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CHAPTER ON THE BLESSED SHOES OF SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH SALLALLAHU ‘ALAYHI WA ALE’ HI WASALLAM

Hazrat Sheikh-ul Hadeeth Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi (R.A.) explains;  

In this chapter the type of shoe that Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam wore, his method of putting them on and taking them off and other matters have been discussed. Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Sahib has written in the kitaab 'Zaadus' Sa'eed' a detailed treatise on the blessings - barakaat and virtues of the shoes of Rasulullah Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam. Those interested in this should read that book - kitaab (which is available in English). In short, it may be said that it has countless qualities. The 'ulama - scholars have experienced it many a time. One is blessed by seeing Rasulullah Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam in one’s dreams; one gains safety from oppressors and every heartfelt desire is attained. Every object is fulfilled by its tawassul (means, petition, request). The method of tawassul is also mentioned therein. Imam Tirmidhi has written eleven ahaadith in this chapter.  

 (71) Hadith Number 1

Qataadah Radiallahu anhu reports that:" I asked Anas to describe the shoe of Rasulullah Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam". He replied: "Each shoe had two straps".  

Commentary

The shoes in 'Arabia were not of the type of are known here in India. They consisted of a
leather sole with two straps on them

 (72) Hadith Number 2

Ibn 'Abbaas radiallahu anhu reports that Raulullah Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam shoe had two 'double straps'.  

Commentary

It means that every strap was made of two strips of leather sewn together. In the chain of narrators of this hadith there is a narrator Khaalid Hadh-dhaa. Hadh-dhaa in 'Arabic means a shoe maker. The 'ulama write that this narrator was not a shoe maker, but had an acquaintance with those whose trade was shoe making. Due to his acquaintance and friendship, he was also named (Khaalid) Hadh-dhaa, and became known by this name. One is surely influenced and develops the habits and manners of those with whom one keeps company.

(73) Hadith Number 3

'Eesa bin Tahmaan says that Anas Radiallahu anhu took out a pair of shoes and showed then to us. They did not have hair on them. Later Thaabit told me these were the shoes of Rasulullah Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam.  

Commentary

It was common in 'Arabia that the hair was not removed from the skin from which shoes were made. For this reason the narrator mentioned the hair. 

 
(74) Hadith Number 4

'Ubayd bin Jurayj radiallahu anhu asked Ibn 'Umar radiallahu anhu the reason for not wearing shoes with hair on them. He replied: "I had seen Rasulullah Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam wear and perform wudu with shoes that did not have hair on them. That is why I also like this type of shoes".  

Commentary

The reason for asking this question is that at that time it was it was not a general practice to wear shoes without hair on them. Imam Bukhaari quotes a detailed hadith in his book, where Sayyidina ‘Ubayd bin Jurayj radiallahu anhu said to Sayyidina Ibn Umar radiallahu anhu, " I see you observe a few things which the other sahaabah - companions do not observe?" Among other questions he asked the reason for wearing shoes with a smooth leather surface. Sayyidina Ibn Umar radiallahu anhu made strong efforts to follow Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam in every aspect. The others generally wore the common leather shoes with hair.

In the above hadith, it is also stated that wudu was performed with these shoes. The reason being, at that time in Arabia, the shoes did not have an upper part. They were made of soles with two straps on them. It was therefore possible to perform wudu with this type of shoe where the feet could be washed without any inconvenience. For this reason, Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam), to show that it was permissible, did this. Some’ Ulama say that this means that he wore his shoes immediately after performing wudu – ablution and did not wait for the feet to dry, and that the wudu does not become invalid by putting on the shoes immediately after wudu. 

(75) Hadith Number 5

Abu Hurayrah ‘Radiallahu anhu relates that the shoes of Rasululah Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam had two straps. 
 

(76) Hadith Number 6

Amr bin Hurayth radiallahu anhu reports, "I saw Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam perform salaah with such shoes that had another leather (sole) sewn onto them."  

Commentary

It means that the sole was double. It had two layers of leather. It may also mean that because the shoe was tearing a patch was sewn onto it.

(77) Hadith number 7

Abu Hurayrah ‘Radiallahu anhu reports: “Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said: One should not wear only one shoe and walk. Both shoes should be worn or both shoes should be removed.  

Commentary

The reason for mentioning this Hadith in the ‘Shamaa-il’ is that it was not the noble habit of Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam to wear one shoe only. If Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam prohibited others to do so, he would not practice this himself. Apparently the prohibition in this hadith is for doing so habitually. However if a single shoe is worn for a little while because the other one is torn or because of some difficulty, then there is no harm. Arising from this hadith the 'ulama have added that , in the same manner only one khuff (leather sock) or one sleeve should not be worn. Both should be worn as is done commonly. One should keep away from cheap formalities, fashions and rudeness.

