Sharia in action in Canada: Muslim cab drivers refuse man with guide dog “because of their religious beliefs”
“Once Gabriel promised the Prophet (that he would visit him, but Gabriel did not come) and later on he said, ‘We, angels, do not enter a house which contains a picture or a dog.’” — Sahih Bukhari 4.54.50
“Abdullah (b. Umar) (Allah be pleased with them) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) ordered the killing of dogs and we would send (men) in Medina and its corners and we did not spare any dog that we did not kill, so much so that we killed the dog that accompanied the wet she-camel belonging to the people of the desert.” — Sahih Muslim 3811
“Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered killing of the dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time.” — Sahih Muslim 551
“Human rights complaint filed against cab company over guide dog,” from The Canadian Press, November 30 (thanks to James):
SASKATOON ““ A man who says he and his guide dog have been having trouble with a Saskatoon cab company has filed a complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
Mike Simmonds says the problem started two months ago when a dispatcher for Comfort Cabs told him he would need a pet-friendly taxi.
He says he”s been told twice since then that drivers weren”t comfortable with his seeing-eye dog because of their religious beliefs.
He called the manager to complain and received an apology.
Simmonds says the manager suggested there must have been a misunderstanding.
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination against people with service animals.
“It baffles me that in this century people have such problems with guide dogs,” Simmonds said Friday.
“If you”re driving a taxi in this country, you have got to know that you”re open to service dogs.”
Cliff Kowbel, operations manager at Comfort Cabs, said that the company continually informs its drivers that working dogs are not pets. He said the company has a policy that the dogs are not to be refused.
Simmonds said he was on his way to the airport two weeks ago when he was turned away by a driver who said a larger cab was needed.
“I said, “˜Here, the suitcase goes in the back or in the trunk and he”s designed to go under my feet. We”ve got to get to the airport.”"˜
Simmonds said he could tell the driver was obviously uncomfortable, so he asked him if he had a problem with dogs. The driver replied that associating with dogs was against his religious beliefs.
It was the third time Simmonds was refused a ride that pushed him to file the human rights complaint….