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Muhammad dan Anjing**

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Muhammad dan Anjing**

Postby ali5196 » Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:03 am

MUHAMMAD AND THE DOGS
by Silas
25 Jan, 2007
http://www.islam-watch.org/iw-new/index ... &Itemid=58


PENDAHULUAN

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"BUNUH YAHUDI ... BUNUH MURTADIN ... BUNUH HINDU ... BUNUH BUDDHA ... BUNUH KRISTEN ... BUNUH PATUNG ... BUNUH TUKANG KRITIK ... BUNUH KARTUNIS ... BUNUH PENYAIR ... BUNUH PEZINAH ... BUNUH ANJING ... BUNUH ... BUNUH ... BUNUH ... " --- nabi Muhammad saw, insanul kamil/rahmatul alamin/pencipta agama damai ---

Muhammad sering mengeluarkan penyataan aneh dan penuh kebencian ttg anjing. Akibatnya, sampai detik ini Muslim memperlakukan anjing secara keji …! Pernyataan muhamad yg anti anjing ini semuanya bisa ditemukan dlm hadis (tidak dalam Quran). Anjing sering disebut najis dan harus dibunuh, apalagi yg berwarna hitam. Berikut beberapa contoh dari hadis sahid Bukhari[1], Muslim[2], dan Sunan Abu Daud[3] dan saya bagi pembahasan dibawah ini kedalam 5 kategori.

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1) BUNUH ANJING
Dari Bukhari Vol. 4, # 540
Diriwayahkan 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: rasulullah memerintahkan bahwa anjing2 tsb harus diBUNUH.

Dari Abu Daud # 2839
“Abd Allah B. Mughaffal melaporkan rasulullah sbg mengatakan : Kalau anjing bukan sebuah jenis ciptaan (tuhan), saya akan perintahkan agar mereka semua dibunuh; tapi bunuh setiap anjing hitam pekat.

Catatan bagi hadis #2839 mengatakan, "Nabi tidak memerintahkan pembunuhan SEMUA anjing, tapi beberapa dari mereka dipelihara bagi memburu dan menjaga. Ia memerintahkan utk membunuh yg berwarna hitam. [Ini karena] mereka kemungkinan paling merugikan”.

Dari Muslim #3814
“Ibn Mughaffal melaporkan: rasulullah memerintahkan pembunuhan anjing2 dan kemudian mengatakan, "Apa problema mereka (penduduk Medinah) ? Anjing mengganggu mereka (penduduk Medinah)? Ia lalu mengijinkan pemiaraan anjing bagi memburu dan perlindungan ternak ... [dan] utk melindungi tanah pertanian”.

Dari Muslim # Number 055
“Ibn Mughaffal melaporkan: rasulullah memerintahkan pembunuhan anjing2 dan mengatakan: Bgm dgn mereka, yi anjing2 lain ? dan lalu memberi konsesi bagi pemiaraan anjing bagi memburu dan perlindugnan ternak dan mengatakan : saat anjing menjilat peralatan, cucilah (peralatan tsb) tujuh kali dan gosok dgn tanah utk kedelapan kali”.

Dari Muslim # 3813
“Abu Zubair mendengar Jabir Abdullah mengatakan: rasulullah memerintahkan kami utk membunuh anjing2 dan kami mematuhi perintahnya begitu taat sampai kami juga membunuh anjing seorang wanita gurun pasir. Lalu rasulullah melarang pembunuhan mereka dan mengatakan : "Kewajibanmu adalah membunuh anjing hitam pekat yg memiliki dua noda (di mata) karena itu adalah setan”.

Catatan #3814 : "Hadis2 ini menjelaskan megnapa nabi memerintahkan pembunuhan anjing. Kemungkinan ada begitu banyak anjing2 liar di jalanan shg meningkatkan bahaya rabies di kota Medinah dan sekitarnya. Nabi memerintahkan utk membunuh mereka. Kemudian para sahabat membunuh anjing tanpa batas, shg nabi melarangnya dan mengatakan bahwa hanya anjing2 yg membahayakan nyawa harus dibunuh. Kata "setan" di Hadis menegaskannya. Setan maksudnya adalah, membahayakan”.

TAPIIii, alasan Catatan diatas TIdAK BENAR ! Baca selanjutnya dibawah ini.

