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Cleansing Saliva of Dog

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Q: If the dog licks my hands, arms and feet and maybe touches my pants with his tounge is it compulsory for me to change my clothing as well as make ghusl to remove all saliva from my hands, arms and feet? Please elaborate on washing hands, etc with mud seven times as I’ve heard people saying I should wash my hands, etc with mud and water after playing with my dog.

A: According to the hanafi mathab the saliva of a dog is like any other najasate ghaliza (major impurity). It needs to be removed from the soiled area until no traces of it remains and this is accomplished by washing it three times.

In the instance of the body being soiled the effected area needs to be washed 3 times, there is no need to make ghusl of the entire body.

If the clothes or any other cloth is effected it needs to be washed 3 times as well. After every wash it should be rung (squeezed) to ones full strenght. This will suffice. There is no need for it to be washed with mud etc.

The sniffing of a dog will not make one najis (ritually impure); the area will only be considered najis if the saliva is transfered onto the body or clothes.

And Allah knows best.

Aadiel Moosagie (Mufti)
Council of Ulama Eastern Cape
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