salam. I ve heard that the holy prophet (pbuh) has during his lifetime sometimes prayed with shoes on. Is it true ? Or what s real sitiuation ?

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yes it is true, and it is recommended to pray with your shoes.

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Alaiykum Salaam,Yes, it is reported that the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa salaam prayed wearing his shoes. In al-Saheeh it is narrated that Abu Sa’eed said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) lead us in prayer whilst he was wearing his shoes, then he took them off [whilst still praying], and the people took their shoes off too. When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said the Tasleem [at the end of the prayer], they said: “O Messenger of Allah, you took off your shoes, so we took off our shoes too.”

He said: “Jibreel came to me and told me that there was some dirt on them, so I took them off. When any one of you comes to the mosque, let him look at his shoes, and if he sees any dirt on them, let him wipe them. And they can be purified with dust.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, no. 650).

The point here is that praying in shoes is permissible.

It says in the hadeeth: “Be different from the Jews, pray wearing your slippers or shoes.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, no. 652).

But the condition is that the shoes must be taahir (pure, clean). The Prophet had the benefit of advice of Jibreel who warned him of najaasah which we do not. So, common sense tells us that it is better to err on the side of precaution and pray with our shoes off. It goes without saying that if there is any najaasah (impurity) or dirt on the shoes, then one should not pray wearing them and besides, entering the mosque in shoes is generally prohibited. And Allah knows best.

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