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Shoes and Ablution (Wudu); An Important Explanation

Islam Today: Shoes and ablution (wudu) ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about the law of ablution using shoes. Before I proceed, I will tell you a little about what I saw when I was in college at al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. One day I saw a young man at the al-Azhar mosque wearing a bicycle without taking off his shoes. When he washed his feet, he also did not take off his shoes. He just wiped the shoes instead of washing away the feet. How is the law in Islamic teachings?

As always, before I answer the question above and speak more about shoes and ablution (wudu), I will present the hadith of Prophet Muhammad below;

عَنِ الْمُغِيْرَة بْنِ شُعْبَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : كُنْتُ مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَتَوَضَّأَ فَأَهْوَيْتُ لِأَنْزَعَ خُفَّيْهِ ، فَقَالَ : دَعْهُمَا فَإِنِّيْ أَدْخَلْتُهُمَا طَاهِرَتَيْنِ . فَمَسَحَ عَلَيْهِ

From al-Mughirah bin Syu’bah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “I was with the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. He then performed ablution. I then wanted to remove the two covers of his feet. He then said, “Leave both of them! Indeed, I use both in holy conditions.” He then rubbed on it.”

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All readers! If we pay attention to the hadith above, then we know that the case I have said above, which I have seen about a young man in the al-Azhar Majid, is not a problem. In the context of the hadith above, the shoe (al-Kuff) used by the Prophet Muhammad is the closing of both feet to two ankles made of leather. Today we can analogize it with shoes.

It is possible to rub both shoes instead of the obligation to wash both feet in ablution. This is one of the features of the people of the Prophet Muhammad and their relief. Allah Taala has facilitated the affairs of ablution as a blessing for them. Of course, this is very useful for people who have important business so, maybe, he would need a lot of time if he had to remove shoes for wudlu.

If we look at the hadith above, at least we will understand a number of things as follows;

One; In the context of the hadith above explained, that al-Mughirah bin Syu’bah wanted to serve the Prophet Muhammad by removing both of his shoes so that he could immediately ablution.

Two; It is required that a person is in holy condition before wearing shoes that he will use as footwear for prayer.

Three; It is possible to rub both shoes if someone is traveling instead of washing both feet in ablution.

Four; It is possible to rub both shoes with the condition that both shoes are sacred when someone wears them. If both are unclean, then they must not be purified first.

Five; It is suggested to rub the top of the shoe and the bottom.

Six; The above hadith is one proof of tolerance for their followers in worship.

Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation that I have explained is very clear. So, I hope you understand.

I think that is enough for this article about shoes and ablution (wudu). May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!

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