Does Touching a Dog Nullify Ablution?
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Does Touching Dog Nullify Ablution?

Questioner

Adam

Reply Date

Nov 27, 2018

Question

Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. I would like to know the Islamic ruling on touching a dog’s hair. Does it nullify ablution and is it permissible to offer Prayer in a garden where a dog is roaming? Jazakum Allah khayran.

Mufti

Answer


Does Touching a Dog Nullify Ablution

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Touching a dog does not nullify ablution.


In his response to your question, Sheikh `Abdul-Bari Az-Zamzami, a member of the Moroccan Scholars’ Association, states:

It is not allowed to keep a dog at home for a purpose other than hunting or guarding the house (watchdogs).

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: “Whoever keeps a dog save for hunting or for guarding crops or cattle will lose one large measure (qirat) of his reward each day” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Touching a dog does not nullify ablution because acts that nullify ablution are well known and touching a dog is not one of them. It should be noted that living animals such as dogs are not impure.

Therefore, there is nothing wrong with offering Prayer in a place where dogs are roaming or passing, as Al-Bukhari reported in his Sahih that dogs used to enter the Mosque of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and then come out.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




About Sheikh `Abdul-Bari Az-Zamzami

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