I would agree with that. I'd even go a little further and say that owning and loving a pet can teach people many things - humanity, love and respect for life in general, etc. Probably things they'd rather keep off the agenda. (Yeah, yeah... I know. Not very PC.)Originally Posted By: BrightelfI think it's simply and plainly an attempt to avoid the inevitable trickle-in of Western culture.. hence cell phone cams, pop music, etc that they wish away with.
That makes no sense to me either.Originally Posted By: BrightelfHow the heck could an Islamic fella use a dog to attempt to CATCH a ladyfriend in Saudi?? Makes no sense.
Actually it's culturally they are taught that. There's nothing in the Qur'an about it. Among the dearest friends I have is a man and his family who are from Tajikistan, which is a former Soviet republic and is a Muslim state. It's to the north of Afghanistan. Many Tajiks own dogs and care for them. My friend always had a dog at his house when he was growing up and his mother still has the dog they had when he left there 10 years ago. He has his own dog here in America.Originally Posted By: bsinghVAThat makes no sense to me either.Originally Posted By: BrightelfHow the heck could an Islamic fella use a dog to attempt to CATCH a ladyfriend in Saudi?? Makes no sense.
I've got quite a few Muslim friends. Some refuse to come to my house because we have dogs. I'm fine with that!
Some don't mind dogs, but would never own them and I know others who own them. I think it depends on how liberal they are. But, religiously they are taught that dogs are dirty animals.