Is It Haram to Have a Dog?

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There are a lot of different opinions out there about a specific topic – is it haram to have a dog? In this blog, I discuss whether having a dog is permissible in Islam and if Muslim brothers and sisters can keep one as a pet. I recommend you read till the end for a final answer to the question!

A Closer Look

What are Haram Actions?

There are many actions that are considered haram, or forbidden, in Islam. Some of the more well-known examples include drinking alcohol, gambling, and stealing. However, there are many other actions that are also seen as haram. These can range from things like lying and cheating, to more serious offenses such as assault.

One of the main reasons why these actions are forbidden is because they go against the teachings of Islam. For instance, gambling is seen as a waste of time and money, while lying and cheating can lead to mistrust and disharmony. Additionally, some of these actions may also be harmful to oneself or others. For example, drinking alcohol can lead to addiction and health problems, while stealing can cause financial hardship for the victim.

Ultimately, the goal of Islam is to create a society that is just and peaceful. By forbidding certain actions, it helps to promote these values. Additionally, it also encourages people to focus on more positive pursuits that will benefit themselves and others.

Is it Haram to Have a Dog?

It’s generally considered haram, or forbidden, to keep a dog as a pet in your home. In Islam, dogs are considered unclean animals and are therefore not allowed inside the house. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

If you have a dog for herding sheep, farming or hunting, you are allowed to keep it on your property. Even then, the dog must be kept in a separate area from your home. Ultimately, dogs are considered haram and the only time you are allowed to have one is if it serves a specific purpose. Other lifestyle choices such as shisha are haram, and you should make sure to check our blog or with your local Imam, whether you can do something or not.


Reference – The information is verified on the Islam Question and Answer website.

Can Muslims Own a Dog or Is It Haram to Have a Dog? – Bottom Line

The bottom line is that you can keep a dog, only if it is required for purposes specified above. Since dogs are considered najis (unclean), keeping them in your home is haram. Hope this blog helped, thanks for reading!

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Written By Nazim Almasi

Nazim is an Islamic scholar, author and External Consultant at Renewable Energy Maldives. He writes on Islamic finance, food and halal dietary guidelines. He is a respected voice in the Muslim community, known for his clear explanations of complex religious concepts. He has been invited to speak at various conferences and seminars on topics related to Islamic finance, food and Renewable Energy.

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