Wiping Over Leather Socks, Normal Socks, Casts, and Bandages | islamkingdom


Wiping Over Leather Socks “One century after another, the Arabs kept traveling long distances in the desert, on journeys that were known as winter and summer journeys. They travelled to Shem (the Levant) and Yemen. During these journeys, they used to wear al-khuff as well as normal” ِAl-khuff are worn on the foot and are made from leather.. “As for socks, they are usually made from cotton etc. ” “Islam Law has made it permissible to wipe over al-khuff and normal socks,” “This is because when Anas Ibn Malik  was asked concerning wiping over leather footwear, he said: “The Prophet ﷺ used to wipe over them.”” But there are conditions that have to be met to be able to wipe over any socks. One condition is that both should be put on after being in a state of purity. Al-Mughirah  said: ““I was with the Prophet ﷺ on a journey, then I intended to remove his khuffs (during wudu’) and he ﷺ said: ‘Leave them both because I put them on in a state of purity,’ (i.e. after performing wudu’) then he wiped over them.”” Another condition is that al-khuff and socks must cover both the feet and the ankles. “And they also must be made from pure materials, ” “Also both should be made from permissible material and not from anything forbidden, such as silk for men.” Another condition for wiping over socks or footwear is that it is only allowed for purifying from al-hadath al-asgar (lesser impurity) but not al-hadath al-akbar (greater impurity); as Safwan Ibn ‘Assaal said: ““The Prophet ﷺ used to order us, when we were travelling, to wipe over our khuffs and not take them off for three nights in the event of defecating, urinating or sleeping; except when we had discharge due to a wet dream or sexual intercourse.”” “These conditions depend on a prescribed time limit for wiping, a day and its night for a non-traveller, and three days and nights for a traveller.” “The evidence concerning this is the hadeeth from Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, saying:” ““The Messenger of Allah ﷺ made (allotted) three days and nights for the traveller, and a day and a night for the non-traveller.”” “The period in which we are allowed to wipe over the socks starts from the first wipe after one’s wudu’ is invalidated. So when a person puts on socks while being in a state of purity, and thereafter he becomes impure (by defecating for example), he may wi” “The upper part of the socks and/or footwear is wiped over with wet hands, ” from the toes to the base of the shins in one wipe – the left and the right foot at the same time. The right hand wipes the right foot and the left hand wipes the left foot.. “One has to also avoid wiping the bottom of the feet and ankles, as Ali  said, “If the religion was based on reasoning, then the bottom of the foot would be more worthy to be wiped over than the top. However, I saw the Prophet ﷺ wipe over the upper part o” “And once the socks, or one of them, are removed, the person cannot wipe over them again,” “But a Muslim should remove his socks to wash them and clean his feet if they have a bad smell, as such a smell harms one’s Muslim brothers.” “Wiping Over Casts, Bandages and Band-Aids ” “What Islam legislated for al-khuff and socks, is also legislated for casts, bandages and band-aids.” “Casts are used to hold broken limbs in place, and are made from gypsum and also sticks (for splints) or similar materials.” “Bandages are used to cover wounds, burns etc. They are made from fabric or the like, and are used for medical purposes.” “Band-aids are used to cover burns, cuts and wounds for medical reasons and are generally adhesive.” It is permissible to wipe over all of these. The proof of this is the hadeeth of Jabir  who said: ““We went on an expedition during which one of us was wounded on his head by a stone. Afterwards, this person had a wet dream and asked his companions: “Do you find any concession (rukhsah) for me to perform at-tayammum (instead of taking a complete bath; ” “When we met the Prophet ﷺ, the matter was reported to him and he said: “They killed him, may Allah kill them! Why did they not ask when they were ignorant, for the cure of ignorance is asking questions. It was enough for him to perform at-tayammum or bind” “It is not a condition that one should be in a state of purity before putting them on, neither is there a prescribed time limit for wiping over them. As long as there is a need for them to be worn, it is permissible to wipe over them.” “The cast, splint or bandage must not transcend the place that needs care But one should not wipe the parts of the body that are not covered by a cast, he must wash them. If one who is performing purification reaches the limb which is covered with any of t” “he should wash what is around them, and wipe all the sides of the covering. But if some of a cast or bandage covers a part of the body that is not usually washed in order to become in a state of purity, the person does not need to wipe over it. ”

7 Comments

  • JazakaAllahu Kairi. very helpful

  • Do wipe 3 times ?

  • MashaALLAh

  • U have left out so much!

  • A vital bit of detail has been missed but then no one is perfect.
    Whilst everyone agrees that leather socks are fine, it’s the cotton socks that are contentious.
    The thickness, the characteristic of that sock ie able to walk in it for x distance.

    But we can have hadiths until blue in the face, if your unsure go back to the Quran where Allah says:
    “Oh you who believe! When you intend to pray, wash your faces and your hands upto the elbows, wipe your hands over your heads and wash your feet upto the ankles”

    Surah Al Maidah verse 6

    Better to be safe than sorry.
    Wash your feet every time like me or wear leather socks which nobody doubts!

  • You can't wipe over 'normal' socks. Simply wash your feet or use leather socks. Whole of the ummat is united on this.

  • If the socks didnt completly come off like half of it came off, can i still wipe over it or do I have to take it off??

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