Can I keep A Guard Dog?


Assalamu ‘alaykum.

Is it permissible to have bought a protection trained dog if kept outside and well taken care of with a heated dog house etc., even if you don’t feel unsafe and want it as a precaution for my family and me?


Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

In general, guard dogs are permitted when there is a need – even in the house. However, angels do not enter places where dogs are kept. Keeping one’s dog outside the house would be better as a precaution. (Nahlawi, al Durar al Mubaha) If you do get one treat it well, and you’ll be rewarded for doing so.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.