Skip to comments.Iran cleric says dogs "unclean" and not to be kept as pets
Posted on 06/19/2010 4:01:12 PM PDT by JoeProBono
A senior Iranian cleric has decreed dogs are "unclean" and should not be kept as pets -- a move aimed at discouraging Western-style dog ownership in the Islamic state, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
Dogs are considered "unclean" under Islamic tradition but, while relatively rare in Iran, some people do keep them as pets.
By issuing a fatwa -- a religious ruling -- Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has sent a clear message that this trend must stop. "Friendship with dogs is a blind imitation of the West,"
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And no booze, either.
No wonder they're so damned high-strung.
Just imagine how many problem areas could be depopulated by aerial spraying of a heated water mixture containing 25% lard.
Dont fret over me.
I will explain.
If my child contracts a serious illness I will spare no expense in saving that child.
If my cat gets sick I will make a judgment on what I can afford in my budget.
I will not take out a loan to finance surgery for a pet (I know people that have spent thousands on surgery for pets and they were not wealthy people), If the cost of saving the pet is not affordable within the monthly budget; sorry kitty.
If the cost of saving the pet is not affordable within the monthly budget; sorry kitty
Interesting article. I lived in Iran when I was little and most of the Americans, including our family had dogs. Many of us kept them on the roofs which were flat...I know, it sounds strange.
I can’t vouch for whether it is true or not, but I remember being told that the Iranians didn’t like dogs and probably wouldn’t bother a house that had dogs.
Also, it was thought that the origin of this fear/disdain of dogs stemmed from a legend of a dog running off with the head of a prophet.
Out of all of the species on this planet, only a dog will voluntarily die for you. I think dogs are a gift from our maker and I don’t trust any society that does not have a love for doge.
I’ve had some wonderful dogs in my life and a few sorry good for nothing relatives. I’ll take the dogs any day.
Well, since Islam is a cobbled together, distorted mishmash of Judaism and Christianity, with a few fevered nightmares thrown in, should we assume that any notion of “unclean” goes back to Levitical law and ritual uncleanliness?
I’ve found it sort of striking that pigs are rather genetically similar to us in some regards, well maybe not so much similar as compatible. I do know that canine veterinary medical research has led to much later benefit to mankind, since dogs respond much as man, to many treatments, for instance cancer.
Then, you have the issue of disease jumping from one species to another, with some being far more conducive than others as far as posing a potential problem for man. Pigs again. But dogs? Not so much. Cats? Yes. Ducks, chickens, several avian species. Recall the recent flu scare with avian, pig and human influenza strains.
So, what gives, other than cultural bias? They do keep cats. Maybe they’ve just got a massive, society-wide case of toxoplasmosis gondii or something? Nah, that explains the pacifist left.
I say ragheads are filthy disgusting creatures and should be shipped back to whatever third world hole they crawled out of.
I get it!!!!! The dog is sweeping up islam!!!!!!!
Weeell, the dumb b*stards shouldn't have chopped it off, then.
They just never learn.
Ah, yes, the progressive muslim brothers.
RansomOttawa says Iranian clerics “tabbouleh-eating cavemen” and to be run out of town on a rail.
Thanks for the vote of confidence.
Ill agree that dogs for the most part are faithful. They wont borrow money and not pay you back. They wont have an affair with your wife. And they wont borrow your favorite CD and leave it in a hot car to warp.
But then dogs dont care about such things. Dogs will steal your slice of pizza off the coffee table when you get up and go to the bathroom. Dogs will get in the garbage can and spread trash all over the living room. Dogs will pee on your white walls. Dogs dig in your flower beds and roll around in a dead skunk.
Dogs and people have different faults which are part of their nature.
Dogs wont come over and help you put on a new roof. Dogs wont drive you to the doctor. Dogs wont visit you in the hospital (usually and if they do some family member brought them). Dogs wont listen to your stories every time you visit and laugh at the appropriate times.
Pets are great and I love them, they are a blessing of God but they are not people and they are not family. To treat then as such diminishes humanity.
Muslims aren’t worthy of associating with dogs.
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