Tuesday, August 2, 2011

No to mass killing of wolves


Dawn Duvo is a new friend on facebook. She asked to join my group Facebook Sisters and I thought that was just an act of friendship on her part. No reservation, I accepted her and asked her to briefly introduce herself.

Dawn is thoughtful and kind, her air of kindness opened a new connection that led me to something very important--the plight of the poor wolves in the United States.

My initial reaction was sympathy for the wolves. I raise thirteen cats as of the moment and some of them are street cats. My home has been a refuge for lost cats and I could not just bear to ignore them for they look so helpless and unprotected. It is every human soul's responsibility to protect and love animals.

Islam espouses the protection of all living creatures.

In the Holy Qur’aan (S4:36) we are advised to do good to “… what your right hands own …” According to the commentator Imaam Faghruddin al-Rhazi, this refers to all those who have no civil rights, including animals. Thus, the verse lays down the duty of being good toward animals.(Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker)

Since I am a Muslim, I posted a question to all my facebook friends, and here was the flow of our discussion. The point of asking was to establish the perimeters of a Muslim's limitations when it comes to advocating for the rights of a canine like wolves, which has the same origin with dogs.

The discussion went this way with my Muslim brother,Abdul Malik Dari Maharlika.

Princess Maleiha:

As a religion, we do not reject any animal that is one of Allahs creation. The Quran actually orders us to be kind and merciful to all of the creation of Allah.

However, the only thing that I have found in the Fiqh ruling (legislation) is that if a dog eats or drinks from a eating/drinking vessel, then it must be washed thoroughly...Also, that it is permissable to keep them in the house if one needs them for security (otherwise one could keep them outside the house)

The Prophet Muhamammad (peace be upon him) related an incident that when a women (prostitute) gave water to a dog that was dying of thirst, that Allah forgave her of her sins and would admit her to paradise. This is because of the mercy she showed to the Dog.

Thursday at 7:38pm · Like · 1 person

Abdul Malik Dari Maharlika:

Assalamu Alaikum sister. There is a Hadith to this, from Sahih Bukhari:

Volume 3, Book 39, Number 515 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira
Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever keeps a dog, one Qirat of the reward of his good deeds is deducted daily, unless the dog is used for guarding a farm or cattle." Abu Huraira (in another narration) said from the Prophet, "unless it is used for guarding sheep or farms, or for hunting." Narrated Abu Hazim from Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "A dog for guarding cattle or for hunting."

Basically the Fiqh ruling says that it is impermissible to have your dog in your house and sleeping with you but it is permissible to keep it outside like a guard dog. At least that is what a scholar told me. Good day :)

Thursday at 7:39pm · Unlike · 2 people

Princess Maleiha:

Yes brother Abdul...but the Holy Quran does not order the mass killing of dogs. This particular hadith is being used to campaign against dog:

Hadith - Bukhari 3:515, Narrated Abu Huraira

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).

Thursday at 7:41pm · Like · 1 person

Princess Maleiha:

Here is a quote from the quran-Islam blog. 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 hadith which claims that the prophet ordered the killing of dogs and gave numerous hadith 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 hadith that fabricate lies against the prophet.

Thursday at 7:45pm · Like · 1 person

Abdul Malik Dari Maharlika:

About Killing a dog it is also in Sahih Bukhari:

Volume 3, Book 29, Number 55 :

Narrated by Aisha

Allah's Apostle said, "Five kinds of animals are harmful and could be killed in the Haram (Sanctuary). These are: the crow, the kite, the scorpion, the mouse and the rabid dog."

That being the dog would have to be 'rabid' and probably foaming at the mouth. I haven't asked the Ulema yet how they determine whether a dog is rabid or not but usually most people know because the dog acts erratic, showing i has rabies and foaming at the mouth.

Thursday at 7:45pm · Unlike · 1 person

Abdul Malik Dari Maharlika:

So therefore... killing dogs wantonly is not right. A rabid one... yes... provided that it can no longer be cured. I have to verify with the Ulama but I think thats the ijma.

Thursday at 7:46pm · Unlike · 1 person

Abdul Malik Dari Maharlika:

Also it has to be in the sanctuary :)

Thursday at 7:46pm · Unlike · 1 person

Princess Maleiha:

EXACTLY dear brother, Not only dogs,any animal that will be fatal and threat to human lives should be killed. The verse accentuates on RABID DOGS..because they can kill humans if allowed to live.

