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Can muslims keep pets such as foxes or wolves because they aren't exactly full breed dogs? Or can they not keep anything that is in the dog family as a pet?

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I think the answer same this –  MYamanT Jul 15 '12 at 6:13
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This question addresses dogs, wolves, etc. specifically, not pets in general. –  ashes999 Jul 17 '12 at 17:42

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The general view is that everything is permissible unless there is a verse in the Quran or a hadith that would say it is prohibited. Since we know from many hadiths that keeping dogs is not allowed (check the link above in the comment section). However, That was for dogs specifically. The evidence to support my claim is that we don't use foxes or wolves to guard the herd or the sheep.

So you can assume that keeping foxes and wolves...etc is allowed in Islam.

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Aren't wild carnivores a danger to domestic pets and harmful towards humans? –  Farhan Nov 11 '13 at 15:22

I am not saying if this is allowed now or not but people of the cave (obviously before Rusool Allah (SAW) came) did have dog for protection purposes

Qur'an 18:18

وَتَحْسَبُهُمْ أَيْقَاظًا وَهُمْ رُقُودٌ ۚ وَنُقَلِّبُهُمْ ذَاتَ الْيَمِينِ وَذَاتَ الشِّمَالِ ۖ وَكَلْبُهُم بَاسِطٌ ذِرَاعَيْهِ بِالْوَصِيدِ ۚ لَوِ اطَّلَعْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ لَوَلَّيْتَ مِنْهُمْ فِرَارًا وَلَمُلِئْتَ مِنْهُمْ رُعْبًا

And you would think them awake, while they were asleep. And We turned them to the right and to the left, while their dog stretched his forelegs at the entrance. If you had looked at them, you would have turned from them in flight and been filled by them with terror.

But I am not sure if it's permissible to keep for security purposes after final Prophet PBUH brought final message.

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Assalamu Alaikum... There are some hadiths which tell us the following facts... Prophet (saw) asked a little girl about her pet bird (or something) in a humorous way.(allowing one that can have pets if they love them) But prophet (saw) once was disappointed with a man who was running behind his pet (pigeon) and commented "A devil chasing a devil" (because he said pigeon is considered shaitaninc analogous to fire)... And now what will make you know whether the animals you have could have been allowed by the prophet (saw) or not...??? Run a trial sort of thing.. - If you face any kind of problems from them - or if they behave wild and hurt you (or anyone in your home) - or if you could not control them properly - or if any of your religious practices like salah, fasting etc get effected due to them - or if you feel like you're overcome by their affection too much and disturb your daily routine ....
THEN it's better to keep them off from your house and not get too involved in their service except for feeding them... May Allah guide us all.

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