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Islam is anti-Dog... ?!


Via the Daily Mail:

'Unclean' guide dog banned by Muslim cab driver | the Daily Mail: A Muslim minicab driver refused to take a blind passenger because her guide dog was "unclean".

Abdul Rasheed Majekodumni told Jane Vernon she could not get into his car with the dog because of his religion.

Islamic tradition warns Muslims against contact with dogs because they are seen as impure.

That's about as far as I got in the article before I paused, flipped out a little bit inside my skull, and then went to Google to see if there was anything I could find to back this up.

Yeah, there's a LOT to back it up.

Seems dogs are not prohibited as pets in the Quran itself, however Muhammad still didn't think much of them apparently. Ok, so he wasn't a dog person. It ends there, right? Not so much. Hadith, which has nearly as much of an impact on a muslim's daily life as the Quran and Sharia, pretty much states dogs can only be used for security and hunting.

I've just read about five different explanations of the Islam stance on dogs and a couple of counterpoints from muslims as well, one saying that that particular hadith is fabricated. After all of it, I come away feeling that Islam is a weirder religion than I thought.

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