Dari Muslim # 5248
“Maimuna melaporkan bahwa suatu pagi rasulullah diam karena sedih. Maimunah mengatakan: Rasulullah, saya melihat berubahnya perangai anda hari ini. Rasul mengatakan: JIBRIL BERJANJI AKAN MENEMUI SAYA MALAM INI, TAPI IA TIDAK DATANG. Demi Allah, ia tidak pernah ingkar janji dan rasulullah menghabiskan hari itu dlm kesedihan. Lalu ia ingat bahwa ada seekor anjing kecil dibawah tempat tidur mereka. Ia memerintahkan agar anjing itu diusir. Ia lalu mengambil air dlm tangannya dan menciprati tempat tsb. Saat malam hari, Jibril menemuinya dan (rasul) mengatakan kepadanya : Kau janji bahwa kau menemuiku malam lalu. Jibril mengatakan : Ya, tapi KAMI TIDAK MEMASUKI RUMAH DLM MANA ADA SEEKOR ANJING ATAU SEBUAH GAMBAR. Lalu pada pagi hari itu juga ia memerintahkan PEMBUNUHAN ANJING, bahkan ia mengumumkan bahwa ANJING BAGI PERLINDUNGAN TANAH PERTANIAN JUGA HARUS DIBUNUH, tapi ia membiarkan anjing bagi perlindugan ladang2 luas atau taman2 besar”.

KOMENTAR
Muhammad ingin membunuh anjing BUKAN karena kawanan anjing liar sedang menganggu rakyat Medinah, TAPI karena seekor anjing mungil menghalangi Jibril muncul. Solusi Muhammad adalah MEMBUNUH anjing. Pertama, ia ingin membunuh SEMUA anjing, tapi lalu ia membuat pengecualian bagi anjing yg digunakan bagi beternak, memburu atau menjaga (diluar).
Dan sbg tambahan, ia memerintahkan agar SEMUA ANJING HITAM DIBUNUH dan menyebut mereka "Setan".


2) DAGANG ANJING

Dari Bukhari Vol. 3, #299
Diriwayahkan 'Aun bin Abu Juhaifa: "Ayah saya beli seorang budak yg melakukan profesi ternak anjing (cupping). (Ayah saya menghancurkan peralatan si budak bagi ternak anjing (my father broke the slave's instruments of cupping). Saya tanya ayah saya mengapa ia melakukan itu. Ia menjawab, "Nabi melarang penerimaan harga bagi seekor anjing atau darah, dan juga melarang profesi meng-tattoo, di-tattoo dan menerima atau memberi Riba, dan mengutuk para pembuat gambar."

Dari Bukhari Vol. 3, #482
Diriwayahkan Abu Mas'ud Al-Ansari: "Rasulullah menganggap harga anjing sbg haram, uang yg diterima wanita tuna susila dan uang yg diterima dukun."

Dari Muslim #3803
Abu Masud melaporkan abhwa rasulullah melarang ditetapkannya harga bagi seekor anjing dan uang yg diterima wanita tuna susila dan manis2 yg ditawarkan kpd seorang kahin.


3) HILANGNYA PAHALA AKIBAT KEPEMILIKAN ANJING

Dari Bukhari Vol. 3, #515
Diriwayahkan Abu Huraira: "Kata rasulullah, "Siapapun yg memiliki anjing, satu Qirat dari kelakuan baiknya akan dikurangi setiap hari, kecuali anjing itu digunakan utk menjaga peternakan atau ternak." Abu Huraira (dlm narasi lainnya) mengatakan ttg nabi, "kecuali digunakan utk menjaga biri2 atau peternakan, atau memburu." RiwayahAbu Hazim dari Abu
Huraira: Nabi mengatakan, "Anjing adalah utk menjaga ternak atau memburur.""

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From Muslim Number 3815:

Ibn Umar reported Allah's Messenger as saying: He who keeps a dog other than that meant for watching the herd or for hunting loses every day out of his deeds equal to two qirat.

From Muslim Number 2062:

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger as saying: He who attends the funeral till the prayer is offered for (the dead), for him is the reward of one qirat, and he who attends (and stays) till he is buried, for him is the reward of two qirats. It was said: What are the qirats? He said: They are equivalent to two huge mountains. Two other narrators added: Ibn 'Umar used to pray and then depart (without waiting for the burial of the dead). When the tradition of Abu Huraira reached him, he said:" We have lost many qirats."

COMMENT

Having a dog as a pet is prohibited in Islam. In fact, if a Muslim keeps a dog as a pet God will take away some heavenly reward for his good deeds! Notice that the amount taken away changed from one to two qirats.

4) DOGS ANNULLING PRAYER

From Bukhari Vol. 1, #490

Narrated 'Aisha: "The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)." I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away, for I disliked to face him.""

From Muslim Number 1032

Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of 'Allah said: When any one of you stands for prayer and there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle that covers him and in case there is not before him (a thing) equal to the back of the saddle, his prayer would be cut off by (passing of an) ass, woman, and black Dog. I said: O Abu Dharr, what feature is there in a black dog which distinguish it from the red dog and the yellow dog? He said: O, son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allah as you are asking me, and he said: The black dog is a devil.

From Abu Dawud Number 0704:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

Ikrimah reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas, saying: I think the Apostle of Allah said: When one of you prays without a sutrah, a dog, an ass, a pig, a Jew, a Magian, and a woman cut off his prayer, but it will suffice if they pass in front of him at a distance of over a stone's throw.

