Friday, April 28, 2017
Rottweiler saves owner from cobra

Rottweiler saves owner from cobra



Ben, the Rottweiler, is believed to have attacked a cobra that made it into his owner’s garden before succumbing to its poisonous venom. — Facebook pic

GOD will never discriminate upon his own creations.

For Muzaffar Kaisar Ishak, breeding, owning and caring for dogs can never be a sin, as claimed by many.

Recently, an old posting from his Facebook account resurfaced and was widely circulated on social media.

It was a posting about his 18-month-old Rottweiler, Ben, that died after defending his home against a cobra.

In the February incident that took place at his home in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Muzaffar was fast asleep after returning from Paris on Feb 25.

“I was terribly jetlagged. I woke up at 11.30am the next day only to find Ben dead.

“I found the cobra nearby, bitten and torn into three pieces. I figured that Ben must have been bitten by the cobra and probably put up a fight before succumbing to its poisonous venom,” Muzaffar recalls.

Calling Ben courageous and strong, Muzaffar says dogs are special creatures that will even take a bullet for its owner.

Ben, however, was not his only dog.

The 42-year-old model and businessman owns a 10-year-old Rottweiler named Tony and recently adopted a seven-month old Tibetan Mastiff.

Interestingly, at one point, Muzaffar owned up to 50 dogs.

“I am a member of the Malaysian Kennel Association and my dogs and I used to take part in competitions organised by the association,” he says.

Up until two years ago, he was breeding dogs of various breeds at Janda Baik, Pahang.

Most of the dogs are either sold or trained and Ben was the last Rottweiler litter before Muzaffar closed down his breeding kennel as he travelled extensively due to the nature of his modelling career.

As a Muslim, Muzaffar constantly faces criticism and judgments, but that has never altered his perception about dogs.

He explains that he follows the Maliki school of thought — one of the five schools of Islamic laws.

He says most people probably follow Shafi’i law that interprets dog’s saliva as najis that makes one ritually unclean and those who come in contact with dogs will have to perform samak using water and earth — a cleansing ritual prescribed to rid oneself of impurities.

He says the Maliki teaching does not regard dogs as najis and he does not see any harm in caring for them just like any other animals as they are all God’s creation and God doesn’t discriminate.

“What upsets me is that people will ask if I eat pork since I touch and play with dogs.

“The Quran clearly says that eating pork is haram and I abide by it, but the Quran never mentioned anything about man’s best friend,” says Muzaffar.

He adds that dogs are unique because they can be trained to do anything and a dog’s loyalty is matchless.

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