He Wants To Marry A Christian Woman And He Wants To Convince Her That It Is Forbidden To Keep A Dog In The House
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Why is dog not permissible in the house ? I know
it is mentioned in the hadith, I accept it because I
am a muslim but how can I justify it to my future wife
who is a christian, I need strong points ? Why?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Before answering this question, you have to understand
that your Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) has encouraged you to make a good
choice when choosing a wife, the righteous wife whom
the husband can trust with his children, house and
wealth. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah
be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Women may be
married for four things: their wealth, their lineage,
their beauty and their religious commitment. Choose
the one who is religiously-committed, may your hands
be rubbed with dust (i.e., may you prosper)." Narrated
by al-Bukhaari, 4802; Muslim, 1466.
This advice from the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) does not mean choosing between a
Muslim woman and a kitaabi woman (a Jewish or
Christian woman), rather it means choosing from among
Muslim women, because if not every Muslim woman is
recommendable for marriage, then it is more likely
that it is inadvisable to marry a non-Muslim woman, a
Jew or Christian. The issue with regard to marrying
them is that it is simply permitted in Islam.
Undoubtedly marriage to a righteous Muslim woman will
help the Muslim to obey his Lord and help in raising
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah
have mercy on him) said:
A religiously-committed Muslim woman will help him to
obey Allaah and will be good to raise his children,
and protect herself in his absence, and protect his
wealth and his house, unlike a woman who is not
religiously-committed, who may harm him in the future.
Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said: "Choose the one who is
religiously-committed." If along with religious
commitment there is also beauty, wealth and good
lineage, then that is light upon light. Otherwise,
what he should choose is the one who is
religiously-committed. End quote.
Al-Sharh al-Mumti' (12/13).
Marriage to a kitaabi woman – whether Jewish or
Christian – is permissible in principle, and there
should be no difference of opinion concerning that,
because it is stated in the Book of Allaah. But the
Muslim should pay attention to the conditions of that
permissibility, and think of the consequences of that
marriage. One of the conditions of marriage to kitaabi
women is that the woman should be truly Christian or
Jewish, because in the kaafir lands there are many
women who have no religion at all, or women who are
Buddhists or follow other idolatrous religions. The
second condition is that she should be chaste, and not
a zaaniyah (one who engages in fornication or
adultery); she should not make friends with non-mahram
men. Another condition is that guardianship of the
children should belong to the Muslim, and they should
be raised in accordance with the Book of Allaah and
the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him).
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Made lawful to you this day are At-Tayyibaat [all
kinds of Halaal (lawful) foods, which Allaah has made
lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk
products, fats, vegetables and fruits)]. The food
(slaughtered cattle, eatable animals) of the people of
the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you
and yours is lawful to them. (Lawful to you in
marriage) are chaste women from the believers and
chaste women from those who were given the Scripture
(Jews and Christians) before your time when you have
given their due Mahr (bridal-money given by the
husband to his wife at the time of marriage), desiring
chastity (i.e. taking them in legal wedlock) not
committing illegal sexual intercourse, nor taking them
Even though it is permissible if these conditions are
met, it is better not to marry her.
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing
It is permissible for the Muslim to marry a kitaabi
woman – Jewish or Christian –if she is chaste and free
(i.e., not a slave), because Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning): "Made lawful to you
this day are At-Tayyibaat…"
But not marrying her is better and safer for the
believer, lest she attract him and his children to her
religion. End quote.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq
‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh ‘Abd
Allaah ibn Qa'ood
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (18/314, 315).
See also the answer to question no. 2527.
With regard to the consequences of marrying kitaabi
women, there are many. We have mentioned some of them
in the answers to questions no. 12283, 20227 and
With regard to keeping dogs in the house and the
prohibition on that, it is narrated in clear saheeh
texts. It is not permissible to keep dogs except for
hunting, guarding livestock, or farming. The Muslim
knows that sharee'ah only forbids a thing because of
its evil and harm.
All the Muslim has to do is to respond to what his
Lord has enjoined him to do or forbidden him. He
should know for certain that He does not prescribe
anything unless it is for a reason. Some shar'i
rulings are purely the matter of worship, and we do
not know the wisdom behind them and the reason of some
is rationally understood. There is nothing to prevent
us seeking the wisdom behind rulings, but the Muslim
should still heed the commands of Allaah.
See also the answer to question no. 9603 for important
We are certain that the prohibition on keeping dogs is
in the Muslim's interests, and that keeping them is
harmful and bad. Among the negative consequences of
keeping them are the diseases that they cause and that
are transmitted via them, whether it is from a vessel
from which the dog has drunk, or in its faeces with
which the house in which it is kept is contaminated.
This is what you can tell this Christian woman if you
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "The
purification of the vessel of one of you, if a dog
licks it, is to wash it seven times, the first time
with dust." Narrated by Muslim (279).
The word "purification" indicates that the vessel
becomes impure (najis) if a dog licks it. This is what
has been proven by modern science, but we never
doubted that it is true. The vessel can only be
purified by water and dust, and not any other cleaning
substance. This has also been proven by modern
science, which confirms that this religion is nothing
other than revelation that was sent to the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
See also the answer to question no. 20939.
It has been proven that there are many diseases that
may be caught by the person who keeps a dog, or
touches it, or kisses it. We have mentioned some of
them in the answer to question no. 69840.
And Allaah knows best.