Сляп мюсюлмански студент стана първият човек в света, на когото е позволено да влезе с кучето си водач в джамия.
18-годишният Мухамед-Абрар Хатри ще може спокойно да посещава джамията в Лестър, Великобритания заедно със своя четириног приятел Варго. Това станало възможно благодарение на фетва(писмен отговор на казус), която Британският съвет по мюсюлманско право издава в отговор на запитване на младежа, пише The Guardian.
Освен това в съответствие с новите норми от хигиенични съображения, все още се забранява влизането на животните в молитвената зала, но те ще могат да съпровождат собственика си до помещението, където вярващите си оставят обувките.
Fatwa allows Muslim's guide dog inside mosque
A blind Muslim student yesterday became the first person to be allowed to take a guide dog into a UK mosque.
Mahomed-Abraar Khatri, 18, can now enter his place of worship in Leicester with canine companion Vargo after the Muslim Law (Sharia) Council UK issued a fatwa in response to his request.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association described the decision as "a massive step forward for other blind and partially-sighted Muslims". Previously, all dogs were banned from mosques because the Islamic faith historically sees them as being for guarding and hunting only. However, the position was softened because guide dogs could be classed in the "working dogs" category. The animals are still barred from entering the prayer hall for the sake of hygiene but are allowed to guide their owners to the area where shoes are placed, the fatwa says.
A special rest area has been set up in the entrance of the Bilal Jamia mosque for Vargo while Khatri is praying. Previously, the teenager, who attends the RNIB College in Loughborough, had to be accompanied to the mosque by a sighted helper.
His father, Gafar Khatri, said: "Since Mahomed-Abraar has had his guide dog, Vargo, he has regained his independence. Obviously it is early days but his confidence is growing daily."
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association hopes the fatwa will set a precedent, encouraging other blind and partially sighted Muslims to consider owning a guide dog. It is also hoped that mosque leaders in the UK and abroad will follow suit and allow guide dogs inside.
After issuing the fatwa, Muhammad Shahid Raza, director of the Imams and Mosques Council UK and secretary of the Muslim Law (Sharia) Council UK, said: "I hope that all existing mosques will follow Bilal mosque in serving the disabled people in a similar way by providing facilities to them. I also believe that, in all new mosques, such facilities for disabled people will be an essential part of their design."The Guardian
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