Saturday 14 Muḥarram 1446 - 20 July 2024
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What Happens If a Dog Licks You in Islam

Question

What should one do when a dog licks the skin of a person?
I understand that you are supposed to rub soil/mud on to the affected area, but what if the clothing is delicate e.g., a suit and might spoil? Is dry cleaning not enough?

Summary of answer

The scholars said that leftover water from which a dog has drunk and the saliva of dogs are impure, and that vessels and garments licked by a dog must be washed seven times, one of them being with earth.

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

The scholars said that leftover water from which a dog has drunk and the saliva of dogs are impure , and that vessels and garments licked by a dog must be washed. It is reported in the Sunnah how a Muslim should purify these things if that happens.

Al-Bukhari and Muslim reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: If a dog licks the vessel of any one of you, let him throw away its contents, then wash it seven times. Muslim added: the first time with earth. (Al-Bukhari bi Hashiyat al-Sindi, 1/44; Muslim, 1/234)

The meaning of the word translated here as lick means if a dog puts its tongue into water, or whatever, regardless of whether or not it actually drinks. The hadith refers to vessels , but the scholars did not distinguish between vessels and other things in this regard. Al-Iraqi said: “Vessels are mentioned because this is the usual scenario.”

The vessel or garment must be washed seven times, one of them being with earth. This is the opinion of Ibn ‘Abbas and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them), according to one report. It was also the opinion of Ibn Sirin, Tawus, al-Awza'i, al-Shafi'i, Ahmad, Thawr, and others. (Al-Majmoo, 2/586; al-Mughni, 1/46 al-Muhallaa, 1/146; Nayl al-Awtaar, 1/74)

It is not the last washing that has to be done with earth , so there is no room for the objection mentioned in the question that this will make the clothes dirty. The clothes will be washed with water (after the washing with earth), and once they are dried and ironed, they will be cleaner than before.

And Allah knows best.

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Source: Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid