Austria: Muslim cab drivers refuse to take dogs, taxi center says “we are not in a position to solve this problem”

“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

The principle holds true everywhere: in Muslim countries, one must conform one’s behavior to Islamic sensibilities. In non-Muslim countries, one must conform one’s behavior to Islamic sensibilities.

“Taking dogs in Innsbruck taxis remains an adventure,” translated from “Mitnahme von Hunden in Innsbrucker Taxis bleibt ein Aufreger,” by Michael Domanig, Tiroler Tageszeitung, August 8, 2019 (thanks to Searchlight Germany):

Innsbruck – Even after weeks, Gabriele Jandrasits of Innsbruck still has a great deal of anger and incomprehension. Before leaving for vacation, she wanted to pre-order a taxi to the airport – taking her little dog, a Beagle Jack Russell hybrid, in an aircraft-friendly transport cage. But even though she had called the previous evening, she had been told by the radio taxi office that they could not guarantee transportation for the next morning. As a reason, she was told that most drivers would refuse to take dogs for reasons of faith. After that, she was referred directly to a taxi number – they then assured the advance order, including dog transport.

“If there were clear guidelines – for example, that certain dog breeds should not be transported in the passenger compartment, that the dogs must be leashed and muzzled or carried in a transport box – I would understand that,” said the dog owner angrily. “But the whole thing is simply arbitrary.” Ms. Jandrasits, who works for the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, mentions another example: a former board member of the association – the lady is completely blind – also ordered a taxi via the radio control center. In the assumption that her guide dog had to be taken anyway, she did not mention the dog by phone. The taxi driver then refused to take it with him.

The managing directors of the Innsbruck radio control center, Anton Eberl and Harald Flecker, expressly apologize for the incidents, offer the passenger a coupon as a gesture – and confirm the problem in principle: “We are not the owners of the taxis, we only mediate,” Flecker says. However, it is a fact that around 80 percent of drivers now have a migrant background – and that Muslims traditionally often regard dogs as “impure”.

“We try to make it clear to the drivers again and again that this is not the case with us and that these trips have to be carried out exactly like any other job. Unfortunately, at the moment we are not in a position to solve this problem satisfactorily,” says Flecker….

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