Activity "I Want To Touch A Dog" has made a huge reaction in the society in Malaysia recently, where Malaysia as a Muslim country, in the Wikipedia it says
"Many Muslim jurists consider dogs to be ritually unclean. (najis)However, "jurists from the Sunni Maliki School disagree with the idea that dogs are unclean." Individual fatāwā ("rulings") have indicated that dogs be treated kindly or otherwise released and earlier Islamic literature often portrayed dogs as symbols of highly esteemed virtues such as self-sacrifice and loyalty, which, in the hands of despotic and unjust rulers, become oppressive instruments."
On 25 October, Syed Azmi has made a statement of apology towards the uneasy and reaction of some part of society. But he also mention that this program is to educate Muslim to overcome the fear of dogs, under the Islam rules to correctly treat dogs, and it is definitely not promoting Muslims to have dogs as pets.
He said that
"Kami akui kelemahan dan minta maaf. Kami tidak pernah galakkan orang Islam untuk pegang anjing tanpa sebab,"
"We know our weaknesses and we apologize about it. We never once promote Islams to hold dogs without a reason"
Based on Sin Chew Newspaper, Syed Azmi one day will get roughly 2000 threat SMS-es (including death threats).
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