What Should I Do after Someone Walked in My House with Shoes On?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


Someone entered our house with shoes. I’m not sure if they were clean or not, but usually, one must not enter our house with shoes. Do I have to clean the whole floor now?


Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for showing your love for cleanliness, an important part of our religion.


It is permissible to enter a house with shoes, but Muslims generally do not because it tends to dirty the ground or carpet. There is no reason to assume that your floor became impure. Certainty is not lifted by doubt. As such, you don’t need to do anything at all, especially if you see no traces of dirt or filth.

Please also see this link: Why are Muslims not allowed to wear shoes in the house?

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin and completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.