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No dogs in Islam reasons. Pack hunters, spread diseases, viciously attack humans and livestock especially when they're stray and in packs and are in large numbers.

  

  

My rebuttal to Silas' "Muhammad and Dogs" article:

This article is a rebuttal to Silas' article, which is located at: http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/dogs.htm

 

 

He wrote:

MUHAMMAD AND DOGS

by Silas

  

INTRODUCTION

 

            Looking closely at the life of Muhammad, we find that he was a superstitious man and many of his superstitions became part of the religion that originated with him – Islam.  One aspect in which this is manifest is in his attitude toward dogs.  He made a number of irrational comments about dogs.  His beliefs on dogs may have come from various sources such as cultural bias, pagan concepts, demonic influences, or perhaps from his own imagination.  In any case they portray a man ascribing to superstition.  His perspective concerning dogs is somewhat bizarre and deserves a close examination.

 NOTE:  There are many statements found in the Traditions ascribed to Muhammad or a spirit (assumed to be Gabriel), that concern dogs.  I cannot list them all but I will provide a thorough selection.

 

PRESENTATION OF HADITH

             Muhammad did not make any superstitious statements regarding dogs in the Quran (other than the references to the dog with the sleepers in the cave).  But, the Hadith contain a great amount of references to dogs.  I present a number of Hadith followed by my comment.  All Hadith are from Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, or the Sunan of Abu Dawud.  After the Quran, Bukhari's set of Hadith are regarded to be the second most important book in Islam, followed closely by the Hadith of Muslim.   I quote from these three sources to prove that these Hadith are not just a few isolated or unsupported cases.

             I have sorted Muhammad's statements concerning dogs into 5 categories.  All of these illustrate different facets of his superstitious & irrational beliefs toward dogs.

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 1)      DOG KILLING

 From Bukhari

Vol. 4, #540 - Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle ordered that the dogs should be killed.

From the Hadith of Abu Dawud -

#2839 - Abd Allah B. Mughaffal reported the apostle of Allah as saying: Were dogs not a species of creature I should command that they all be killed; but kill every pure black one.

The Hadith's note for #2839 says, "The prophet did not order the killing of all the dogs, for some are to be retained for hunting and watching.  He ordered to kill the jet black ones.  They might be more mischievous among them.

From Sahih Muslim

#3814 - Ibn Mughaffal reported: Allah's messenger ordered the killing of dogs and then said, "what is the trouble with them (the people of Medina?  How dogs are nuisances to them (the citizens of Medina)?  He then permitted keeping of dogs for hunting and (the protection of) herds. ...[and for] for the protection of cultivated land.

From Sahih Muslim

#3813 - Abu Zubair heard Jabir Abdullah saying: Allah's messenger ordered us to kill dogs and we carried out this order so much so that we also killed the dog roaming with a women from the desert.  Then Allah's apostle forbade their killing.  He said:  "It is your duty to kill the jet-black (dog) having two spots (on the eyes) for it is a devil.

The note for #3814 says, "The Hadith gives us an idea why the prophet commanded to kill dogs.  There must have been an excess of stray dogs and thus the danger of rabies in the city of Medina and its suburbs.  The prophet therefore ordered to kill them.  Later on when it was found that his Companions were killing them indiscriminately, he forbade them to do so and told them that only the ferocious beasts which were a source of danger to life should be killed.  The word "Devil" in the Hadith clarifies this point.  Here devil stands for ferocious.

 

 

My response:

Let us first of all look at the real superstition and voodoo in the Bible:

From http://www.answering-christianity.com/superstition_and_islam.htm:

Voodoo and Superstition in the Bible:

The following Biblical verses were sent to me by Jafar; may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.

Leviticus 14

49 To purify the house he is to take two birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop.
50 He shall kill one of the birds over fresh water in a clay pot.
51 Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird, dip them into the blood of the dead bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
52 He shall purify the house with the bird's blood, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet yarn.
53 Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean."

How is the killing of any bird and use of cedar wood supposed to physically clean or purify any house?  It is clear that this is a voodoo and superstitious practice.

 

Now in regards to animals:

From www.answering-christianity.com/animals_rebuttal.htm

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No dogs in Islam reasons. Pack hunters, spread diseases, viciously attack humans and livestock especially when they're stray and in packs and are in large numbers.

 

Also, has it ever occurred to you that what we call today "Coyotes", "Jackals" and "Hyenas" were all considered as "dogs" back then in the Arabian desert?  You're from the Middle East, and you know that even until today, Hyenas still exist in large numbers in many areas where there are people living.  Has it occurred to you that the "black dogs" that Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him talked about were also what we call today "Hyenas"?   Don't we even call Hyenas "black devils" today as the Prophet peace be upon him called them 1500 years ago?

They're also sometimes called "Desert Wolfs".   What Silas?  I know you're Middle Eastern!  Have you forgotten your region already?  Or are you just acting plain stupid to deceive your Western reader and to make Islam look like you?

Now tell us Silas, why shouldn't you kill a Hyena, or a Coyote or a Jackal, or even a Wild Dog when you encounter them?

