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Question About Dogs In Islam

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Salaam alaikum to the Muslim posters. I have been reading some ahadith about keeping dogs, and am interested when, according to Muhammad it is ok to keep one and when it is not. 

I read the following hadith about people who keep a dog for a purpose other than hunting, guarding an orchard or shepherding will lose either one or two Qirats a day (this looks a bit contradictory to me but this is besides the point) of reward. 

According to the teachings of Muhammad, are there any other reasons they can be kept? 

Thanks! 


Abu Hurairah (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: 
'If anyone owns a dog except a sheepdog, a hunting dog, or a farm dog, a carat of his reward will be deducted daily." Agreed upon. 
http://sunnah.com/urn/2016340 




Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: 
He who kept a dog except one meant for watching the herd, or for hunting or for watching the fields. he lost two qirat of reward every day. Zuhri said: The words of Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) were conveyed to Ibn Umar who said: May Allah have mercy upon Abu Huraira; he owned a field. 
http://sunnah.com/muslim/22/70

 

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