In the midst of the recent war against Piglet
, Committees of Correspondence brings to attention another familiar mammal
that is considered unclean under Islam (emphasis in original):
Dogs are also considered ritually impure by Muslims. In fact, according to this ruling, it's easier to remove the ritual impurity associated with pigs than that associated with dogs.
But some dogs are less equal than others. For those of you who brought your copy of the Sahih Muslim version of the Hadith, turn to Book 004, Number 1032 (emphasis added):
Abu Dharr [one of the sahaba - companions of Mohammad] reported: The Messenger of 'Allah (may peace be upon him) said: When any one of you stands for prayer and there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle that covers him and in case there is not before him (a thing) equal to the back of the saddle, his prayer would be cut off by (passing of an) ass, woman, and black Dog. I said: O Abu Dharr, what feature is there in a black dog which distinguish it from the red dog and the yellow dog? He said: O, son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as you are asking me, and he said: The black dog is a devil.