By the way, there are also Africa's "Wild Dogs", which hunt in packs.  These dogs are also black, and the Prophet peace be upon him might have also referred to them; the "black devils".  These dogs eat their prey alive!  I am certain that they might have existed in Arabia 1500 years ago, because I know for a fact that Lions did exist in Arabia during those days.

Also, have you ever watched the Australian Dingo dogs?  They too hunt in packs and they too are ferocious!  The point is, these animals are too dangerous to be around humans, and the YES, the Prophet was right when he ordered for them to be put to death.

  

Also, the Glorious Quran, the Holy Book has been thoroughly proven to be a Divine Miracle from Allah Almighty.  So we know for sure that Islam is GOD Almighty's Divine Truth:

Quran's STUNNING Divine Miracles: [1]

Here are some of my favorite Stunning Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran from among the tens (10s) that are listed in the main sections, below:

1-  Here is one stunning Numerical Miracle, from the 10s below, for you:

The Glorious Quran has 114 Chapters. The sum of those Chapters is 6555 (1+2+...+114 = 6555). There are also 6236 Noble Verses in the Glorious Quran. Now, IF YOU ADD EACH CHAPTER # with the number of its Verses, then you get a list of numbers. So 1 (first Chapter) + 7 (# of its Verses) = 8. Do this for all Chapters.

1-  The sum of the odd numbers from the list = 6555.
2-  The sum of the even numbers from the list = 6236.

See the XLS file for 100% confirmation.
  

2-  The Great Miracle.  Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran called the Number 19 Miracle "One of the Mighty Ones (Miracles)" (74:30-37) [1] [2].  See the 100s of Noble Verses that clearly testify to this Great Miracle.  Also, did you know that Allah Almighty Said in Surat Nuh (that's Noble Chapter Nuh (Noah)) that Prophet Noah lived for 950 years among his people. 

Yet, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty Alone, the entire Noble Surah is exactly written in 950 Letters [1] [2]!  You can thoroughly see this in the scanned images that thoroughly verify every single Noble Letter, in the links.  Click on the links to see the many other Numerical Miracles in the Holy Quran.  Also, see the Numerical Miracles section along with all of the other great sections.  Also, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!

  
3-  19 X 115 = 2185 Number 19 and BASMALA Miracle.  The total numerical value of Noble Verses 74:30-37 themselves, which are the heart of the Number 19 Miracle, has a stunning Miracle in it.  The value of these Noble Verses matches the multiplication of the BASMALA's number of letters (19 Letters) and their total numerical values (115): 19 X 115 = 2185.  The Basmala, which full text in Arabic means "In the Name of Allah The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful" is the Key to the Glorious Quran.  It is recited first before reading the Holy Quran, and it is also obligatory upon every Muslim to start with the Basmala before starting any task.  Again, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!

  
4-  Please also checkout the many hundreds (100s) of Great Numerical Miracles, and the many tens (10s) of other Great Scientific Miracles:

  

Quran's STUNNING-Miracles Section: [1]

Click on the following numbers:

1-    Geology, Earth's spherical expansion, formation, Mountains and Oceanology.
2-    The Universe, Time, Astronomy, UFOs and Space Shuttles.
3-    Embryology, Human Anatomy, Formation, and Creation.

4-    STUNNING Numerical Miracles in the Glorious Quran.  With 1,000s of examples! [4]

5-    Medicine, Humans, Insects and Animals.
6-    Life, Origins of life from water and dust in the Noble Quran, Plants and their origins.
7-    Psychology.
8-    Archeology and History.
9-    Great Web Sites and Online Books.

10-   Rebuttals.
11-   General articles.

12-   STUNNING Prophecies, and Allah's Divine Promises to reveal the Quran's Miracles.
13-   Audios and Videos.
14-   Other.

  
For example:

1-  The explosion of the Universe, Galaxies and Stars bring about Smoke.
  
"When the sky disintegrates, and turns rose colored like paint (
وردة كالدهان)." (The Noble Quran, 55:37) [2] [3]
  

  

The Glorious Quran declares that the earth is spherical: [1]
  
Allah Almighty in the Glorious Quran said that earth is:

       -  Spherical: "egg-shaped" [1].
       -  Is rotating around itself.
       -  Is moving in space in curvy orbits [2].
       -  Is in constant motion.
       -  Is suspended in space.
       -  Is swimming in space.
       -  Is traveling through the constantly expanding universe [3].
       -  The sunsetless North Pole miracle in the Glorious Quran [4]. 

  • At the top of the North Pole, the sun never sets, and I showed the video for that, and also quoted the scientific sources for that. Also in the lands near by, it almost never sets either, and I quoted sources for that as well, and also showed pictures of the "polar night" skies on these lands.
  •        -  The Glorious Quran also speaks about many earths [5] and not just earth.
           -  The Glorious Quran predicts
    11 planets in our solar system [6].

      
    This is also all demonstrated in good details in the following
    video file and articles:

    www.answering-christianity.com/egg-shaped_earth.htm
    www.answering-christianity.com/ac20.htm#links
    www.answering-christianity.com/detailed_meanings_of_scientific_words_in_verses.htm.  I used seven encyclopedic dictionaries:


    This is a picture of the seven encyclopedic dictionaries that I
    used that thoroughly demonstrate the Noble Words that contain
    the Scientific Miracles in them, and how they were used by the
    Arabs of old before and after Islam.  Ample quotations, sayings,
    proverbs and examples quoted from these dictionaries at:
    www.answering-christianity.com/detailed_meanings_of_scientific_words_in_verses.htm

      

    5-  The Glorious Quran's Perfect Preservation despite all of the odds and the many challenges to corrupt It.

