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Jakim tells Muslim pet dog owner to repent
Published:  Jul 5, 2017 4:06 PM
Updated: 1:37 PM

The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has told a Muslim dog owner to repent, advising her that unnecessarily touching of dogs is forbidden in the school of Islam followed in Malaysia.

Nurhanizah Abdul Rahman, in a video uploaded to Facebook, shared the story of her relationship with her pet dog Bubu as part of a competition by pet food brand Smart Heart.

Jakim said her decision to touch a dog for no reason had "caused distress among Muslims because it goes against the mazhab (Islamic school of thought) and customs practised in Malaysia.

Jakim director-general Othman Mustapha said although Islam provides a cleansing method if a Muslim has touched a dog, it does not mean that it is permissible to touch dogs for no reason.

"This is just like someone who commits a sin with the excuse that they will repent later.

"Jakim hopes she will immediately stop what she is doing and repent to Allah. She appears to be trying to set a new custom which could lead to actions which malign Islam," he said in a statement...

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