Keeping dog for security purpose

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What is the rule on keeping a dog as security for my family?


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

To keep a dog for the security of one’s house and family is permissible. On the other hand, to keep a dog merely for pleasure and companionship, as the kuffar do, is not permissible; and according to the ahadith, doing so drives away the angels of mercy (Bukhari and Muslim) and reduces one’s good deeds by a qeerat (a unit of measurement) on a daily basis (Bukhari and Muslim).

(Fatawa Mahmudiya: 18/263-267)

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Faizal Riza

This answer was collected from, which is connected to Darul Ifta Australia, based in Melbourne, Australia.
It is operated by Mufti Faizal Riza, a student of Mufti Ebrahim Desai from South Africa.

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