Thursday at 7:47pm · Like · 1 person

Abdul Malik Dari Maharlika:

True sister... too many people take Hadith out of context.

Thursday at 7:48pm · Like

Princess Maleiha:

The preservation of life of humans is necessary and exposure to threats require protection of human life. But it was not stated in the HQ that we should KILL ALL DOGS.

Thursday at 7:49pm · Like · 1 person

Princess Maleiha:

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.

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.

Thursday at 7:57pm · Like · 1 person


Princess Maleiha:

Animal Abuse and Welfare in Islam
by Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker (BVMCh),
veterinary surgeon

Let me clarify a few myths and make a few points:

1. It is NOT haraam to own a dog, though it is not hygienic to keep a dog in the house.

2. It is NOT haraam to touch a dog or any other animal. If the saliva of a dog touches you or any part of your clothing, then it is required of you to wash the body part touched and the item of clothing touched by the dog’s mouth or snout.

3. It is incumbent upon all Muslims who own animals, whether for farming or work purposes or as pets, to provide adequate shelter, food, water, and, when needed, veterinary care for their animals. Arrangements must be made, if one is going to be away from home, to have one’s animals taken care of as well.

4. It is haraam to keep a dog or any other animal on a short lead for long periods without food, water, and shelter. Dogs need exercise and are social creatures who form organized “family” structures in nature. Dog owners therefore need to spend time daily with their dogs.

5. It is cruel, and therefore haraam, to keep any animal in a cage so small that it cannot behave in a natural way.

6. Fireworks cause untold suffering to most domestic animals because of their acute sense of hearing.

7. It is haraam to participate in any blood “sport,” like dog fighting and trophy hunting.

No animal has been cursed in any way. Animals are referred to in many instances in the Qu’ran. In Surah Kahf, mention is made of the companions of the Cave and their dog. (S18: 18-22)

We would love for Allah to bestow His mercy upon us, so let’s show mercy and compassion to all His creation. This will also give non-Muslims a true reflection of Islam, aiding da’wah.

There are many Muslims who care well for their animals, and this article is aimed at those who are misinformed.

The appeal goes out to those Muslims: Please do not abuse or neglect any animal. This gives a distorted picture to others who are not Muslim.

May Allah be pleased with our efforts.

Thursday at 8:05pm · Like · 1 person


Princess Maleiha:
In the Holy Qur’aan (S4:36) we are advised to do good to “… what your right hands own …” According to the commentator Imaam Faghruddin al-Rhazi, this refers to all those who have no civil rights, including animals. Thus, the verse lays down the duty of being good toward animals.(Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker)


Thursday at 8:09pm · Like · 1 person


Princess Maleiha:
Below is a view of an Islamic scholar quoted by a writer which spells the origin of conflict about dogs in Islam. I categorized them for easy understanding.

1. Possible source of conflict:

"Muslim beliefs about dogs are sometimes confusing and contradictory. The majority of both Sunni and Shi'a Muslim jurists consider dogs to be ritually unclean but these beliefs are not unanimous.

The jurists from the Sunni Maliki School disagree with the idea that dogs are unclean, and those of the Sunni Hanafi School are ambiguous, allowing trade and care of dogs without religious consequences.

However all of these opinions are based, not on the Koran itself, but on the Hadith, which are commentaries, analyses, and interpretations of the Koran.

It is these Hadith that suggest that to be touched by a dog is to be defiled and requires an act of purification.

For instance they require that a bowl from which a dog has eaten or drunk must be washed seven times and scrubbed in earth before it is again fit for human use."

(The professor cited "Hadiths" as possible source of conflicts. What are hadiths? The professor defined it as "interpretations| of the HQ. Hence the next question is: How credible are personal interpretations of the HQ? Personal opinions anchor from one's social and cultural background. Therefore, Muslims should GO BACK TO WHAT was WRITTEN in the Holy Qur'an.)

My next post will share that.

Thursday at 8:19pm · Like


Princess Maleiha:

2. What does the Holy Quran says about dogs? This was explained by the same person from my above post.

"If we look directly at the Koran itself, it turns out that dogs are mentioned five times, and are never described as being unclean.

In fact the longest group of passages including a dog is quite positive, and it relates to the story of the Seven Sleepers.

As the chronicle goes, during the short reign of the Roman emperor Decius around A.D. 250, nonbelievers were systematically persecuted, in an effort to strengthen the state-supported religion.

