Why is Islam/Muhammad Against Dogs as pets?

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From Bukhari Vol. 4, #448


Narrated Abu Talha: "I heard Allah's Apostle saying; "Angels (of Mercy) do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or a picture of a living creature (a human being or an animal).""

From Bukhari Vol. 7, #843


Narrated Salim's father: "Once Gabriel promised to visit the Prophet but he delayed and the Prophet got worried about that. At last he came out and found Gabriel and complained to him of his grief (for his delay). Gabriel said to him, "We do not enter a place in which there is a picture or a dog.""

From Muslim, #5276:


Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger as saying: Angels do not accompany the travelers who have with them a dog and a bell.

From Muslim, #5279:


Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger as saying: "The bell is the musical instrument of Satan."

Growing up I was never allowed to own a dog as a pet or even pet one because of these nuisances teachings

lol I always wanted a huskie growing up  :'(

This wear Muhammad orders killing of dogs

From Bukhari Vol. 4, # 540


Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle ordered that the dogs should be killed.

From Abu Dawud # 2839

?Abd Allah B. Mughaffal reported the apostle of Allah as saying: Were dogs not a species of creature I should command that they all be killed; but kill every pure black one.

The Hadith's note for #2839 says, "The prophet did not order the killing of all the dogs, for some are to be retained for hunting and watching. He ordered to kill the jet-black ones. They might be more mischievous among them?.

It's quite simple. Mo was a megalomaniac who demanded people emulate him in every regards, including personal tastes and pet peeves. Mo simply had a personal dislike for dogs, and hence we must all emulate the great leader. This is only assuming the hadiths about dogs are a real representation of what Mo said.

That beings said this is a good article to read:



Despite the attribution to the Prophet of a large number of traditions hostile to dogs, for a variety of reasons, many pre-modern Muslim scholars challenged this orientation. The Qur?an, the divine book of Islam, does not condemn dogs as impure or evil. In addition, a large number of early reports, probably reflecting historical practice, contradicted the dog-hostile traditions. For instance, several reports indicated that the Prophet?s young cousins, and some of the companions owned puppies.[10] Other reports indicated that the Prophet prayed while a dog played in the vicinity.[11] In addition, there is considerable historical evidence that dogs roamed freely in Medina and even entered the Prophet?s mosque.[12] A particularly interesting tradition attributed to the Prophet asserted that a prostitute, and in some versions, a sinning man, secured their places in Heaven by saving the life of a dog dying of thirst in the desert.[13]

Mo had some serious hate for Dogs. Though he himself had cats as pets.  The more you learn about him, the more you realize how weird he was

Cool Canadian:
Actually, I head that the Hadith about the cat sitting on Muhammad's clothes and Muhammad cutting a part of his clothes off so the cat won't be disturbed is actually a fabrication. Supposedly it comes from some other belief system. I believe it is the Bahai faith.

Considering that the most prominent hadeeth reporter is Abu Hurairah, whose name literally means 'father of a kitten' and in practical use means 'owner of a kitten', I would expect the hadith to be full of anti-dog pro-cat statements alleged to the prophet.


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