I have a dog and I live in a ten story building. My dog lives in the basement. We have a few foreigners in our building who like to take the dog home. My dog stays in the ground floor. There is no reason why I keep it. I touch it but I always wash my hands. and I always take care of it. My dog has never visited my home though.

Is it a sin to keep my dog with me?

  • No as long as you dont bring to house :) – user4841 Jul 9 '14 at 6:24

It depends:

There are two main views on dogs in Islam. One view, and the most common one is the Shafi'i madhab, which considers dogs to be najis (ritually unclean) while the Maliki madhab differs, and considers dogs to be pure.1

So with that, we understand that if you are of the Maliki madhab it is viewed as halal to own a dog.3 (Keeping it in your home if a different story.) The Shafi'i madhab on the other hand, prohibits ownership of dogs, except for hunting, herding, farming, and or guarding.

As for keeping your dog in your own home, for Shafi'i madhab adherents, it is viewed as strictly haram (understood on a textual basis), while for Maliki madhab adherents view it is makrooh only.2 Maliki madhab adherents draw this conclusion from hadith reference 4, they see it as a show of indication that it is not haram, just makrooh.


1:Ahmad Ibn Muhammad al-Dardir, al-Sharh al-Saghir ‘ala Aqrab al-Masalik

2:Whoever would keep a dog for other than hunting, herding or farming will lose a great reward every day. - Bukhari

3:Dalil Falihin ala Riyad al-Salihin; Hashiya `Adawi ala Sharh Kifaya al-Talib al-Rabbani

4:The angels (of blessings) do not enter homes with statues, drawn pictures of live beings or dogs. - Bukhari/Abu Dawood

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It is haram because it brings jinn. But you can keep it in your backyard and everything is good, as long as you take a shower after you touch it.

But in your house is strictly bad.

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