YAN – Muslims in this country are urged to understand the procedure and limitations of rearing or holding a dog to avoid a confusion on the faith as well as the thinking and views among Muslims themselves.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said this was because the animal is categorised as ‘najis mughallazah’, namely, the heavy form of uncleanliness, and requires certain cleansing methods under to the Syafie sect.
“.. needs to be washed with soil and clean water. I think before we touch an animal which is ‘mughallazah’ in nature we need to understand the ethics and regulations of the relationship and purification involving the animal,” he said.
He said this when met by reporters during the Jerai Parliamentary Aidilfitri Open House, which was also attended by his wife Datin Seri Fatmawati Saidin and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki at Guar Chempedak near here today.
Jamil Khir, who is also the Jerai Member of Parliament, was commenting on the action of a Muslim woman known as Nurhanizah Abdul Rahman who uploaded her video on Facebook last Saturday on her dog Bubu.
He said although dogs were often kept for special purposes such as hunting, guarding the house, and security (is permitted), the owners are still subject to the rules of relationship with the animals that Muslims must adhere to.
In another development, Jamil Khir said the final preparation for the 30,200 national pilgrims to perform this year’s haj went smoothly and all had been given instructions by the Pilgrims Fund Board (TH).
“There is a Federal Territory Level Premier Haj course on Saturday where I will officially open and brief our pilgrims … we have made preparations for all pilgrims, including their flights,” he said.
The Malaysian pilgrims depart to the holy land with the first flight scheduled for July 24. – BERNAMA