Malaysian Muslims feel heat for petting dogs, and social media bites back

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A dog with his owner at the "I Want To Touch a Dog" event. Photo courtesy of

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (RNS) Nearly 1,000 people attended the Oct. 19 event at a park in the western state of Selangor, aimed at helping Muslims overcome religious stigma and fear of canines and learn permissible ways to touch a dog.