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Praying in shoes.

Posted by (Group Owner) on Jan. 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM
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Assalamu alaikum dear sisters.. 

one of the sisters asked about making wudu with shoes on. and of course, you can wipe on the shoes like you wipe on socks.. just wash your feet for wudu and put on the shoes while still on tahaarah.. for the  next prayer, just wipe on the upper side of your foot, on the shoe, and you can pray in your shoes.. 

This sister's question prompted me to start this thread about the prayer in shoes,..( thank you sister francesca716) and how prophet Muhammad peace be upon him prayed in his shoes for no apparent reason except to practice that concession.. :)  Provided that the shoe is clean of impurities ( dirt is pure, so long as it is dry, and even if it is muddy, so long as you know it is water, not urine from an animal) 

if I speak in error then it is from me, may Allah forgive me and guide us all to what pleases HIM Ameen

here  are a couple of fatwas on the subject may they be of benefit. 

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One of the conditions which must be met before starting to pray is to make sure that one's body and clothes and the place in which the Muslim is going to pray are all clean and free of impurities. It was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that he used to pray wearing his shoes. Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked, “Did the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) pray wearing shoes?” He said, “Yes.” (al-Bukhaari, 386; Muslim, 555). This is to be understood as meaning, so long as there is no impurity on the shoes; if there is any impurity on them then it is not permissible to pray in them. If a person forgets and prays wearing shoes when there is some impurity on them, then he has to take them off when he finds out or remembers. This is because of the hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri who said: “While the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was leading his companions in prayer, he took off his shoes and placed them to his left. When the people saw that, they took off their shoes too. When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) finished his prayer, he asked, ‘What made you take off your shoes?’ They said, ‘We saw you take off your shoes, so we took ours off too.’ The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Jibreel (peace be upon him) came to me and told me that there was something dirty on them.’ When any one of you comes to the mosque, let him look and if he sees anything dirty on his shoes, let him wipe them and then pray in them.” (Abu Dawood, 650; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 605). 

One of the reasons why the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed wearing shoes is to be found in the hadeeth, “Be different from the Jews, who do not pray in their shoes or in their leather slippers (khufoof).” (Abu Dawood, 652; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 607).  That is regarded as mustahabb for the purpose of differing from non-Muslims, as stated above. 

This has to do with the kind of shoes and with the mosque at that time. However if the mosque is furnished with carpeting, then the mosque should be kept clean of shoes, and no one should enter wearing shoes lest the place be made dirty. (Fataawa Samaahat al-Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Humayd, p. 81). Moreover the furnishings of the mosque are a waqf which should not be damaged or destroyed, and if dirt gets onto the carpets it will offend those who pray and prostrate on them. Hence no one should enter wearing shoes and walk on the carpets in the mosque in shoes, lest he damage them or make them dirty. 

The one who is keen to follow this Sunnah can apply it when praying at home, or when praying in places where there are no furnishings or carpets, such as parks, beaches and out of doors, etc. If this action confuses some of those who are unaware of the Sunnah, he should explain to them that it is Sunnah before he does it, so that they will not find that odd. We ask Allaah to make us among those who adhere to the Sunnah and strive to follow it until He joins us with the author of the Sunnah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) close to the Lord of the Worlds. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Love and salaam (peace)

 (proud2bmom3 Muslim Moms-- Owner. 

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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

There was a question as to what type of shoes are acceptable, and the answer was any shoe that is clean from impurities.. the question even touched on high heels, and even though some sheikhs see that high heels are Makrooh, ( discouraged) they still allowed praying in them. but the fatwa was in Arabic. 

here is another fatwa about the premissibilty of praying in shoes.:)

I want to stress the point mentioned in the previous fatwa, not many people know of this concession and might find it odd if you pray in your shoes.. I remember some sisters were surprised when we prayed in the park, even in one of the sisters' home.. I even had a woman tell me to take off my shoes when we prayed in Qubaa masjid in Madinah . we could not get to the carpeted area so we prayed in the hallway.. so I kept my shoes on. .. I explained to her it was ok alhamdulilaah. it is even a sunnah if you are sure the shoes are clean and you are not soiling the masjid's clean carpet ( which I wasn't  :) )

if I speak in error then it is from me, may Allah forgive me and guide us all to what pleases HIM. ameen. I leave you in the trusted care of Allah.  

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Is it permissible to pray wearing shoes when necessary, or not? 

Praise be to Allaah. 

Yes, that is permissible, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed wearing his shoes. In al-Saheeh it is narrated that Abu Sa’eed said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) lead us in prayer whilst he was wearing his shoes, then he took them off [whilst still praying], and the people took their shoes off too. When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said the Tasleem [at the end of the prayer], they said: “O Messenger of Allaah, you took off your shoes, so we took off our shoes too.” He said: “Jibreel came to me and told me that there was some dirt on them, so I took them off. When any one of you comes to the mosque, let him look at his shoes, and if he sees any dirt on them, let him wipe them. And they can be purified with dust.”

(Narrated by Abu Dawood, no. 650). The point here is that praying in shoes is permissible. It says in the hadeeth: “Be different from the Jews, pray wearing your slippers or shoes.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, no. 652). But the condition is that the shoes must be taahir (pure, clean). If there is any najaasah (impurity) or dirt on the shoes, then one should not pray wearing them or enter the mosque in shoes, unless he is sure that they are free of impurity or dirt. And Allaah knows best.


 Fataawa Samaahat al-Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Humayd, p. 93

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Love and salaam (peace)

 (proud2bmom3 Muslim Moms-- Owner. 

SlingsAndThings
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Wa alaikum asalaam sister proud

JazakAllah Kheir.  I found this post and several of your's today to be very beneficial and full of information I did not know.

Oh you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with those who are patient-


Al Quran 2-153


proud2bmom3 Group Owner
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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Assalamu alaikum sweet sister.. 

I have been so overwhelmed lately, I forgot how good it feels to share and learn with my sisters. I have missed you all so much. . thank you for your kindness .. I love you for the sake of Allah, and I leave you in HIS trusted care.. 

it's good to be back.. :)

Quoting SlingsAndThings:

Wa alaikum asalaam sister proud

JazakAllah Kheir.  I found this post and several of your's today to be very beneficial and full of information I did not know.



Love and salaam (peace)

 (proud2bmom3 Muslim Moms-- Owner. 

lovingislam
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:50 PM
I'm just curious, I knew it was okay to pray in shoes but you mentioned putting on the shoes and wiping over them. Does that mean when you make wudhu or when you put the shoes on and intend to pray in them? I always thought it was similar to socks: you make wudhu put on your socks and then wipe over them when you remake wudhu. Am I wrong in this thinking? I don't typically pray in shoes but SubhanAllah had to just recently when I was in a parking lot! JAK
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proud2bmom3 Group Owner
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

You have to put them on while in state of tahaarah ( after wudu or ghusl) in order to wipe on them the next time  you perform wuda..


Quoting lovingislam:

I'm just curious, I knew it was okay to pray in shoes but you mentioned putting on the shoes and wiping over them. Does that mean when you make wudhu or when you put the shoes on and intend to pray in them? I always thought it was similar to socks: you make wudhu put on your socks and then wipe over them when you remake wudhu. Am I wrong in this thinking? I don't typically pray in shoes but SubhanAllah had to just recently when I was in a parking lot! JAK


Love and salaam (peace)

 (proud2bmom3 Muslim Moms-- Owner. 

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