Shoes and Ablution (Wudu); An Important Explanation

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Shoes and ablution (wudu) ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the law of ablution (wudu) 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?

Hadith About Shoes and Ablution (Wudu)

The hadith about shoes and ablution (wudu) is as follows:

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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Wudu in Islam

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.

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