The shoes and the Snake, sun’nah story written by Muhammad Faheem Aalam.
Where are you mom, called out Waqas and Hammad as they came running home. They looked very worried!
What’s wrong dear, what happened?
Mom you know Hamid, our neighbor, a snake just bit him! “Inna Lillah-e-wa Innaa ilahi Rajioon!
Shocked she asked, but when and how?
Mom dear, I just met Hamid’s brother Sajid in the mosque during Isha prayers. He told me that, as he was putting on his shoes, there was a snake hiding inside the shoe, which bit him. Now he is in hospital, Hammad explained.
Oh, mom said, this all happened due to abandoning the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
What do you mean mom?
I mean if he had shaken the shoes before putting them on all this could bed avoided. Otherwise, any dangerous insect or creature hiding inside the shoes can bite you. A snake had once entered the socks of the Holy Prophet(PBUH).
What, the children exclaimed in shock!!!!
Really mom? Did a snake dare to enter the socks of the Holy Prophet(PBUH)?
Yes, My Children! Hazrat Abdullah Ibn-e-Abbas (R.A) relates that once the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was in a jungle. He (PBUH) put on one of His sacred sock and was about to put the other on when a crow picked it and dropped it afar. Out fell a snake that was hiding inside the sacred sock of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). When the Holy Prophet (PBUH) saw this, He Spoke like this, ” A person who believes in Allah the Almighty and the Day of Judgment must shake his socks before putting them on.”
As the shoe is elegance and grace of the foot, there is a recommended way to put on shoes as well, which is, put on the right shoe first then the left one and when taking off, take off the left shoe first then the right shoe. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) preferred doing every good deed with his right hand so one should begin with the right side while putting on shoes and the left side while taking off shoes.
Mom told them all these details.
Subhan Allah! Mom what wonderful wisdom lies inside the Holy Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH).
Oh my God! I am so afraid of snakes, little Ayesha said in a trembling voice.
I will never put on my shoes without first shaking them well.
And do you think we shall put our shoes on without shaking them first, asked Hammad?
See brother Waqas, our little sister wants to take all the sawab alone. In Sha Allah we will not be behind anyone in following the Holy Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) Hammad said brightly.
In Sha Allah! Waqas replied with determination.