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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Good News for Dog Lovers: Former Mufti Says "Dogs Are Not Impure"

 Via Egyptian Streets: "Dogs are not impure, says prominent Islamic scholar."

Traditionally, dogs have been seen as unclean and impure, with Islamic thinkers warning Muslims to avoid contact with the loyal animals.

Despite the Prophet Muhammad’s kindness to animals, including notable stories of the Prophet caring for puppies, it has often been considered that dogs are unclean and are incompatible with those that practice Islam.

Yet, a new fatwa by Egypt’s former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa challenges this traditional view, stating that there is a misconception about dogs being impure and ritually unclean (najis).

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