COMMENT

These hadiths state that if a dog passes in front of people praying it annuls their prayer. Annul means, "to reduce to nothing", or "to make ineffective or inoperative". If a group of people are praying and a dog walks in-between them and the Kaba (in Mecca), then their prayer is made null and void.

5) DOGS STOP THE ANGELS

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."

COMMENT

The story behind these hadiths was mentioned earlier. A little puppy stopped an angel from entering the house because it was "unclean". Note that angels do not enter a place with a dog, or accompany people who travel with a dog.

THE TOMES

The tomes also details the same aspects found in the traditions. We’ll start with the Reliance of the Traveler[4] which is a compendium of Shafi’i law.

On filth, page 95

e14.0 FILTH (NAJASA)

e.14.1 Filth means:



(8) dogs and pigs, or their offspring

On purification, page 98

e14.7 Something that becomes impure by contact (def: below) with something from dogs or swine does not become pure except by being washed seven times, one of which (recommended not to be the last) must be with purifying earth (def: e12.1 (b)) mixed with purifying water, and it must read all of the affected area. One may not substitute something else like soap or glasswort in place of earth.

(n: The contact referred to is restricted, in the Shafi’i school, to contamination by traces of moisture from dogs or swing, whether saliva, urine, anything moist from them, or any of their dry parts that have become moist…)

On trade, page 382:

k2.2 It is invalid to transact something that is impure in itself (najasa, def: e141) such as a dog or something affected with filth that cannot be purified (O: by washing), like milk or shortening, though if it can be, like a garment, then it may be transacted.

The Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam[5] entry on dogs (Kalb) (p. 215).

Kalb (dog) is also in Islam one of the "unclean beasts" (hence kalb as an abusive word, specially to unbelievers), primarily because its flesh may not be eaten (al-Nawawi ..) and further because, according to the Hadiths, there are several special regulation regarding it. For example dogs render food which they lick impure and render unavailable water intended for ritual purifications…) Vessels, likewise, which have been licked by dogs, require to be cleaned several times including once with sand. In a certain way they render impure the whole room in which they are; for angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog and Muhammad had first to sprinkle the place on which a young dog had lain concealed with purificatory water before Djibril would appear to him….)

Dogs "cut off the salat", i.e. they make the salat worthless when they come into the immediate vicinity of the man at prayer (Ibn Madja, Ikama, bab 30), and one is all the more inclined to attribute this rule to the impurity of the dog as it also holds for menstruating women. The Arab commentators, however, explain it by saying that the dog frightens the worshipper and distracts him from his devotions (al-Sindi commentary on Ibn Madja as cited above). This is especially true of the black dog, for "he is Satan"). This saying is either to be interpreted literally as meaning that Satan occasionally appears in the form a black dog (cf. Faust) or it only means that black dogs in general are considered particularly dangerous. Dogs in general are considered noxious and should therefore be exterminated (al-Nasa’i, Said wa’l-dhaba’ih, bab 9-14_, but as "Allah does not create anything in which there is not a trace of His wisdom" (al-Sindi, commentary on this passage), this rule is applied only to black dogs.

It is only permitted to keep dogs for hunting, for herding and for watching (al-Nasa’i, op. cit.); whoever keeps a forbidden dog has to forfeit a portion of his possession daily (cf. Babylon. Talmud Shabbath, fol 63: "whoever possesses a dangerous dog keeps good fortune away from his house"). Dealing in dogs on the other hand is strictly forbidden (al-Bukhari, Buyu’ bab 25).

But in spite of its impurity and dangerousness the Arabs are able to appreciate the good qualities and services of the dog. Muhammad himself promises a woman a divine reward for a kindness which she had done a thirsty dog (al-Bukhari, Wudi, bab 33), and al-Kazwini (p. 403) characterizes the dog as "a particularly intelligent, very useful animal, patient in hunger an on the watch, whose cleverness and fidelity are shown in many ways". …

COMMENT

The tomes echo the hadiths statements. That’s’ because the hadiths statements are theological bedrock for Islam’s denigration of dogs, hence the scholars detail the rulings in their books of jurisprudence or theology. Islam has a formal, establish, legal position that dogs are unclean and it rejects dogs as pets.

OTHER SOURCES

There are many Muslim sites that discuss dog ownership. Real Muslims believe in obeying the Islamic law - the Sharia’h, which states that keeping dogs as pets is not permitted. Below are a few samples.

The Muslim Q&A site Albalgh[6] answers a young Muslim’s question regarding keeping a dog as a pet:

Q.) I am a 15 year old Muslim American and my mother is buying a dog. I heard that if I touch the dog, I cannot pray. Is this true? What should I do?

Similarly Allah Taãla created the dog from among His creation. This does not mean that we should love the dog. It is perhaps the indoctrination of the Western culture that 'The dog is Man's best Friend'. The theory that 'dogs are very dependent on Human affection' is a myth - again culture and custom has helped to develop this unnatural behavior.

