British Muslim Fatwa Allows Guide Dogs in Mosques

Despite the Muslim teaching that dogs are unclean, British Muslims have recognised the service that guide dogs provide for blind people and in recent years have issued a fatwa that allows people to bring their guide dog to the mosque, although not in the prayer room. Guide Dogs for the Blind UK have produced a video telling the story of Mahomed Khatri and his guide dog Vargo.  This can be an example to Muslim countries such as Turkey where we are helping to set up their first guide dog school.  It can also be useful further afield such as in Malaysia, where they have recently had their first guide dog.  At the end of the video are UK contact details for those wanting more information.


Expanding Our Reach

We represent more than 15,000 guide dog owners in Europe.  We work closely with Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu)  on access issues and they represent a further 6,000 assistance dog owners.  On matters that affect all blind and partially sighted people we work with the European Blind Union (EBU) which represents an estimated 30 million people. And on issues that affect all 80 million disabled people we work with the European Disability Forum (EDF).

We were pleased to attend the general assemblies of EDF and EBU this year and look forward to building closer links with them and their powerful voices.

Guide and other assistance dog schools and user groups can become members of EGDF.  Interested individuals can become supporters.  Find out how on our website.  Through EGDF you are connected to this amazing network fighting and lobby for the rights of disabled people. 


Iris Needs Our Help

Assistance Dogs Estonia in Tallin is one of our newest members.  Iris, an 11-month-old assistance dog in training, fell 10 weeks ago and broke her leg and knee.  She has had two operations and needs a third to be pain free.   She is continuing her training and will be able to give independence to a disabled person next year.  Assistance Dogs Estonia's finances are very fragile and the vet bills and titanium knee are very expensive.   We hope to help them with their fundraising.

Diary Dates

7-8 Dec 2015, European Day for Persons with Disabilities, Brussels 

14-16 Apr 2016, EGDF Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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