  • Hafs vs Warsh, and Ahruf vs Qiraat thoroughly compared here.
      
  • Also, the produce Surah like it Quran challenge to all.  Click here.
  •  

     

     

    He wrote:

    HOWEVER THE REASONING WITHIN THE NOTE IS INCORRECT – READ BELOW.

    From Sahih Muslim

    #5248 – Maimuna reported that one morning Allah’s Messenger was silent with grief.  Maimuna said:  Allah’s Messenger, I find a change in your mood today.  Allah’s Messenger said:  Gabriel had promised me that he would meet me tonight, but he did not meet me.  By Allah, he never broke his promises, and Allah’s Messenger spent the day in this sad mood.  Then it occurred to him that there had been a puppy under their cot.  He commanded and it was turned out.  He then took some water in his hand and sprinkled it at that place.  When it was evening Gabriel met him and he said to him:  You promised me that you would meet me the previous night.  He said:  Yes, but we do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture.  Then on that very morning he commanded the killing of the dogs  until he announced that the dog kept for the orchards should also be killed, but h spared the dog meant for the protection of extensive fields or big gardens.

     

    COMMENT

                These Hadith tell the story of Muhammad's order to kill dogs.  Muhammad said he would like to have all dogs killed.  He wanted them killed, NOT because of the reason Siddiqi suggested, i.e. packs of dogs were tormenting the citizens of Medina, but rather, because a puppy dog stopped Gabriel from visiting him.  So, the easiest way to deal with the hindrance was to have all the dogs killed.  He first said he wanted all dogs killed, but then he made exceptions for dogs that are used for farming, hunting, or watching.  But notice, dogs used for use in an orchard had to be killed.  Further, why did he order that all black dogs be killed?  Why did he think that they were more evil?  He even called them "a Satan".  This is another of his superstitious beliefs.    "Black" dogs are not inherently more evil than other colored dogs.  And, strangely enough on the other hand, Muhammad taught that Allah’s favorite color for people’s clothes was white!  (Ibn Sa’d).

     

     

    My response:

    Let us first of all look at the real superstition and voodoo in the Bible:

    From http://www.answering-christianity.com/superstition_and_islam.htm:

    Voodoo and Superstition in the Bible:

    The following Biblical verses were sent to me by Jafar; may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.

    Leviticus 14

    49 To purify the house he is to take two birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop.
    50 He shall kill one of the birds over fresh water in a clay pot.
    51 Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird, dip them into the blood of the dead bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
    52 He shall purify the house with the bird's blood, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet yarn.
    53 Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean."

    How is the killing of any bird and use of cedar wood supposed to physically clean or purify any house?  It is clear that this is a voodoo and superstitious practice.

     

    Now in regards to animals:

    From www.answering-christianity.com/animals_rebuttal.htm

    Also Visit:

    No dogs in Islam reasons. Pack hunters, spread diseases, viciously attack humans and livestock especially when they're stray and in packs and are in large numbers.

     

    Also, has it ever occurred to you that what we call today "Coyotes", "Jackals" and "Hyenas" were all considered as "dogs" back then in the Arabian desert?  You're from the Middle East, and you know that even until today, Hyenas still exist in large numbers in many areas where there are people living.  Has it occurred to you that the "black dogs" that Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him talked about were also what we call today "Hyenas"?   Don't we even call Hyenas "black devils" today as the Prophet peace be upon him called them 1500 years ago?

    They're also sometimes called "Desert Wolfs".   What Silas?  I know you're Middle Eastern!  Have you forgotten your region already?  Or are you just acting plain stupid to deceive your Western reader and to make Islam look like you?

    Now tell us Silas, why shouldn't you kill a Hyena, or a Coyote or a Jackal, or even a Wild Dog when you encounter them?

    By the way, there are also Africa's "Wild Dogs", which hunt in packs.  These dogs are also black, and the Prophet peace be upon him might have also referred to them; the "black devils".  These dogs eat their prey alive!  I am certain that they might have existed in Arabia 1500 years ago, because I know for a fact that Lions did exist in Arabia during those days.

    Also, have you ever watched the Australian Dingo dogs?  They too hunt in packs and they too are ferocious!  The point is, these animals are too dangerous to be around humans, and the YES, the Prophet was right when he ordered for them to be put to death.

      

    Also, the Glorious Quran, the Holy Book has been thoroughly proven to be a Divine Miracle from Allah Almighty.  So we know for sure that Islam is GOD Almighty's Divine Truth:

    Quran's STUNNING Divine Miracles: [1]

    Here are some of my favorite Stunning Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran from among the tens (10s) that are listed in the main sections, below:

    1-  Here is one stunning Numerical Miracle, from the 10s below, for you:

    The Glorious Quran has 114 Chapters. The sum of those Chapters is 6555 (1+2+...+114 = 6555). There are also 6236 Noble Verses in the Glorious Quran. Now, IF YOU ADD EACH CHAPTER # with the number of its Verses, then you get a list of numbers. So 1 (first Chapter) + 7 (# of its Verses) = 8. Do this for all Chapters.

