Growing up in a Shiaa society in Iran, noticed a discrimination against dogs, as compared to other animals. Heard they are dirtier than other animals.(NAJES in Islamic term). Common belief in society was that their dribble in a dish takes seven times of repeat sand rub & wash.
Not dared to ask to have a dog as a pet…Absolutely out of question.
…., So, caring for a German Shepard dog, name GORGI (wolf) , with a confidant and close friend outside of the home was a secret.
Only Christians, Jews, non-believers or non practicing people had dog pets in my neighborhood, not us, the true believers!.
Later in life, Adult hood in America, learned same kind of beliefs is shared in Sunni world too. All Moslems have this stigma about dogs. They use it for herding sheeps, or security, but stigma is still there.
I saw a newspaper article, a Saudi prince, a practicing Moslem kept dogs to break the traditional hang up against them. A prince making a wake up call to me in that interview, while I never belived in any kingdom, specially Saudi’s.
Later I asked a Sunni clergy man weather shortage of green land and hence shortage of livestock & competition over whatever little and limited resources of early Moslems, could have created a friction and feeding competition in harsh Arabia’s desert environment.
Naturally he did not answer that question.
There is nothing in Quran that makes any animal dirty or Najes in Islamic term.
Even pigs are not NAJES. Forbidden to eat their meat, just like the old testiment.
There is only one Ayah in Quran remotely related. It is about hunting dogs and their hunt being Halal if they are alive and the hunter has the time for proper slaughter. Dog trainers have a somewhat positive notation about them because in it there is acknowledgements that God has given them a special talent and prevaillage to teach the dogs on how to hunt animals.
If you are a fan of Cesar Milan, “Dog whisperer” show, you will notice that he understands dogs and communicates to teach them, you’d agree that is a talent only some have.
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