A man from the companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) traveled to Fadalah ibn ‘Ubayd (radiyallahu ‘anhu) when he was in Egypt.
After a brief conversation he asked him ‘Why do I not see any shoes on you?’
Fadalah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) replied: *Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) use to command us to go barefoot sometimes.*”
(Sunan Abi Dawud)
Mulla ‘Ali Al Qari (rahimahullah) cites *three reasons* as to why Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ordered us to walk barefoot occasionally :
*1. To create humility within a person*
*2. To break one’s ego*
*3. To become accustomed to it as sometimes a person will be forced to walk barefoot*