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Dog breeders who sell dogs are in violation of Islamic law.

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Submitted by Doc Tater (United States), Feb 27, 2008 at 19:22

It turns out that the sunnah declares it forbidden in Islam to sell a dog and receive payment for it. This is reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaari from Abu Mas'oud al-Ansaari (al-Fatah, #2237).

How many people who watch the Westminster dog show every year would be surprised to learn that under Islamic law there would ultimately be no AKC? I wonder when they're going to try and put that one through the New York legislature.

Under Islam you might be able to own a Newfoundland, or a Pom, or a Poodle, or a Golden Retriever, or a Lab, but only for herding sheep, hunting, or farming (al-Bukhaari, al-Fatah, #2322). Since it could not be sold to you by anyone, I guess breeders would have to be very generous.

I have to confess that under Islamic law (were I not one of the kuffar, I guess, and already more naajis than words can describe) I have committed numerous violations because of the dicta that The Prophet said: "If a dog drinks from the vessel of any one of you, let him wash it seven times" (Muslim, #279), and the other that adds, "...and clean it the eighth time with earth" (Shaheeh Muslim, #280). Ooops!

Many thanks to Mansoor ("It is a matter of following Allah's commandment", Feb 26, 2008) for his link to these rulings, without whose help I wouldn't know just how doomed I am in the eyes of Muslim jurists.

Is some moron going to track me down now and execute a fatwah against me, now that I spilled the beans? Do I wind up like Theo van Gogh, shot in the head and then stabbed repeatedly, or merely hiding for years with my life ruined like Salman Rushdie?

And what happens to all those dog breeders? Do they wait, or do they turn themselves in to their local mosques and submit themselves to summary punishment? What kind of screwy lives are we looking forward to if we don't submit, or equally screwy lives if we do submit?

What can we do to make this go away, Dr. Pipes?


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We resist every aspect of Shari`a, large and small.

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