A Man’s Best Friend

Growing up we have all heard that common phrase “a dog is a man’s best friend”. In the United States, dogs are welcomed by many and thought of as an important parts of one’s family. Often we would see dogs in family photos, dressed up for big events like Christmas or Halloween and even given a funeral, when the time comes. In Canada, the dog- owner relationship has developed over time. This devotion to dogs has spread over many establishments such as supermarkets, clothing stores and medical offices now allowing dogs inside. Certain establishments that need to maintain a sanitary standard post “cutesy” signs outside asking kindly for dog owners to keep their dogs from coming inside. Western society has incorporated the dog so deep into our values that dogs are now included in daily life activities and can be taken almost anywhere.

Fortunately not every society has incorporated dogs into their everyday activities. In Islam, a dog’s saliva is considered impure and even though the Quran states that it isn’t necessarily haram to own a pet dog, most Muslims refrain from having owning a dog. For the insignificant amount of Muslims who do own a dog, the life style of the dog is very different from Western society. Muslim dogs tend to have their own living space and are used for security and protection for a family.

This contrast in views towards dogs shows not only the impact of Religion on a society, but also how far different societies extended their kinship.

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