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Are Dogs Impure?

17 August, 2022
Q Are dogs najis (impure)?


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.

Answering your question, Sheikh Mustafa Umar, President of California Islamic University, states:

Muslim scholars have differed over whether dogs are impure or not. Most scholars said that the saliva of a dog is impure and you must wash it off fully (seven times recommended) before being able to pray.

Imam Malik said that it is not impure, and this is a valid opinion. However, I advise you to follow the majority of scholars and avoid dog saliva or at least wash it off when it gets on you.

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About Dr. Mohsen Haredy
Dr. Mohsen Haredy holds a PhD in Hadith literature from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is the former Executive Manager and Editor-in-Chief of E-Da`wah Committee in Kuwait, and a contributing writer and counselor of Reading Islam. He graduated from Al-Azhar University and earned his MA in Hadith literature from Leiden University.