Is Dog Walking Haram? Can You Earn Halal Money From it?

We know that Muslims are not allowed to keep dogs unless for one of the reasons mentioned in Shariah like farming or herding livestock.

But what about earning some money from walking or working as a dog sitter? Is dog walking haram or halal? Let’s find out.   

Can Muslims be dog walkers?

man walking three dogs to answer is dog walking haram

You will be happy to know that the answer to the question of is dog walking haram is that it’s not. Yes, Muslims can be dog walkers, it’s not haram.

As Muslims, we are not allowed to keep dogs as our beloved prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Whoever keeps a dog, his reward for good deeds will decrease by one Qeeraat every day, except dogs used for farming or herding livestock.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2322.]

But when walking dogs you’re not keeping them, it’s a job like any other job. Some think that dogs are haram to touch, or that they break the wudu, but that’s not true. The dog itself is not impure, only its saliva is impure. Therefore, there’s no problem for Muslims to be dog walkers.

You can learn more by reading, is dog haram to Touch?

Are earnings from a dog walking job halal?

Yes, earnings from a dog walking job are halal, and working as a dog walker is not Haram because there’s nothing wrong in touching the dog and the dog itself isn’t impure. You may also be interested in reading Is it haram to Breed and sell dogs.

Can Muslims be dog sitters?

Yes, Muslims can work as dog sitters, and their earnings are halal, there’s no sin or anything wrong with the job.  

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Are these earnings halal?

Yes, earning money from working as a dog sitter or walking them is halal. The reason why Muslims are not allowed to keep dogs isn’t because they’re impure or Nijsah it’s because our beloved prophet instructed us not to do so. But it’s okay to play with them. You can learn more by reading, is it haram to play with a dog?

What does Quran say about dogs?

Dogs were only mentioned twice in the holy Quran in surah Al-Ma’idah and Al-Kahf.

“They ask you, [O Muhammad], what has been made lawful for them. Say, “Lawful for you are [all] good foods and [game caught by] what you have trained of hunting animals which you train as Allah has taught you. So, eat of what they catch for you, and mention the name of Allah upon it, and fear Allah.” Indeed, Allah is swift in account.” (Quran 5:4)

In this verse, Allah states that we can eat what the dog hunts for us.

In the following verse from Surah Al-Kahf, the dog was protecting the people of the cave guarding the entrance.

“And you would have seen the sun, as it rose, inclining away from their cave to the right, and as it set, declining away from them to the left, while they lay in its open space. That is one of the signs of Allah. Whoever Allah guides is truly guided. But whoever He leaves to stray, you will never find for them a guiding mentor.

And you would have thought they were awake, though they were asleep. We turned them over, to the right and left, while their dog stretched his forelegs at the entrance. Had you looked at them, you would have certainly fled away from them, filled with horror.” [Quran 18:18]

Are dogs impure?

No dogs are not impure. Some people believe that keeping a dog is Najis because the dog itself is impure which is wrong. The impurity isn’t in the dog itself but in its saliva, therefore a person should not get in contact with the dog’s saliva. You can learn more from, why are dogs haram but not cats?

Can you keep dogs inside the house?

Raising a dog inside the house is not permissible for Muslims. Muslims are allowed to raise dogs only for hunting, guarding livestock, or guarding crops outside the house.

Ibn Maajah (3640) narrated from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or an image.” [Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.]

Al-Bukhaari (2145) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Whoever keeps a dog, a Qiraat from his good deeds will be deducted every day, except a dog for farming or herding livestock.”

Muslim (2978) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Whoever keeps a dog that is not a dog for hunting, herding livestock or farming, two Qiraats will be deducted from his reward each day.”

From the above hadiths, we understand that we can have a dog for protection but we can’t raise them in the house, they should be kept in a separate place.

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