Islam Does Not Frown Upon Dogs, Contrary to Popular Belief

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You've heard it all wrong.

When ne thinks of Muslims, "animal lovers" is probably not the first thing that comes to mind - let alone "dog lovers".

A quick Google Image search for "Dogs in Islam" is enough to reveal that the general perception when it comes to dogs and Muslims is that the two should not coexist.

 

Images of murdered dogs are among the first to show up in the search, along with an image that reads "Kill dogs. They are unclean and against Islam (Islamic) morals." 

But, does Islam really frown upon canines?

In his book The Animal in Ottoman Egypt and an article published on Quartz, professor of history at Yale University, Alan Mikhail, sets the facts straight about dogs in Islamic culture.

Mikhail pinpoints the historic events that led to the negative perception of dogs in Muslim communities.

"A long history of positive interactions between Muslims and dogs that goes back to the religion’s very beginnings"

— Quartz (@qz) August 2, 2017

While Muslims traditionally think of dogs as impure, Mikhail argues that there is a "long history of positive interactions between Muslims and dogs that goes back to the religion’s very beginnings."

Mikhail writes that the world's first Muslims - the prophet's cousins and companions - regularly interacted with dogs and even raised their own puppies.

Canines actually played a major role in helping tame and protect the herds of sheep and goats from which Muslims made a living. They also helped protect property and accompanied Muslims during hunting expeditions.

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