Dogs and Islam


It isn’t just women who get special treatment in Islam. Dogs do too.

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.

Animal abuse, cruelty, and/or neglect form part of the many social ills plaguing the Muslim community.

Last Ramadaan, I wrote an article highlighting the phenomenon whereby misinformed Muslims took their dogs (and/or cats) to the animal hospitals or mobile clinics during Ramadaan, to have them put to death by lethal injection. The reason given by the majority of these Muslims was that Islam forbids them to keep a dog. Also encountered was when an animal that had been ill for a prolonged time and the disease had progressed to an almost terminal state was it only then brought in for veterinary attention. When asked why they waited so long, the Muslim owner would use Islam as a reason, stating that it is not permissible to touch a dog. This still happens.

With that as the background, you might be interested to know that the following pamphlet has been distributed to letterboxes in the UK in a neighbourhood where a high proportion of Muslims live.


So, no more dogs in public spaces if you have Muslim neighbours.

Do we want New Zealand to become like this?

If not, then we need to support any political party that has the courage to ensure that immigrants will accept our way of life. That includes dog ownership.


– Facebook, Islamic Concern

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