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Animal Saliva in Islam; Clean or Unclean?

Islamic Rule Online: Animal Saliva in Islam ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will discuss the law of animal saliva in Islamic teachings. We as Muslims must know about this because it is very possible that our bodies or clothes will be exposed to their saliva, or maybe we have even experienced that.

There is one hadith of the Prophet Muhammad that we need to pay attention to to answer the question above. The hadith that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ خَارِجَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : خَطَبَنَا رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِمِنَى وَهُوَ عَلَى رَاحِلَتِهِ وَلُعَابُهَا يَسِيْلُ عَلَى كَتِفِيْ . أَخْرَجَهُ أَحْمَدُ وَالتِّرْمِذِيُّ

From Umar bin Kharijah radliyallahu ‘anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam once addressed us at Mina. He is above the animal that is the vehicle. The animal’s saliva drips on my shoulder.” The hadith is narrated by Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi.

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There are several things we need to know about the hadith above, including;

One; In Mina it has been suggested to conduct a Sermon at a high place to explain the laws relating to the Hajj. This hadith can also be used as a proposition to justify the person who is speaking who stands at a higher place than the listener. In the present context, this high place can be in the form of a pulpit and so on.

Two; The saliva of animals whose meat can be eaten is sacred. What is meant by animals whose meat can be eaten is a sacred animal. This law of saliva also includes the law of sweat. It is noted that the fluid does not originate in the stomach, it may originate from the skin or mouth. Thus, the saliva of the dog and the pig is unclean.

Three; If the Prophet Muhammad did not protest something that was done in front of him, then that means he acknowledged his ability. In the context of the hadith explained, that he knew that the mistaken water of animals that became his vehicle dripped on one of his friends. He did not deny it and did not tell his friend to move to another place. That explains, that he recognized the sanctity of animal saliva whose meat could be eaten.

Four; In the hadith there is also information about the sincerity of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad to guard the hadith. He did it by explaining the conditions that occurred at that time.

Five; The person giving the speech must deliver the discussion in accordance with the context. Thus, the person giving a speech at a wedding, for example, must submit discussions related to marriage. He may not submit other discussions, for example, such as discussions about death, poverty, fasting, pilgrimage, and so forth.

The essence of the brief discussion above is that the saliva of animals whose meat can be eaten, such as camels, sheep, buffaloes, cows, etc., is sacred.

I think that is enough for this article about animal saliva in Islam. May be useful! Amen!

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