Allah Taãla the Creator of this Universe - having created the dog would surely have known that the dog requires Human affection and love to exist in this world. Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu Álayhi Wasallam) would have advised us to keep dogs as pets. On the contrary, we are instructed not to keep dogs as pets and 'love' them as exemplified by the non-Muslims. Remember our life is structured and bound by the Shariah i.e. The Noble Qurãn and the beautiful example of Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu Álayhi Wasallam). Consider these Ahaadith:

… Salaam) said that we, the group of Angels do not enter a house wherein there is a dog or pictures. (Sahih Muslim Hadith no.3928)

In the light of these Ahadiths and other narrations, it is not permissible to keep dogs as pets. The household is deprived of the Mercy of Allah Taãla.

The website Islam-qa[7] addresses a person’s question regarding owning dogs:

Question:

What is the ruling on raising dogs in the house?

Answer…

It is not permissible for a Muslim to keep a dog, unless he needs this dog for hunting, guarding livestock or guarding crops.

Al-Bukhaari (2145) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Whoever keeps a dog, a qiraat from his good deeds will be deducted every day, except a dog for farming or herding livestock."

Muslim (2978) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Whoever keeps a dog that is not a dog for hunting, herding livestock or farming, two qiraats will be deducted from his reward each day."

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With regard to keeping dogs, this is haraam and is in fact a major sin, because the one who keeps a dog, except those for which an exception has been made, will have two qiraats deducted from his reward every day.

It is by the wisdom of Allah that like calls to like and evil calls to evil. It is said that the kaafirs, Jews, Christians and communists in the east and the west all keep dogs, Allaah forbid. Each one takes his dog with him and cleans it every day with soap and other cleansing agents. But even if he were to clean it with the water of all the seas in the world and all the soap in the world, it would never become pure! Because its impurity is inherent, and inherent impurity cannot be cleansed except by destroying it and erasing it altogether.

But this is by the wisdom of Allah, and the wisdom of Allah is that like calls to like and evil calls to Shaytaan because this kufr of theirs is by the inspiration of the Shaytaan and the command of the Shaytaan, for the Shaytaan enjoins evil, immorality, kufr and misguidance. So they are slaves to the Shaytaan and to their whims and desires, and they are also evil and love vile things. We ask Allah to guide us and them.

COMMENT

These Muslim sites are only stating what the Sharia’h teaches: You can’t own dogs. The site above says that not only is it not permissible for Muslims to own dogs, but that the dogs must be destroyed. And note that it ends with a denunciation of non-Muslims (kufr) and states that owning dogs comes from the inspiration of Satan and dog owners are slaves to Satan.

TO OBEY OR NOT OBEY MUHAMMAD? – THAT IS THE QUESTION.

Islam has branded the dog as unclean, speaks against owning dogs as pets, and ordered that they be killed. However, some Muslims know the joy of pet ownership and are caught in dichotomies: To kill or not to kill? Unclean or not unclean? To obey Muhammad or disobey Muhammad? That is the question. The Muslims that are honest and rational know that the commands in the hadiths are nonsense. That leaves them with two options: 1) deny the validity of the "authentic traditions" (Sahih Hadiths), or, 2) tailor the anti-dog commands to make them more palatable. We’ll sample a few of their arguments and provide brief responses.

ARGUMENT 1: THE HADITHS ARE FALSE – Variation 1.

One way to deal with the problem is to claim that the anti-dog Hadiths are false. Here is a quote from the quran-Islam blog[8]. The editor wrote:

It is traditional among Muslims all over the world to regard the dog as a dirty animal that when touched would void your wudu (ablution) and give you nagasah (dirty impurity!)

Sadly, this concept comes from fabricated hadiths which claims that the prophet ordered the killing of dogs and gave numerous hadiths that prohibit the keeping of dogs except for hunting and guarding, due to their dirty status!

However, by studying the Quran we find no such claims. Nowhere in the Quran are dogs prohibited. Consequently, we must dismiss all these hadiths that fabricate lies against the prophet.

And then an article written by Linda Kelly follows the above which supports the wholesomeness of dogs. Kelly refers to the "Seven Sleepers" story in the Quran, (that was taken from New Testament Apocrypha), and says that because there was a dog with them, God approved of dogs as companions. She wrote:

Hadiths tells us that angels won't enter a room where there is a dog. That means that for 309 years that the sleepers were in the cave, no angel ever entered. Yet God says "We turned them...." The use of "we" clearly indicates the participation of angels. There is absolutely no reason to mention the dog as part of this story, except to make it clear to future generation that dogs are permitted to live among people, right "in their midst." And 18:22 clearly shows that the dog was counted right along with the believers.

ARGUMENT 1: THE HADITH ARE FALSE – Variation 2.

