Muslim who pray 5 times a day, but do not give kindness to the orphans and the poor, are severely frowned upon by Allah. Refer Quran 107:1-7 "Hast thou observed him who belieth religion? That is he who repelleth the orphan, And urgeth not the feeding of the poor. Ah, woe unto worshipers. Who are heedless of their prayer; Who would be seen (at worship). Yet refuse small kindnesses!"
Many Muslim neglect this duty which Allah places its importance above the ritual prayers. And many Muslims do not understand that the kindness should also include stray animals, especially dogs the much derogated animal by the Muslims,out of their ignorance.
This is a story of Allah's test on our Islam.
Prior to Ramadan my wife was tested for her compassion, by stray dogs. Two stray dogs suddenly appeared in front of our compound. It sat there for hours until the next morning. My wife took pity on them and gave them some food. This repeated for a few days until they suddenly disappeared.
Two weeks later, I was tested for my compassion by another dog for the whole month of Ramadan. I was gardening,planting vegetables, and suddenly a dog came close to my butt. I shoo it away. It went back a few steps away. I continued doing my gardening, walking here and there. The dog followed my foot steps every where i go. Suspecting that it was hungry, I fed it some cat food. That was all I had then. My two cats were not too pleased with me.
That night ,the dog became a self appointed guard dog, barking whenever someone comes near the house. One time a big monitor lizard came into the compound anf the dog was barking ,and cjasing it away. Of course we were in a way pleased with the dog. So I kept feeding it every morning and evening. And the dog which my son named it Coyote, became our official guard dog.
This continued untill Hari Raya. He was there on the 1st Hari Raya, but he totally dissapeared on the 2nd Hari Raya. Why Coyote disappeared I don't know.? Was Cayote an angel in disguise or some soul needing to do some good works for us.??? But he left an emptiness in all of us in the family. Did I pass Allah's test.??? I don'r really know. But what I know is my date palm(kurma tree) bear fruits on one of the Lailatul qadar days prior to Hari Raya. And this was like striking lotery without buying a loteri ticket.
The dog is actually the most useful and pleasurable of of animals as pets and working animals. Why Muslim dislike it is because of fake hadis or fatwa by ignorant Ulamas like Imam Shafie who said that the dog is haram and najis. Imam Shafie must have based it on some fake hadis which Allah had warned Muslims against. Proof of this is in Quran 31:6 "Some people use lahwal hadis(fake hadis) to mislead others from Allah's path(Islam),without knowledger,and make a mockery of it(Allah's path/Islam)".
The Quran however allows Muslims to keep dogs. Proof of this is..
1) Quran 5:4 "They
ask thee what is lawful to them (as food): say: Lawful unto you are
(all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained hunting dogs (mukalibina) in the manner directed to you by Allah; eat what
they catch for you, but pronounce the name of Allah over it: and fear
Allah; for Allah is swift in taking account."
And 2) Quran 18:22 "
say they were three, the dog (kalbuhum) being the fourth among them; (others) say
they were five, the dog being the sixth― doubtfully guessing at the
unknown; (yet others) say they were seven, the dog being the eighth.
Say thou: "My Lord knoweth best their number; it is but few that know
their (real case)." Enter not, therefore, into controversies concerning
them, except on a matter that is clear, nor consult any of them about
(the affair of) the Sleepers."
Note the word kalbuhum meaning their dog and mukalibina meaning a hunting dog.or animal comes from the same root words.
Of late there are Muslim who love dogs and for the best of reasons, one of which is that the dogs have saved their lives from drowning as narated by the Muslim couple in the video below.
So Muslims should reassess their abhorance for dogs, due to fake hadis and fake fatwas, that contradicts Allah's words, the Quran . May we Muslim be protected from the heinous sin of contradicting Allah, which would lead us to hellfire..