    1-  The sum of the odd numbers from the list = 6555.
    2-  The sum of the even numbers from the list = 6236.

    See the XLS file for 100% confirmation.
      

    2-  The Great Miracle.  Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran called the Number 19 Miracle "One of the Mighty Ones (Miracles)" (74:30-37) [1] [2].  See the 100s of Noble Verses that clearly testify to this Great Miracle.  Also, did you know that Allah Almighty Said in Surat Nuh (that's Noble Chapter Nuh (Noah)) that Prophet Noah lived for 950 years among his people. 

    Yet, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty Alone, the entire Noble Surah is exactly written in 950 Letters [1] [2]!  You can thoroughly see this in the scanned images that thoroughly verify every single Noble Letter, in the links.  Click on the links to see the many other Numerical Miracles in the Holy Quran.  Also, see the Numerical Miracles section along with all of the other great sections.  Also, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!

      
    3-  19 X 115 = 2185 Number 19 and BASMALA Miracle.  The total numerical value of Noble Verses 74:30-37 themselves, which are the heart of the Number 19 Miracle, has a stunning Miracle in it.  The value of these Noble Verses matches the multiplication of the BASMALA's number of letters (19 Letters) and their total numerical values (115): 19 X 115 = 2185.  The Basmala, which full text in Arabic means "In the Name of Allah The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful" is the Key to the Glorious Quran.  It is recited first before reading the Holy Quran, and it is also obligatory upon every Muslim to start with the Basmala before starting any task.  Again, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!

      
    4-  Please also checkout the many hundreds (100s) of Great Numerical Miracles, and the many tens (10s) of other Great Scientific Miracles:

      

    Quran's STUNNING-Miracles Section: [1]

    Click on the following numbers:

    1-    Geology, Earth's spherical expansion, formation, Mountains and Oceanology.
    2-    The Universe, Time, Astronomy, UFOs and Space Shuttles.
    3-    Embryology, Human Anatomy, Formation, and Creation.

    4-    STUNNING Numerical Miracles in the Glorious Quran.  With 1,000s of examples! [4]

    5-    Medicine, Humans, Insects and Animals.
    6-    Life, Origins of life from water and dust in the Noble Quran, Plants and their origins.
    7-    Psychology.
    8-    Archeology and History.
    9-    Great Web Sites and Online Books.

    10-   Rebuttals.
    11-   General articles.

    12-   STUNNING Prophecies, and Allah's Divine Promises to reveal the Quran's Miracles.
    13-   Audios and Videos.
    14-   Other.

      
    For example:

    1-  The explosion of the Universe, Galaxies and Stars bring about Smoke.
      
    "When the sky disintegrates, and turns rose colored like paint (
    وردة كالدهان)." (The Noble Quran, 55:37) [2] [3]
      

      

    The Glorious Quran declares that the earth is spherical: [1]
      
    Allah Almighty in the Glorious Quran said that earth is:

           -  Spherical: "egg-shaped" [1].
           -  Is rotating around itself.
           -  Is moving in space in curvy orbits [2].
           -  Is in constant motion.
           -  Is suspended in space.
           -  Is swimming in space.
           -  Is traveling through the constantly expanding universe [3].
           -  The sunsetless North Pole miracle in the Glorious Quran [4]. 

  • At the top of the North Pole, the sun never sets, and I showed the video for that, and also quoted the scientific sources for that. Also in the lands near by, it almost never sets either, and I quoted sources for that as well, and also showed pictures of the "polar night" skies on these lands.
  •        -  The Glorious Quran also speaks about many earths [5] and not just earth.
           -  The Glorious Quran predicts
    11 planets in our solar system [6].

      
    This is also all demonstrated in good details in the following
    video file and articles:

    www.answering-christianity.com/egg-shaped_earth.htm
    www.answering-christianity.com/ac20.htm#links
    www.answering-christianity.com/detailed_meanings_of_scientific_words_in_verses.htm.  I used seven encyclopedic dictionaries:


    This is a picture of the seven encyclopedic dictionaries that I
    used that thoroughly demonstrate the Noble Words that contain
    the Scientific Miracles in them, and how they were used by the
    Arabs of old before and after Islam.  Ample quotations, sayings,
    proverbs and examples quoted from these dictionaries at:
    www.answering-christianity.com/detailed_meanings_of_scientific_words_in_verses.htm

      

    5-  The Glorious Quran's Perfect Preservation despite all of the odds and the many challenges to corrupt It.

  • Hafs vs Warsh, and Ahruf vs Qiraat thoroughly compared here.
      
  • Also, the produce Surah like it Quran challenge to all.  Click here.
  •   

      

    He wrote:

    2)      COMMERCE IN DOGS

     

    From Bukhari

    Vol. 3, #299 - Narrated 'Aun bin Abu Juhaifa:  "My father bought a slave who practiced the profession of cupping.  (My father broke the slave's instruments of cupping).  I asked my father why he had done so.  He replied, "The Prophet forbade the acceptance of the price of a dog or blood, and also forbade the profession of tattooing, getting tattooed and receiving or giving Riba, (usury), and cursed the picture-makers."

