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Dog at a non-Muslim’s house

Fatwaa ID: 1759

Assalamu Alaikum,

If I go to a non-muslim’s house and there is a dog and comes closer to me and touches me, after that I do wudhu and pray there as it was salah time. I’m not sure if my prayer was valid?

Can you please explain in details what is the islamic ruling to be around dogs and touching them and/or if they touch us?

JazakAllah khair

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

A Muslim should not be around dogs unnecessarily. The angels of mercy stay away from places wherein there are dogs. Hence, you should not visit the non-Muslim in question when the dog is around unless necessary. If you do visit, then the non-Muslim should be understanding of your religious values. You should not pet or touch the dog.

The saliva and perspiration of a dog is najis/impure. If the saliva or any wetness from the dog touches you, then that portion of the body or clothing will have to be washed thoroughly. It is not necessary to renew your wudhu. Likewise, it is not necessary to change the entire garment.

If the dog touches you or your clothing but there is no transfer of wetness, then that would not affect your purity. You should however act cautiously.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

02/27/1445 AH – 09/13/2023 CE | 607

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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