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Dog and Tahara

Q: We have a small dog in the house and we touch him often throughout the day. Do we need to wash our hands prior to Wudu or is Wudu enough to clean the impurity? In addition, we keep our prayer rugs away from him but what about the area that we lay the prayer rug on?

A: The dog is impure and it Impurifiesall that touches it if there is a medium of wetness. To purify the impurified place it is enough to clean it with water once. The prayer mat can be put anywhere if there is no wetness and the place of prostrating where the forehead touches the mat should be pure.