(78) Hadith Number 8

Jaabir ‘Radiallahu anhu says that Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam prohibited eating with the left hand, or the wearing of one shoe only. 

 Commentary

According to the majority of the ulama the fulfilment of these commands are meritorious, that means, not haraam. Some ulama of the Zaahir have stated that it is prohibited to act contrary to this. 


 
(79) Hadith Number 9

Abu Hurayrah radiallahu anhu says that Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, " Whenever one amongst you puts on his shoes, he should begin with the right, and when he removes his shoes the left one should be removed first. The right should be first when putting on and last when removing the shoes."  

Commentary

The shoe being an ornament for the feet, should be long on the feet, as has been mentioned earlier. In the same manner all those things, the wearing of which are ornaments, when wearing them, the right should be first, and when removing them, the left first, like the wearing of qamis (kurtah) ,izaar, jubbah etc. 



 
(80) Hadith Number 10

Aayeshah Radiallahhu Anha says: " Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam while combing his hair ; wearing his shoes; and while washing his limbs during wudu, as far as possible began with his right ." 
 

Commentary

This is not confined to the above three only, but covers all other acts as stated previously. The saying ,` As far as possible , means that for some unforeseen reason he began from the left , then there is no harm. 

 
(81) Hadith Number 11

Abu Hurayrah radiallahu anhu says that the shoes of Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam had two straps. In the same manner the shoes of Abu Bakr and Umar radiallahu anhu had two straps on them. Uthmaan radiallahu anhu began the use of one strap. 
 

Commentary

Sayyidina ‘Uthmaan radiallahu anhu may have adopted the use of one strap so that it may not be assumed that two straps are strictly necessary.
 

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The blessings of those shoes 

Sayyid Sheikh Muhammad al Yaqoubi emphasized the clarity given by the numerous hadith, on describing the blessed shoes of Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam). The shoes had leather straps in which the blessed feet were not fully covered. The blessed shoes of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) have been described as having two straps. One strap between the first and second toe and the other strap for the four fingers, so there were three groups. It has also been described that the blessed shoes had two soles, with the outer sole and inner sole stuck together. The same types of shoes were worn by Hasrat Abu Bakr Saddique (Ra) and Hasrat Umar Farooq (Ra).  Hasrat Usmaan Ghani (Ra) wore shoes with just one strap to show this was also permitted. The shoes with only one strap, covered some of the fingers. 

 Hasrat
'Ubayd bin Jurayj (Ra) is mentioned in the above hadith as being one who emulated the beloved Prophet (salla lahu layhi wa’ale hi wasallam) very closely. An authentic narration confirmed that whilst on a journey, Hasrat 'Ubayd bin Jurayj (Ra) stopped and made circles at the exact place where he had heard that Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) had stopped and made circles.
 

The learned Ulama – scholars believe in the barakha – blessings of the shoes worn by Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) and the traditional practice has been to have the outline which would include the full size of the blessed shoes, embroidered into the hats worn by the scholars. The blessed shoes worn by Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) are a means of remedy and by placing them into water and then drinking that water, this would be a cure for many diseases.   

Honouring the blessed shoes 

A scholar once wrote on the blessed shoes of Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) that ‘The pair of shoes, may our souls be ransom for them. In reality they are a crown, in the form of a shoe’.  The blessed shoes worn by Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) are above us and we should honour the image of these blessed shoes by kissing them and placing them on our head. We should yearn to even have the honour to serve the shoes of Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) as we are much lower in rank and stature. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) prohibited anyone to walk wearing just one shoe and there are many reasons for this as discussed by scholars. This in itself is difficult to do and it is also undesirable to watch. Just wearing one shoe is also an injustice to the other foot, which has no shoe and the person walking with just one shoe, will be regarded as being stupid or insane. This type of behaviour will attract attention, which is unwelcomed. The wearing of just one shoe is prohibited just as the eating with the left hand is also disliked. The adab in Islam is also to put the shoes on with the right first and take them off, starting with the left. 

The Muslim nation today has lost all adab – etiquette, and therefore we must recognize that our destruction has come because we have turned away from loving and honouring the beloved Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). We must honour everything that is connected to the beloved Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and then we will find success. The enemies of Islam want us to rebel and try to find our own way in shariah – Islamic law,  they want us to embrace a modern version of Islam which is without Jihad – struggle and the rules of Shariah.   The Vision of Islam can only be captured through following the footsteps of the beloved Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) and by understanding the way of the Ulama – scholars.