[Q-ID0365] Do our clothes become impure if a dog licks them?


What do the scholars and muftis of the mighty Shari’ah say regarding the following matter, we are residents of England and as you are aware, dogs are abundant here. If a dog was to lick us whilst we were going for prayer, would we have to change our clothes?

Questioner: Tauqeer from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

If the dog has merely touched the clothes, then the clothes are pure. However, if the dog has licked the clothes and its saliva, equal to the size of a dirham, has soiled the garment, then it will become impure because its saliva is impure.

Just as it is mentioned in Fatāwā Ridawiyyah,

“A dog is impure because its meat, blood, saliva, leftover [food/water] and perspiration is impure according to us”

[Fatāwā Ridawiyyah, Volume 4, pg 408]

It is also stated in Bahār-e-Sharī’at,

“If a dog comes into contact with one’s clothes or body, even though its [dog’s] body was wet, the body and clothes will remain pure, however, if it has any impurity on its body then that is a different matter, or if its saliva touches the body or clothes then it will cause them to become impure”

[Bahār-e-Sharī’at, Volume 1, Part 2, pg 395]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by Zameer Ahmed

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