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Doubting the Cleanliness of One’s Slippers

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Q: My dad has a pair of relatively old brown leather slippers. As I am not an expert, I do not know if any part of the slippers is made from cow or pig leather. Yesterday he used those slippers for wudhu and with wet feet, he walked in a carpeted room for Salaah. I then performed wudhu in a separate pair of slippers and walked in to the same room, with wet feet, to perform Salaah in Jamaat with him. Some wetness that remained on my feet, transferred to my clothes whilst in the sitting position. My dry hands touched the same carpet. Questions are as follows:

1. As I do not know which leather the slippers are made from, did my feet become napaak when I too walked in the same room with wet feet?
2. Did my clothes or hands become napaak based on the aforementioned information?
3. If the answer to question two is yes, does any of my other footwear become napaak if I wear them after my feet have become dry?
4. Was the Salaah read in that room valid despite my failure to object based on the uncertainty of the status of the leather slippers?
5. Is it permissible for me to read Salaah in any of the rooms at my parents house based on the fact that my dad makes wudhu in those brown leather slippers and then performs Salaah with wet feet in several different rooms.
6. Based on all of the aforementioned, are the carpet’s at my dad’s house to be regarded as paak or napaak?

A: Until you are not sure, do not count it to be napaak.

اليقين لا يزول بالشك (الأشباه والنظائر 1/183)

نام أو مشى على نجاسة إن ظهر عينها تنجس وإلا لا ( رد المحتار 1/346)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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