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"So, what is the Islamic position about dogs?" asks Islamic scholar Ingrid Mattson in the Huffington Post. "In fact, there are a variety of opinions according to different legal schools. The majority consider the saliva of dogs to be impure, while the Maliki school makes a distinction between domestic and wild dogs, only considering the saliva of the latter to be impure. The question for Muslims observant of other schools of law is, what are the implications of such an impurity?
"These Muslims should remember that there are many other impurities present in our homes, mostly in the form of human waste, blood, and other bodily fluids. It is fairly common for such impurities to come in contact with our clothes, and we simply wash them off or change our clothes for prayer. When you have children at home, it sometimes seems you can never get away from human waste. But we manage it, often by designating a special space and clothing kept clean for prayer."
Some Muslims object to having a dog in the home, writes Mattson, "because of a prophetic report that angels do not enter a home with dogs in it. If a Muslim accepts this report as authentic, it still requires an analysis of context to determine its meaning and legal application. Ordinary people are not recipients of divine revelation through angelic messengers, so it is possible that this statement, although in general form, might suggest a rule for the Prophet's home, not all homes. This interpretation is strengthened by the fact the Koran states that angels are always present, protecting us and recording our good and bad actions."
In fact, writes Mattson, "there is no doubt that the Koran is positive about dogs." The Muslim holy book, for example, allows the use of hunting dogs." The Koran also tells the stories of a dog that protected righteous children who were running away from religious persecution, standing guard over them as they slept in a cave.
"This tender description of the dog guarding the cave makes it clear that the animal is good company for believers," notes Mattson.