Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Is Putting On Shoes While Praying Allowed in Islam?


I watched a video on Facebook seeing people praying with their shoes on. Please, I need an authentic Quran verse or Hadith that permit this.


All praise be to Allah.

Praying with shoes (sander, slippers) is allowed in Islam, base on authentic sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) which are as follows:

Narrated Abu Maslama: Said bin Yazid Al-Azdi: I asked Anas bin Malik whether the Prophet had ever, prayed with his shoes on. He replied "Yes." (Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 8, Number 383)

Abdullah ibn Masud said: We have certainly seen the messenger performing prayers with his shoes on. (Abu Dawood, Prayers, 88)

Guideline Regarding Praying In Shoes

In Islam, it is a fundamental requirement which is obligatory on every Muslim who is about to perform salaah to be in a clean state.  The whole body must be free from impurities.

Before you pray with your shoes, you must make sure that it is free from impurities and dirt. Look thoroughly to see if there is any dirt under the shoes and if you find one remove it before praying in them or preferably do not pray in them if you are not sure whether the impurities are completely gone.

According to the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by 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).

The above Hadiths have acknowledged that it is permissible to wear shoes during salaah. But base on the agreed opinion of scholars they have analyzed where to pray and where not to pray in shoes.

Where you can pray with shoes?

At home
Outdoors (such as beaches, playground, e.t.c)
Battle field

Where you should not pray with shoes?

During the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the floor of their mosques was made of ground which is quite different today, where mosques are now beautifying with carpets or rugs. Wearing shoes on these textiles may add dirt to it. So, it is acceptable to put off shoe before entering the mosque so as not to pollute the floor or carpet.

But if your shoes or slippers is very clean, and not staining the floor or carpet, there is nothing wrong in wearing in it inside the mosque.

Why did the Prophet (peace be upon him) pray in shoes?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed in shoes because it is the way of Jews who do not pray in their shoes on.

“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). 

  1. With what evidence is it preferred to avoid praying in shoes in mosaajid that are beautified with modern fabrics?


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