The argument below is similar to the one above. It comes from the website "islamic concern". This argument also acknowledges the wholesomeness in dog ownership and the irrationality of the hadiths statements on dogs. This argument quotes from a Muslim professor living and teaching in America, Abou El Fadl. It details his position on dogs:

After a lengthy process of textual research and prayer for divine guidance, he concluded that reports against dogs were passed on through questionable chains of transmissions or contradicted by more favorable reports - for instance, one story of Muhammad praying with his dogs playing nearby.



"Dogs represent my rebellion against ignorance about the basis of actual historical law," Abou El Fadl says. "They are a symbol of the irrationality of our tradition, the privileging of law over humaneness."

How, he asks, pointing to Honey, who constantly follows him and nestles at his side, does God "create animals with these natural tendencies and then condemn them as thoroughly reprehensible?"

From Newsweek, April 15, 2002:

Take that matter of dogs, for instance. To the literalists, the prohibition against dogs as pets is clearly delineated in one of the hadiths, the traditional accounts of the life and sayings of the prophet Mohammed. In their view, the hadiths and the Koran unambiguously set forth the laws of sharia’h. But, as Abou El Fadl points out, determining which of the tens of thousands of hadiths are authoritative requires both knowledge and critical analysis. One must evaluate the reliability of the sources and assess how consistent the hadiths are with the moral vision of the God who speaks in and through the Koran. In the case of the dog hadiths, Abou El Fadl found it hard to believe that the same God who created such companionable creatures would have his prophet declare them "unclean."

Investigating the sources, he discovered that the hadiths in question not only derived from an unreliable chain of sources but reflected views far more consistent with pre-Islamic Arab customs and attitudes. What's more, he says, he found that a hadiths from one of the most trustworthy sources tells how the Prophet himself had prayed in the presence of his playfully cavorting dogs.[9]

RESPONSE

Linda Kelly and Fadl attack the validity of the Sahih Hadiths. Yet in the theology of the Sunni Muslim world, these hadiths classified as completely reliable. They have stood in the hallowed halls of Islamic theology for a thousand years plus. They are foundational to Islam for they command and explain many of Islam’s facets that are omitted or missed by the Quran. Devout Muslims would say that Kelly and Fadl have been seduced or deceived away from Islam’s true teaching on dogs and that they are sinning.

Kelly claims that these hadiths contradict the Quran. But her argument is based on the assumption that "We" includes angels. God could have turned the sleepers himself. If God can create the world, he can turn sleeping men and angels need not be in the cave.

Fadl points out correctly that the hadiths is often "irrational". But Fadl hides deceitfully behind a smoke screen. He says, "Determining which of the tens of thousands of hadiths are authoritative requires both knowledge and critical analysis." In the context of the discussion that’s a laughable statement because the critical analysis has already been done. And the results of this analysis are now, and have been, deeply rooted and well established in Islamic theology. This "critical analysis" has produced the "sahih" collections of hadiths, i.e. Bukhari and Muslim. The other four authentic collections of hadiths are Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and an-Nasi. Five of these collections are available in English and much of them is available on the internet for free. You’ll find that they all agree about the status of dogs. Nobody needs to sift through "tens of thousands of hadiths". It’s already been done and established for over 1000 years. Fadl is deceptive and misleads a naive and trusting Western audience.

Linda Kelly and Fadl both believe that it is nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous disobedience to Muhammad, denigrate the hadiths, and bear the whips and scorn of the fundamentalist Muslims, than it is to turn their backs upon man’s best friend. Obviously it’s a dog eat dog world in Islam and these more rational people recognize the value of dogs as pets, so they attack Muhammad’s bizarre statements.


ARGUMENT 2: THE HADITH ARE MISUNDERSTOOD

There are several variations of this argument and an example is below. It is from a site that wrote a response to my original "dog" article. His reasoning is that the dogs Muhammad referred to were hyenas:

Has it occurred to you that the "black dogs" that Prophet Muhammad talked about were what we call today "Hyenas"? Don't we even call Hyenas "black devils" today as the Prophet peace be upon him called them 1500 years ago???

They're also sometimes called "Desert Wolfs". What Silas? I know you're Middle Eastern! Have you forgotten your region already? Or are you just acting plain stupid to deceive your Western reader and to make Islam look like you?!

Now tell us Silas, why shouldn't you kill a Hyena, or a Coyote or a Jackal, or even a Wild Dog when you encounter them?

I agree that dogs are helpful and beneficial to humans. That is why he didn't completely prohibit owning dogs from all aspects. We can still use dogs to benefit us. But petting a dog in a house causes the house to be unclean. Dogs are unclean animals. Their saliva are unclean and disgusting.[10]

RESPONSE

Osama is attempting to modify the hadiths meaning. "Muhammad didn’t mean dogs, he meant hyenas." The Arabic word for dog is "kalb" and the Arabic word for hyena is "dab" (roughly transliterated). If Muhammad wanted to distinguish between dogs and hyenas he would have used the correct word.

Lets re-visit 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”.

