Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mark Harris, The Iconoclast: Iran's Islam-Inspired Brutality Toward Dogs

From The Iconoclast, the blog of The New English Review, (to read the entire item about this disturbing reality, kindly click on the link below):

Iran's Islam-Inspired Brutality Toward Dogs
Monday, 14 September 2015
by Mark Harris


The torturous treatment of animals also has an antecedent in Islamic theology:
“Muhammad made strange and harsh statements about dogs and these edicts affect dogs in a tragic way. His teachings may have come from cultural bias, Pagan concepts, or his own imagination, but wherever they came from they led to the cruel treatment of dogs.

None of the statements regarding dogs are found in the Quran but they abound in the various collections of traditions (hadith). These traditions are a primary foundation of Islamic theology and are the basis of many Islamic laws. They render dogs as "impure" and worse. Per Muhammad’s orders most dogs were to be killed and all dogs of a specific color (black) had to be killed.”

Stella Morabito describes a society where merely walking one’s pet dog is a sign of civil disobedience:
“Just knowing that the authorities disapprove of dogs cultivates the sense that the suffering of those animals does not matter. Iran’s theocratic rulers prefer to adhere strictly to the hadiths that designate dogs as a polluting presence. This legalism would mean that having a dog’s fur or saliva on one’s person or in one’s home would interfere with the five-times-daily prayer life of a Muslim.

Thus, stray dogs in Iran are easy and fair game for police to shoot indiscriminately on sight. The government also outsources the killings, and localities can pay individuals for their aid in eliminating canine populations.