In the city of Ephesus (now in western Turkey), seven faithful young men fled to a cave on Mount Coelius. The pet dog of one followed them in their flight.

Once in the cave, some of the men feared that the dog-Kitmir by name-might bark and reveal their hiding place, and they tried to drive it away.

At this point, God granted the dog the gift of speech, and he said, "I love those who are dear unto God. Go to sleep, therefore, and I will guard you."

After the men had settled down to sleep, leaning on the back wall of the cave, the dog stretched out with his forelegs facing the entrance and began his watch.

When Decius learned that religious refugees were hiding in some of the local caves, he ordered that all the entrances be sealed with stone.

Kitmir maintained his vigil, even while the cave was being sealed, and made sure that no one disturbed the sleepers.

The men were forgotten, and they slept for 309 years. When they were finally awakened by workers excavating a section of the mountain, the dog finally stirred and allowed his charges to return to the world, which was now safe for their faith.

According to Moslem tradition, the dog Kitmir was admitted to paradise upon his death.

Thursday at 8:24pm · Like


Princess Maleiha:

2. So what is the misconception about dogs?

"Certainly an unclean animal would not be admitted to paradise," the professor commented. "There is another passage, however, that is often misinterpreted when the jurists who wrote the Hadith note that Mohamed ordered ‘Kill all dogs.'"

This command from the prophet resulted from a historical incident, where the Governor of Medina was concerned about the number of stray dogs overrunning the city, particularly because of the threat of rabies and perhaps other diseases that were spread by the pariah dogs foraging through the garbage.

At first, Mohammed took the uncompromising position that all the dogs should be exterminated and thus issued his command.

On reflection, however, he mitigated his decree, for two major reasons. The first was religious: canines constituted a race of Allah's creatures, and He who created the race should be the only one to dictate that it should be removed from the earth.

The second, more pragmatic, was that some categories of dogs, particularly guard dogs, hunting dogs, and shepherd dogs, were useful to humans and had hence earned their right to exist.


Thursday at 8:28pm · Like


Princess Maleiha:

3. Did the Prophet Mohammad really wanted all dogs killed?

NO.

Why? Mohamed nullified his early ruling against the canine race.

HOW?

The Islamic professor added, "Some legends say that the prophet himself actually owned one or more salukis that he used for hunting. So, in effect, Mohamed nullified his early ruling against the canine race.

"Further evidence against the idea that all dogs were to be killed comes from another passage in the Koran.

It says that a prostitute noticed a dog near a well, who was suffering from thirst and near to death. She took off her shoe, dipped it into the well and allowed the dog to drink the water from it.

Because of this act of kindness, Mohamed absolved her of all of her sins and allowed her to enter paradise.

I find it hard to imagine that if he really felt that all dogs were evil and were to be killed that he would bless that women for saving a life that he had condemned.

Thursday at 8:33pm · Like · 1 person


Princess Maleiha:

4. If the Holy Quran does not support the killing of ALL dogs, then what is this persistent source of such misconception?

The professor explained:

"I personally believe that the reason that the Hadith condemn dogs comes from another source historically.

One of the religions standing in the way of the spread of Islam was Zoroastrianism, which was quite successful and had many adherents in the Middle East.

Dogs were prized by Zoroastrians, and treated with great affection and reverence.

If you look at the way history works it is often the case that the gods of the old religion are converted into the devils of the new religion.

Similarly those things prized by an old religion are often held up as objects of hysterical hatred by the new, and the Muslim attitude toward dogs fits into this category."

The professor said.


Thursday at 8:37pm · Like · 2 people


Finally, the discussion above has presented two important points: that Islam respects all living creatures of the Almighty Allah and dogs are included, not excluded in that teaching based on the Holy Qura'n.

I therefore sincerely appeal to all the readers of this blog who respect and believe that wolves should be spared from hunting, should join this facebook group and would rally behind this cause.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/danceswithwolves/

2 comments:

Princess Maleiha said...

Below are links on facebook that are crusading to save wildlife, If you are on facebook, please join these links.
Join us and spread the words. Let us save the wolves. let us protect wildlife. They are God's gift to man.
Please join us here:

Join Save Our Nature Wildlife on facebook:
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Princess Maleiha said...

More links on Facebook:

Hands Around The World For Wolves And All WildLife:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=211153158927538

Wolf Spirit:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/WOLF-SPIRIT/222871437925

Against--Kill all the Wolves Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Against-kill-all-the-wolves-page/142442489143517

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