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According to the Shariah, the saliva of a dog is najis (impure). According to the Shaafi’ Math-hab the entire body of a dog is najis (najisul ain). Keeping dogs as pets is haraam.


Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered that a utensil licked by a dog be washed seven times with water and once scoured with sand. Allah Ta’ala is the Creator. He knows the harms of His creation, hence He has ordered the rules pertaining to dogs.


According to the Hadith, there is a shaitaan with every black dog. The Malaaikah (Angels) of Rahmat (Mercy) do not frequent a home in which there is a dog. The following article throws much light on the veracity of the Shariah’s stance regarding dogs.


Man dies after being licked by his dog after catching a deadly infection from his animal’s saliva (health24)

In a rare medical case, a man contracted a fatal infection from his dog’s saliva.


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How could an innocent lick from a beloved dog cause such a deadly infection?


An unidentified 63-year-old man died after catching a rare infection from being licked by his dog.


The bacteria called Capnocytophaga canimorsus can be found in animal saliva and is usually transmitted through a bite. In this case, however, a lick was enough to cause a deadly infection.


According to the case study published in theEuropean Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, bite infections caused by these bacteria are usually only reported in patients with a compromised immune system.


The 63-year-old man was, however, healthy, with no pre-existing medical conditions. He presented with flu-like symptoms and struggled to breathe. After a period of two-weeks, his condition worsened. An infection similar to sepsis caused pneumonia and an extremely high fever of 41°C.

28 Rabiul Awwal 1441 - 26 November 2019


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