Sometimes this dog wonders if religion has waged more wars, trickled more tears, and murdered more men than any weapons of mass destruction ever created. Quite an irony if you realize that all religions in their essence call for peace. May be its time to renounce the god-men who conveniently twist scriptures for – politics and other propaganda, and embrace the god.
In Lombok, Indonesia, a brave Muslim woman who looks after stray dogs (for over 15 years now), has met with severe opposition online — but she’s refusing to let bullies discourage her.
Desy Marlina Amin chronicles her moments with the strays she cares for via her facebook page. Whilst her supporters encourage her to continue doing good work and call her an inspiration for all Indonesian animal lovers, there also exists a vehemently vocal audience which bullies her with all sort of obscenities and threats to thwart her efforts to help the dogs.
As per Desy’s detractors, dogs are considered “unclean” or ‘haram’ as per their interpretations of Islam. While many Muslims believe that cleaning themselves after interacting with a dog is enough to make it permissible, this radical group believes that it’s wrong for humans to care for dogs in general. Desy’s critics have told her she’s offending Allah by doing so, but she sees things differently — and she’s not backing down.
As a devout Muslim, Desy believes that it is her duty to show love to these desperate animals, who have no one else to take care of them. She began buying food for stray animals as soon as she could afford to.
“My faith, my charity, my actions, only God understands. I know God looks at me. I know God listens to me. He knows me. He smiles seeing me feeding the animals he created. I take care of what he created. He created this world not just for humans, but for every creature. I believe when I adopt and take care of a dog or cat or any animal that is injured, they pray for me. I get a lot of warnings in my inbox. People say they want to kill me. I don’t care. Some people talk badly because I help these animals.
I don’t care what the people say. I’ve never asked anything of the people who are angry with me. I don’t understand why we should be scared of dogs, as Muslims. If you think they are unclean, you can wash yourself. I always wash my hands before I talk to my God, then I keep working”
Every morning before starting her job as a taxi driver, Desy prepares healthy meals to ensure that more than 60 cats and dogs have enough to eat. Not only is this brave Muslim woman feeding the stray animals but also helping change many people’s perceptions about Islam’s views on caring for animals.