When we talk to people about Islam, we should talk about Mohammed's hatred of dogs because they are a common pet and we can make sure people accept facts. Here is a transcript of a recent conversation I had with a dog owner.
Me: Nice day isn't it?
Owner: Yes it is.
Me: Is that your dog?
Me: What is your dog's name?
Owner: (reveals dog's name).
Me: I think I know why dogs are called man's best friend. They are loyal to a fault.
Owner: Yes they are known to be man's best friend.
Me: It's a shame that the sentiment of dogs being man's best friend isn't universal. I hear that in some countries such as Iran that dogs are forbidden.
Owner: That's surprising to hear that there are countries which ban dogs.
Me: It goes back 1400 years ago in the Middle East to a man named Mohammed who didn't like dogs very much. He considered them unclean and evil — so much so that he declared all dogs to be evil and now they are forbidden.
Owner: Wow it's amazing that a man's hatred of dogs 1400 years ago would become the hatred of dogs shared by his followers.
Me: Of course not all Muslims hate dogs but given how seriously some take their ideology it was only a matter of when — not if — that dogs would be hated just for being dogs.
So far I have not met any resistance from people when I tell them this story and I figured that everyone who wants to tell the truth should start with Mohammed's hatred of dogs as many people own a dog and it would be a good topic for conversation.
Editor's comment: You could add that it says 91 times in the Koran that Muslim's should follow Muhammad's example in all things.