Friday, August 16, 2013

The Dog Story pt1 : Oh Muslims ! Be Kind To The Poor Including Stray Dogs.

 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 "
"(Some) 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..


mecha_praline said...

my mother own a dog in her childhood life. but the problem in our society is stigma and perception. they tend to give punishment for those who they don't like base on their favor perception and stigma. sad

pak yeh said...

Yeah. The Muslim soceity has become so intolerant of dogs and Muslim dog keepers. They have also become intolerant of women who do not wear hijab, inspite of the fact that "There is no compulsion in religion".Quran 2:256.
Muslim extremism is bad impression for people who want to convert to Islam. The hadis on apostasy is a definite killer of would be Muslim converts. By making Islam an extremist religion by using fake hadis when Allah says it is not an extremist religion as per Quran 2:256, Islam and Allah is contradicted and made a mockery as per Quran 41:6.

pak yeh said...

Sorry , not Quran 41:6 but Quran 31:6 "Some people use lahwal(fake) hadis to mislead others from Allah's path, without knowledge, and make a mockery of it(Allah's path/Islam)."

Muslim are misled by Hadis Ulamas, and are without knowledge (ignorant). No wonder Muslim countries are underdeveloped in every aspect.

Annakholat Atastokhdevishizar said...

muslims in malaysia and probably majority of muslims are ignorant because of some self-appointed guardians of islam had brainwashed the masses. now every muslim cannot ponder on quran w/o interpretation of lahwal hadith or their appointed ustaz/ ulama. they cannot even think w/o these people telling them what to do.

that is why most muslims blindly accepted cruelty because these guardians of islam said dogs are haram. heck, even maliki mazhab didnt say dogs are haram.

malaysian muslims; fanatic followers of syafie mazhab of sunni sect.

i do pointed out about dogs in islam. even i give them clear arguments, they still insist that i must not use logic in interpreting hukum; i must seek the words of certified ustaz etc.
i dont know whether to laugh or cry.

Anonymous said...

First time I have come to your blog from Sak s blog Very good article Dogs are sentient beings and make good companions
from a Muslim who likes dogs

Anonymous said...

Let me ask your opinion, Would you prefer a Malaysia where everybody is kind and good, in good health with enough to eat and do useful work, but with no religion OR would you prefer a country where people are suspicious of one another, fight and quarrel and a high crime rate, with incest and children born out of wedlock and where there are Muslims only, no non-Muslims at all? Would you choose J Lennon's world?

pak yeh said...

Anonymous Sat Aug 17, 03:30:00 PM GMT+8

My opinion is that God made the good and the bad to fight and/or to learn to live with other.
Jon Lennons world is only a dream and does not exist.

Anonymous said...

Pak Yeh,
Very interesting and educational write-up. Of course, you passed the test with flying colors. As for dogs being considered najis by some hadis, I could see where it was coming from. Most likely in those days, rabies was rampant and touching the saliva would have meant contracting the disease. Why washing with earth and water? Because earth could be a sterislising agent which could clean off those sticky stuff. Now, if you get earth from your backyard, it may contain splinters which may punture the skin and cause infection. So now, we use dettol and the like. There is also samak soap as promoted by Zan Azlee.

As for the acceptance of hunting dogs and what they kill, it is logical to say that if a hunting dog could hunt, it is not infected but a healthy one.

BTW, I see you are still stuck with the Trinity. I pray one day you just may come to understand that it is not about God, the Father, Jesus, His Human Son and the Holy Pontianak. I hope God could laugh as I also laugh at this but I am not sure He could laugh at your comments on the Virgin Mary. Sorry for going off topic but I could not take you on in your preceding article. Only Jesus personally could convince you and I pray one day He would appear before you.

Meanwhile, happy farming.
Cheers. Adam

pak yeh said...

Dear Adam,
Thank you for your comments.
I onece approached 2 Catholic Nuns and asked about Christianity.
There asked me what i am I said i am an engineering student. The said "Intelligent people will not understand Christianity." "If you try to understand the Trinity ,you will lose your mind, but if you reject Trinity,you will lose your soul."
I said, I cannot understand what they said. They then refered me to some Priests.
I had many fights/debates with priests, mostly with Protestant Christians. I have checked out most Christian religions, including the Moonies, and my opinion...Christianity is based on dogmas,fantasy and mythology.
Many are claiming to be Jesus 2nd coming and people are believing them because they believe in dogmas,fantasy and mythology.

Anonymous said...

Dear pakyeh, this is such a difficult world today. If you take pity on a dog, you may get the Muslim neighbours unhappy. If you keep the dog, you may never get invited to their homes, maybe for the rest of your life. Do all the good that you can in this life, and leave the rest to Allah, for only HE knows what is in your heart. I cannot imagine anyone who can ignore any animal or lost pets that wander into their place. I have seen cruel people who not only beat animals, but there are some who pour boiling water on these poor animals, just because these creatures came by looking for food and I do not need to tell you what religion they belong to. Only Allah knows. Good luck pak yeh, may the date tree bear lots of fruits. Salam.....

pak yeh said...

Salam Anonymous,
I totally agree with you. Muslims have been cruel to dogs. And I believe Allahs wants this corrected. So people like Malay/Muslim couple who are kind to stray cats and dogs are Allah's way of teaching the Muslims. This is the practice of "LOVE", the True Jesus princiole that Muslims are unaware of. This shall be the topic of my next article.
Let us spread LOVE all over the world.

Chante said...

This is fantastic!