Obviously, Muhammad classified together all dogs that did or did not perform jobs and distinguished between them based on their color: black ones were more evil. Think about what Osama implies: Was that a baby hyena puppy in Muhammad’s home, or was it a dog? Were Muslims using hyenas to hunt and watch their flocks? Osama’s argument becomes idiotic once the contexts are taken into account.

Finally, who is right, Fadl or Osama? Is Fadl right in claiming that dog as pets ownership is permitted today? Or is Osama right in saying that dogs are unclean and as pets make the house unclean?

BENEFITS OF DOGS AS PETS

I ask the Muslim readers to view the articles linked below and determine whether or not Muhammad’s statements were rational. Don’t just read the snippets I provide, spend some time and read the entire articles (linked in the Reference section). If you are honest, like Fadl and Kelly, you’ll admit that Muhammad’s statements were superstitious, stupid, and just plain wrong. The studies mentioned below prove the value of owning a dog simply as a pet. They are a sampling of the many available articles stating that pet ownership is very beneficial to humans.

The Siskin Hospital in Tenn. has a "Pet Therapy" program to assist in rehabilitation. They state:

The Pet Therapy Program uses carefully screened dogs and cats as an integral part of physical, speech, recreational and occupational therapies to address treatment goals including improving range of motion, strength and endurance, balance, mobility, and sensation. In addition to the physical benefits of pet therapy, patients form a connection with the animal; reducing stress and building self-esteem through the animals’ unconditional acceptance.[11]

From the BBC:

Dog-owners 'lead healthier lives'

If you want to live a healthier life get a dog, research suggests. The companionship offered by many pets is thought to be good for you, but the benefits of owning a dog outstrip those of cat owners, the study says.

A psychologist from Queen's University, Belfast, said dog owners tended to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Writing in the British Journal of Health Psychology, she says that regular "walkies" may partly explain the difference.

Dr Deborah Wells reviewed dozens of earlier research papers, which looked at the health benefits of pet ownership. She confirmed that pet owners tended in general to be healthier than the average member of the population was. However, her research suggested that dog ownership produced more positive influence than cat ownership. As well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol, she said dog-owners suffered fewer minor ailments and serious medical problems. There was also the suggestion that dogs could aid recovery from serious illnesses such as heart attacks, and act as 'early warning' to detect an approaching epileptic seizure. [12]

The Swedish Medical Center in America, Seattle, Washington, lists the benefits of pet ownership[13]:

Why We Benefit From the Company of Animals

There are several benefits to having a pet:
• Companionship and pleasurable activity
• Facilitate exercise, play, and laughter
• Have something to care for and a source of consistency
• Allow feeling of security
• Are a comfort to touch and a pleasure to watch
• Provide a link with reality to enhance emotional stability
• Become a receptive partner in a relationship of mutual trust that promotes self-awareness
• Provide nonjudgmental acceptance and love
• Are an outlet for one’s ancient primate grooming urges
• Improved sense of well-being

Google’s Answers[14] provides benefits to owning a dog as a pet. Below is a brief excerpt:

QUESTION:

What are the top ten health benefits of dog ownership? I want measurable physical and mental health benefits such as decreased blood pressure. Not qualitative anecdotes about how they make you feel good.

ANSWER:

- Pet owners have lower blood pressure
- Pet owners have lower blood cholesterol levels
- Pet owners have a higher survival rate after serious illness
- Pet owners have fewer doctors' visits
- Pet ownership reduces loneliness
- Pet ownership fights depression
- Pet ownership helps us cope with stress
- Pet ownership aids childhood development
- Pet owners enhance family life

Please note that for each category above the doctor cites studies that determined those results.

COMMENT

The benefits of dogs as pets are well established and the evidence is irrefutable. Yet Muhammad, claiming to be a prophet of God, commanded that they be killed and not kept as pets. Either the research evidence is false, or Muhammad was wrong in depriving humanity of a friend and ordering that innocent animals be killed.


BENEFITS OF DOGS AS PETS CONTINUED

Take a look at this video below and tell me that this animal is "unclean" and should be killed. Tell me if this dog is a beneficial pet, an admirable animal, or just another target of Muhammad’s irrationality.



Does this animal deserve to be killed because Muhammad uttered a brutal command? Devout Muslims, true Muslims, must answer "Yes" to that question, because their "prophet" said so.

Do an internet search for real life stories of dogs saving or helping humans. There are many out there. Below are excerpts from a small sample of the benefit, the good, the blessing, that dogs have been to their owners or other people. Remember, if Muhammad’s words were obeyed, these dogs would be dead, or have never existed at all.

1) A story about a pet dog that saved his master’s life during a heart attack:

Mark Hanrahan kneels next to his golden retriever, Murphy O’Dawg. The dog woke him up while he was having a heart attack.[15]

2) Selma Hayek’s dog saved her life:

Salma said she decided to take a nap at her home in California, not realising there was a gas leak in the house:

"I had a headache and went to lie down when Diva woke me up by grabbing my sleeve in her mouth and trying to pull me out of the house.

