Why do Muslims shun dogs?
Imagine this scenario: You’re invited to a Thanksgiving weekend by your family. Upon your arrival you a greeted by your brother, who has his dog by his side.
You immediately order your brother to put the dog outdoors, and keep it there. Why? Because you’ve converted to Islam, and Islam regards dogs as “unclean”.
A row ensues. For the entire weekend, you are subjected to constant ear-ache by your sister-in-law, who criticises Islam for instilling a hatred of dogs among its stooges, and suggests that if Muslims learned to appreciate dogs, they would not be so violent.
This is no imaginary scenario. The family confrontation occurred in 2002 when John Yahya Ederer, above, creator of a site called Virtual Mosque, met up with his family for the first time since his conversion to Islam two years previously.
In a post in October 2014, Ederer conceded that:
The crazy thing is that, generally speaking, they were in the right.
And Ederer, now imam of the Muslim American Society of Charlotte, added:
My indoctrination to Muslims’ cultural exaggeration about dogs pushed some of my family away from Islam.
“Cultural exaggeration” would explain many other bizarre attitudes most Muslims have towards a whole raft of issues ranging from homosexuality to yawning.
Yes, yawning – it’s “shaytaanic”.
These issues are approached with an unquestioning, infantile reliance on the “truths” contained in the Koran and the numerous ahadith that add to Islam’s Big Book of Baloney layer upon layer of tortuous and often psychotic interpretations.
“Shaykh” Ederer confirms this by writing:
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.
The case with Muslims’ aversion to dogs is indeed rooted in authentic ahadith (pl. saying or tradition of the Prophet – peace be upon him). Some of these ahadith, when read by themselves, do indeed give that idea. Most people do not know the scholarly discourse on such ahadith, especially when it comes to combining the texts or understanding their application in juristic derivation.
And he points out that:
Dogs are only mentioned three times in the Qur’an, none of them negative in any way. Two of those mentions actually praise dogs as companions of people!
As an aside, I think Ederer is a monumentally arrogant tit. Rather than correctly labelling himself a “convert” to Islam he refers to himself as a “revert”. This is a common conceit among those who have abandoned one or other religion for Islam.
About Religion explains it thus:
Muslims believe that all people are born with a natural faith in God. According to Islam, children are born with an innate sense of God, which is called the fitrah. Therefore, some people see conversion to Islam as a ‘return’ back to this original, pure faith.
For this reason, many Muslims prefer to say that they have ‘reverted’, rather than converted to Islam.
In short, they are claiming superiority of Islam over all other belief systems, and if that isn’t arrogance, what in the name of St Boogar and all the saints at the backside door of Purgatory is?
But back to dogs and a blogger called “Silas” who confirms here that, while Mohammed made “strange and harsh statements” about dogs that, to this day, affect canines in a tragic manner, none of his statements regarding dogs are to be found in the Koran.
But they abound in the various collections of traditions (hadith). These traditions are a primary foundation of Islamic theology and are the basis of many Islamic laws. They render dogs as ‘impure’ and worse. Per Muhammad’s orders most dogs were to be killed and all dogs of a specific colour (black) had to be killed.
At the conclusion of a lengthy examination of the subject of dogs in Islam, “Silas”, a Christian, says that the Mohammed’s bizarre beliefs regarding dogs were:
Irrational, superstitious, and very cruel. I am thankful that Western countries have laws that protect pets and animals and make killing dogs, as Muhammad commanded, a crime. Hopefully Muslims will obey the law.
Muhammad’s absurd beliefs are now part and parcel of established Islamic dogma. Muslims who intend to obey Muhammad and obey the Sharia must kill their dogs. Any rationalization for disobeying the Sharia and owning a pet dog is going to be punished by Allah.
There are no intelligent or logical foundations supporting Muhammad’s beliefs, rather they go against modern medicine, modern science, and practical experience. Muhammad’s order is a blight, not a blessing. Muhammad’s superstitious belief, coupled with his brutality, bring out the worst in men. Muhammad is to be rejected for he is a curse upon mankind.
Then, sadly, he goes all Jesussy on us …
Islamic websites offer various reasons for Mohammed’s abhorrence of canines, but the one that appears to offer the strongest (and the funniest) justification for dog-hatred among Muslims rests on the absurd notion that a puppy fucked up a scheduled meeting between the Angel Gabriel and the prophet:
A’isha [the paedophile prophet’s baby doll bride] reported that Gabriel (peace be upon him) made a promise with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) to come at a definite hour; that hour came but he did not visit him. And there was in his hand (in the hand of Allah’s Apostle) a staff.
He threw it from his hand and said: Never has Allah or His messengers (angels) ever broken their promise. Then he cast a glance (and by chance) found a puppy under his cot and said: ‘A’isha, when did this dog enter here? She said: ‘By Allah, I don’t know’.
He then commanded and it was turned out. Then Gabriel came and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to him: ‘You promised me and I waited for you. but you did not come,’ whereupon he said: ‘It was the dog in your house which prevented me (to come), for we (angels) do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture.’
– from Sahih Muslim, Book 024, Number 5246)
So there you have it. Angels are the ones to blame.
But since then The Wing’d Ones have had centuries to reconsider their position on canines, and we now have it on good authority that they not only adore dogs, but extend to them a heavenly guardianship.
Yup. Dogs have guardian angels – two per pooch, according to UK “angel expert” Diana Cooper who is reported here as saying:
Dogs have two guardian angels as opposed to the one humans are assigned. I think it’s because they need more guidance than us.
When I first got my dog Venus our connection was so great that our collective angels merged so we could understand each other even better.
So strong is her connection with Venus that Diana, now 74, has written a book which she says was narrated by Venus.
We have a telepathic connection so a lot of the time I feel and hear intuitively what Venus is thinking. The stories in the book are all things that have happened to us.
After reading this I downed four fingers of Johnnie Walker Black Label before extracting Bijou and Fifi from under their woolly fleece on the sofa, and said:
Give it to me straight, and no bullshit. Beam me the names of your guardian angels, and do it now!
All this half-tanked infidel got was a synchronised, shaytaanic yawn.