posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 09:35 PM
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
So why does islam regard dogs as objectionable? Do they have some connection to the occult? Are they afraid dogs will drive away good spirits?
Not meaning to derail this thread, I was just thinking of the cultural attitudes toward dogs, and wondering about dogs in regard to paranormal
Islam has a funny stance towards dogs. I grew up in a heavily Islamized country and still practice today and personally have not come to grips with
the full view but essence is that dogs can sense spirits and do drive good spirits / angels away.
There is nothing that I am personally aware of in the Quran / Koran about this but there is a bit of a story relating to the Prophet. Apparently one
evening he was expecting the Arch Angel Gabriel but it never appeared despite an assurance from the higher power earlier on.
The next day, the Angel did show itself and when quizzed about not keeping its promises, it's answer was that a dog had been in the house previously
and an Angel cannot enter a premise where a dog is or has done its business till the area is cleaned up. Cleanliness is considered one half of the
Islamic faith so I can understand how dogs have over time been frowned upon.
Hence, the main reason islam does not encourage muslims to keep dogs as pets is because they discourage the good spirits that bring blessings & good
things from entering one's home. The same applies if a place is in gross neglect and not kept clean - and as a result a person will lose 'points'
that count towards reward at the end of time for keeping a dog in the house. However, they are considered excellent in providing protection and
muslims are encouraged to keep them as guards. And its mandatory for a person to look after an animal and provide the best care possible once
responsibility is taken for its well being.
I know that a lot of false and misleading things are out there about Islam and its stance on dogs but it should be kept in mind that most of it is
borne out of stories handed down from word of mouth for over a thousand years. Things do tend to get grossly misinterpreted - think chinese whispers
I hope that sheds some light on your question.