"Then I realised the gas was on!"[16]

3) A pet saves the lives of his two elderly owners:

Eve and Norman Fertig, who are both 81 years old, were out treating injured birds in the Wildlife Sanctuary on their Alden property on the night of October 12th. They left as the storm intensified but, were soon trapped by falling trees and heavy snow as they tried to walk back to their home. Eve realized they could die in the bitter cold but, fortunately, Shana was with them.

As the cold and snow chilled them both without heavy coats and gloves, Shana started digging under the snow and trees. The dog actually dug a foot wide tunnel about 20 feet to the home.

Shana barked but, the couple hesitated, so they say the dog came back and tugged on Eve's jacket. She says the 160 pound dog actually pulled her onto its broad back and crawled through the tunnel. Her husband held on as well as they slowly crawled all the way back to their home. They made it back to the back deck, opened their door and fell in to the house exhausted but safe.[17]

Ok, if you are a Muslim, be honest with yourself. Didn’t these pets make an important difference in the lives of their owners? Is there any justification to kill them?


DISCUSSION: THE BIGGER PICTURE

Think about the bigger picture. If Islam had taken over the entire world, what would it have meant? How would that have affected our society, and you?

Muhammad said:
"Kill all the dogs!" Kill Snoopy Kill Lassie Kill Rin Tin Tin!

Muhammad said:
"Kill all the dogs!" Kill Scooby Doo Kill Pluto Kill the Taco Bell dog!

Muhammad said:
"Kill all the dogs!" Kill Dogbert Kill Goofy Kill the 101 Dalmatians!

I am trying to make a point by presenting Muhammad in the light of today. The dogs above are fictional, or they were real dogs representing fictional dogs in Hollywood. Nevertheless, these fictional dogs have affected billions of people’s lives for the better. They have brought us laughter and tears and have taught us about life and love. Those fictional dogs represented the bond between dog and man and humanity has judged the dog to be a beneficial and loving pet. Yet if Muhammad’s word was obeyed they would have never existed. Never!

Muhammad said:
"Kill all the dogs!" Kill your pet!

People’s pets have made a positive difference in their lives. Did you own a pet dog? If not, did you know someone who did? If so, I’ll bet that your dog, or the dogs you saw were a blessing, not a curse, to their owners. Were they really the "unclean" animal that deserved to be killed because Muhammad said so?

Too bad Muhammad did not have a pet dog to share life with while he was growing up. If a dog was with him in the cave Hira, it would have helped him fend off the dark spirit that assaulted him. Following that visit Muhammad was often very depressed and attempted suicide many times during the next 3 years or so. (See the article Muhammad's Suicide Attempts).


QUESTIONS AND TALKING POINTS

Below are some brief questions and thoughts on Muhammad’s statements.

1) Prayer is annulled by a dog.

Why should a dog nullify prayer? What difference does it make if the dog is in front of you, or behind you? Jesus taught that God judges the heart, and the outward performance is irrelevant.

2) Angels do not enter a house wherein there is a dog.

Why would an angel be stopped by a puppy if he were on a mission from God? What power does this "unclean" characteristic possess to stop an angel?

3) Whoever keeps a dog, one Qirat of the reward of his good deeds is deducted daily,

Why would Allah double the punishment of dog ownership? And, how much exactly is 1 qirat in heavenly currency and what is it needed for? Is it a huge mountain of gold, silver, or diamonds? After all, if Allah is penalizing you for something, the thing he is taking away must have value to the owner.

The points above are some quick thoughts I’ve had about this topic. I’m sure that if you think it through you’ll be able to find additional flaws in Muhammad’s statements.


CHALLENGE TO THE MUSLIM

You have to take Muhammad at his word. Don’t deceive yourself like Fadl and Kelly and pretend that Muhammad didn’t say to kill the dogs. Take a stand. Either obey Muhammad, or admit that Muhammad was wrong and was a wacko. If he were false, then leave him. Don’t put your eternal fate in the hands of an abusive, deluded, false prophet.


CONCLUSION

Muhammad’s bizarre beliefs regarding dogs were irrational, superstitious, and very cruel. I am thankful that Western countries have laws that protect pets and animals and make killing dogs, as Muhammad commanded, a crime. I hope that Muslims will obey the law. Muhammad’s absurd beliefs are now part and parcel of established Islamic dogma. Muslims who intend to obey Muhammad and obey the Sharia’h must kill their dogs. Any rationalization for disobeying the Sharia and owning a pet dog is going to be punished by Allah. There are no intelligent or logical foundations supporting Muhammad’s beliefs, rather they go against modern medicine, modern science, and practical experience. Muhammad’s order is a blight, not a blessing. Muhammad’s superstitious belief, coupled with his brutality, bring out the worst in men. Muhammad is to be rejected for he is a curse upon humanity. Consider Jesus. He did not teach to kill animals because of their species or color. Christ's teachings were based upon faith, love, and obedience to God. When Christ taught prayer, He taught that God judges the heart, not the form or outward appearance. When Christ taught about heaven, and its rewards, He did not state that owning an animal would cost you your good works. Christ's message was simple: love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself…

