What Is the Name of the Sandals of the Prophet?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question: Assalam Alaykum, I am a convert and I would like to know what are the blessed sandals of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) called?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It gladdens me to hear of your conversion to Islam. May Allah make you a means for others to experience the beauty of Islam.

I have not come across any narrations giving the name of the Prophetic Sandals. There are many Hadith describing how they looked but none mention a specific name. They are mentioned as Na’layn (the Arabic word for a pair of sandals.)

Description of the Prophetic Sandals

Qatada narrates from Anas (may Allah have mercy on them both) that the sandal of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) had two toe straps. [Bukhari]

Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah have mercy on him) narrates that the sandal of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) had two toe straps and was laced. [Tirmidhi]

Other narrations describe that the His sandals were without fur and that He would sometimes make wudu while wearing them.

May Allah bless you and increase you in the love of the Messenger of Allah and facilitate for you and us to be able to follow Him in every aspect of our lives.

Allahu A’alam

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences.

Can We Ever Be Excessive in Following the Sunna (Maliki)?

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour
Question: Is it possible to say: “If you do an excessive act which is Sunna it is haram and punishable”?
To do something excessively is called “ghuluw” in Arabic. Excessiveness can range from being disliked (makruh) to being prohibited (haram). A person will have to check the ruling case by case to know whether excessiveness in a particular matter is disliked or prohibited.
An example of excessiveness would be like a washing the limbs in wudu. The method according to the sunna is to wash three times. If a person adds a fourth or a fifth washing, then this is considered excessiveness according to the Maliki scholars. There are some who said it is disliked and others who said it would be a prohibited form of excessiveness. [See the section of Wudu from the Mukhtasar of Khalil]
Disliked Excessiveness
Examples where excessiveness would be disliked are; paying more than what is owed in zakat, doing more than the specific number of dhikr mentioned in Hadiths (like the 33 statements after prayer).
The Sunna of the Sunna
If a person is following a sunna in the proper method it was passed down, they will avoid excessiveness. This is why it is important to not only know the sunna, but how to perform the sunna. There is a sunna of performing the sunna.
An example would be eating dates to break one’s fast, which is sunna. The method to eat the dates would be that there be an odd number of dates, one at a time, taken with the right hand, begin chewing on the right side of the mouth (for the first bite) and to not make sounds while eating.