    From Bukhari

    Vol. 3, #482 - Narrated Abu Mas'ud Al-Ansari:  "Allah's Apostle regarded illegal the price of a dog, the earnings of a prostitute, and the charges taken by a soothsayer."

    From Sahih Muslim

    #3803 - Abu Masud reported that Allah's messenger forbade the charging of price of the dog and earning of a prostitute and sweets offered to a kahin.

    The note for 3803 says, "Exception is made in case of those dogs which are tamed for hunting purposes or for watching the house or field or herds.  One is permitted to sell them and get price in return.

     

    COMMENT

                Here we see that money made from the sale of a dog (for other than already mentioned purposes) was considered as evil as the money made from prostitution, witchcraft, or usury.  What superstitious belief led Muhammad to believe that the sale of a dog belongs on the same moral level as prostitution and witchcraft? 

      

     

    My response:

    Dogs in Islam are considered as unclean animals.  Unless used for hunting or guarding livestock, and kept outside the house, they are not allowed to be kept as pets:

    Narrated 'Adi bin Hatim: "I asked the Prophet (about the hunting dogs) and he replied, "If you let loose (with Allah's name) your tamed dog after a game and it hunts it, you may eat it, but if the dog eats of (that game) then do not eat it because the dog has hunted it for itself." I further said, "Sometimes I send my dog for hunting and find another dog with it. He said, "Do not eat the game for you have mentioned Allah's name only on sending your dog and not the other dog."  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Ablutions (Wudu'), Volume1, Book 4, Number 175)"

    Narrated 'Abdullah bin Umar: "I heard the Prophet saying, "If someone keeps a dog neither for hunting, nor for guarding livestock, the reward (for his good deeds) will be reduced by two Qirats per day."  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Hunting, Slaughtering, Volume 7, Book 67, Number 390)"

     

     

    He wrote:

    3)      LOSS OF REWARD OF GOOD WORKS FOR OWNING DOGS

    From Bukhari

    Vol. 3, #515 - Narrated 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.""

    From Bukhari

    Vol. 7, #390 - Narrated 'Abdullah bin Umar:  "I heard the Prophet saying, "If someone keeps a dog neither for hunting, nor for guarding livestock, the reward (for his good deeds) will be reduced by two Qirats per day.""

    COMMENT

                Here we see that having a dog as a pet is prohibited in Islam.  In fact, if a Muslim keeps a dog as a pet, or for any other reason besides farming, hunting, or watching, God will take away some reward for his good deeds!  Notice that the amount taken away is different.  Perhaps at one stage it was only 1 Qirat, and later the price / punishment for owning a dog got higher in God's eyes?!  Another irrational belief on Muhammad's part.

                I further want to comment on this issue.  Many studies have been done that prove the value of owning a dog simply as a pet.  Even in the World Book Encyclopedia, mention is made of their benefit as mere pets.  I quote, "The companionship of a dog can contribute to a person's general well-being.  Scientific studies have shown that petting a dog slows the heart rate and lowers the blood pressure of the person who is doing the petting.  Dogs assist disabled people in many ways.  For example, they guide the blind and serve as ears for the deaf.  In addition, dogs lift the spirits of patients in hospitals and nursing homes." - Page 262, under "Dogs".

                More information on the benefit of dogs is found from the Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation.  They use "pet therapy" to help patients recover and rehabilitate.  They state:

                "But many studies have shown that pets can also:

    * Increase communication and laughter

    * Lower blood pressure

    * Promote relaxation

    * "De-institutionalize" a facility and make it more "homelike"

    * Rekindle pleasant memories from childhood

    * Lift mood and increase socialization

    * Decrease anxiety and stress"

                Surely dogs benefit mankind in more ways than hunting, watching, and herding.  Why would Muhammad forbid their ownership?  Where was Allah in all of this?

     

     

    My response:

    I agree that dogs are helpful and beneficial to humans.  That is why the Prophet peace be upon him didn't completely prohibit owning dogs from all aspects.  We can still use dogs to benefit us.  But petting a dog in a house causes the house to be unclean.   Dogs are unclean animals.  Their saliva are unclean and disgusting.

    I know that you might have a different opinnion about this, but unless you own a dog and know how much maintenance they require, it is hard for you to appreciate how Islam is sensitive about purity and cleanliness.

    Please visit: What does Islam say about bad breath and body smell?

     

     

    He wrote:

    4)      DOGS ANNULLING PRAYER

     

    From Bukhari

    Vol. 1, #490 - Narrated 'Aisha:  "The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me.  They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)."  I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs.  I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between him and the Qibla.  Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip away, for I disliked to face him.""

     

    COMMENT

                This Hadith focuses on whether or not women, when passing in front of people praying, annul their prayer.  However, that is not the focus of this paper.  What is noted in this Hadith is that if a dog passes in front of a group of Muslims while they are praying their prayer is annulled.  Annul means, "to reduce to nothing", or "to make ineffective or inoperative" (Webster's).  In effect, if a group of people are praying and a dog walks in-between them and the Kaba (in Mecca), then their prayer is made null and void.  I guess they have to start again.

