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Keeping a dog as a pet due to loneliness

Q: I am aware of the fact that dogs can’t be kept as pets inside the apartment (or house) because their sliva is najis. I am also aware of the fact that Islam is the most accommodating religion. I am an OCD patient and I wanted to inquire the ruling on therapy dogs for anxiety/depression inside the apartment. I live in Canada and I don’t have any family here to support me emotionally and therefore the anxiety kept growing until I became an OCD patient.


A: It is impermissible to keep a dog as a pet. The Hadith explains that the home wherein a dog is kept, the malaaikah do not enter such a home. We suggest that you keep another animal besides a dog as a pet in order to give you some type of comfort.

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

عن عبيد الله بن عبد الله أنه سمع ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما يقول سمعت أبا طلحة يقول سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول لا تدخل الملائكة بيتا فيه كلب ولا صورة تماثيل (صحيح بخاري #3225)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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