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I am a born-and-raised Christian. I own two dogs; both were very important in me overcoming my depression in dealing with my father's death. Essentially, I adore these dogs. However, the hadith demands I live without them.

As a potential convert, could I live with these dogs? What if I pledged that these would be my last; that I would treat them with love and kindness, and keep them out of my prayer area, and promised I would not replace them after they passed? It just seems that giving them up, after all the comfort and peace they have provided me, is an incredibly painful thing to ask. It would be as if to rip out my heart itself.

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Firstly I like to say may Allah help you make the best decision


And do not exchange the covenant of Allah for a small price. Indeed, what is with Allah is best for you, if only you could know. Whatever you have will end, but what Allah has is lasting. And We will surely give those who were patient their reward according to the best of what they used to do. -16:95-6

So what’s stopping you from giving up that one thing in your way, being a barrier to paradise? What is it which is so hard to let go of? See beyond your weakness to let it go, be it the opposite gender, or music, or a certain kind of dressing style, look beyond it and realize that what Allah has, is far better than anything He has given you now and if you want a piece of the big cake, you gotta let go of these tiny cupcakes.

The Messenger of Allah sws said, ”whosoever leaves something for the sake of Allah then Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent, will replace it with something better than it.”

-Reported by Ahmad [5/363]; saheeh

According to Islaamic Sharee’ah, it is not permitted to keep a dog except within narrowly-defined limits, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) explained: "Whoever keeps a dog, his good deeds will decrease every day by one qeeraat (a unit of measurement), unless it is a dog for farming or herding." According to another report: ". . . unless it is a dog for herding sheep, farming or hunting." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, al-Fath, 2322)

Dogs are extremely naajis (impure, unclean). The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "If a dog drinks from the vessel of any one of you, let him wash it seven times" (reported by Muslim, no. 279). According to another report: ". . . and clean it the eighth time with earth." (Saheeh Muslim, no. 280).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us not to resemble dogs by placing our forearms on the ground during sujood (prostration), as in reported in the hadeeth narrated by Anas ibn Maalik, according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Do sujood properly; none of you should spread his forearms like a dog does." (al-Bukhaari, Fath, no. 822).

Whoever keeps a dog in his house is denied the blessing of the angels’ presence in his house, as the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 3225).

Keeping dogs nowadays is the habit of the disbeliever , who adopt them as friends, kiss them, let them lick them and their clothes, sleep with them and even leave them money in their wills. Keeping a dog is an imitation of the kuffaar. Some Muslims may claim that they need to keep a dog at home for purposes of protection, to which we respond that nowadays there are burglar alarm systems and other measures one may take for security purposes, and there is no need to keep a dog, praise be to Allaah.

It only remains for us to say that the fact that it is forbidden to keep a dog and interect closely with it does not mean that we should not be kind or feel compassion towards dogs if we see them in a pitiful state. These are two entirely separate matters. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that "a man saw a dog biting the dust because of thirst, so he took his shoe and started to scoop water up with it until the dog’s thirst was quenched. Allaah appreciated his good deed and granted him entry to Paradise for it." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, no. 174).

Nothing goes unrecorded, and no good deed of a believer goes unrewarded. Any good deed you do, Allah will multiply the reward for it and any bad deed you do, you will be punished for it to the same weight down to the last atom, or Allah will forgive you. What is a better exchange than that? Who is a better trader than Allah? Why wouldn’t you want a piece of that?

Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.


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“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:85]

Your backing away from the religion of Islam is considered to be a loss for you, and a loss of the happiness that awaited you, had you entered Islam. You should hasten to enter Islam, and beware of delaying, for that delay may lead to regrettable consequences.

(May 04 '13 at 22:01) Light ♦ Light's gravatar image

You could keep these dogs if you kept them outside or in their own area separate from where you lived, but handling them and then proper cleaning afterward would be a hassle.

This is a lesser matter considering where you are currently. Take it at a pace you can handle, increase your knowledge, and then you will adjust your lifestyle accordingly because you want to and you know that it is your best interests.

Islam came in stages so do not feel bad for not being a perfect all at once. The most important thing is to strengthen your faith now.

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edited Mar 30 at 09:14


This might be relevant to you (all ahadith are quoted from Sahih Bukhari with exception of one from Sahih Muslim to tally):

(1) Narrated Ibn 'Umar: The Prophet said, "Whoever keeps a (pet) dog which is neither a **watch dog** nor a hunting dog, will get a daily deduction of two Qirat from his good deeds." (Book #67, Hadith #389)

But we see variation in the following ahadith:

(2) Narrated 'Abdullah bin Umar: I heard the Prophet saying, "If someone keeps a dog neither for hunting, nor for **guarding livestock**, the reward (for his good deeds) will be reduced by two Qirats per day." (Book #67, Hadith #390)

(3) Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle said, "If someone keeps a dog neither for **guarding livestock**, nor for hunting, his good deeds will decrease (in reward) by two Qirats a day.' (Book #67, Hadith #391)

Lets check with Sahih Muslim:

(4) Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered killing of the (voracious dogs most likely) dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the **dog for (the security) of the herd**, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time. (Book #002, Hadith #0551)

*Conclusion: There is first impression that dog can be used for guarding the house but the later two ahadith indicate that it is only for the purpose of guarding the livestock. The purpose of dog for livestock is again confirmed by Sahih Muslim thus clarifying the first hadith altogether. Please note the bold words. Any criticisms are welcomed as always, and you may refer to more qualified scholar to clarify the given ahadith for you if you wish. But (2)(3)(4) clarify the concept of watchdog.*

The narrator Abdullah bin Umar is consistent, whilst only one narration is found for Ibn Umar regarding this case.

Jazakallah Khair

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