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Because Muslims Hate Dogs II

Yay, more pictures of Muslims not hating dogs, not hating dogs at all. Here are Muslims who love dogs, and not just Salukis.

Okay, I don’t know what this one says. My guess is this guy rescued the dog, but I don’t know.

muhajibah with dog rottweiler

Thank you to commenter Kittun for her blog and pointing me in the right direction to find more photos.


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Why Doesn’t Palestine Care that Israel Stole Its Dog?

Israel’s national dog is the Canaan Dog, a really sleek pariah dog that’s a good herd dog. Luckily for them, these awesome dogs just happened to be hanging around in the completely uninhabited area that Jews moved into in the thirties and forties.

In a mean, ironic twist, pre-Israelis used the dogs to attack Palestinians. So I can see why Palestinians don’t particularly want to reclaim their rightful herd dog. But if you’re going to get bent out of shape about Israelis laying claim to hummus, which after all is just chickpea and sesame goo, it seems like you also ought to fight for your dog’s honor.

What a beauty, right? I want one.

canaan dog peach white apricot snow forest trees

And a black-and-white version.

canaan dog black white herder

Here’s a few blurbs from Wikipedia:

In Ashkelon, a graveyard was discovered, believed to be Phoenician from the middle of the fifth century BC. It contained 700 dogs, all carefully buried in the same position, on their sides with legs flexed and tail tucked in around the hind legs. According to the archaeologists, there was a strong similarity between these dogs and the “Bedouin pariah dogs,” or the Canaan dog. A sarcophagus dated from the end of the fourth century BC, was found in Sidon, on which Alexander the Great and the King of Sidon are painted hunting a lion with a hunting dog similar in build to the dogs of Ashkelon, and similar in appearance to the Canaan dog.

Collection of wild Canaan dogs has all but ceased. The last two dogs that were collected in the Negev in the mid-1990s, and most of the Canaan dogs living in the open were destroyed by the Israeli government in the fight against rabies. Even the majority of Bedouin dogs today are mixed with other breeds,[3] although Myrna Shiboleth visits the Negev annually, looking for good specimens living by the Bedouin camps, that she can breed with her dogs and strengthen the gene pool.

And purely for fun, here are some results I got from Google translate while researching the history of these dogs:

It is noted that they did not know the guard dog of sheep, so it was easy for a small number that Isoqgua herd of cows and calves but one man not be able to market non-animal, a male and one or two at most, whether it be deer horns or pointy Tessa spasmodic, or an ox, a depositary fat.

and a somewhat related post on American Bedu blog on dog ownership, Saudi Arabia, and Islam.


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Clash of Cultures

I’ve blogged about this before. In the United States and Britain, it’s generally considered extremely cute to dress animals in human clothes. On the other hand, in parts of the middle east, it’s considered a grave insult.

Here’s a recent case.

Apparently the movie I Love You Man includes a little dog named Anwar Sadat, named because he “looks like” the late president.

Rokaya Sadat, elder daughter of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, claims the memory of her father has been sullied by a Hollywood film that has named a dog after him. Sadat has filed a lawsuit against Minister of Information Anas Fekki for allowing the release of the “I Love you, Man” in Egyptian cinemas.

One of the film’s main characters calls his dog Anwar El Sadat. In one scene, when asked if he chose the name because of Sadat’s political views, the character responds by saying that the dog merely looks like the former president, who was assassinated by Islamic radicals in 1981. The movie’s credits also contains Sadat’s name as himself/the dog.

Despite omitting the scene from the version currently playing in Egyptian cinemas, many pundits believe that it should have never been shown in this country.

“Any artist is allowed to criticize public figures and men in power like current and ex-presidents, but it is totally unacceptable to insult someone like El Sadat in a film,” prominent film historian and critique Tarek Shenawi told Al-Hayat TV. “It is really strange to find El Sadat, who is well-known and respected in the West for his peace achievements, get mocked like this.”

She really believes this was intended as an insult to Sadat’s memory. That’s what’s so sad about this.

Of course, cartoons like this probably don’t help:

so you can kind of see why theyd be sensitive

so you can kind of see why they'd be sensitive


Filed under animals, arab, arabist, movies and shows, names

Pet Cats, Dogs, and Immorality

Chuck Shepherd comes through for me again. He’s not posting on his old site anymore, now he’s at http://www.weirduniverse.net/, if you want to check it out.

That’s where I found this story:

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia’s religious police have announced a ban on selling cats and dogs as pets, or walking them in public in the Saudi capital, because of men using them as a means of making passes at women, an official said on Wednesday.

[Othman al-Othman, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Riyadh, known as the Muttawa] said the commission was implementing a decision taken a month ago by the acting governor of the capital, Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz, adding that it follows an old edict issued by the supreme council of Saudi scholars.

The reason behind reinforcing the edict now was a rising fashion among some men using pets in public “to make passes on women and disturb families,” he said, without giving more details.

Othman said that the commission has instructed its offices in the capital to tell pet shops “to stop selling cats and dogs”.

Arab News also has a story, with more detail.

The commission made the request after receiving several complaints that many Saudi youths, influenced by the Western culture, brought their pets into public places and caused distress to families with young children.

“The ban was based on the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) saying that it’s forbidden to give or accept any money related to the selling or buying of dogs,” said Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, head of the commission in Makkah province.

Muslims are discouraged from keeping dogs inside their homes because they are not considered clean animals. However, in two separate Hadiths narrated by Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), which means the cat-loving companion, the Prophet (pbuh) told his companions of the virtue of saving the life of a dog by quenching its thirst.

He referred to a man whom Allah blessed for giving water to a thirsty dog. And the other was a prostitute who filled her shoe with water and gave it to a thirsty dog. For this deed she was granted the eternal paradise.

Nuha, a 34-year-old pet owner, said that the Qur’an while narrating the story of the People of the Cave mentions that they owned a dog.

“The Qur’an narrates in Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave) the story of some pious youths who took refuge in a cave. These people had a dog with them, and the fact that Allah mentions the dog and counts the dog among them, indicates that dogs are permitted to live among people,” said Nuha, who owns four cats and two hamsters.

Nuha was referring to the verse: “And you would have thought them awake, whereas they were asleep. And We turned them on their right and on their left sides, and their dog stretching forth his two forelegs at the entrance (of the cave as a guard).” (Holy Qur’an 18.18)

winsome pup for illustrative purposes

winsome pup for illustrative purposes

I’m eagerly awaiting the day when I can fit dog ownership into my lifestyle. I won’t be using the dog for nefarious purposes.

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