Maybe I just didn't see them, but I didn't feel that there were many dogs in Jakarta. Instead, I often came across cats as I wandered through the alleys. I was not sure if it was a domestic cat or a stray cat. But innocently spending time in the alleyways is the same in any country. So did the kitten in this photo. I pointed my camera at a cat that was playing alone in the middle of an alley, and it was staring at me as if it was interested in the camera. He looked as if to say, 'What the hell are you doing?'
In general, dogs are not very popular in Muslim-heavy places. The people living in Muslim-heavy places are by far the most likely to be a cat person. In the Muslim world, dogs are considered unclean animals. This is because in the book of Acts of the Prophet Muhammad, the Hardys, dog saliva is said to be impure and should be washed seven times if it gets on the body. There is nothing the dog can do about it anymore when the last and greatest prophet, Muhammad, says such things.
On the other hand, cats are loved. Muhammad even went so far as to say that his love for cats is an aspect of his faith, and his treatment of them is quite different from that of dogs. Unlike dogs, they are considered to be unspoiled by faith-based procedures and are allowed to enter the mosque. Well, it can't be helped because looking at the innocent eyes of a kitten makes me feel as if there is no dirt.
May 30, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
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