"Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman."
This isn't just an issue in Malaysia. Muslim taxi drivers in the UK and US have been caught refusing service to the disabled because their religion hates dogs.
Mohammed commanded the killing of all dogs, or only black dogs, according to various views. According to an Islamic Hadith, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman."
Donkeys, unlike dogs and women, are the only one of the three that Muslims tolerate in public. And so blind people are running into problems with Malaysia because of its Supremacist Muslim majority. (via Blazing Cat Fur)
Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha pointed out that touching dogs was considered haram under Islamic law, and hence it was inappropriate to use guide dogs, especially in public areas, because of the Muslim majority.
“Muslims may accidentally brush against dogs, and dogs and their fur are unclean under Islamic tenets,” he said.
Othman said Muslims were particular about their personal hygiene as it was a fundamental concern in the Islamic religion.
“Islamic beliefs and practices cannot be taken lightly according to personal feelings and reasons,” he said.
“They must be in accordance with teachings of the Quran, Sunnah, Ijma, and Qiyas that are valid.”
Blindness is not a personal reason. But under Islamic Supremacism, Islam's hatred for drugs trumps Steven Chan's need for a guide dog. This is why there can be no such thing as moderate Islam.
Even when there is no actual violence taking place, Islam's Supremacism makes it innately discriminatory.
It won’t be easy to implement ‘hudud’ in this country where Muslims and non-Muslims are living together, said former MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.
“Of course certain quarters advocating the implementation of ‘hudud’ laws will argue that this is only applicable for Muslims but at the end of the day, the implementation is certainly going to affect everybody’s life and is not only for Muslims.”
“Our country has been using secular policies. It doesn’t mean that we tend to turn a blind eye to the reality that Malaysia is a Muslim majority country,” he told reporters after a press conference on “Advocating For Guide Dogs’ Right To Be Allowed To Be At Public Facilities” here today.
And that's an important point. Even when Islamic law is supposedly only limited to Muslims, it ends up excluding everyone else. Including the blind. Who have to accommodate the dictates of a 7th century illiterate warlord's dictates.