Is there a prohibition on selling dogs in Islamic law?

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It is Islamically not permissible to keep dogs as pets. The one who keeps a dog will have a deduction from his good deeds every day, except for dogs that are kept for hunting, guarding livestock, and guarding crops, which are permissible to keep.

There are several reports narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) which state that it is forbidden to sell dogs. The general meaning of these reports includes all kinds of dogs, those which are permissible to keep and those which are not permissible to keep.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade the price of a dog. Bukhari

‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah forbade the price of a dog, and if a person comes asking for the price of a dog, then fill his hand with dust.” Abu Dawood

This is the view of the majority of scholars who deemed it impermissible to sell a dog whether it is a pet or a hunting dog.

Imam Abu Haneefah said: The sale of dogs that bring some benefit, for example, hunting dogs, is permissible.


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