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Wiping socks in wudu or ablution ?

Can we wipe over socks i.e. to pass wet hands over socks during ablution?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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'Urwa b. Mughira reported his father having said: I was one night with the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) on a journey. He said to me: Have you any water with you? I said: Yes. He (the Holy Prophet) came down from his ride and went on till he disappeared in the darkness of night. He then came back and I poured water for him from the jar. He washed his face, He had a woollen gown on him and he could not bring out his forearms from it (i. e. from its sleeves) and consequently he brought them out from under his gown. He washed his forearms, wiped over his head. I then bent down to take off his socks. But he said: Leave them, for my feet were clean when I put them in, and he only wiped over them. Sahih Muslim [Book 2 : Hadith 529]

There is no difference of opinion on wiping over leather socks (Khuffayn) but with regard to simple socks there is some difference of opinion among the leading scholars in the field concerning their soundness and they have put some conditions over permissibility of wiping over non-leather socks.

If the socks are thick and need to be tied and one can walk in them then one can wipe over them but if they are thin and need not to be tied and one cannot walk far in them then they are not like Khuffayn.

It is permissible for one to wipe his wet hands over his leather/thick socks when refreshing ones ablution, as long as the condition is met that when one did put on the socks one was in a state of purity. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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