Are Dog and Swine Hides Considered Filthy Even after Tanning?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


Is it permissible to wear clothes made of pigskin or dog (canine) leather? Is it allowed to sell clothes or articles made of dogs or pigs? Is it allowed to pray with clothes made of dog or pork in the Shafi’i school?


Thank you for your question.

In the Shafi’i school, dogs, pigs, and their offspring are considered major filth. The hides of dogs or swine cannot be purified by tanning. [Keller, Reliance of the Traveler]

In summary, it is not permissible to wear in prayer, or outside of the prayer, any article of clothing made from dogs or pigs. It is likewise not permissible to sell such items because they are considered filth.

Please see the following links as well:
Purity and Judging Pigskin
Praying with a pig-leather wallet, do I have to make up such prayers?

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.