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    I wanted to ask if service dogs are permitted in Islam for anxiety. My sister suffers from severe anxiety, panic attack disorder and depression. She has attended many CBT and counselling sessions with some but limited improvement. She is 15 years old.

    She can be provided with a psychiatric service dog trained specifically for anxiety and panic attacks, which would also act as an emotional support animal.

    Would such a dog be permitted in the home? I understand that service dogs are permitted in Islam but am unsure of service dogs for mental disabilities.

    Any insight would be much appreciated.


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    I'm not sure brother/sister. Do they have service cats or bunnies, like other cute animals she might like?


    I'm gonna make dua for ur sis, but also just to be on the safe side, have you done ruqya on her? :)
    وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ ۚ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ - 31:19

    And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys."

    أَلَمْ تَرَوْا أَنَّ اللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَأَسْبَغَ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعَمَهُ ظَاهِرَةً وَبَاطِنَةً ۗ وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِي اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلَا هُدًى وَلَا كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ - 31:20

    Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favors, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him].

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