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Comment: Dogs, faith and reason

From Malay Mail Online: “Surely the worst of living creatures in God’s sight are those that are deaf and dumb and do not reason” — Quran, 8:22 As we can see from the above Quranic verse, the worst of living creatures are neither dogs nor pigs but those who shun themselves away from reasoning. […] … Read more

Comment: Muslims not encouraged to keep dogs at home

From Malay Mail Online: […] …in reference to the viralled incident of a tudung-clad Muslim woman who kept her pet dog in the house and allowing the dog to lick her, after she posted it onto her Facebook page. …the Prophet’s hadith as narrated by renowned Islamic scholars Bukhari and Muslim mentioned reduced daily blessings … Read more

Concerning guide dogs, police dogs, and other work dogs

Since writing “Comments on the recent ‘Dogs are not impure’ article”, several people have asked about contemporary uses for working dogs, particularly the use of guide dogs for the visually and hearing impaired, and police dogs. Several recent writings from scholars of Islamic law mention many use case and consider them analogous to the three … Read more

Comments on the recent ‘Dogs are not impure’ article

I have been asked several times about the recent article titled ‘Dogs are not impure,’ says prominent Islamic scholar. I have not seen the television show or the fatwa mentioned in the article so I can comment only on the article itself. The bulk of my reading over the past two months has been about … Read more

Malaysians and the sin of canine contact

The status of dogs in Malaysian Muslim society is enough of an issue that it periodically appears in Malaysian media. In 2013, a Malaysian Muslim dog trainer was arrested for uploading a video wishing everyone a joyous Eid that featured her dogs. In 2014, a Muslim social activist invited fellow Muslims to “Pet-A-Dog” to treat … Read more

Comment: For Public Purity outs itself as a hoax

Flyers from “For Public Purity” have been found several public spaces in the UK. The leaflets call for the ban of dogs from the public sphere. The flyers include links to an associated website and Facebook page. These flyers come at a time of heightened British xenophobia and many non-Muslims have already expressed their upset with what they perceive as another example … Read more

On Animal Extermination

An excerpt from my Rights and Duties Pertaining to Kept Animals, soon to be published by Tabah Foundation. In addition to forbidding animal abuse in general, the Prophet ﷺ also forbade taking their young, burning them, damaging their habitats, and exterminating species. Ibn Masʿūd (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: We were with the Messenger … Read more

Evident Memorandum: Sales & Other Transactions

In addition to The Accessible Conspectus, I am also finishing up a commentary for Ibn Mulaqqin’s Shāfiʿī fiqh Memorandum. This commentary is tentatively titled The Evident Memorandum. Since people often find the conditions for sales somewhat perplexing, I figured that I would take the opportunity to show some of the evidence and reasoning behind the rulings given in the previous post. … Read more

Accessible Conspectus: Selling & Other Transactions

This post is part of a series of posts aimed at making The Ultimate Conspectus accessible to readers who have never read fiqh before. 7 Selling And Other Transactions Something to be aware of is that describing a transaction or contract as “permissible” indicates its validity. It does not necessarily indicate that everything related to the contract … Read more