Leaflets have been handed out apparently calling for a ban on dogs in public places. Describing them as ‘impure’, campaign group For Public Purity wants them to be barred from ‘public spheres’ out of respect for Muslim families.
Metro UK The leaflets have been distributed in Manchester in areas where there are large Muslim populations, including Muslims who own dogs.
Clifton Green, a 36-year-old father-of-two from Salford, said his street was leafleted. The family have a puppy. He said: ‘There are mixed messages on Facebook. There are people who are suggesting that this is being done to get a rise out of people but it could be people that are against Muslims – to whip up issues.
‘We were a little bit concerned at first that it was somebody targeting us because we have a dog, but leaflets have been posted to other houses on the street.
‘I am slightly concerned by it. I have got a lot of Muslim friends and people who I work with. It is going down the route of telling people how to live their lives and I do not think anyone should be doing that. I would not impose my beliefs and my view of life on other people.’
Councillor Naeem Hassan said: ‘I think this is somebody trying to divide the community. I do not see any problems at all. I want to say to people to just ignore this.’
The leaflets have been issued by 4publicpurity which describes its goal on its website. It says: ‘In order to help Muslims live their lives according to their beliefs, we demand that dogs be banned from the public sphere.
‘This includes restaurants, common areas and of course public transportation. If dogs are not permitted to be present in public, Muslims could live their lives with a burden lifted from their shoulders and without having to fear being tainted with no fault of their own.’
For Public Purity has been approached for commentary.
Keeping the purity of the public space enables the Muslims remain untainted and without blemish. As part of this effort, we have chosen to address one of the aspect that can have a detrimental effect on the purity of the public space, with the aspect being the presence of dogs who are considered impure in Islam. The prophet (PBUH) has said: ‘Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or pictures’ “لا تدخل الملائكة بيتا فية كلب او صورة” As citizens of a multicultural nation, those who live in the UK must learn to understand and respect the legacy and lifestyle of the Muslims who live alongside them. Make Muslims feel like they live in a safe and accepting space, welcoming them and respecting their beliefs. Help us make this a reality.