Growing up in a Shiaa society in Iran, noticed a discrimination against dogs, compared to other animals. Heard they are dirtier than other animals.(NAJES). Common belief in society was that their dribble in a dish takes seven times of repeat sand rub & wash.

Didn’t 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, at the time.

Later in life, learned same kind of beliefs is shared in Sunni world too & many Muslims have this stigma about dogs while they use dogs for herding sheeps or security.

There is nothing in Quran that makes any animal dirty (Najes). Even pigs are not NAJES. Forbidden to eat their meat, just like the old testament. 

There is only one Ayah in Quran remotely related. It is about hunting dogs and their hunt being Halal if name of God mentioned on them. Dog trainers have a somewhat positive notation about them because in it there is acknowledgements that God has given them a special talent and privilege to teach the dogs on how to hunt animals. 

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On the light side of the issue!

Thanks to its creator.

“Office politics”


How about eating cats & dogs?
Every culture is eating something forbidden to others, even vegetrians have to prepare the soil by removing snails & pests.

In Korean traditional culture this special bread of yellow dogs are the best for eating and raised for this purpose.
After 1988 Seoul olympics, there is a campaign in Korea to stop eating dogs & pets. Pictures were taken from their website:

It is illegal, but still exists.

“Cats too”,

translation of above sign.


Now a question for thinking outside the box:

If you were totally pluralist, accepting anybody who called on you, would you limit the eatables to a specific culture or you just generalize it to say “clean” and leave the interpretations of different culture to the people?


Some of the Chinese delicacies, live bats.


Different Muslim sects don’t eat dogs or other meat eating animals, their choice of mean on land is limited to warm blooded grass eating animals or seed eating birds.

No such limitations in the book, unless accepting the limits sets in previous holy books.

Prohibitions maybe regional, cultural or out of respect for previous religions that limited what is eatable as Moslems are required to follow and honor previous revelations.

…but how did Arabs found justifications & loopholes to eat grasshoppers, lizards and other local desert animals that are not warm blooded?

Quran does not ban eating any animal other than pigs which is still prohibited in old testaments too.

No requirement other than generalization of being “clean”.
Clean has a different interpretation in every culture.

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