Muslims do not have anything against dogs; a police report should be
made against Madam Zuraimah for stirring up a racist non-issue.
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is a devout Muslim and world renown Islamic
Scholar and Author, and this is what he has to say on the subject in an
article in Newsweek:.
"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. 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 hadith, 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 hadith 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 hadith from one of the most
trustworthy sources tells how the Prophet himself had prayed in the
presence of his playfully cavorting dogs."
Post by The Bishop
September 13, 2005
Dog lovers' Internet remarks earn Singaporean sedition charges
Two men in Singapore have been charged with sedition, and face jail
terms for making anti-Muslim remarks on the Internet.
The case was triggered when a local Muslim woman complained about
uncaged dogs travelling in Singapore taxis, and leaving behind drool
In a letter to the editor of the Straits Times newspaper, she pointed
out that contact with dog saliva is prohibited for many Muslims.
A 25-year-old Chinese man responded with allegedly anti-Muslim remarks
on a dog lovers' website.
Police say a second man who works at a dog kennel made an
expletive-filled posting about the Muslim woman on his personal
In Singapore, political and religious Internet content is closely
Ever since race riots in the 1960s, the local authorities have
regarded racial harmony as a fundamental social principle.
Under the Sedition Act, both men face a maximum penalty of three years
jail and a fine.