Assalam o Alaikum,
I am an ardent animal lover. I have a few stray dogs outside my house whom i feed everyday, and they stay outside my premises.
my neighbours have started stoning the poor creatures because they dont like dogs and they are "na-paak" in islam. infact they want us to get them killed because they keep coming back to our lane.
I have tried to shooh off those innocent creatures by spraying water on them, and they look at me with such sad eyes as if asking me "why are you doing this to us? what have we done?"
I feel like crying.
what does islam say about feeding and treating dogs? Are they supposed to be so deprived of love and mercy in islam?
And right now what should I do? should I stop feeding them?
Assalam o Alaikum,
There is nothing in Islam that states to hate dogs. We just keep away from dogs inside house because it can be harmful to us. In Quran, you can see dog being a companion of Ashabul kahf (companions of cave, see sura 18). In Sura 5 verse 4, it says that we can use dogs for hunting.
Regarding giving food to dog, there is nothing wrong in it. There is even an hadith in which giving water to dog is praised
A person suffered from intense thirst while on a journey, when he found a well. He climbed down into it and drank (water) and then came out and saw a dog lolling its tongue on account of thirst and eating the moistened earth. The person said: This dog has suffered from thirst as I had suffered from it. He climbed down into the well, filled his shoe with water, then caught it in his mouth until he climbed up and made the dog drink it. So Allah appreciated this act of his and pardoned him. Then (the Companions around him) said: Allah's Messenger, is there for us a reward even for (serving) such animals? He said: Yes, there is a reward for service to every living animal. http://www.sunnah.com/muslim/39/210
Your neighbors may be objecting to you giving food from your house because this will cause stray dogs roaming around near your locality and causing disturbance to them. To avoid this, you can give food to dogs in a non residential area.