Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dogs have feelings too~

Pets! I I love pets. I am a cat person. I prefer cats rather than dogs because it's easy to take care of cats and I love the ppuuurrrrr sound that they make and 'massage'. Cats are sexy creature, they have attitude that, 'hey, don't mess with my fur' kinda thing.

Anyway, last Saturday I attended one event organized by my beloved friends, Sandy. She is a dog person as I experience her, she really loves dogs!! This event was called "Dog - walk-a-thon" It was held at Bandar Utama Central Park at 8.00am-11.00am. I was thrilled and so axcited about this event, so I borrow my friend's dog. Her name is Manja. Actually, I named her Manja because she is so adorable and cute, very loving to!! She is 7 years old 'virgin'..

Anyway, the clarification question that was asked regularly to me on the event was, "Aren't Muslim not suppose to touch the dogs? It's haram, right?" "Muslim can't keep dogs as a pet right? They say it's najis,"

Let me clarify a few myths and make a few points:

1. It is NOT haraam to own a dog, though it is not hygienic to keep a dog in the house.

2. It is NOT haraam to touch a dog or any other animal. If the saliva of a dog touches you or any part of your clothing, then it is required of you to wash the body part touched and the item of clothing touched by the dog’s mouth or snout.

3. It is incumbent upon all Muslims who own animals, whether for farming or work purposes or as pets, to provide adequate shelter, food, water, and, when needed, veterinary care for their animals. Arrangements must be made, if one is going to be away from home, to have one’s animals taken care of as well.

4. It is haraam to keep a dog or any other animal on a short lead for long periods without food, water, and shelter. Dogs need exercise and are social creatures who form organized “family” structures in nature. Dog owners therefore need to spend time daily with their dogs.

5. It is cruel, and therefore haraam, to keep any animal in a cage so small that it cannot behave in a natural way.

6. Fireworks cause untold suffering to most domestic animals because of their acute sense of hearing.

7. It is haraam to participate in any blood “sport,” like dog fighting and trophy hunting.

No animal has been cursed in any way. Animals are referred to in many instances in the Qu’ran. In Surah Kahf, mention is made of the companions of the Cave and their dog. (S18: 18-22). In the Holy Qur’aan (S4:36) we are advised to do good to “… what your right hands own …” According to the commentator Imaam Faghruddin al-Rhazi, this refers to all those who have no civil rights, including animals. Thus, the verse lays down the duty of being good toward animals.

All things “…have been created for you ...” for our benefit (S2:29). It thus becomes our duty to protect, employ with dignity, and promote the well-being of any animal in our care. In this way, we are expressing our thankfulness to Allah (swt) for His blessings in a practical manner. (Qur’anic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society, Mawlana F.R. Ansari, vol. 2, pp. 125-126) Every animal has been created for a purpose. It is a duty upon every human being to respect Allah’s creation.Sayyidina ’Umar (ra) was very concerned about the animals during his rule as Amir or head of the Islamic empire.

Many assumption or misunderstanding about dogs. I myself was being told that way and never to see the reason behind every things that they informed. It's haram because God say so and I obey. However, as I experience Manja, I fall in love with her. Once of twice when I saw her owner, scolded her, I was being uneasy about it. Dogs are like baby, they love to play and love the attention. They can be reliable creature too, they loyal and they remember you.

There is a story about a dog that take my heart a way, named Hachiko. He was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture,[1] remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, even many years after his owner's death. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took in Hachikō as a pet. During his owner's life, Hachikō greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the golden brown Akita waited at Shibuya station.

My point of sharing this is to invite you who have issue with dogs, to have a look on that and see how you can make a different to you and to this creature. Why stopping us from us from loving them and worst, judging them without really understand to what extend do we are not allowed to. God created the best animals for us to love and to care.

Why stop when it come to dogs? I stand for animal rights and yes, vote against animal cruelty!

for making a stand for animal right!

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