Essay about»O Abu Dharr! What is it that makes a black dog different from a red or yellow dog?» He replied: «O dear cousin! I asked Allah’s Messenger — Allah bless and salute him! — the exact same question. He said that the black dog is a devil.» Example
Hadith: The Black Dog is a Devil
The hadith is from Muslim traditionalists who based their legal reasoning and other practices from the Al ar-Ra’y. Thus, according to the traditionalists the black dog was considered a devil. The paper will show why it was considered a devil, and why they presume that when stands during a prayer, they create barriers, including a black dog cutting the prayer short.
When praying and someone notices a shadow of something in front of them, their prayer will be distracted, which leads to the Hadith seeing the prayer be cut off. However, if a black dog was to pass before you, it is considered a devil, which has the power to invalidate the prayer. The black dog is considered to have an immense power for ensuring destruction (Brown, 89).
I do not think that the Hadith is completely accurate. First, destruction when praying is an investable fact for most people. For instance, when praying laying on bed, there is nothing to stand before you to lead to the destruction of the prayer. However, you can fall asleep, which disrupts the prayer. Thus, the black dog does not necessarily disrupt the prayer, but what someone thinks of the as a character with so much power to invalidate the prayer, they lose faith in the prayer, which actually invalidates the prayer.
One concludes that disruptions when praying derive from both physical, mental and emotional factors that occasionally cannot be controlled. The black dog been considered the devil is reliant on their beliefs, which give power to the black dog. Thus, I believe that the disruptions, and black dog believe are imbedded on faith of the individuals.
Brown, Jonathan, A, C. Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World. New York: Oneworld Publications, 2009.
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