I’m logging off of myspace, facebook, bebo, and all this other bullshit for a few weeks (again) and also turning my phone off. Thinking back now, when Vodafone turned my phone off on me, it was kinda nice. Like going camping in the woods away from civilisation, and having to rely on campfires and hikes to keep you occupied.
…not that I’ve ever done that (why haven’t I ever done that?).
So…so long, farewell, aufweederseeeeen, adieu.
I’ll be back when I’m a bit more grounded, and a lot less stressed.
We live one block away from what appears, from the outset, to be a Muslim house of prayer. It is for one country in particular, but I’m no expert on flags, so I can’t tell where it is from.
In any case, I pass by this building three or four times a day walking the dogs, and so we meet and pass a LOT of Muslims going to and from this place. It always amuses me how they will walk a WIDE circle to avoid my two teensy dogs, and I just assumed that its because Muslims in general don’t like dogs. They are considered dirty, and you won’t really see any with dogs of their own. Especially the guys in long robes, they’ll hold their robes away from us when they pass. Of all that I have ever come across in Brussels and here in Amsterdam, only ONE has ever stopped to give Lola a pat. Thats 3 years and umpteen Muslims, and just ONE hello.
White Europeans, on the other hand, have a much more obvious love of dogs, and it surprises me sometimes when a Dutch lady will stop my dogs, get down to their level, and let them kiss her face. I mean, I do it….but they’re my dogs.
Anyway, back to the Muslims.
I just found out why they avoid us like the plague!
By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Q.) Does dog saliva contaminate clothes? What if dog’s body rubbed with the clothes? Is it okay to pray in those clothes?
A.) The saliva and sweat of a dog is impure, therefore, if the saliva or sweat of a dog falls on anything pure (body, clothing, etc.) it will also become impure. If there is no sweat on the skin of a dog, the mere rubbing of the body of the dog does not make the body and clothing impure. And Allah Taãla Knows Best.
OF COURSE if they are going to and from prayer, they’ll want to avoid anything that makes them impure! And that is including my two (albeit harmless) dogs, who are overly friendly sometimes, and can’t tell the difference between Muslims and anyone else (like the one time Lola actually licked a guy’s ear when he was laying on the ground- I thought he was going to punch her he was so mad!). I am used to it by this point, and try to keep the dogs away from any Muslim men or women that are passing by, holding them to the side as they pass, but its just nice to know why now.
Ah, cultural sensitivity.
Ain’t it grand.