Monday, October 27, 2014

Unclean Dogs

The National Fatwa Council Muzakarah on Thursday decided that touching and holding dogs is against mainstream Islamic doctrine in this country which follows the Imam Shafie school of thought.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Jamil Khir Baharom said Islam revered all animals including dogs, however, Muslims must adhere to the stipulated Islamic code with regard to touching dogs.
This was in reference to a “I Want to Touch a Dog” event organized by a Malaysian Muslim and held at Central Park in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya on October 19, 2014. It attracted nearly a thousand people from all faiths – the purpose of which was to encourage compassion towards dogs. For the Malaysian Muslims, it gave them a chance to overcome their fear of dogs by touching them.
Muslims who attended the event observed religious cleansing rituals after touching the animals, traditionally viewed as unclean in Islam. But the controversial event raised the ire of the country's religious authorities, and even many in the Muslim community were opposed to it.
Don‘t these people know that dogs are a man’s best friend? Haven’t they heard of search and rescue dogs, seeing dogs, guard dogs, military working dogs, sniffer dogs, healing dogs?
Yesterday, Nicol David won the Macau Open for the first time after beating Egypt's Raneem El Weleily 11-8, 11-2, 11-8 in the final. Making just her second appearance at the tournament after her first in 2001 ended in the semi-finals, the title was Nicol's 77th on the WSA Tour.

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