Irsyad (Advisory) on Guide Dogs
We understand that the Muslim community may have concerns about guide dogs accessing public transport and places. To help address these concerns, GDS has sought advice from The Office of The Mufti Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS). Guide Dogs are approved and allowed in halal-certified premises by the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) .
An advisory can be found on the MUIS website.
Extract from The Advisory:
“If the guide dogs are brought to public places such as restaurants, public transport etc which are shared by all users of different backgrounds; and if one walks past an area where the guide dog may have rested or walked past it, then this falls under the concept of umumul balwa, and a person does not need to cleanse himself using the sertu method.”
“Islam commands us to do good to all creatures, including animals. Hence, we are very much encouraged to be kind to those who need to use guide dogs to get around. Do not react in any way which may offend the owners of the guide dogs or hurt the dog itself…”