I would like to know that is it allowed to wear leather shoes made of pig skin.
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i would like to know that is it allowed to wear leather shoes made of pig skin. what if the shoes we are wearing are mode of it and we do not know what should be done in that case?
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Pig skin leather
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Your Question: i would like to know that is it allowed to wear leather shoes made of pig skin.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Surah Muminoon verses 21-22:
21 And in cattle (too) ye have an instructive example: from within their bodies We produce (milk) for you to drink; there are in them (besides) numerous (other) benefits for you; and of their (meat) ye eat;
22 And on them as well as in ships ye ride.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 36 Surah Yaa Seen verses 71-73:
71 See they not that it is We Who have created for them among the things which Our Hands have fashioned: cattle, which are under their dominion?
72 And that We have subjected them to their (use)? Of them some do carry them and some they eat:
73 And they have (other) profits from them (besides); and they get (milk) to drink. Will they not then be grateful?
The absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that amongst the other benefits of animals as related in the Glorious Quran imply the usage of their skins, fur, wool, hair, etc.
Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 1.15
Purifying the skin of dead animals
Tanning purifies the skin and the fur of a dead animal. This is based on the hadith of Ibn 'Abbas, in which the Prophet (saws) said, "If the animal's skin is tanned, it is purified."
Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Sunan of Abu-DawoodHadith 659 Narrated by Al-Mughirah ibn Shu'bah
The Messenger of Allah (saws) used to pray on a mat and on a tanned skin.
The scholars and jurists in Islam are unanimous in their opinion that the tanned skin of all animals (except the swine and the dog) is considered absolutely pure for the believers to wear or use as they will.
There is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars regarding the usage of swine and dog skins. Amongst the four major schools of thought Imam Maalik and Imam Abu Hanifah say the hadith regarding the purification of the skin when tanned (quoted above) is general without any exception; thus the tanned skin of even the swine or dog too would be considered pure. But Imam Hanbal and Imam Shafei are of the opinion that the swine and the dog has been declared najis (absolutely impure) in its entirety, and thus even if its skin is tanned it would not be considered pure. But other than the skins of the swine and the dog, the tanned skin of every other animal (land, sea, or air) is absolutely pure and permissible for the believers to wear or use as they please. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.49 Narrated by An Numan bin Bashir
I heard Allah's Messenger (saws) saying, 'Both legal (halaal) and illegal (haraam) things are clearly evident, but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else, and at any moment he is liable to get in it. (O people!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things.
In our humble opinion, because there is a difference of opinion regarding the permissibility of the usage of swine or dog skin, it would be best if the believers feared Allah, and abstained from its usage, less they indulge in something wherein there remains a doubt of transgressing the boundaries of Allah Subhanah.
Your Question: what if the shoes we are wearing are mode of it and we do not knw what should be done in tht case?
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 6284 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Allah has overlooked my people's (unintentional) mistakes and forgetfulness, and what they are forced to do against their will."
It would be best and prudent that if one fears the shoes or leather items one is about to buy might be made of pig or dog skin, to clarify with the shop attendant the origin of the leather item they purchase it.
Perchance one finds out at a later date that one has been wearing shoes made of pig or dog skin, one should seek forgiveness from Allah Subhanah for their unintentional error and abstain from wearing those shoes again.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,