     

                Here is more superstition on Muhammad's part.  Why should a dog nullify prayer?  Why should God care about the position of a dog?  Doesn't God judge the heart?  What if the dog cannot be seen?  It could be in a ravine.  Are the prayers made null and void?  What if the dog is over the horizon?   What kind of a bizarre "god" does this really portray?

     

    My response:

    Women are not considered as "dogs" in Islam.  In Islam, men and women are supposed to be completely separated during the time of Prayers.  If a man shakes the hand of a woman, or vise versa, then both of their ablutions are annulled, and they must perform ablution again.  The idea is not meant to be insulting to women, but rather to keep the spiritual purity and bad thoughts such as sexual thoughts as minimizes as possibly can.

    You have to know that Prayers in Islam are big deal.  We do take GOD Almighty very seriously and we Honor Him and Glorify Him in the best way possible.  So to keep high manners among Muslims, the Prophet ordered that women stand behind men, or behind a veil altogether during the times of Prayers, because while Praying, Muslims do prostrate to Allah Almighty, and they get into physical positions where it would be inappropriate for men to even accidently see women doing, because it might sexually arouse them.

    It is actually highly preferred that women do pray behind a veil or in a seperate designated hall (for women only) in the Mosque.  It is not even preferred that men and women be in the same hall, even if women are behind men.

    So like I said, to keep manners in well-organized fashion, the Prophet did set rules for Muslims to follow regarding Prayers.  And one of those rules is prohibiting for women to pass in front of men, because for some weak men, THIS MIGHT SEXUALLY AROUSE THEM, which would not be appropriate for Prayers and with connecting spiritually with Allah Almighty.

     

    And again, as I mentioned above:

    Let us look at the real superstition and voodo in the Bible:

    From http://www.answering-christianity.com/superstition_and_islam.htm:

    Voodoo and Superstition in the Bible:

    The following Biblical verses were sent to me by Jafar; may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.

    Leviticus 14

    49 To purify the house he is to take two birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop.
    50 He shall kill one of the birds over fresh water in a clay pot.
    51 Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird, dip them into the blood of the dead bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
    52 He shall purify the house with the bird's blood, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet yarn.
    53 Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean."

    How is the killing of any bird and use of cedar wood supposed to physically clean or purify any house?  It is clear that this is a voodoo and superstitious practice.

     

     

    He wrote:

    5)      DOGS STOP THE ANGELS

    From Bukhari

    Vol. 4, #448 - Narrated Abu Talha:  "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).""

    From Bukhari

    Vol. 7, #843 - Narrated Salim's father:  "Once Gabriel promised to visit the Prophet but he delayed and the Prophet got worried about that.  At last he came out and found Gabriel and complained to him of his grief (for his delay). Gabriel said to him, "We do not enter a place in which there is a picture or a dog.""

    From Sahih Muslim, volume 3, #5276:

    Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger as saying: Angels do not accompany the travelers who have with them a dog and a bell.

    From Sahih Muslim, volume 3, #5279:

    Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger as saying:  "The bell is the musical instrument of Satan."

    COMMENT

                Here we see that a little dog is able to stop an angel from entering a house!  Think about it.  Muhammad was implying that the Taco Bell Chihuahua can stop Gabriel and Michael the archangels in their paths?  What was it about a dog, what power or qualities did it possess that it would stop the angels of God?  Why would it only be a dog that stops an angel?  Why not a pig, scorpion, cat, snake, rat, bird, etc.?

                And why can't the angels accompany a person with a dog with a bell?  What about a skunk, or a pig, or a vulture?  Or what about a dog with a tambourine?

      

     

    My response:

    As I explained above, I agree that dogs are helpful and beneficial to humans.  That is why the Prophet peace be upon him didn't completely prohibit owning dogs from all aspects.   We can still use dogs to benefit us.  But petting a dog in a house causes the house to be unclean.  Dogs are unclean animals.  Their saliva are unclean and disgusting.

    I know that you might have a different opinnion about this, but unless you own a dog and know how much maintanence they require, it is hard for you to appreciate how Islam is sensitive about purity and cleanliness.

    Please visit: What does Islam say about bad breath and body smell?

     

     

    He wrote:

    OTHER SOURCES

                The Shorter Ency. of Islam also describes Muhammad's strange viewpoint of dogs.  Under Kalb (Arabic for dog), on page 215, it says,

                "The dog, is also in Islam one of the "unclean beasts", primarily because it's flesh may not be eaten and further because, according to the Hadith, there are several special regulations regarding it.  For example dogs render food which they lick impure and render unavailable water intended for ritual purification.

                Vessels, likewise, which have been licked by dogs, require to be cleaned several times, including once with sand.  In a certain way they render impure the whole room in which they are; for angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog and Muhammad had first to sprinkle the place on which a young dog had lain concealed with purificatory water before Gabriel would appear to him.

                Dogs cut off the salat (prayer), i.e. they make the salat worthless when they come into the immediate vicinity of the man at prayer....

     

     

    My response:

    Again as I explained above, I agree that dogs are helpful and beneficial to humans.  That is why the Prophet peace be upon him didn't completely prohibit owning dogs from all aspects.  We can still use dogs to benefit us.  But petting a dog in a house causes the house to be unclean.  Dogs are unclean animals.  Their saliva are unclean and disgusting.

