How a Muslim Should Walk

Did you ever think about how you walk? Probably not right? Well it shows a lot about your psychology.

Now I’m speaking generally, of course your not going to keep your head down and walk right into a pole but interestingly enough the Qur’an reminds us on how to walk.

“And the servants of the Beneficent God are they who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace.” (Quran  25.63 )

Now some people like to walk like they own the sidewalk and they have all all the power in the world, sorry but God can send an earthquake to any of us, so be kind to the earth beneath your feet like Prophet Jesus (Peace be upon said). We all become victims of arrogance at some point in our life’s. This reflects through our everyday behavior such as speech, how we greet people and in the way we walk.

In high school, I remember a lot of kids walked purposely with pride all puffed up like a peacock. People from a range of age groups and different lifestyles do this in many different setting’s and environments. In the hood, people like to walk with a limp, resembling pimps. Yea, astugfurillah.

Different ideas get to people that make them walk a certain way, however as a Muslim here are some points from the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet we all should try to implement:

  • Try to keep humble and lower your gaze (you know what I mean) Now obviously if your in a neighborhood with convicted muggers around you should keep your head up and eyes open!
  • Try not to make noise when you walk, it attracts attention. I hate the sound of heels, seriously.
  • Share the sidewalk! We all pay taxes Sometimes I realize people walk right into you without saying excuse me or making way for oncoming traffic
  • Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) use to walk fast paced and when people saw him, they said it appeared as if he was walking downhill and certainly he walking with intention

Well there you have it, start walking and burn those calories, I mean sins. =)

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8 Responses to How a Muslim Should Walk

  1. undercoversis October 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    Excellent post mashallah, this is something i have been more aware of as well and sometimes just sitting on the bus watching the way people walk, subhannallah it really does tell alot! Also being aware of oneself too, subahannallah, we learn alot about ourselves and our nafs just by trying to follow the prophetic teachings.

    "Now obviously if your in a neighborhood with convicted muggers around you should keep your head up and eyes open!" –> haha quality!

    I also think it has a lot to do with clothing. When in professional wear or nice fashionable or expensive clothes people are more likely to walk like they made the street they are walking on, while those who actually are making the roads we walk on, in their scruffy sweaty atire, etc, seem always to be humbled. May Allah make us among those who are humble on the inside and the outside, Ameen!

    • joki August 4, 2010 at 8:42 am #

      If Muslim ladies can walk about covered head to foot in a burqa, can I?

  2. 901 October 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    beautiful post

    thank you

  3. puffin237 October 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    i actually think about how i walk all the time. and recently i moved cities and i have these shoes that i finally broke in mashAllah(converse) and noticed they make me walk differently. ever since then i've been paranoid about how i walk. but mashAllah brother great post… what a coinsidence..=) alhumdulilah

  4. Walker October 29, 2009 at 2:55 am #

    Jazak-Allah Khair.

    Islam has everything you need to know about this life and the akirha. 🙂

  5. sonnet October 30, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    Thanks for this post. One should walk as the servants of God….

  6. Ibn Jibril October 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    My shoes are loose due to mistake in buying shoes so everytime i walk my heels rubbed the floor so hard that people think I wear High heel shoes and as if I am knocking the door.


    I thickened my socks

    My point on posting this comment is.

    Don't buy loose shoes. lol.

    So that you wont get in trouble like when my teacher scolded me I walked directly to my chair and a unexpected thing happened.i stepped on her slippers and left my shoe but as a muslim i said "salam!"

  7. FREE PALESTINE November 2, 2009 at 7:25 am #


    Yeah you're right about the taxes. When I go out to the supermarket everyone think the store is written in their name. They bump into you, slam their cart into yours, and push in the cashier line.

    At the malls it is not any better, when you're walking and someone happens to be in front of you walking in the opposite direction they never move. It's always you that has to get out of "their" way

    Also when people double park on your car, or park so close you can barely get out. If we thought as Muslims we wouldn't do that. As one should "like for your brother what you like for yourself" "حب لأخيك ما تحب لنفسك"

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