Silo13, I WOULD appreciate if you could find any unbiased proper news sources for this stuff, I have tried searching as well, and couldn't find
anything outside of blogs and such that were obviously with an agenda against islam.
Is this even really happening?
If it is, are muslims even nominally being considered as the perpetrators?
Was it just some writer with a bias who wrote in her blog, and then had it spread around?
Anyhow, nusnus mentioned salafis, and while they have some practices that are...well...not really good and nice all the time, they generally wouldn't
go against their scriptures, and the scriptures are quite clear. In fact, the hadith you quoted was in part of a chapter that gave the whole picture:
The incident arose after the wild dogs in the city became a nuisance of the people there, and the order was given. Then the killing of the dog that
belonged to the bedouins occurred and was found to be wrong, and was then forbidden. Only the wild dogs were to be killed, and those that were
domesticated, or used for hunting or shepherding or used to watch the fields were not to be touched. There is one hadith that says that the black dog
with small eyes is to be killed, but this has been universally accepted by most schools of Islamic thought to be an inauthentic hadith that is based
on pre-islamic traditions.
All this isn't some "moderate" interpretation of the stuff either. It is quite clear in the text.
While their saliva is considered unclean (eg. you have to wash yourself again to pray if you get licked, and if you plan on using the same bowl that
you fed them in, it must be washed thoroughly), there is no allowance to kill them, certainly not those that belong to someone else. While some more
conservative schools of muslim thought may say that (aside from as guard dogs or work,) dogs are not allowed to be kept on the property, there is
certainly nothing against being out in public where there are dogs, or that their presence is an offense, so they must be killed, as the articles you
In fact, as nusnus said, good treatment of ALL animals is imperative. There is a story of how a prostitute saw a thirsty dog on the street, so she
gave it some water from a nearby well, and all her sins were forgiven.
Another Islamic tradition states how some dogs will be allowed in heaven, giving the example of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, who went into a cave to
escape persecution from romans because of their christian religion, and fell asleep, and woke up years later, when christianity was no longer being
persecuted. All this time, their dog watched over them.
So yeah....these articles... They are quite obviously a case of muslim-bashing...I mean, look at the title of the linked article! "Are Spanish Muslims
Waging an Anti-Dog Jihad by Poisoning Them?"
Are they serious?
My condolences for your pup, I too lost a dog to what was ruled as poisoning. One of my dogs was a little barky sometimes (which isn't surprising,
considering the number wild dogs roaming about in my area), and so someone decided to take matters into their own hands and punish her. Not that it
would've been okay if they had got the right one, but it was sad and ironic that they got the wrong, quiet dog.
So yeah...I've raised my walls and let them roam my backyard now when they need exercise.
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