Offering Prayer While Wearing Shoes: OK?

Prayer While Wearing Shoes


Is it permissible to offer prayer while wearing shoes?


Offering prayer while wearing one’s shoes is permissible as long as they are clean and free from impurities. Sa`id Abu Maslamah? said: I asked Anas ibn Malik, “Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) use to offer the prayers with his shoes on?” He said, “Yes.” (Agreed Upon)

In another hadith, ‘Aws ibn Thabit Al-Ansari narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Act differently from the Jews, for they do not pray in their sandals or their shoes.” (Abu Dawud)

Is it Permissible to enter the mosque while wearing shoes?

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri narrated: While the Prophet (peace be upon him) was leading his Companions in prayer, he took off his sandals and laid them on his left side; so when the people saw this, they removed their sandals. When the Prophet  finished his prayer, he asked: What made you remove your sandals? The replied: We saw you remove your sandals, so we removed our sandals. The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said: Gabriel came to me and informed me that there was filth in them. When any of you comes to the mosque, he should see; if he finds filth on his sandals, he should wipe it off and pray in them.” (Abu Dawud)

However, nowadays mosques are not as they were in the past. Now they are furnished with fine and nice carpets and rugs, therefore, the scholars said: “One who enters the mosque should take off his shoes to keep the carpets and rugs clean and to avoid causing any discomfort to others with the dirt that may be on the shoes, even if this dirt is not an impurity.

Do not miss watching this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah to know the ruling of offering prayer while wearing shoes.


Source: Iqra Youtube Channel. 

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