    I know that you might have a different opinnion about this, but unless you own a dog and know how much maintanence they require, it is hard for you to appreciate how Islam is sensitive about purity and cleanliness.

    Please visit: What does Islam say about bad breath and body smell?

     

     

    He wrote:

     SUMMARY

                We see that Muhammad had irrational - superstitious beliefs concerning dogs.  Beliefs that make no sense going against modern medicine and science, logic, and practical experience.  Here is a quick account of the five points brought up:

    1)         Muhammad wanted all dogs to be killed, but he allowed dogs to live that served useful, physical purposes to their owners. But, regardless, all black dogs were to be killed because they were a "Satan".

    2)         Money made from the sale of "non-useful" dogs was a dirty as a prostitute's money.

    3)         God takes away reward in heaven for Muslims who own dogs as pets.

    4)         If a dog passes in front of a group of praying people, their prayers are null and void.

    5)         Angels will not enter a house if it contains a dog, (or a picture of a living creature).

                One of the interesting things I heard about this issue, from an Arab man was that the Druze in Lebanon have a tradition that says that when Muhammad was a child, he was bitten by a watchdog - because the dog had caught Muhammad stealing eggs!

                This may or may not be true, but it would help to explain Muhammad's attitude toward dogs. Unfortunately, his absurd beliefs about dogs are now part of Islamic "dogma" (no pun intended).

     

    CONCLUSION

     

                Muhammad had superstitious beliefs about dogs and how they fit into God's world.  Muhammad made them akin to evil creatures.  This irrationality is now fundamental to Islam.  To this day Muslims harass other Muslims who own dogs as pets.

     

                Jesus never taught this type of superstition.  Christ's teachings were based upon faith, love, and obedience to God.  When Christ taught prayer, He taught that God judges the heart, not the form or outward appearance.  When Christ taught about heaven, and it's rewards, He did not state that owning an animal would cost you your good works.  Christ's message was simple: love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.  There were no bizarre legalistic ties put upon that message.  Relationship with God consists in purity of heart, not purity of form and external appearance.

     

     

    My response:

    Islam is not about superstition.  Islam is about purity, cleanliness and having the best manners toward Allah Almighty's Prayers.  Your article above did not disprove Islam in anyway.  All you did was present points and your disagreement with them.  Well, you can disagree all you want with Islam's purity standards, but this is all irrelevant about Islam's Truthfullness and Divinity.

     

    As I mentioned above:

    From http://www.answering-christianity.com/superstition_and_islam.htm:

    Voodoo and Superstition in the Bible:

    The following Biblical verses were sent to me by Jafar; may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.

    Leviticus 14

    49 To purify the house he is to take two birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop.
    50 He shall kill one of the birds over fresh water in a clay pot.
    51 Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird, dip them into the blood of the dead bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
    52 He shall purify the house with the bird's blood, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet yarn.
    53 Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean."

    How is the killing of any bird and use of cedar wood supposed to physically clean or purify any house?  It is clear that this is a voodoo and superstitious practice.

      

    Also, the Glorious Quran, the Holy Book has been thoroughly proven to be a Divine Miracle from Allah Almighty.  So we know for sure that Islam is GOD Almighty's Divine Truth:

    Quran's STUNNING Divine Miracles: [1]

    Here are some of my favorite Stunning Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran from among the tens (10s) that are listed in the main sections, below:

    1-  Here is one stunning Numerical Miracle, from the 10s below, for you:

    The Glorious Quran has 114 Chapters. The sum of those Chapters is 6555 (1+2+...+114 = 6555). There are also 6236 Noble Verses in the Glorious Quran. Now, IF YOU ADD EACH CHAPTER # with the number of its Verses, then you get a list of numbers. So 1 (first Chapter) + 7 (# of its Verses) = 8. Do this for all Chapters.

    1-  The sum of the odd numbers from the list = 6555.
    2-  The sum of the even numbers from the list = 6236.

    See the XLS file for 100% confirmation.
      

    2-  The Great Miracle.  Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran called the Number 19 Miracle "One of the Mighty Ones (Miracles)" (74:30-37) [1] [2].  See the 100s of Noble Verses that clearly testify to this Great Miracle.  Also, did you know that Allah Almighty Said in Surat Nuh (that's Noble Chapter Nuh (Noah)) that Prophet Noah lived for 950 years among his people. 

    Yet, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty Alone, the entire Noble Surah is exactly written in 950 Letters [1] [2]!  You can thoroughly see this in the scanned images that thoroughly verify every single Noble Letter, in the links.  Click on the links to see the many other Numerical Miracles in the Holy Quran.  Also, see the Numerical Miracles section along with all of the other great sections.  Also, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!

      
    3-  19 X 115 = 2185 Number 19 and BASMALA Miracle.  The total numerical value of Noble Verses 74:30-37 themselves, which are the heart of the Number 19 Miracle, has a stunning Miracle in it.  The value of these Noble Verses matches the multiplication of the BASMALA's number of letters (19 Letters) and their total numerical values (115): 19 X 115 = 2185.  The Basmala, which full text in Arabic means "In the Name of Allah The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful" is the Key to the Glorious Quran.  It is recited first before reading the Holy Quran, and it is also obligatory upon every Muslim to start with the Basmala before starting any task.  Again, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article!

