His footwear

Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to wear shoes resembling a Chappal or wooden sandals. He wore also black socks made of leather and used to do masah (wiping with wet hands) over them in wudhu (ablution). His Sandals had two thongs, their straps being doubled, (one in between the toe and the next finger, the other one in between the third and the fourth finger) The strap on the upper side was also double.

His shoe was as long as one span and two fingers and was seven fingers in breadth. The straps were apart to the extent of two finger breadths in the inner side.

He used to put on shoes made of tanned leather (having no hair on it) and used to put his feet in them after performing wudhu. This has been reported by Hadrat lbn ‘Umar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu). He often offered prayers with shoes. (His shoes used to be free from uncleanness and were made in such a way that the toes touched the ground).

He is reported to have shoes made of tanned leather (having no hair on it). [Mishkat]

Hadrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, ‘When one of you puts on sandals, he should put on the right one first and when he takes them off, he should take off the left one first, so that the right one should be the first to be put on and the last to be taken off.” [Shamail-e-Tirmizi, Mishkat]

Sometime he would wear his shoes while standing and sometimes while sitting. Whenever he lifted his shoes, he did so with the index finger of his left hand. [Shamail-e-Tirmzi]

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