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2. The drawing of a line mentioned in this Hadith is different from the drawing of lines in `Iyafah mentioned earlier.
Moreover, that was an act of a Prophet which was done by him in the light of Wahy sent to him by Allah and,
therefore, was certainly correct. But now, nobody possesses that knowledge and cannot, therefore, be adopted. The
statement of the Prophet (PBUH) that: "
The line which agrees with the line drawn by that Prophet would be correct
was by way of elucidation. It does not mean that that act can also be done by anyone today, for how can it be done
without knowing its principles. How did that Prophet of Allah draw that line? What were its principles? Since that
knowledge has passed away with that Prophet, it is now no longer valid, nor would it be fruitful.
Who was the Prophet who did it? Some people say it was Prophet Daniyal (
), while other think it was Prophet
Idris. Allah Alone knows the truth.
َﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳَر ﱠنأ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲﺿَر يِرﺪﺒْﻟا ٍدﻮْﻌﺴﻣ ﻲﺑأ ْﻦَﻋو
، ِﺐْﻠَﻜْﻟا ِﻦَﻤَﺛ ْﻦَﻋ ﻰَﻬَﻧ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴ
ِﻦِهﺎﻜْﻟا ِناﻮْﻠُﺣو ﱢﻲِﻐَﺒْﻟا ِﺮْﻬﻣو
ِﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Abu Mas`ud Al-Badri (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) prohibited the
price of a dog, the earning of an prostitute, and the money given to a soothsayer
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
1. "
Prohibition of the price of dog
'' signifies that the sale and purchase of dogs is forbidden. This a general order
which applies to dog of every kind, whether it is for hunting or protection of farms (which is permissible) or is a
tamed one. The reason being that dog is an absolutely unclean animal no matter what breed it is. Some `Ulama' are
of the opinion that the sale and purchase of such dog which one intends to keep for lawful needs such as hunting and
protecting farms is permissible. So far as reasoning is concerned, the views of the majority of `Ulama' are quite
strong because we find absolute prohibition of dogs in this Hadith.
The earning of a vile woman has been called `Dower' in the Hadith because of its evident form, otherwise it is
unlawful and nobody accepts its justification. Similar is the case of soothsayers, astrologers, fortunetellers and all
those who fool people by telling them about future and thus swindle money from them. Their income is also
2. It is also unlawful to make any payment to such swindlers because when it is not lawful for them to make money
in this manner, how can we consider the money given to them lawful?