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811 I would like to know whether it is true that when a slipper/ shoe is on the floor with the sole side on the top does Shaitaan sit on the slipper/ shoe because that’s what i have heard.
The likelihood is that this is an old wives tale, perhaps stemming from the Indian Sub-Continent. What the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did have to say about wearing shoes was:

-A person should not stand and wear his shoes. Rather he should put them on in the sitting position (Sunan Tirmidhi, Book of clothes, Hadith no. 1697).

-If one shoe or sandal is insecure (because the strap is broken for example), then he should not walk in one shoe until he has fixed it and can walk in both properly (Sunan Nisai, Book of Adornment, Hadith no. 5274).

-When one wears his shoes, he should put the right one on first and then the left. When he removes them, he should remove the left first and then the right (Sunan Abu Daud, Book of Clothes, Hadith no. 3610).

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
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