Maranatha,
Silas

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Rev A: 8-3-98, Rev B: 9/3/01, Rev C: 25 Jan, 2007

Further reading: Muhammad and the Animals

This article first appeared here: http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/do ... c158088979

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REFERENCES

[1] Bukhari, Muhammad, “Sahih Bukhari”, Kitab Bhavan, New Delhi, India, 1987, translated by M. Khan

[2] Muslim, Abu’l-Husain, “Sahih Muslim”, International Islamic Publishing House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1971, translated by A. Siddiqi

[3] Abu Dawud, Suliman, “Sunan”, al-Madina, New Delhi, 1985, translated by A. Hasan

[4] Misri, Ahmad, “Reliance of the Traveler”, Amana, Beltsville, MD, 1994

[5] Gibb, H.A.R., Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam, Brill, Netherlands

[6] http://www.albalagh.net/qa/dogs_islam_prayer.shtml

[7] http://www.islam-qa.com/index.php?ref=69777&ln=eng

[8] http://www.quran-islam.org/119.html

[9] http://www.islamicconcern.com/dogs.asp

[10] http://www.quransearch.com/dogs_rebuttal.htm

[11] http://www.siskinrehab.org/patient/pet.asp

[12] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6279701.stm

[13] http://www.swedish.org/15309.cfm

[14] http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=710564

[15] http://www.gmtoday.com/news/local_stori ... 006_07.asp

[16] http://www.news24.com/News24/Entertainm ... 10,00.html

[17] http://www.wbir.com/news/archive.aspx?storyid=40172
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Onta Berlutut Karena Beratnya Wahyu
... Sebuah hadis mengatakan bahwa satu saat Muhamad menumpangi ontanya, datanglah sebuah wahyu, dan wahyu itu sedemikian beratnya sampai sang onta tidak tahan dan harus berlutut di tanah.

Berlututnya hewan itu merupakan indikasi berikutnya bahwa sang penumpang memang menderita epilepsi. Bonnie Beaver, pakar kelakuan hewan di the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, mengatakan “Anjing dan kucing dikenal telah memperingatkan orang saat kejang2 mereka akan dimulai. Sangat lazim bagi hewan utk meramalkan datangnya kejang2 pada pemilik mereka. Bahkan anjing tertentu bisa dilatih utk memperingatkan seorang penderita epilepsi akan datangnya sebuah serangan.”

Kemampuan meramalkan datangnya kejang2 ini tidak hanya terbatas pada anjing dan kucing. Hewan nampaknya memiliki indera yg tidak dimiliki manusia. Hewan bisa meramalkan datangnya gempa bumi, berjam2 sebelum gempa bumi itu tiba. Kuda dan ternak - khususnya - bisa merasakan datangnya badai.

Tgl 4 Januari 4, 2005 The National Geographic menulis:

“10 hari sebelum gelombang raksasa menghantam garis2 pantai Sri Lanka & India, hewan liar dan piaraan nampaknya tahu apa yg akan terjadi dan melarikan diri mencari tempat aman. Menurut saksi mata, gajah berseru2 dan berlarian ke tempat2 yg lebih tinggi, anjing menolak utk keluar rumah, flamingo meninggalkan dataran rendah, hewan2 di kebun binatang bergegas masuk kandang mereka dan tidak bisa dirayu agar keluar. Kepercayaan bahwa hewan piaraan maupun liar memiliki panca indera ke ename—dan mengetahui kapan bumi akan bergetar—sudah ada selama berabad2.

Pointnya adalah bahwa hewan bisa merasakan sesuatu, khususnya sebelum datangnya serangan epilepsy pada pemilik mereka, sesuatu yg tidak dapat dilakukan manusia. Tidak heran kalau seekor hewan menjadi stress atau berlaku kurang wajar menjelang detik2 pemiliknya akan kena serangan. Kami tahu bahwa istri2 ataupun sahabat2 Muhamad tidak merasakan apa2 saat ia “menerima wahyu”. Selama salah satu halusinasi-nya, Muhamad mengatakan kpd Aisha, “Ini Jibril. Ia mengirimkan salam dan salut kepadamu. Aisha menjawab, ‘Salut dan salam kepadanya juga.’ Lalu ia mengatakan kpd nabi, ‘Kau melihat apa yg saya tidak lihat.’”

Jadi, dgn adanya seekor onta yg bisa merasakan apa yg terjadi pada Muhamad, ini lagi2 indikasi bahwa ia kena serangan epilepsi.

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Seorang penderita epilepsi, yg dihubungkan dgn peralatan pemantauan aktivitas otak, sedang duduk dgn anjingnya yg bisa meramalkan saat datangnya kejang2.
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