11 January 2017

Muslim and blind – the stigma of having a guide dog

A blind Muslim man has told BBC 5 live about how he had to overcome cultural barriers when he got a guide dog.

Growing up, Mohammed Rasid thought the Islamic tradition of seeing dogs as unclean meant he couldn’t have a guide dog, but the charity Guide Dogs helped explain the benefits to him and his family.

Speaking to Emma Barnett, he explained there are certain rules he has to observe: “If you get saliva from a dog on your clothes, they have to be thoroughly washed before you can pray.

"Some of my family and people in the community aren’t happy that I have a guide dog, but they’ve calmed down." [BBC] Read more