      
    4-  Please also checkout the many hundreds (100s) of Great Numerical Miracles, and the many tens (10s) of other Great Scientific Miracles:

      

    Quran's STUNNING-Miracles Section: [1]

    Click on the following numbers:

    1-    Geology, Earth's spherical expansion, formation, Mountains and Oceanology.
    2-    The Universe, Time, Astronomy, UFOs and Space Shuttles.
    3-    Embryology, Human Anatomy, Formation, and Creation.

    4-    STUNNING Numerical Miracles in the Glorious Quran.  With 1,000s of examples! [4]

    5-    Medicine, Humans, Insects and Animals.
    6-    Life, Origins of life from water and dust in the Noble Quran, Plants and their origins.
    7-    Psychology.
    8-    Archeology and History.
    9-    Great Web Sites and Online Books.

    10-   Rebuttals.
    11-   General articles.

    12-   STUNNING Prophecies, and Allah's Divine Promises to reveal the Quran's Miracles.
    13-   Audios and Videos.
    14-   Other.

      
    For example:

    1-  The explosion of the Universe, Galaxies and Stars bring about Smoke.
      
    "When the sky disintegrates, and turns rose colored like paint (
    وردة كالدهان)." (The Noble Quran, 55:37) [2] [3]
      

      

    The Glorious Quran declares that the earth is spherical: [1]
      
    Allah Almighty in the Glorious Quran said that earth is:

           -  Spherical: "egg-shaped" [1].
           -  Is rotating around itself.
           -  Is moving in space in curvy orbits [2].
           -  Is in constant motion.
           -  Is suspended in space.
           -  Is swimming in space.
           -  Is traveling through the constantly expanding universe [3].
           -  The sunsetless North Pole miracle in the Glorious Quran [4]. 

  • At the top of the North Pole, the sun never sets, and I showed the video for that, and also quoted the scientific sources for that. Also in the lands near by, it almost never sets either, and I quoted sources for that as well, and also showed pictures of the "polar night" skies on these lands.
  •        -  The Glorious Quran also speaks about many earths [5] and not just earth.
           -  The Glorious Quran predicts
    11 planets in our solar system [6].

      
    This is also all demonstrated in good details in the following
    video file and articles:

    www.answering-christianity.com/egg-shaped_earth.htm
    www.answering-christianity.com/ac20.htm#links
    www.answering-christianity.com/detailed_meanings_of_scientific_words_in_verses.htm.  I used seven encyclopedic dictionaries:


    This is a picture of the seven encyclopedic dictionaries that I
    used that thoroughly demonstrate the Noble Words that contain
    the Scientific Miracles in them, and how they were used by the
    Arabs of old before and after Islam.  Ample quotations, sayings,
    proverbs and examples quoted from these dictionaries at:
    www.answering-christianity.com/detailed_meanings_of_scientific_words_in_verses.htm

      

    5-  The Glorious Quran's Perfect Preservation despite all of the odds and the many challenges to corrupt It.

  • Hafs vs Warsh, and Ahruf vs Qiraat thoroughly compared here.
      
  • Also, the produce Surah like it Quran challenge to all.  Click here.
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    No dogs in Islam reasons. Pack hunters, spread diseases, viciously attack humans and livestock especially when they're stray and in packs and are in large numbers.

    Back to My Rebuttals, and exposing the lies of the Answering Islam team section.

    Rebuttals to Silas' Articles section.

    Dhul Qarnayn's story.  Sunrise and sunset.  Also Why حمئة and not حاميةٍ.  Dhil Qarnayn's journey is detailed with scientific and geographical maps that are more 1000 years old.

  • The sunsetless North Pole Miracle in the Glorious Quran [1].
  • Sunrise and sunset in the Hadiths.
  • The iron gates of Dhul Qarnayn were found.
  • The overwhelming Scientific and Numerical Miracles in the Glorious Quran.
  • The North and South Poles, and Prayer and Fasting Times.
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    Answering Trinity.

    Contradictions and History of Corruption in the Bible.

    Questions about Jesus that trinitarian Christians don't have logical answers for.

    What parts of the Bible do Muslims believe are closest to the Truth? and Why?

    "Allah" was GOD Almighty's original Name in the Bible according to the Hebrew and Aramaic sources.

    Scientific Miracles in Islam and the Noble Quran.

    Most of the Bible's books and gospels were written by mysterious people!

    Jesus mentioned Muhammad by the name in the Bible.

    Did Isaiah 53 really prophesies about the crucifixion of Jesus? It supports Islam's claims about Jesus peace be upon him never died on the cross.  I also addressed John 19:36-37 from the Bible and proved that Jesus never got crucified, since GOD Almighty promised that he will protect Jesus' body and not let even a single bone be broken.  My question to all Christians is: How in the world is it possible for the feet to get nailed on the cross without any penetration to the bones by the nails, hence breaking part of the feet's bones?! I also added refutations to Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Zechariah 12:10 and Psalm 34:20, which supposedly prove the Christians' belief about Jesus crucifixion.  I proved that this dogma has no truth what so ever and exposed the wrong Trinitarian English translation of Zechariah 12:10.


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