The Grand Mufti of India, Taj al-Shari’ah Mufti Muhammad Akhtar Rida Khan on the Na’layn issue.
Question: In certain countries of America and Europe, the buying and selling of shoes with the imprint of the likeness of the Blessed Sandal of the Master salAllahu alayhi wa sallam is being witnessed. Some sandals are the exact replicas and some are like normal sandals but the design of the Blessed Na’layn has been either stitched on them or imprinted on them. What is the ruling on buying and selling such sandals? The buyers and sellers claim to be Sufi Muslims.
Answer: If the buying and selling is for the purpose of wearing the sandals on the feet, then this is extreme disrespect and if it is the true likeness of the Blessed Na’layn and if it is kept in a place of respect, then there is nothing wrong in this.