Sunnah of praying while wearing shoes – Sunday 7th Oct.2012

A Sunnah which has been abandoned by many people is to pray while wearing shoes.

Anas ibn Maalik (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhu) was asked, “Did the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) pray wearing shoes?” He said, “Yes.” [Al-Bukhaari, 386; Muslim, 555].

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhu) said: “While the Messenger of Allaah (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) 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 (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) 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 (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘Jibreel (‘Alayhis-salaam) 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].

And the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said , “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].

Shaikh bin ‘Uthaymeen (Rahimahullaah) said that many mosques are furnished with carpets and walking with shoes may contaminate the carpets causing difficulty in cleaning them. If acting upon a Sunnah results in harming people then you should skip it.

If you cannot put it to your left, put it in between your feet.

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