Wearing Shoes Made of Pig Skin
Question: I would like to know whether shoes made out of pig skin leather are allowed in Islam? Is it permissible to touch such items? What are the general guidelines about the use of items made out of pig's hair and skin (shoes, balls, brushes, etc.)?
Name of Mufti: Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Thanks for your question and your desire to know more about the teachings of Islam. May Allah increase your knowledge and grant you insight to understand Islamic rulings.
Muslims should strive hard to keep their bodies and clothes clean and pure; hence it is better for Muslims to wear leather that is originally permissible or derived from an animal that is lawful.
Responding to the question, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore states the following:
Thank you for your query. We commend your effort to seek the truth in the religion.
The majority of scholars consider pig and all derivatives from it as heavy najis, which entails the necessary purification of seven washings, one of them with a mixture of sand and water, for surfaces that come into contact with pig and its organs. However, the condition is that the surface contact is wet or moist. If it is dry, then no purification is necessary.
Hence, wearing shoes or using things that are made from pig's organs are not advisable since it runs into possibility of being wet or moist and hence necessitates purification. Without such purification, Prayer (salah ) is not valid.
We hope that this reply answers your question. Please continue to seek religious knowledge at mosques or by reading authentic materials. A good book that you can rely on is The Reliance of the Traveler by Nuh Ha Mim Keller. This book can be found in many Muslim bookstores.
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