Performing Prayer while Wearing Shoes: Permissible?

28 June, 2018
Q I would like to know in what situation are we allowed to pray with our shoes on and also I would like to know if we are allowed to enter the Mosque to pray with our shoes on.


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

There is nothing wrong with performing prayer while wearing one’s shoes as long as the shoes are completely pure. Hence, the purity of the shoes is a precondition for performing prayer in this case.

Responding to the question, Dr. Muzzamil Siddiqi, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), states:

It is permissible to pray with the shoes on, if they are clean. There are many Prophetic Hadiths on this subject. Sa`id Ibn Yazid Al-Azdi (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I asked Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) whether the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had ever prayed with his shoes on. He replied “Yes.”

Having stated the above, I add that it is better to take shoes off when praying inside a Mosque because Mosques have to be kept very clean as many people come to pray and sit there. However, praying outside the Mosque one has a choice either to keep one’s shoes on if they are clean or to take them off. However, if there is doubt over the cleanliness of one’s shoes, then one must take them off for prayer.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.