Keeping dogs for valid reasons

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Q: I am considering converting to Islam, but I live in a house with dogs and cannot avoid them due to my disability, is this ok?


A: If one requires a dog for assistance e.g. a blind man or for security purposes, then it is permissible to keep the dog.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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