Seeking Blessings By Making Pendants In The Shape of the Prophet's Sandals
Fatwa No: 404659

Question

ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM Sheikh, is there any significance or evidence in the hadith seeking blessing from the Sandals of our Prophet or image of the sandals of our Prophet. They give reference of Hadiths such as that Ibn Masud would hold the sandals for the Prophet when he took them off and hold them under his arms, while after his death(?) Sayyidna Anas was the keeper of the sandals of the Prophet(?). Is this Hadeeth Sahih? Moreover, people in our country make the shape of Prophet's sandal and were it in neck like Taweez (pendent/talisman). Please make me clear.JAZAAK'ALLAAHU KHOIRON

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that none is worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and messenger.

The practice of making pendants in the shape of the Prophet's sandals to be worn as charms or amulets around the neck is a religious innovation. It has been authentically narrated on the authority of ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “He who innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) that does not originally belong to it, will have it rejected.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Hadeeth in reference that was narrated by Ibn Mas‘ood  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him is authentic and was cited in Saheeh Al-Bukhari. However, it has nothing to do with Tabarruk (seeking blessings from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and his traces). Rather, it is linked to Ibn Mas‘ood serving the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) by carrying his sandals for him. Therefore, it cannot be used as evidence in this regard.

Lastly, it should be noted that authentic reports have been narrated confirming that the Companions sought blessings from the actual traces of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) like his hair and the remnant of his ablution water and the like. However, this does not apply to such items like the pendants in reference.

Allah knows best.

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