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‘Abdul Hussain Rejects the Hadith: “The Prohibition of Walking in One Sock”


‘Abdul Hussain states on page 197:


ومنها: أنه روى حديثاً في النهي عن المشي بالمخف الواحد فبلغ عائشة ذلك فمشت بخف واحد وقالت لأخالفنّ أبا هريرة

From those narrations is a narration in which a prohibition is sounded for walking in one sock. The narration reached Aisha who then walked in one sock and said, “I will most definitely oppose Abu Hurairah!”


Our comment: This hadith was used by Nazzam as well, to criticise Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu. Ibn Qutaybah debunked his ridiculous claims. Abu al Qasim al Balkhi reported this hadith from Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha. A thorn entered a sock of Aisha radiya Llahu ‘anha, so she walked with one sock. Then she said, “I will make Abu Hurairah go against his word… He says that one should not walk in one sandal or one sock.[1]

Further, Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu is not the sole narrator of this hadith. Rather it is narrated by the Imams of the Ahlul Bayt as well. Bihar al Anwar reports, with his chain from al Sadiq Jafar ibn Muhammad rahimahu Llah — his father — his fore-fathers — Amir al Mu’minin radiya Llahu ‘anhu:


نهى رسول الله عن الأكل عن الجنابة – إلى أن قال – ونهى أن يمشي الرجل في فرد نعل أو يتنعّل وهو قائم ..

The Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam prohibited from eating whilst being impure… and he prohibited that a man should walk in one sandal and that he should put on his sandals while standing.[2]


Abu Basir reports from al Baqir rahimahu Llah:


لا تشرب وأنت قائم …. ولا تمش في نعل واحدة فإن الشيطان  أسرع ما يكون إلى الإنسان إلى بعض هذه الأحوال …

Do not drink while you are standing… and do not walk in one sandal, as the devil is really swift in getting hold of humans in some of these conditions…[3]


How does ‘Abdul Hussain view these narrations which have been narrated by the Ahlul Bayt?


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[1]Qubul al Akhbar, pg. 57, 59.

[2] Bihar al Anwar, 76/328-329, the chapter of the comprehensive prohibitions of the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and the miscellaneous ones.

[3] Ibid., 80/191, the book of purity, chapter of the etiquette of using the toilet.

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