Hazrat Sheikh-ul Hadeeth Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi
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.
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".
shoes in 'Arabia were not of the type of are known here in India. They consisted of a
leather sole with two straps
(72) Hadith Number
'Abbaas radiallahu anhu reports that Raulullah Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam shoe had two 'double
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.
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".
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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
(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 ."
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.
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.