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OMG: Muslims Hate Pigs & Dogs!?

July 9, 2015

I have heard many non-Muslims claim that Muslims absolutely abhor pigs as animals. Perhaps some Muslims do, but I am here to tell you that many do not. It is simple: just because I as a Muslim do not eat something, does not mean that I hate it and that I would want to destroy it because I hate it. For example, I do not eat pigeons, seagulls, cats, donkeys, horses, shrimp, etc. Yet, I love all those animals as Allah’s creations and I would not harm them. In fact, I have some pet pigeons 🙂

Anyway, the reason why Muslims avoid pigs is because their meat is considered as unclean for consumption. Muslims also generally abstain from pig fat and other pig derivatives for the same reason.

Want a surprise? 🙂

Although Qur’an forbids eating pork (Qur’an chapter 5, verse 3 see:http://www.quranful.com/ ), it also allows its consumption ONLY in difficult situations as noted in Qur’an chapter 2, verse 173:”… But he who is driven by necessity, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, then surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.”

The difficult situation might be starvation, being forced to eat the pork by someone or if one consumes it unknowingly.

Ok, well what about the dogs?

Personally, I grew up in the culture (southern Europe) where dogs were considered domestic animals and were often kept outside for protection of property and livestock both by Muslims and non-Muslims. In other Western places, such as the United States, dogs are family: they live inside the house as pets.

Regarding the religion of Islam, there are many religious leaders and everyday Muslims who believe that dogs are unclean. The only reference to dogs in the Qur’an is in the chapter Cave, where the Sleepers of the Cave were mentioned in verse 18:

“You would think they were awake, when they were in fact asleep. We turned them to

the right side and the left side, while their dog stretched his paws in their midst

According to the Qur’an, the Sleepers were monotheists, Muslims, believers. So, how could have they slept next to their dog? While the Noble Qur’an DOES NOT mention anything about a dog being an unclean animal and even approves dogs for hunting, there is a hadith that talks about Prophet Muhammad pbuh supposedly ordering killing of dogs and prohibiting having dogs as house pets. Well, what people fail to realize is that the Prophet pbuh may have done so for public health reasons. Dogs can get sick when wild and not taken care of, at which point they can attack humans. Many hunters around the world to this day go a few times a year and kill off street dogs that plague other nations. Is it inhumane? For our modern standards yes because we have the means to reduce the plight of dogs by having them spayed, adopted by people who have the means to take care of them, have them used for police and military work, etc. In the old days, especially 7th century Arabia, there was no such thing as spaying the animals. Many people lived in poverty, and even Prophet Muhammad pbuh at some point lived in poverty too.

As for cleanliness, well, dogs if not taken care of can get smelly and dirty as all creatures do, including humans. Generally, Muslims must take ablution prior to praying. Therefore, coming in contact with anything or anyone unclean prior to the prayer would require one to take ablution, male or female. Dogs inside the houses: well, for those who have dogs as pets you tell me about the dog smell? A Muslim home must be clean, especially the house where regular prayers are performed and recited. Having any kind of bad smell in the house may not be the best for prayer time.

Some Muslims have invented the idea that black dogs are really devils in disguise. Their arguments come from some hadiths and the justify such belief by stating that “Devils mean evil to humans and would want to get closer to people to do harm. What better what then to disguise as dogs?” We cannot change some peoples mindsets 🙂 of course, so they may continue to believe such nonsense. Just like Christians believe all evil about snakes simply because the Bible says that the devil was the serpent. Does that mean all snakes are devils? Of course not, although I would not touch one for fear of it biting me 🙂

 Torture is forbidden:

One can dislike, avoid, even hate some living creature, but it has no right to torture. Qur’an says that torture is worse than killing

For more anti-torture teachings visit: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/185/humane-treatment-of-animals/

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