSION. IF THAT IS NOT THE CASE THEN WHY AND HOW IS ISLAM A DIFFERENT RELIGION? AND WHAT MUSLIMS SHOULD BE PRAISED FOR? VIOLENCE? HATRED? INJUSTICE? It is obvious and basic Common sense that tells you that DOGS ARE ALLAH’S CREATION and Allah will not tell people to treat them badly or to kill them brutally or unlawfully. EVERY ANIMAL HAS BEEN CREATED FOR A PURPOSE. It is a duty upon every human being to respect Allah’s creation. If we ill treat any of His creation, we will be questioned about it on the Day of Judgement and we will face the consequences here in the world and hereafter. THE QURAN DOESN’T MENTION ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT DOGS, SO CLEARLY, THIS ANTI-DOG ATTITUDE IS NOT INSPIRED BY THE HOLY QUR’AN.

The problem with cultural Islam is that much of it is an exaggeration of scripture. People go overboard in their interpretation or application of our scripture. People need to see the context of the hadiths to understand it, the time, the situation and the purpose. But most people do not know the scholarly discourse on such Ahadith, even many scholars do this mistake and misinterprets the hadith without knowing its true wisdom and the actual context and misguides the people. Especially when it comes to combining the texts or understanding their application in juristic derivation.

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Author: Hena Osman

An Animal Lover, Blogger for Animal Rights, Animal Enthusiast, Animal Whisperer and an Animal Activist. My blog is all about Educating and Creating Awareness about Animals co-existence in our society. There is a void which is still existing in the mindsets of the people and my articles are all about clearing the concept about how well Humans and Animals can live together on this land with full freedom.

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