Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Give the gift of sight

What a wonderful gift to give the gift of sight. These puppies are trained to help the seeing impaired. They, seeing-eye dogs cost a lot of money to train.

When I was young and growing up in Sarawak, Borneo, my Muslim neighbours told me that dogs are unclean. They refues to touch our dogs. I was in Nanyang University in Singapore, some Muslim staff made a big hooha about dog owners letting their dogs drink from water fountains.

As was a self appointed busy body of the campus and I asked some educated Muslim Professors how to deal with this situation. They, more moderate Muslims told me that they do have dogs in their home country, but they make sure that the dogs and humans do not eat and drink from the same utensils. They do however, protested that dog owners should not let their dogs drink from a drinking fountain.

I put my head on the chopping board a wrote a post suggesting that dog owners should not let their dogs drink from a human drinking fountain. I personally didn't want to drink from the fountain where a dog had licked on it.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif


Because Islam considers dogs in general to be unclean,[6] many Muslim taxi drivers and store owners have refused to accommodate customers who have guide dogs.[7][8][9] However, in 2003 the Sharia Council, based in the United Kingdom, ruled that the ban on dogs does not apply to those used for guide work.[10]

Despite that ruling, many Muslims continue to refuse access and see the pressure to allow the dogs as a restraint upon religious liberty.[citation needed] Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra of the Muslim Council of Britain has argued strongly that Sharia does not preclude working with guide dogs, and it is actually a duty under Sharia for a Muslim to help the blind.[citation needed]

What do you think? When in Rome, do what the Romans do!




lina@home sweet home said...

Here, dogs are still used in detecting drugs and looking for buried victims...
I seldom see dogs for helping blinds.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Interesting to see how differently some things are viewed around the world. Many people in Australia have pet dogs and also there are working dogs like guide dogs and as Lina mentioned. However I wouldn't want to eat or drink from a shared bowl and always like to wash hands with soap after handling any animals.

diane b said...

Different cultures do surprise us at times. I don't like to see dogs in restaurants or drinking from fountains. I love dogs but I am also a clean freak. However, service dogs should be treated differently and accepted by all cultures.
In answer to your question:
We are having prawns for Christmas dinner.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely post! Love your photos Merry Christmas Joann

Arija said...

Personally, I do not like dogs drinking from drinking fountains as they tend to lick them as well. Most Parks have water taps so animals can have a drink. I'm not fussed about dogs, I just don't kiss them or let them licj my face.

Jidhu Jose said...

i like dogs very much.....labrador type dogs are used for helping blind person