Fatwa ID: 04777
Answered by: Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Is it permissible to keep a dog in the garden, and not in the house?
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Dogs can be kept for hunting, farming, and guarding properties. They can also be kept to guide the blind. However, if one decides to keep a dog for hunting or guarding purposes, then it should be kept in the garden and not inside the house. Although a blind person out of necessity will be allowed to bring the guide dog inside the house. It is not permissible to keep dogs as pets in the homes of Muslims. (Fatawa Hindiyyah p.362 v.5)
Saaiduna Ibn Umar Radiallahu Anhu narrates that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam said, ‘Whoever keeps a dog which is neither a watch dog nor a hunting dog, will get a daily deduction of two Qiraat from his good deeds’. (Sahih Bukhari p.312 v.1)
However, it should be borne in mind that dogs, which are used for the above purposes, are trained in such a way so that they do not attack children or other members of the family.
Only Allah Knows Best
Written by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham.